US Army Corps of Engineers

Coastal Inlets Research Program

Channel Portfolio Tool (CPT)

CPT is designed to enable analysis of commercial utilization of the Corps-maintained waterway infrastructure at a variety of coverage levels. At the most detailed level, individual channel sub-reaches may be chosen for analysis and compared to other sub-reaches in the USACE portfolio of navigation projects. However, in order to provide decision support to personnel at all levels of Corps management, CPT can also be used to analyze and compare commercial usage figures at the Project, District, and Division levels. For example, a District program manager might want to see which navigation project under his or her control handles the most exports of a particular commodity. CPT pulls from a large database that is maintained by the Corps’ Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center (WCSC).

Setting the desired level of analysis is done through the CPT Home screen: 

Access to CPT is only available for USACE network users
  1. Register at CPT Website
  2. Download and sign non-disclosure agreements for:
  3. Email signed forms to

Once all steps are complete, access will be granted for future visits to the CPT Website

Access the CPT Website:

Note: Yearly update of non-disclosure agreements is required.
PPT Slides CPT Introduction of basic functions (27 slides)
FY21 Technical Note A Review of Coastal Navigation Asset Management Efforts within the Coastal Inlets Research Program (CIRP) Part 2:
The Channel Portfolio Tool
Conference Paper Depth-utilization Analysis for Estimating Economic Activity Supported by Dredging
Journal Article Depth-utilization Analysis for Estimating Economic Activity Supportted by Dredging
2018 Flyer Information Flyer on Channel Portfolio Tool
CPT-AISAP Workshop, Dallas, TX - August 30-31, 2016
Points of Contact - ERDC CHL - ERDC CHL