Steven C. Howard, P.E.

Civil, Coastal and Ocean Engineering

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M.S., 1999 Ocean Engineering; Texas A&M Univ.
B.S., 1997 Ocean Engineering; Texas A&M Univ.

Mr. Howard is a senior coastal engineer for Olsen Associates, Inc. and is involved in all aspects of coastal engineering project design, data collection, permitting, numerical modeling, construction, and project monitoring. Since joining Olsen Associates in 1999, Mr. Howard has significant experience in the design and construction of engineering projects located throughout the southeastern United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, and the Indian Subcontinent. Mr. Howard’s field and design experience is highly varied and well-rounded involving fundamental aspects of beach nourishment, coastal structure design, dredging projects, littoral transport analyses, geotechnical investigation, marina design, and construction oversight.  Specific expertise includes numerical modeling of waves and littoral transport, estuarine and hydrographic modeling, shoreline response modeling, modeling and design of coastal structures, extreme storm event statistics, economic optimization, sediment analysis, storm damage modeling, and post-construction performance monitoring for a broad range of coastal engineering projects. Mr. Howard additionally has extensive field experience which includes deployment of oceanographic instrumentation for wave, current, and water level studies, hydrographic and topographic surveying, and geotechnical surveys related to sand search investigations.  

Mr. Howard has served as coastal consultant and engineer-of-record for design and permitting of several large-scale shore protection projects in the southeastern United States. Mr. Howard’s considerable numerical modeling experience includes regional sediment transport studies along the East Coast, as well as spearheading the detailed analysis of the long-term morphological response of the coastal system following construction of two terminal groin projects permitted and constructed in both North Carolina and South Carolina.  Additional numerical modeling experience includes investigating the potential viability of shore protection structures along the Broward County shoreline as well as completing numerous performance analyses of marina basins throughout the Caribbean.  Additional international project experience includes the design and construction of over 35 shore stabilization structures in the Maldives, oceanfront outfall design in Dubai, UAE, and the structural stabilization of beach fill at Salt Cay, Bahamas.  He is presently managing the monitoring of multiple beach nourishment projects including the Duval County, FL Federal shore protection project and the Ocean Ridge Federal shore protection project, FL.  He has successfully managed offshore sand borrow area investigations at Amelia Island, FL, Tybee Island, GA, Brevard County, FL, and Palm Beach County, FL.      

Mr. Howard is a registered professional engineer in the Florida and North Carolina and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Association of Coastal Engineers.  He is a diplomate in coastal engineering under the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineering.He has published numerous papers related to ongoing project or research interests which were presented at technical conferences.