Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2002


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Decision Making in Engineering and Technology Management

Course Number

EMGT 530/630


Dredging -- Columbia River Estuary (Or. and Wash.) -- Management, Decision support systems, Dredging -- Columbia River Estuary (Or. and Wash.) -- Decision making -- Methodology, Hierarchical decision model


The Columbia River Channel Deepening Project (CRCD) currently under consideration by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) would be the one of the largest federally funded public works projects in Oregon over the next decade, with a range of development costs between $150 and $200 million. The focus of the project is to increase the depth of the Columbia River to not less than 43 feet, such that larger loads of cargo may be exported from the Port of Portland to the Pacific Ocean. Thus, it will contribute to the larger goal of creating more export opportunities for the southwest Washington and Central Oregon markets of goods and services. The CRCD project is one that has generated many newspaper headlines, controversy and analysis by many interested parties over its ten year development process. It is an entity of great interest for decision makers in the engineering community as well, and as such, Team 1 identified this project as ripe for applying decision making course tools.

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