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WODCON XVIII: The 18th WORLD DREDGING CONFERENCE, May 27 through June 1, Orlando, Florida

Richard Wainio, left, director of the Port of Tampa, and Col. Paul Grosskruger, Jacksonville District Engineer, welcomed attendees to Florida at the opening plenary session.

Richard Wainio, left, director of the Port of Tampa, and Col. Paul Grosskruger, Jacksonville District Engineer, welcomed attendees to Florida at the opening plenary session.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Seiki Takano of Japan’s Ministry of Land talks on dredging in the Bisan-Seto Shipping Route, while Adam Smith of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, right, prepares to give his talk on re-locating coral. Tom Wang, chairman of the session on Environmental

Seiki Takano of Japan’s Ministry of Land talks on dredging in the Bisan-Seto Shipping Route, while Adam Smith of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, right, prepares to give his talk on re-locating coral. Tom Wang, chairman of the session on Environmental

Tsutomu Inada, left, accepts the third place paper award.

Tsutomu Inada, left, accepts the third place paper award.

Yang Zunewi, deputy president and secretary general of the China Dredging Association just before boarding a flight for home.

Yang Zunewi, deputy president and secretary general of the China Dredging Association just before boarding a flight for home.

Ganesh Vaidhyanathan of India asks a question in one of the sessions.

Ganesh Vaidhyanathan of India asks a question in one of the sessions.

The final session crowd watches the best paper awards.

The final session crowd watches the best paper awards.

DSC’s dredge in the parking lot.

DSC’s dredge in the parking lot.

Mark Wilkie, Jo Segura and Antti Kalliola share a laugh at the Rotonics booth.

Mark Wilkie, Jo Segura and Antti Kalliola share a laugh at the Rotonics booth.

Marsha Cohen, left, editor of Terra et Aqua, with Bert Groothuizen at the Tuesday morning breakfast session.

Marsha Cohen, left, editor of Terra et Aqua, with Bert Groothuizen at the Tuesday morning breakfast session.

An SNF representative explains the flocculant-mixing system on display in the parking lot.

An SNF representative explains the flocculant-mixing system on display in the parking lot.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Attendees on the boat tour of Tampa Harbor.

Attendees on the boat tour of Tampa Harbor.

The entrance to the exhibit hall.

The entrance to the exhibit hall.

Dena Dickerson describing the latest research regarding dredging and sea turtles.

Dena Dickerson describing the latest research regarding dredging and sea turtles.

Marvin Storey describes the equipment on Echotrac II survey boat.

Marvin Storey describes the equipment on Echotrac II survey boat.

Bill Hanson and Nadia Lombardero after the Tuesday sessions.

Bill Hanson and Nadia Lombardero after the Tuesday sessions.

Eric Seagren, left, and Bob Engler. Seagren was one of the organizers of the 1989 WODCON in the same location.

Eric Seagren, left, and Bob Engler. Seagren was one of the organizers of the 1989 WODCON in the same location.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

Chen Yung of China Communications Construction will oversee the next WODCON.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

John Dobson, left, and David Padman accept the WODCON XIX baton from Ancil Taylor at the Orlando meeting. The Eastern Dredging Association will host the next WODCON in Beijing.

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Participants in the WODA Environmental Commission meeting were, from left, bottom row, Neville Burt, Dr. Anna Csiti, Dr. Don Hayes, Craig Vogt, Greg Hartman, Marsha Cohen, Phillip Spadaro and Axel Netzban. Second Row, Constantijn Dolmans, Todd Bridges, M

Flavia Mamede Batalha, left, environmental manager of Dratec Engenharia, and her father Marcio B. Batalha, engineer for Dratec, and a screen from their presentation.

Flavia Mamede Batalha, left, environmental manager of Dratec Engenharia, and her father Marcio B. Batalha, engineer for Dratec, and a screen from their presentation.

The graphic from the Batalha’s presentation mentions the Brazil chapter meeting in Rio this December.

The graphic from the Batalha’s presentation mentions the Brazil chapter meeting in Rio this December.

Jim Clausner accepts the DCA-sponsored best paper award for Kevin Riene. Barry Holliday, center, presented the award, along with technical paper Chairman Ram Mohan, right.

