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WEDA Members Meet in Toronto

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) will host the Dredging Summit & Expo 2014, from June 15 to 18 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

WEDA works to promote the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction to provide a forum for technical conferences and improve communication and technology transfer.

The 2014 summit Expanding the Dredging World opens with a short course on Sunday, June 15, followed by a hosted reception and icebreaker in the exhibit hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The conference opening ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 16, followed by the first technical sessions at 9:30 a.m. At the opening ceremonies, Ram Mohan of Anchor QEA, LLC, and WEDA chairman and president, will speak, along with local keynote speaker Roger Santiago, the head of sediment remediation for Environment Canada, who will speak on Great Lakes sediment policy; and K.A. Lundy, P.E., director of infrastructure, planning and environment, Toronto Port Authority, who will speak on dredging at the Port of Toronto.

The technical sessions are broken into the following tracks: Modeling and Analysis, Trailing Suction and Deep Depth Dredges, Lubricants and Fuels, Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, History and Practice of Dredging, Dredging Case Studies, Environmental Remediation, WEDA Safety Commission Panel – Expanding Safety Awareness and Action in the Dredging World, Dredging and Disposal, WEDA Environmental Commission Panel – Setting a Course: Future Directions of the Disposal at Sea Assessment Framework for Dredged Material in Canada, Dredge Material Management, and Dredge Monitoring.

The conference includes more than 65 technical presentations, during the session tracks. Some topics and speakers include: Experimental Measurement of a Model Pipeline Dredge Entrance Loss Coefficient, Joseph Girani and Robert Randall of Texas A&M University; An Analysis of the Hydrostatic Approach of Wilson for the Friction of a Sliding Bed, Sape Miedema of Delft University, and Robert Ramsdell of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company; Performance of Capping Methods for Sediments of the Lower Hackensack River Jersey City, New Jersey, Mark Nielsen and Jose Sananes of ENVIRON, Ram Mohan and Walter Dinicola of Anchor QEA, William Hague and John Morris of Honeywell, and Tim Donegan of Sevenson Environmental Services; Applications of Artificial Intelligence on the Dredge Controls of a Hopper Dredge, Riny Mourik and Jacco Osnabrugge of IHC Systems; Modern Design of Trailing Suction Hopper Dredges - How Research Leads to Opportunities, Erik van der Blom and Andre Kik of IHC Holland BV Dredgers, and Leo van Ingen of Dredge Technology Corporation; Readily Biodegradable Solutions Meet Environmental and Performance Challenges for Dredging Operators, Matt Houston, RSC Bio Solutions; Defining Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants: Addressing the Confusion of EAL Names and Base Oil Technology, Jared Mikacich of PANOLIN America; The Randle Reef Sediment Remediation Project - The Dredging and On-site Containment of PAH Contaminated Sediment, Roger Santiago, Rupert Joyner, Matt Graham and Erin Hartman of Environment Canada; Assessment and Management of Mercury and Pulp-Waste Contaminated Sediments in Thunder Bay North Harbour, Ontario, Canada, Mark Bassingthwaite of Cole Engineering and Kay Kim and Roger Santiago of Environment Canada; U.S Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Mission: Dredging of Channels and Waterways, Mark Pointon and Tom Verna of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources; Dredging Sacred Waters - Ernest Hemingway’s Silver Creek Fishing Hole, Eric Anderson of Golden Enviro, LLC; An Overview of the Department of National Defence (DND), Esquimalt Harbour Remediation Project, Dan Salvage and Michael Bodman of Canadian Department of National Defence; Coastal Engineering Aspects of Arctic Dredging Realized for the Oil Industry: TOF Sealift Operation at Chayvo Beach Sakhalin, Russia, Aaron Horine and Vladimir Shepsis of Coast & Harbor Engineering, Inc.; Beneficial Reuse of Dredged Material as Construction Grade Fill Material, Michael Roscoe and William Bradfield of Schnabel Engineering Consultants, Inc.; Environmental Dredging and Capping for the East Branch of the Grand Calumet River, Kenneth Mika, Christopher Musson and Richard Weber of Natural Resource Technology, Inc. and Tyler Lee of J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.; Environment Canada’s Guidelines for Selecting Sitesfor Disposal at Sea, Suzanne Agius and Deborah Austin of Environment Canada, and Craig Vogt of Craig Vogt, Inc.; Jacksonville Port Authority Dredging Challenges - Successful Management of Dredged Material Management Area Capacity Issues, Jacksonville, Florida, Robert Wagner and John Adams of Taylor Engineering, and Joe Miller of Jacksonville Port Authority; Development and Implementation of a Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring Program for Dredging and Capping Construction Activities on Onondaga Lake, Sam Haffey, Kim Powell, Joe Detor, Matt Smith, James Ryan, Christopher Pelrah and Ram Mohan of Anchor QEA, LLC and William Hague and Larry Somer of Honeywell International, Inc.; Soil Washing Treatment of Dredged Sediments at the Port of Pescara, Stany Pensaert and S. D’Haene of DEME Environmental Contractors, and Tom Cnudde of TerraSea Environmental Contractors; Beach Nourishment of a Coastal Town Using Geotextile Tubes, Angel Diaz of Geomembranas y Geosinteticos and Christopher Timpson of TenCate Geosynthetics; Demonstration of an Activated Carbon Sediment Amendment at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, Victor Magar of ENVIRON International Corporation.


Around 40 exhibitors will be at the Dredging
Summit & Expo 2014. The following is a list of
exhibitors and their booth numbers:
American Chemical Technologies, #406
AML Oceanographic, #610
AMPHIBEX, #502 and 504
ARC Surveying & Mapping, #101
Aqua Blok, Ltd., #303
Cable Arm, #201 and 300
Carylon Sediments Group, #302
Damen Dredging Equipment, BV, #401 and
Del Tank & Filtration Systems, #104
Dragflow North America, #503
Dredge Technology, #600
Dredging Supply Company, #106
EA Engineering, Science & Technology, #305
Ecology and Environment, Inc., #304
Ellicott Dredges, LLC, #307
Envirolin Canada, #506
The Hague Academic Press, #507
Holland Marine Technologies BV, #604
Higgs Hydrographic Tek, #207
HIS Global Limited, #103
Huesker, Inc., #407
HYPACK, Inc., #107
IHS Maritime, #402
International Dredging Review, #216
Jay Cashman, Inc., #403
Kruse Control, Inc., #505
Neptune Floatation, #100
Ocean Group, #606
R2 Sonic, #620
Ryba Marine Construction Co., #203 and 205
Ryzhka International, LLC, #306
Salem-Republic Rubber Co., #405
Sevenson Environmental Services, #200
Snyder Industries, #202
Spirax Sarco, Inc., #400
SRS Crisafulli, #618
Tencate Geo Tube, #301
Thern, Inc., #206
Western Dredging Association, #616

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