Date of Award

Spring 2013

Access Restriction

Campus Access only Research Projects

Degree Name

Master of Science


Systems Engineering

School or College

Seaver College of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Arnold Galloway


New Orleans flood protection system has been under-developed, under-planned, and constructed over the span of forty years; without a true holistic and robust systems engineering approach or integration. Over the years the flood and levee systems have been expanded in response to the many needs and demands to protect this city from floods, resulting from rainfall in the New Orleans area. In recent years local government officials have decided to incorporate a hurricane protection plan into this system. One of the largest problems that the city of New Orleans faces today is that the flood / hurricane protection system was not built as one complete system. Multiple agencies and organizations have separately and collectively built the protection system in phases and stages until the decision was made to incorporate hurricane protection into one plan/system. The city of New Orleans is geographically located in the lower southeastern corner of Louisiana where the Mississippi River flows into the Port of New Orleans and ultimately, the Gulf of Mexico. The busy Port of New Orleans provides a gateway for imports including petroleum, steel, copper, rubber, cement, coffee, and containerized goods. In addition, the city's major exports are grain, vegetable oils, animal feed, and other foods from the Midwestern United States and petroleum products. Thousands of ocean worthy vessels from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa pass through New Orleans on the Mississippi River every year.

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