CLE Group | Experts on land and water

HomeContact(800) 668-3220

News & Press Releases

Press Releases

Sept 2016

Jones River Dredging
has its challenges

A proposal for dredging a portion of the Jones River could cost the town $2.8 million in the first phase of an $8 million project.

While in the beginning stages of deciding how to proceed, residents have questions about the benefits of the dredging.

Selectmen Chairman Elaine Fiore said the purpose for dredging the channel to a 6-foot depth would be to prevent it from completely closing and having most vessels lose access to the river.

Christine Player, senior project manager from CLE Engineering, presented information on the dredging process and the cost Tuesday night. She said there are specific protocols that need to be followed, but it’s proposed because navigation is unsafe during the entire tide cycle due to sediment buildup.

Link to Full Article

Press Releases

Sept 2016

Offshore wind developers agree
to use New Bedford Marine Terminal



Gov. Charlie Baker today announced good news for a $113 million state-funded marine terminal run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Three offshore wind companies have signed an agreement to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as a staging area for their projects, Baker said. The companies — Deepwater Wind, Dong Energy and OffshoreMW — hold leases from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to build turbines in an area south of Martha’s Vineyard.

The letter of intent represents a two-year lease commitment at $5.7 million annually to use the terminal for staging and deployment of offshore wind projects, according to a press release.

Link to Full Article

Press Releases

May 2016

The Changing Shape of Sandy Neck
Beach Park, Barnstable & Sandwich

sandy Neck

Barnstable – Sandy Neck Beach Park encompasses more than 4,700 acres of land in West Barnstable (and a small portion in Sandwich) overlooking Cape Cod Bay and Barnstable Harbor. Boasting six miles of shoreline, the park features vast beaches, massive

sand dunes, forests, marshland, and the historic Sandy Neck Lighthouse, which dates back to 1857. Every year an average of 120,000 to 150,000 visitors flock to Sandy Neck—many via all-terrain vehicles—to enjoy these unique attractions.  

The Since 1978, Sandy Neck has been designated an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern” by the Mass. Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs because several endangered . . .

Link to Full Article





July 2015

First Cargo Ship arrives at the Marine
Commerce Terminal

New Bedford Ship

NEW BEDFORD — Ed Lacombe probably has seen a few things in his 41 years working on the city’s waterfront. But Monday, after hauling on thick ropes to help tie off the first ship to arrive at the often-criticized, $113 million Marine Commerce Terminal, he said the day felt like “a heart transplant” for the harbor.

“To see this happen is kind of shocking,” said Lacombe, president of the local chapter of the International Longshoremen’s Association. “It’ll bring us year-round work.”

The 409-foot-long, Hong Kong-based MV Thorco Svendborg is delivering turbine components for a land-based wind farm in Plymouth. Another ship is expected to arrive in coming weeks, with more components for the wind farm by ConEdison Solutions.

Though there are no scheduled turbine jobs after the Plymouth project, Lacombe and others expressed confidence that improvements to the facility will lead to other types of work.

Link to Full Article


February 2015

February 2015

CLE uses Echoscope Real-Time 3D Sonar
to Inspect Historic Shipwrecks for NOAA


Coda Octopus Echoscope Real-Time 3D sonar was used to provide the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with unparalleled 3D vibrant images of two historic wrecks in San Francisco Bay. In November 2014, Coda Octopus Products Inc., CLE Engineering andHibbard Inshore supplied equipment and services to assist NOAA’s efforts to survey the SS City of Chester and SS City of Rio de Janiero. Using the Echoscope real-time 3D imaging system installed on a SAAB Sabertooth

autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), this team conducted a dynamic survey and mapped these historic wrecks in San Francisco Bay. The team captured the first detailed sonar and three-dimensional images of City of Rio resting in the dark, muddy waters outside the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The team also completed the first detailed map of S.S. City of Chester, which was rediscovered late last year in the vicinity of City of Rio. To see videos and photographs of City of Rio visit SS City of Rio de Janeiro and to see video of S.S. City of Chester visit SS City of Chester.

Link to Full Article

February 2015

CLE uses Echoscope to Inspect
and Map Underwater Cabling


Coda Octopus reports that CLE has recently used the Echoscope and Coda Octopus positioning system (F175) on a project for the inspection of underwater cabling. The Echoscope was integrated onto a SAAB Sabertooth AUV. This CLE inspection was conducted in an area with strong currents and visibility of less than 1 foot, preventing divers from being used for a visual inspection. With the Echoscope mounted on an AUV, this survey was

completed faster than inspection by traditional methods and provided a real time 3D picture of the survey area.

Kevin Tweed, Hydrographic Surveyor working on the CLE inspection and mapping project, stated “The Echoscope allowed us to conduct this mapping survey faster than before and provided more details in real time of underwater features (and obstructions) around the cable.

Link to Full Article


February 2015

Swansea Beach Revitalization Project

Swansea Beach

CLE Engineering, Inc. is working with Stephen Kelleher Architects, Inc. for the Town of Swansea Waterfront Development Committee on the revitalization of the Town’s waterfront parcel on Ocean Grove Avenue. A major component to the site revitalization is the restoration of the swimming beach that has eroded significantly since it was last nourished in 1997.

