USA: KS Associates Completes Services for Lake Erie Dredging Project

KS Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and surveying firm located in Elyria, Ohio, has completed engineering and construction-related services for an important dredging project for the Vermilion Port Authority.

The project involved the removal of approximately 45,000 cubic yards of sand and sediment in the Vermilion Outer Harbor and in the Vermilion River up to the State Route 6 Bridge. Now complete, the project will help to maintain adequate water levels for safe and efficient boating operations. Dredging operations of this federal navigation channel commenced in October 2013 and were complete one month later in November 2013.

KS Associates’ role on the project was to perform soundings, or lake-bottom and water-level measurements, before and after dredging to calculate and confirm dredge quantities; perform GPS hydrographic surveying; prepare bid documents; and perform construction inspection services. The dredging contract was awarded to Geo. Gradel Co., a Toldeo-based contractor.

The project was funded through a $506,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the first-ever grant of its kind allotted for a Lake Erie dredging project. According to Eileen Bulan, Mayor of the City of Vermilion, “Typically, dredging of federal channels is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; however, federal budget cuts prohibited the project from moving forward. The City of Vermilion worked closely with the Vermilion Port Authority and ODNR to identify, apply for and secure a grant from the state, allowing the project to move forward.

Mayor Bulan added, “Vermilion is known as the crowning jewel of the South Shore of Lake Erie and is a thriving lakeside community. Maintenance of the Vermilion Outer Harbor and the Vermilion River helps the City remain an attractive destination for commercial and recreational boaters, which are important economic drivers.”

Press Release, December 17, 2013


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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

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