UPDATE: Lodgemore Dredging Project on Track

Land & Water Services are making excellent progress dredging the canal between Wallbridge Lower Lock and Lodgemore Bridge.

The first work boats in eighty years recently arrived on this stretch of water. Two brand new mud hoppers and a mini push tug are also in the place.

The mud hoppers were manufactured in Birmingham. They will be used to transfer dredged material along the length of newly navigable water.

Two brand new mud hoppers

Cost saving ingenuity

An ingenious cost saving and environmentally sound method of retaining the material on site has been adopted. The northern bank margin which borders onto the rear aspect of Homebase has been reshaped to provide the repository for hundreds of cubic metres of silt.

Environmental benefits explained

Senior Site Manager Chris Spencer said: “Off-site disposal of dredged material to landfill is expensive. So, to save costs for Stroud District Council, we have re-shaped the north bank by creating a flat top, a sort of shelf if you like… We then created a raised bank at the front of the shelf and along its full length. The long reach of the WK80 tracked amphibious excavator allows us to move the material up onto the new flat area behind the banked edge. This process allows the silt to drain and go firm.”

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Next step

Wallbridge Lower Lock is due for refurbishment in Spring 2015. However, some time is to be saved by the Land & Water team whilst they are on site. The company has been tasked with removing the dangerously tilted wall overhanging the lock and to clear material from the lock itself. This will also provide a clearer picture of the structural integrity of the lock.

Funding

Work along this stretch is being funded with the assistance of a £100,000 grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust.

Press Release, September 18, 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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