Juan Andrini wins the IADC Young Author Award 2024

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) bestowed the Young Author Award 2024 to Juan Andrini, Hydraulic and Civil Engineer at Hidrovía S.A. in Argentina.

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IADC’s Young Author Award is given annually to “stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry”.

The award is granted at industry-leading conferences, with 2024’s winning young authors selected from the proceedings of the 35th PIANC World Congress, held from 29 April –3 May 2024 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Juan Andrini was selected as the Young Author Award winner for his contribution to the paper “An efficient tool for environmental control in dredging operations”.

The paper focuses on the implementation of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) as a monitoring tool in dredging operations, particularly in projects involving trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD).

It discusses how AIS can be utilized to track dredging equipment, verify the use of contract-approved zones, estimate dredging volumes and conduct environmental and contractual controls efficiently and cost-effectively.

The practical case study at the Port of Buenos Aires serves as an example to demonstrate the potential and benefits of using AIS in such operations.