Jim Clausner accepts the DCA-sponsored best paper award for Kevin Riene. Barry Holliday, center, presented the award, along with technical paper Chairman Ram Mohan, right.

Gert de Vries, left, of Vuyk Engineering accepts the certificate for the second place paper from Larry Patella while Ram Mohan looks on.

Gert de Vries, left, of Vuyk Engineering accepts the certificate for the second place paper from Larry Patella while Ram Mohan looks on.

Cai Dafu, left, deputy chief of Engineering of the Chang Juang Waterway Institute, with Wang Yan, deputy secretary general of the China Dredging Association.

Cai Dafu, left, deputy chief of Engineering of the Chang Juang Waterway Institute, with Wang Yan, deputy secretary general of the China Dredging Association.

Stéphanie Doorn-Groen presenting her paper that won the IADC best paper award. Panel moderator Tom Wang can be seen behind Doorn-Groen.

Stéphanie Doorn-Groen presenting her paper that won the IADC best paper award. Panel moderator Tom Wang can be seen behind Doorn-Groen.

The opening screen from Stephanie Doorn-Groen's presenation.

The opening screen from Stephanie Doorn-Groen's presenation.

Nearly 500 members of the international dredging community gathered in Orlando, Florida for the 18th World Dredging Congress.

Held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel from May 27 through June 1, the conference comprised 124 technical papers organized by topic, and an exhibition with more than 60 displays, including an outdoor exhibit. Attendees were from 28 nations, highlighted by a delegation of more than 50 individuals from China, who booked nine booth spaces to present Chinese dredging companies and manufacturers.

Four vendors exhibited vessels and other equipment in the hotel parking lot, including Odom’s Echotrac II survey boat, Damen’s amphibious excavator, a Dredging Supply Company dredge and SNF’s sediment treatment facility mounted in a shipping container.

Six technical paper awards were presented at the final session on Friday, June 1. Sponsored by the Dredging Contractors of America, the best paper award went to Kevin Reine of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, and co-authors Douglas Clarke, Charles Dickerson and Scott Pickard, for their paper “Assessment of Potential Impacts of Bucket Dredging Plumes on Walleye Spawning Habitat in Maumee Bay, Ohio”.

The second place award, sponsored by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), was presented to Gert de Vries of Vuyk Engineering, Rotterdam, for “Modification of Dredges, A Crazy Idea or Not?”

The third place award, also sponsored by WEDA, was given to Tsutomu Inada, Kauhiro Tsurugasaki, Tsuyoshi Kanazawa, Shintaro Baba of Toyo Construction Company Ltd, Japan, for “Development of the Tidal Flat and Eeelgrass (AMAMO) Field Creation System With the Effective Use of Dredged Cohesive Material”.

WEDA presented best student paper awards to John Henriksen for “Initial Experiments and Data Acquisition for the Model Dredge Carriage”, and to Derek Wilson for “Dredging Knowledge Base Expert System”.

The best paper winner received a certificate and $1000. The second place received $500 and third place $250. The winner of the best student paper received $500.

The International Association of Dredging Companies presented their annual paper award to Stéphanie Doorn Groen of DHI, Singapore, for “Environmental Monitoring and Management of Reclamation Works Close to Sensitive Habitats”.

Each year at selected conferences, the IADC grants awards for the best papers written by authors younger than 35 years old. The purpose of the award is “to stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry”. The winner receives 1000 euros and a certificate of recognition, and the paper may then be published in Terra et Aqua, the organization’s technical journal, which is distributed gratis throughout the dredging industry.

Organized by the hosting organization Western Dredging Association, WODCON XVIII returned to the Buena Vista Palace where WODCON XVII was held in 1989. The conference steering committee was led by WEDA executive director Larry Patella, with on-site help from Dr. Robert Randall, director of the Texas A&M Center for Dredging Studies, their wives Nancy Patella and Barbara Randall, and students from Texas A&M. Other members of the steering committee were Dr. Anna Csiti, general manager of the Central Dredging Association, and Capt. David Padman of the Eastern Dredging Association (EADA).

