How Voluntary Contributions Benefit You, the Member

Making a voluntary contribution to the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) enables us to continue to expand and re-energize our programs. At COPRI, we are dedicated to being good stewards of your donations and we stretch every penny to make sure that your generous contribution is being put to good use. Your voluntary contribution will be used to fund new initiatives that are meaningful to the COPRI community.

Here are just a few examples of how your voluntary contribution can make an impact.

Seed Funding for New Committees

  • Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves Standards - Due to the proximity of many of U.S. West Coast ports to fault lines, effects from damage caused by a major earthquake could potentially have a negative impact to businesses across the nation. In response to that threat, COPRI recently established a committee focused on developing a new standard which will provide analysis and design guidance for wharves and piers.

  • Navigation Engineering - The Waterways Committee recently formed this subcommittee to define the specialty of navigation engineering, identify its practioners, projects, literature and resources, and to provide products to improve the practice.

  • Military Programs - This committee plans to study and disseminate information within the overall mission of COPRI related to all aspects (technical, policy, etc.) of military-related programs and specific project application on a world-wide basis.

Help Underwrite New Committee Projects or Special Initiatives

  • December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami - ASCE put together teams of experts to investigate the aftermath of this tragic event. COPRI members were funded to gather their data in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and India, and their conclusions have already been shared at two COPRI conferences this year.

  • Waterways Manual Updates - The Waterways Committee is working to update many of the ASCE Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice. The much anticipated Manual No. 107, Ship Channel Design and Operation, was just published last month.

  • Marinas 2020 - The Ports and Harbors Committee is constantly working to disseminate the most current state of the practice information. The Marinas 2020 subcommittee is working to update ASCE Manual 50, Report on Planning and Design Guidelines for Small Craft Harbors, since the planning, engineering and design aspects of marina development have changed significantly in the eleven years since it was last revised.

Subsidize Costs for Local Group Outreach

  • Offshore, Port, and Coastal Groups - COPRI has begun one local group, the Deepwater Infrastructure Forum (DIF), in Houston, TX. Houston has many ASCE members and non-members working in the offshore industry who have not found a home in the local ASCE Branch. DIF?s purpose has been to provide technical meetings that are targeted to the multi-disciplinary offshore industry. COPRI intends to foster an environment that will allow other local groups in the areas of coasts, oceans, ports, and rivers to develop. The key will be to identify targeted audiences, provide a venue appropriate to the needs of the local community, and offer assistance from the national level as needed. New efforts are underway to develop a group in the L.A./Long Beach area to meet the needs of the port and coastal technical communities located there.

Support Innovative Conferences

  • Coastal Sediments - This technical specialty conference provides an unique international forum for the exchange of information among coastal engineers, geologists, marine scientists, shallow-water oceanographers and others interested in the physical processes of coastal sediment transport and morphology change. Drawing on the success of the previous innovative conferences, COPRI is pleased to offer the conference again in New Orleans, LA (May 14-18, 2007).

Funding for Ground-breaking Continuing Education Seminars

  • Fresh Ideas - COPRI has offered the Coastal Engineering Manual (CEM) Workshop with great success for the past few years. In an effort to meet the increasing demands from our members for continuing education, COPRI is working to develop new technical workshops to offer at conferences and as webinars (hour-long technical courses offered over the internet).

The COPRI staff and volunteer leadership thank you for supporting the Institute with a voluntary contribution. Go to to log into your ASCE/COPRI account to make a contribution.