CEM Professional Edition (CEM- PE) is the personal computer version of the CEM and is a fully interactive, multi-media resource, containing programmed formulas, live/interactive graphs, and animated visuals. CEM-PE is a Windows-based CD-ROM document that incorporates all the tools and procedures used to plan, design, construct, and maintain coastal projects. CEM is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art guide including the basic principles of coastal processes, methods for computing coastal engineering planning and design parameters, and guidance on how to formulate and conduct studies in support of coastal flooding, shore protection, and navigation projects.

CEM Standard Edition (SE) contains all the material in CEM-PE except the capability of using the programmed example problems and equations.  This version is designed for general use as a reference or instructional material and is priced substantially lower.  CEM-SE is only sold with a hardware key.

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The Coastal Engineering Manual contains six Parts containing over 3,000 pages if printed.  Both CEM-PE and CEM-SE replicate the entire manual produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contain:

Part I – Introduction.  This Part describes the scope and applicability of the material, discusses the coastal diversity of oceans and lakes, highlights the history of coastal engineering, outlines the content of the manual, and provides help in using the electronic version.

Part II – Coastal Hydrodynamics.  This Part contains 8 chapters on water wave mechanics, meteorology and wave climate, estimation of nearshore waves, surf zone hydrodynamics, water levels and long waves, hydrodynamics of tidal inlets, harbor hydrodynamics, and hydrodynamic analysis and design conditions.

Part III – Coastal Sediment Processes.  This Part contains 6 chapters on coastal sediment properties, longshore sediment transport, cross-shore sediment transport processes, wind-blown sediment transport, erosion, transport, and deposition of cohesive sediments, and sediment transport outside the surf zone.

Part IV – Coastal Geology.  This Part contains 3 chapters on coastal geologic environments, classification and morphology, and morphodynamics.

Part V – Coastal Project Planning and Design.  This Part contains 7 chapters on the planning and design process, site characterization, shore protection projects, navigation projects, sediment management at inlets/harbors, and coastal engineering for environmental enhancement.

Part VI – Design of Coastal Project Elements.  This Part contains 8 chapters on introduction to coastal project element design, types and functions of coastal structures, site specific design conditions, materials and construction aspects, fundamentals of design, reliability based design of coastal structures, design of specific project elements, and designing for repair, rehabilitation, and modification.

Glossary.  The glossary is a compendium of coastal terminology and definitions.

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SBAS included with CEM-PE

Also included free on the CEM-PE CD, is the model SBAS (Sediment Budget Analysis System). SBAS provides a framework for formulating, documenting, and calculating sediment budgets, including estimation, of uncertainty and representation of multiple inlets. Part V of CEM-PE includes comprehensive information on calculating sediment budgets using SBAS. Because the CEM relies on the user having access to recent versions SBAS, Veritech is providing SBAS free of charge.

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