35th International Seminar on Dredging and Reclamation Coming to Singapore Again

More than ever dredging is in the news. Be it the land reclamation projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi or the cleanup actions in the Gulf of Mexico and China, or the urgency of coastal protection against rising sea levels in this time of climate change. All are reasons why governments continue to invest in maritime infrastructure projects.

Since dredging is an indispensable, but often misunderstood, tool in these projects, the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) decided some years ago to develop an “International Seminar on Dredging and Reclamation”. The seminar is continually updated and provides state-of-the-art information.

This 35th edition of the Seminar will be held in co-operation with the National University of Singapore and take place at the Grand Park City Hall Hotel in Singapore from Monday 8 to Friday 12 November 2010.

The course is given by recognized experts from the world’s leading dredging companies and is aimed at (future) project managers, project staff and decision makers in governments, port and harbour authorities, offshore companies and other organisations that have to execute dredging projects. Over the last fifteen years, this intensive course has reached hundreds of professionals in maritime related fields in Delft, Singapore, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Bahrain, Mexico and Abu Dhabi.

The five-day course provides an understanding of dredging through lectures by experts in the field and workshops. Some of the subjects covered are:

– land reclamation, the development of new ports and maintenance of existing ports;

– project phasing (identification, investigation, feasibility studies, design, construction, and maintenance);

– descriptions of types of dredging equipment and boundary conditions for their use;

– state-of-the-art dredging techniques as well as environmentally sound techniques;

– pre-dredging and soil investigations, designing and estimating from the contractor’s view;

– costing of projects and types of contracts such as charter, unit rates, lump sum and risksharing agreements.

In addition, in each country a visit to a dredging project is planned, if possible combined with a trip on a working trailing suction hopper or cutter dredger.



Source: IADC, August 3, 2010