CEDA–IADC Training Course “Environmental Aspects of Dredging” to be Presented in Africa

The training course “Environmental Aspects of Dredging”, jointly developed by the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) and the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC), will be presented for the first time in Africa in November this year.

This course has been initiated by the African Section of CEDA (CEDA-AS) in response to the request of numerous African CEDA members.

Dredging projects across Africa are increasingly subject to environmental scrutiny and this course is an excellent means to gain understanding of the various issues and up-to-date approaches in order to plan and execute dredging projects in an environmentally responsible manner.

The two-day course is based on the CEDA–IADC book published by Taylor and Francis in 2008 of the same title. With contributions from many experts, researchers and professionals and edited by Nick Bray, the book and the training course treat all aspects of the interaction of environment and dredging including the assessment of design effects, process effects, sampling and testing, dredged material management.

New pertinent case studies are also presented. It reflects recent changes in international and regional legislation and the most upto- date industry advances.

During the course participants receive:

• a balanced view of the whole subject of environment and dredging;

• detailed insight into the perspectives of the different stakeholders;

• information on state-of-the-art environmental evaluation procedures and

• a vast amount of information based on the many many years of practical experience of the course leaders.

The course has been designed to maximize the learning potential, alternating between formal lectures and hands-on workshops. The lectures are given by two renowned specialists with broad experience both with dredging projects and training – Gerard van Raalte (Hydronamic, the Netherlands) and Pol Hakstege (Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Centre for Public Works, Department Hydraulic Engineering and Environment, the Netherlands).

During the workshops participants work in small groups on case studies based on real projects, giving them the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned during the presentations. The registration fee for the course is Euro 950. This includes the presentation slides as hard copy, the CEDA-IADC book “Environmental Aspects of Dredging” edited by Nick Bray, published by Taylor and Francis (a €125 value); as well as lunches, coffee breaks and participation in the gala dinner.

The training course is aimed at consultants in dredging-related industries and professionals from different governmental bodies, whether municipalities, district water boards, ports and harbor authorities or central government.

As with previous training courses, the organisers expect that the participants will represent a broad range of disciplines and expertise. The official language of the training course is English. However, if needed, occasional translation into / from French language will be available.

About CEDA

The Central Dredging Association (CEDA) is an international professional membership organisation for all those involved in dredging related activities and who live or work in Europe, Africa, or the Middle East. CEDA provides an independent forum for the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, maritime construction and dredged material management.

Members are drawn from many fields and include consultants, research and educational institutes, port authorities, government agencies, dredging contractors, builders of dredging vessels, and suppliers of ancillary equipment. CEDA encompasses a wide range of disciplines and activities and does not represent the interests of any particular industry sector. The African Section of CEDA was set up in 2002.

About IADC

IADC stands for “International Association of Dredging Companies” and is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry. As such IADC is dedicated to not only promoting the skills, integrity and reliability of its members, but also the dredging industry in general. IADC has over one hundred main and associated members.

Together they represent the forefront of the dredging industry.



Source: iadc-dredging, August 19, 2010