Comment: 23:40 - 24:59 (01:19)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 19. Running Water I: Rivers, Erosion and Deposition
Keywords: river, "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers", "Red Eye Crossing", "river channel", WES, "Waterways Experiment Station", dredge, "ship-tow simulator", modeling, simulation, discharge
Our transcription: The WES Facility includes a ship-tow-simulator, which functions much like a flight simulator.
Here the navigating instrumentation can be configured or either a towboat or a ship.
The screen is an accurate representation of the view from the pilothouse.
Many pilots are brought to the Waterways Experiment Station during the study.
Each spends a week repeatedly steering up and down the computer-simulated course of Red Eye Crossing.
The proposed dikes are factored into the simulation.
Every run down the Crossing is different.
The computer changes many parameters, such as River discharge, the number and placement of passing ships, and channel depth.
As the pilot wends his way down Red Eye, the computer records the exact course of each run, the time from start to finish, and whether or not there were any collisions or other safety problems along the way.
Although dikes seem to be a promising solution, the Army Corps Study indicates that they might create some navigational problems.
So the investigation continues, and the mighty River remains unshackled as it flows through Red Eye Crossing.
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