Dredging is often a key part of coastal infrastructure projects and is a crucial activity in maintaining the navigability of waterways, estuaries, ports and harbors, and in delivering construction aggregates.
It has been estimated that the global dredging market is worth approximately $10.5 billion per annum, yet dredging is a highly specialist discipline and not one which is typically covered in Civil Engineering degree courses.
The cost of undertaking dredging works is often high – in tens of thousands per day – plus these activities commonly have considerable risks associated with them. Factors such as weather delays, unknown seabed conditions (and therefore dredging plant suitability), and unexploded ordnance all contribute to the risk and cost of dredging activities. Specialist dredging training can help to mitigate against these risks, and therefore reduce unforeseen costs.
HR Wallingford has created a two-day dredging course to support port authorities and regulators in the planning, managing and monitoring of dredging projects.
The course covers the lifecycle of dredging projects, highlighting the environmental aspects with the view to minimizing the impacts on the surrounding environment, as well as the costs and risks involved.
Led by international experts in the field, this classroom-based training combines theory, practical exercises and open discussion to give insight into real-life dredging projects.
The next course takes place on Tuesday 4 – Wednesday 5 October 2016, at HR Wallingford’s offices in Oxfordshire.