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SDEP September Luncheon - A New Floating Dry Dock for San Diego Bay

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 12:59 PM
  • Rock Bottom Brewery - La Jolla
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A New Floating Dry Dock for San Diego Bay: Design and Implementation of a Multi-Phased Study to Maximize the Beneficial Reuse of Sediment

Speaker:       Kimbrie Gobbi 

                    Barry Snyder

    Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure


To support the Navy’s ever-expanding Pacific Fleet, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair underwent facility upgrades to install an environmentally state-of-the-art 205 foot wide, 950 foot long dry dock christened in February 2017 as The Pride of California.  Adding this remarkable piece of equipment as San Diego’s newest shoreline feature (best viewed from Tidelands Park in Coronado or from the Coronado Bridge itself) was no easy task; the effort required a multi-phased environmental and engineering study to design and install the dry dock, and included collaboration among many consultants and agencies to achieve. The project required dredging of up to 395,000 cubic yards of sediments; an estimated 80 percent of which were native geologic formations, to some of the deepest depths ever achieved in San Diego Bay. Many of the project sediments were then utilized to create new eelgrass habitat to support turtles and other wildlife in South San Diego Bay. The project not only helped to build a stronger economy in San Diego and enhance the Navy’s Pacific fleet, it also supported the many efforts to reduce legacy contamination and enhance the biology and water quality of beautiful San Diego Bay.


Kimbrie Gobbi:

Kimbrie Gobbi is a Senior Marine Scientist and Project and Manager for the Amec Foster Wheeler San Diego Office. Her current role could basically be described as science-ing the heck out of sediment in San Diego Bay on a relatively frequent basis, primarily for dredged material characterizations. However, she has a myriad of on- and in-water skills that include sediment and water quality surveys, sampling, characterization, and analyses, scuba surveys, equipment use, and being relatively geologically brainy about things. Her primary clients are BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair and the United States Navy as well as the Ports of San Diego, Los Angeles, and Long Beach. Her favorite past times include lots of agency coordination to ensure projects go off without a hitch, reading up on current rules and regulations before bedtime, and collaborating with other consultants to make things work out perfectly for her clients. She loves experimental design, project planning, and pre-emptive and direct communication with her clients, the agencies, and her peers to ensure the utmost quality for every investigation.



$30 for members, $35 for non-members, add $5 if reservation is not received by 5pm the Friday before. Online registration will end at noon on the Monday before the event. Walk-ins with no reservation will be charged an extra $10 and be asked to wait until those with reservations are seated.

Please note that confirmed reservations will be invoiced regardless of attendance.




MARGHERITA PIZZA - (vegetarian) 





Rock Bottom Brewery
8980 Villa La Jolla Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037 


Directions from the North: Take I-5 or I-805 S to La Jolla Village Dr. Turn right off the freeway onto La Jolla Village Dr. Make your first left on Villa La Jolla Dr. Turn right into Rock Bottom parking lot.

Directions from the South: Take I-5 or I-805 N to La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left off the freeway onto La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left on Villa La Jolla Dr. Turn right into Rock Bottom parking lot.

Members: please remember to login in with your email and password before registering to ensure you receive the member price!


Job Postings:

Did you know that the SDEP has a job board? Now Members and Non-members can post job opportunities that their companies may have on our website.  Visit for details or contact the following for more information:  


Kathy Vandenheuvel



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