When a city like New Orleans faces a risk the size of a Category 5 hurricane, the solution needs to be just as formidable. Enter the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) project. Scheduled for completion in 2017, these massive drainage pumping stations and flood gates will play a key role in a multi-billion-dollar hurricane risk reduction system designed to serve the community now and in the future.
We’re leveraging the advantages of design-build to deliver critical infrastructure to New Orleans residents. Our approach? All hands on deck. More than 450 Stantec staff from more than 55 offices are engaged. All are top-notch talents from architectural, civil, structural, geotechnical, mechanical, and electrical engineering, landscape architecture, and project management disciplines.
Three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is a tool commonly used in the automotive and aviation industries to study and predict the movement of fluids. Our hydraulics team thought it could work for water.
As pioneers, we used CFD to model dozens of water and flow scenarios. We could see how fast water is pumped into the lake during a storm event and what happens when a wave from Lake Pontchartrain meets the barrier walls. With this immediate and accurate knowledge of water’s movement and behavior, we could prove that our design would work.
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