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Aggregate Dredging Forum Scheduled For June in Omaha

The Mining, Reclamation and Dredging Committee of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association is sponsoring a dredging seminar on Sunday, June 3 through Tuesday, June 5 at the Hilton Omaha, Nebraska.

The seminar is designed to meet the needs of aggregate producers who use dredges or have an interest in using dredges in the future. It will include educational seminars, plant tours and manufacturer’s exhibits to provide information useful to both novice and experienced dredgers.

Plant operators, foremen, engineers, superintendents, supervisors and all others who are involved in or interested in being involved in dredging aggregates are urged to attend.

The program will begin with a welcome reception on Sunday, June 3 at 5:30 p.m.

The Monday session will begin with an orientation breakfast for new members and first timers, and a continental breakfast in the exhibit hall for “old timers”. The opening session will include talks on: Dredge Safety in the Aggregates Industry, Mission Critical Safety Principles and Behaviors; Geology and Dredging; and case studies and previews of tours scheduled for the Western Sand and Gravel, Ashland, Nebraska operation, and the Mallard Sand and Gravel Valley, Nebraska operation.

Breakout sessions at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4 will give attendees a choice of the following three talks:

Honey, I Sunk The Dredge: Underwater Salvage And Repairs On Dredges; Everything You Wanted to Know About Pumping But Were Afraid to Ask by Jeff Boone, Metso Minerals – Thomas Pumps Division; and How to Spec. a Dredge: Matching the Application to the Right Equipment and Considering the Cost Alternatives by William Wetta, Dredging Supply Company.

A breakout session on Monday afternoon will give a choice of Basics of Mechanical Dredging by Chris Nelson of Rohr; Moving a Dredge: Practices to Move a Dredge Short and Long Distances. Moving Various Sizes of Dredges, by Steve Hatfield of Cornejo Materials; and Preventing Breakdowns with Proper Dredge Maintenance Strategies, by Rick Parton, Sahara Sand, Silvi Companies.

Monday afternoon sessions give a choice of Dealing with Oil Spills: What To Do, How to Clean Up; Automation Products Specifically for Dredging by Jay Wise of Kruse Controls; and a presentation on Fuel Alternatives.

A Dredging Roundtable is scheduled for Monday at 3:45.

Tuesday begins with a New Products session from 7:30 to 8:30, where manufacturers have 10-minute slots to present new products to the group.

The field trip to Mallard Sand and Gravel and Western Sand and Gravel is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibitors include Dredging Supply Company, Kruse Controls, Metso Minerals, Polydeck Screen Corporation, Rohr Corporation, Rotonics Manufacturing Inc., Supreme Manufacturing Inc., and Twinkle Company.

The Hilton Omaha is at 1001 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68102, www.hilton.com. For reservations, call 800-445-8667 or 402-998-3400. Cutoff date for special room rate of $135 is Friday, May 18.

Registration fee is $520 for members and $630 for non-members; $180 spouse or guest; $40 for the tour. Attendees can register on line at www.nssga.org; or contact National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; 2007 Dredging Seminar & Expo; P.O. Box 92281; Washington, DC 20090-2281; fax with credit card info to 703-525-7742; phone 800-342-1415.

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