USA: San Antonio Hosts “The Nuts & Bolts of Dredging”

The Nuts & Bolts of Dredging

WEDA 32nd/TAMU 43rd Annual Conference will take place June 10th – June 13th, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

The theme of this conference “The Nuts & Bolts of Dredging” will focus on dredging and environmental issues associated with dredging programs that create a strong economy and enhance the marine environment.

This conference will be a forum for discussions between North, Central and South American Dredging Contractors, Port Authorities, Other Government Agencies, Environmentalists, Consultants, Academicians, Civil/Ocean Engineers throughout the Western Hemisphere who work in the exciting fields of dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction and the enhancement of the marine environment.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Western Hemisphere Dredging Projects

– Ports, River, Harbors & Inland Dredging

– Dredging & the W. Hemisphere Economy

– Budgeting & Cost Estimating

– Environmental Dredging

– Dredging for Flood Control

– Beneficial Use of Dredged Material

– Geotechnical Aspects

– Project Case Studies, W. Hemisphere

– Wetland Creation & Restoration

– Dredging Challenges

– Surveying & Mapping

– Dredging for Beach Nourishment

– New Dredging Equipments

– Numerical Modeling

– Environmental Cleanup Sites

– Dredge Safety Issues

– Dredging Operations.

WEDA is a member of The World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA). The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) region covers North, Central and South America. The Central Dredging Association (CEDA) covers most of Europe, Africa, and the Mid and Near East. The Eastern Dredging Association (EADA) covers the Far East and Pacific region. The three organizations constitute the World Organization of Dredging Association (WODA) with equal representation on the WODA Board of Directors. The goals and objectives are common for each of the three organizations, however operations to attain these are independently carried out.

Goals and Objectives

– To promote the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction by sponsoring or co-sponsoring national and international technical conferences, seminars, and symposiums, including publication and dissemination of the proceedings.

– To provide a forum for improvement of communications, technology transfer, and cooperation among associations, societies, and all organizations interested in dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction.

– To emphasize the importance of understanding and development of solutions for problems related to the protection and enhancement of the marine environment.

– To support educational institutions for students interested in pursuing dredging and marine engineering as a career.

– To promote membership in and furtherance of the Western Dredging Association through establishment and support of Chapters.

– To recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding engineering and operational achievement.


Dredging Today Staff, June 6, 2012; Image: westerndredging