Upham Beach, Florida


Product:         Geotube® Marine Structures Technology

Application:   Jetties

Location:       Upham Beach, Florida

Installation:   2004


The Challenge:

During a 30-year period in the late 20th century, the Army Corps of Engineers renourished Upham Beach six times with more than one million cubic yards of sand -- costing over $10 million.  Heavy wave action continued to threaten seawalls, dunes, and beachfront properties.  A long-term solution was needed to address the chronic erosion problem of Upham Beach.

The Solution:

Geotube® marine containment technology provided the answer for this chronic erosion situation.  The key was changing the wave action.  A series of five "T-Head" groynes were built on the beach to alter the wave energy [photo 2].  The Geotube® containers (30' circumference) were up to 200' long and 190' wide.  Each unit was sprayed with a special sand-colored polyurethane coating to provide a protective barrier against UV rays and vandalism [photo 4].

The Results:

Since the installation of the Geotube® structures, the beach has stabilized and replenished itself.  After only two years, Upham Beach measured 100 feet wider in the area of the groynes [photo 6]