Inland Navigation Design Center (INDC)

Rock Island District
Published Oct. 1, 2021



Rock Island District


The Inland Navigation Design Center Mandatory Center of Expertise (INDC-MCX) is an organization that provides engineering, design, analysis and review services for studies, new locks, new navigation dams, major rehabilitation of existing inland navigation locks and dams, and significant inland navigation lock and dam Operations & Maintenance (O&M) projects. The INDC promotes quality design, and consistency in design and technical competency. The primary efforts to support this mission include: Develop, Maintain, and Strengthen Technical Competency by leading a coordinated effort to develop, maintain, and strengthen technical competency within the engineering and design community for inland navigation; build an Inland Navigation Design Community of Practice (CoP); collaboration and coordination with waterway users and operators to stay situationally aware of problems and issues confronting navigation industry; maintain relationships with national and international partners for knowledge management activities; development of engineering standards and transfer of knowledge for inland navigation projects; support research and update relevant USACE guidance documents; and serve as Review Management Organization.  The INDC provides national leadership for standardization of design, inspection, repair, and renewal of navigation infrastructure; investigate, recommend research and development needs, and implement new technologies as beneficial for life cycle cost reduction. It supports USACE infrastructure strategy, management, and maintenance efforts and implements risk-informed approaches for design, analysis, and decision-making frameworks.

The non-project INDC roles and responsibilities allow the center to be relevant and have value added to the enterprise.  This includes the development and maintenance of the Inland Navigation Design CoP, as well as the pursuit of standardization with the desired end state of commonality of components, and other HQ initiatives.

As part of USACE Civil Works Transformation the INDC originated in FY 13 and ER 1110-1-8168 Roles and Responsibilities of the Inland Navigation Design Center Mandatory Center of Expertise was published in July 2016.

Additional Information


Civil Works Transformation- Methods of Delivery- Inland Navigation Design Center

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Major Work Item Prior Fiscal Year

FY2021: No funding received.

Major Work Item Current Year

FY2022: If funded, work will proceed with updating IND CoP membership and certification, providing enhanced training and outreach activities through the IND CoP, identification and development of standardized designs, support in development of screening tool to identify budget packages with high commonality potential, SOG activities, and collaboration with Asset Management to develop Commonality Strategy.