June 8, 2012
Public Affairs Office
VICKSBURG, Miss. — ERDC Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory's (CHL) Research Civil Engineer Stanley Boc led a scaled physical model study to investigate the behavior of the Joint Universal Causeway Interface Module (JUCIM) in a simulated ocean environment.
The project, sponsored by the U.S. Transportation Command's (USTRANSCOM) Joint Deployment Distribution Enterprise Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program, will improve USTRANSCOM's ability to provide the combatant commands with a premium deployment, distribution and sustainment capability.
The program is jointly led by ERDC and the Navy Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division, with programmatic and technical support from Alion Science and Technology, and Oceaneering International, Inc.
Currently in the second year of a three-year effort, the JUCIM Project will culminate in a full-scale demonstration in 2013 delivering an operational prototype interface system that establishes a compatible connection between the current Army Modular Causeway System (MCS) and the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS).
During the recent ERDC tests, numerous INLS/JUCIM/MCS configurations at a 1:16 scale were tested in CHL's Stability Basin Facility, using various combinations of wave climate and wave approach. The test results will refine and improve the present design of the JUCIM. The capability to use both Army and Navy systems together during a joint operation will greatly enhance the military's capabilities.