Protecting the West Bank
Stanley Consultants provided a levee embankment inspection of the Mississippi River West Bank. The Mississippi River 275-mile section of the levee system that flows through Arkansas and Louisiana makes up the Mississippi River West Bank. Periodic inspections are required to verify the proper operation and maintenance and structural stability of the levee system.
The inspection was conducted by physically walking the alignment and inspecting areas including the levee crest, side slopes, riverside and landside toes of the levee systems. Inspectors recorded the physical condition of each system component, took photographs and video; and provided the information needed to evaluate the operational adequacy of the systems.
Stanley Consultants used the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' standardized Levee Inspection System including the GIS software which assisted inspection documentation in the field by allowing the inspector to document issues discovered on the inspection and locating the area of interest using Global Positioning System.
The team inspected the levee embankment for any sloughing, cracking in the levee slopes or crest, soft spots or darker color in the grass indicating seepage through the levee, unusual depressions in the levee crown indicating settlement; and inspected pipelines, utility crossings, and other penetrations from the surface only.