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Photo Feature: Highlights of WEDA 30/TAMU 41

Ray Bergeron, the 2010 Dredger of the Year, with his award.  Bergeron was honored for giving the dredging industry a clamshell bucket that can dredge contaminated material that creates little or no turbidity, and which digs with a level cut, leaving no potholes that can re-fill with contaminants. He convinced the industry and government entities of the  bucket’s usefulness, sometimes overcoming great skepticism.  He told IDR that the award should go jointly to the industry leaders who were willing to take a chance on a new idea and gave his buckets a try.

Ray Bergeron, the 2010 Dredger of the Year, with his award. Bergeron was honored for giving the dredging industry a clamshell bucket that can dredge contaminated material that creates little or no turbidity, and which digs with a level cut, leaving no potholes that can re-fill with contaminants. He convinced the industry and government entities of the bucket’s usefulness, sometimes overcoming great skepticism. He told IDR that the award should go jointly to the industry leaders who were willing to take a chance on a new idea and gave his buckets a try.

Eric Seagren was awarded the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for his career, starting in 1976, that included finding a market for the first Mud Cat dredges ever built, including in midwestern lakes and ponds, and pioneering the dredging of coal fines. He

Eric Seagren was awarded the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for his career, starting in 1976, that included finding a market for the first Mud Cat dredges ever built, including in midwestern lakes and ponds, and pioneering the dredging of coal fines. He

Ed Trainer and Glenn Lundin flank the working GeoTube that won their booth the Most Educational title for the 2010 show. In additional to the model, the display included video presentations of GeoTube applications.

Ed Trainer and Glenn Lundin flank the working GeoTube that won their booth the Most Educational title for the 2010 show. In additional to the model, the display included video presentations of GeoTube applications.

Dr. Don Hayes, professor at the University of Louisiana
at Lafayette, received the Best Paper award for for “Role of Dredging in a Sustainable Louisiana Coastline”.

Dr. Don Hayes, professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, received the Best Paper award for for “Role of Dredging in a Sustainable Louisiana Coastline”.

Tahirih Lackey of the U.S. Army Research and Development Center (ERDC) received the second place, Best Paper sponsored by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, for “Transport and Fate of Winter Flounder Eggs Near Dredging Operations

Tahirih Lackey of the U.S. Army Research and Development Center (ERDC) received the second place, Best Paper sponsored by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, for “Transport and Fate of Winter Flounder Eggs Near Dredging Operations", with co-authors Sung

Nick J. Picou of Dredging Supply Company received the third place Best Paper for “An Evolution in the Design of the Deepest Mining Dredge in the Western Hemisphere” with co-author Robert Wetta.

Nick J. Picou of Dredging Supply Company received the third place Best Paper for “An Evolution in the Design of the Deepest Mining Dredge in the Western Hemisphere” with co-author Robert Wetta.

Dr. Robert Randall, director of the Center for Dredging  Studies, left, and David Krams, senior project engineer at the Port of Corpus Christi,during a break at the TAMU  Dredging Seminar on June 7.

Dr. Robert Randall, director of the Center for Dredging Studies, left, and David Krams, senior project engineer at the Port of Corpus Christi,during a break at the TAMU Dredging Seminar on June 7.

Kaitlin McCormic, environmental scientist at EA
Engineering, accepts the International Association
of Dredging Companies (IADC) award for
Best Paper by a Young Author. Her paper was
entitled: “Masonville Dredged Material Containment Facility: Envir

Kaitlin McCormic, environmental scientist at EA Engineering, accepts the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) award for Best Paper by a Young Author. Her paper was entitled: “Masonville Dredged Material Containment Facility: Envir

The 30th annual meeting of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), in conjunction with the 41st Texas A&M University (TAMU) Dredging Seminar, was held at the Rio Mar Hotel and Resort near San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 6 through 8, 2010.

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