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History of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

COURSE NO: C07-012
COURSE PROVIDER: Robert Steelhammer, P.E.
History of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
Note: New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania Professional Engineers: This course does not qualify for PDH credit by your State Licensing Board. For complete information, please visit the websites of the NYOH and PA State Licensing Boards.
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (ICW or GIWW) as a transportation route along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida.  The history of the waterway is discussed from its conception to present day.  The history of the waterway as it related to the Army Corps of Engineers from when the country was young is also discussed.  Many corporations have located their facilities along the waterway for easy shipping.


The earliest settlers in America quickly recognized the advantages afforded by inland waterways. As vital arteries supporting transportation, the streams, rivers, bayous, lakes, and other natural water routes facilitated primitive settlement and eventual urban development. They also promoted a type of water transportation different from that conducted at deep-water ports. Their shallow, sheltered waters provided safe passage to barges and other light-draft vessels that could not withstand the battering of the “open seas; they could be depended upon to link the scattered coastal communities and to penetrate the interior of the country, creating a commercial connection between geographically isolated points.


This 7 PDH online course is applicable to civil, mechanical, and control systems engineers, design and construction personnel, technical staff and facility operators who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the purpose of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
  • Understanding the relation of the waterway to the Army Corps of Engineers
  • Understanding the history behind the development of the waterway
  • Understanding the importance of the waterway in wartime
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the USACE publication titled, “History of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway”, as part of the National Waterways Study conducted by the U.S. Army Engineer Water Resources Support Center, Institute of Water Resources, January 1983.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
History of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (2.1 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty five (35) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this USACE publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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