European Study on Dike Upgrades Kicks Off (The Netherlands)

A major new European research project began this month to look at the impact of vegetation on waves using satellite data and field measurements.

The ultimate aim of the study will be to develop a software tool for water managers and consultants that will allow them to determine the role of vegetation in damping waves in a particular area.

This may have implications for the design of dike upgrades. If vegetation plays a major role in damping the impact of waves on a particular dike section, it may be possible to make savings on upgrading the dike.

At the moment, the impact of vegetation is not included in calculations for dike assessments anywhere in the world.

Deltares will coordinate this project, which will take four years and involve collaboration with four research institutions: Cambridge University (UK), GeoEcoMar (Romania), Netherlands Institute for Marine Research, Texel (NL) and the University of Cadiz (Spain).

End users will be involved at an early stage to ensure that the tool is user-friendly and meets their requirements.

The aim is also to ensure that the prototype can be used in places other than the test locations.

Press Release, January 30, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) 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.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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