Coastal & Riverine Engineering

AMI is continually advancing our coastal and riverine engineering capabilities. AMI uses state-of-the-art software coupled with an experienced professional engineering staff to develop solutions tailored for each client's need. AMI specializes in all aspects of coastal engineering and serves the private, commercial, tribal, municipal and government sectors. From AMI's experience, coastal solutions pose unique challenges. The designs typically need to be attractive, functional, constructible, cost-effective, resilient and environmentally sustainable. The design must take into account coastal processes, including the effects of frequent severe storms, varying water levels, winds, tides, seiche, currents and climate change scenarios. 

Great Lakes

The Great Lakes have a reputation for having some of the most desired waterfront properties in the Upper Midwest. However, building near the water can be a challenge as the Great Lakes are also known for having storms that can devastate shorelines. Whether it’s commercial, tribal, government or residential, AMI strives to find innovative and economical solutions to all shoreline issues. Our designs have endured numerous storms on the Great Lakes and we are confident we have a solution for your shoreline as well.


Many waterfront parks, trails and restaurants follow the rivers’ edge. In order to maintain the natural and historical aspects of our rivers, bio-engineering techniques are used to blend the strength of stone, wood, and man-made structures with the aesthetics of native trees, grasses and sedges. With varying flow velocities and water level conditions, AMI strives to tailor designs to compliment the river system. We also understand the implications of ice action and know how to tailor our designs for your shoreline, whether it’s in the Tundra or in the Keys, we have solutions that will fit your needs.


Importing and exporting products from different parts of the US requires the design of seawalls, quay walls, piers and wharfs as they are fundamental when working along the ocean. Our team of marine civil and coastal engineers are well-versed in designing ocean structures exposed to corrosion, earthquakes, large waves, tsunamis, ice rafting, climate changes, and numerous additional scenarios. Our experience from the Great Lakes of the Upper Midwest to the North Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean provides us with a set of unparalleled skills.


At AMI, we do not rest on our laurels. We are continually performing coastal research and pushing the envelopes on theories and software. AMI has partnered with Coastal Sea Grant Institutions, Departments of Transportation, Universities, and other consulting firms on research projects. AMI prides itself on innovation and not always following the pack. We have seasoned engineers and unparalleled engineering judgement which allows us to push the research envelope.

Scientific Services

Included in our coastal engineering toolbox are numerous software programs and custom design tools (created by AMI) for advanced coastal engineering. Whether it is modeling waves, sediment transport, boulder transport, climate change scenarios, seismic impacts or tsunamis, we have the tools and knowledge to complete your project.

Coastal Intelligence

AMI has a complete line of underwater and topside imaging equipment. With an advanced team of engineers, engineer-divers and highly skilled technicians coupled with state-of-the-art equipment, AMI professionals are uniquely positioned to handle any project with innovation and efficiency. Whether the goal is to monitor an existing shoreline structure or perform a shoreline assessment for the future, our engineers/operators have many years of specialty experience operating these tools in difficult environments. AMI also utilizes every publicly available data resource including buoys, aerial imagery, topographic survey, bathymetric survey, water level gauges, and weather stations to reduce our fees, better our designs, and develop a reference for future projects. Our goal is to improve the livability of coastal communities and continue to better our coastal designs in a fluctuating environment.