Approximately 40,000 cubic yards of dredged material from the Cole River channel was placed along the approximately 1,100’ long beach, providing an approximately 50’ beach width at high tide. The Committee has tasked team with the design, permitting and construction oversight of a new building containing concession stands, bathrooms and function hall along with a pavilion and playground. The highlight of the facility is to be the swimming beach. In order to assess the longevity of the beach, the Town wishes to determine the feasibility of constructing a groin or jetty to slow or eliminate the rate of beach erosion with a long term beach maintenance plan.

South Coast News Article or PDF


January 2015
Corte Madera, CA

The Preserve at Marin Ribbon Cutting


CLE Engineering was procured by AIMCO, as the architect of record for a 30+ million dollar apartment renovation project just north of San Francisco. The project consisted of the rehabilitation of seven 18-unit apartment buildings constructed in the late 1960’s. The rehabilitation work consisted of developing construction drawings based on design drawing set produced by the owner’s Vision Architect. CLE assisted the owner throughout the permitting process including a full comprehensive review for the local jurisdiction’s Planning Department.

CLE was then tasked with developing permit drawings for each of the seven apartment buildings as well as permits for the new construction of the property’s amenities building including fitness room, leasing center, and the jewel of the property a high-end swimming pool and deck area that overlooks San Francisco Bay.

CLE was able to complete all of the design work for the project in house and with successfully manage sub-consultants to form a truly dynamic and reliable design team

PR Newswire article

The Preserve at Marin Photos

October 2014
Susan Nilson Featured in the Mass Clean Energy Center’s

“2014 Clean Energy Industry Report”


Susan Nilson Clean Energy

When deciding what type of engineering to focus on, Susan Nilson was drawn to civil engineering because of the different opportunities it presented. Recently, one of those opportunities was an interesting challenge – help design the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford, the first facility in North America designed to support the construction, assembly and deployment of offshore wind projects. “It’s such a unique project,” Nilson said. “It’s something I’m proud to be a part of.”

Nilson, played an integral role in the design and construction of the first-of-its-kind project through her role as President of CLE Engineering, which is headquartered in Marion and has offices across the country. “Our firm was the designer of the structure for the entire port. I worked to make sure calculations were correct, all the components were coming together, coming up with alternatives and vetting those out – a lot of research was done to prepare for this project,” she said. In the end, they decided on steel, cellular coffer-dams to form the retaining wall – a design that could support the needs of the budding offshore wind industry in Massachusetts.

Nilson earned a bachelor’s degree of science in civil engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree of science in civil engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. Though the New Bedford project is the first of its kind in North America, it isn’t the first foray into clean energy for CLE Engineering. Previous endeavors for the company, which has roughly 50 employees working on projects across the country, have included things like the interconnection and transmission of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

For Nilson, the excitement of working on a first-ever project is only eclipsed by the excitement of helping to launch a new U.S. industry near her Marion home. “You are rooting for New Bedford, to see something transform in your backyard,” she said. “This is outstanding for the region, and especially exciting for me being a resident and business owner in this area.”

Clean Cover
Click to view report

Mass Clean Energy Center


May 2014

South Terminal Retaining Wall
Crucial to Project Success

Susan Nilson at New Bedford

New Bedford — When finished, the retaining wall at South Terminal is expected to support almost anything, including New Bedford’s economic future.

The specially engineered retaining wall is what will ensure the port facility can hold the weight required to be a hub of offshore wind staging .

South Coast News Article



April 2014

ASCE American Scociety of Civil Engineers

New Terminal Focuses
on Nascent Wind Industry

photo 1 - Copy

A new marine terminal under construction in New Bedford, Massachusetts, will be the first facility in the United States built especially to meet the high load demands of the offshore wind energy industry with

offshore wind developers seeking leases from the U.S. Department of the Interior, developers expect the facility to serve a vital role.

” There is not muchif anythingthat has been built in the U. S. that even comes close to this kind of capacity,” says John DeRugeris, P.E., a principal with CLE Engineering.

ASCE News Article


December 2013

New Bedford’s South Terminal
Is Taking Shape Above The Surface

New Bedford South Terminal

The bulkhead’s designer, Susan Nilson of CLE Engineering, explained that the circular shape of the “cofferdams” that interlock to form the retaining wall “fortifies it enough that we will be able to bring cranes all the way to the quayside. The cofferdams allow the facility to have the same capacity all the way to its the edge”.

News Article


November 2013

CLE Acquires
Environmental Data Solutions

James Kulpa

We are very pleased to announce that CLE Engineering, Inc. has acquired Environmental Data Solutions (EDS) and will be merging their resources into CLE’s offices.

EDS is a highly respected leader in the field of hydrographic, topographic and field data collection & analysis. EDS specializes in designing and implementing data collection and analysis programs in a variety of environmental settings for the engineering, hydrologic, environmental planning and regulatory industries.

By combining our resources, CLE has positioned itself as an industry leader with an ever growing suite of services offered to clients.

For more information, contact one of our offices or call us at 800.668.3220.