Ram Mohan led the international technical paper committee, which selected papers to be given at the conference, established the session topics and schedule, and judged the papers. Also on the committee were Neville Burt, John Dobson, Stephen Garbaciak, Dr. Robert Randall, Dr. Wim Vlasbom and Shuho Yano. Auxiliary events included a pre-conference visit to the Kennedy Space Center, where members toured the Space Shuttle launch facility and lunched with an astronaut. The annual George Watts Open golf tournament, named for the Western Dredging Association’s first executive director and guiding force for many years, was held on Sunday.

LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD

During the conference, Robert Wetta accepted a plaque on behalf of his father, which read, in part, “The Western Dredging Association takes great pleasure in awarding to Thomas J. Wetta III, for his more than 30 years of outstanding and unselfish dedicated service and contributions to the dredging industry and the Western Dredging Association, the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Thomas (Tommy) John Wetta III, because of his superior abilities, knowledge, determination and dedication to his chosen profession has made unparalleled, significant and important contributions to not only the Western Dredging Association but to dredgers throughout the world.”

On Wednesday afternoon the Port of Tampa sponsored a boat tour or the port. The group viewed some of the facilities Port Director and CEO Richard Wainio described at the opening session.

Tampa is the largest port in Florida, handling 50 million tons of cargo each year. The port has an unusual amount of land – 5000 acres (2500 hectares). The port has 71 miles of channels with a controlling depth of 43 feet, and requires 863,000 cubic yards of maintenance dredging every year to maintain the channels, especially through Tampa Bay which is only 10 to 12 feet deep.

At the opening session, Col. Paul Grosskruger, commander of the Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, presented a description and history of the Corps, whose first chief was appointed in 1775, and whose ranks included Merriweather Lewis and William Clark. The military academy at West Point was established to fill a lack of engineering schools in the country.

The navigation mission of the Jacksonville District includes the second largest shoreline in the United States, 17 deep water ports, 28 smaller ports and 16 inland waterway ports. It is the largest civil works district in the Corps of Engineers, said Col. Grosskruger.

Also speaking at the plenary opening session was John Adams, president of WEDA, who welcomed attendees to the meeting. Rewert Werts, president of CEDA thanked the authors, paper committee and organizers. He pointed out that the conference would focus on environmental issues as well as the technical and operational aspects of dredging to contribute to economic growth and sustainable development.

Following the opening meeting, the technical program was split into three or four concurrent sessions for the duration of the conference. Breakfast, lunch and coffee were provided in the exhibit area, where exhibitors reported lively activity throughout the conference. The Chinese exhibits were especially popular for the knotted silk good luck hangings they presented to all visitors.

On Tuesday morning the International Navigation Association, PIANC, hosted a plenary breakfast and presentation by Bert Groothuizen of Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors, the Netherlands. He described the massive land reclamation works being done around the world, especially in the Middle East, saying that with the advent of jumbo hopper dredges, it has become more economical to create new land than to acquire existing land for development.

Transcripts from two environmental sessions, Session 4C and 5B on Tuesday afternoon, were not included in the proceedings. These were presented by the WODA Environmental Commission, and included “Eight Rules of the Road for planning and managing environmental dredging projects.” The official proceedings of this session are published in this issue of IDR beginning on page 12. The proceedings of the panel Innovation in Dredging Through Collaboration, with speakers Elaine Lew, Constantijn Dolmans, David Padman and Marsha Cohen will be presented in the WEDA Technical Journal.

The WODA Environmental commission met during the conference and shared reports of environmental issues, activities, problems and solutions connected with dredging around the world. Attending were members of the CEDA Environmental Steering Committee, the WEDA Environmental Commission, EADA members and other interested people. Many of the members also belong to other environmental groups such as the London (Dumping) Convention and various PIANC working groups. Craig Vogt, chair of the WEDA Environmental Committee has made the minutes of this meeting available for all who wish to see them.

On the penultimate evening of the conference, WEDA chairman Ancil Taylor passed the WODCON “baton” to EADA chairman John Dobson and President Capt. David Padman, whose organization will host the next WODCON, to be held in Beijing in 2010. Chen Tun was introduced as the chair of the organizing committee.

Proceedings of WODCON XVIII are published on a compact disk in PFD format, and can be obtained from the Western Dredging Association, PO Box 5797, Vancouver, WA 98668, USA. Phone 360-750-0209; email: WEDA@comcast.net

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