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WEDA Issues Call for Papers for 2008 Annual Meeting

The Western Dredging Association technical paper committee has issued a call for papers for its 18th annual meeting and Texas A&M annual dredging seminar, to be held June 8 through 11 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The theme of the technical sessions will be “Why We Dredge”, and will focus on dredging throughout the Western Hemisphere, its impact on the global economy and on the marine environment. The theme will provide a forum for dredging contractors, port and harbor authorities, government agencies, environmentalists, consultants, civil and marine engineers, surveyors, shipyards, vendors, and academicians to exchange information and knowledge with their professional colleagues.

Important discussions on “why we dredge” and the importance of dredging will be asked and answered. Also asked and answered will be the effect inability to dredge would have on the world economy and environment. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: dredging in Brazil, environmental concerns, history of dredging in Brazil, rivers and inland dredging, beneficial uses of dredged material, geotechnical aspects, wetland creation and restoration, beach nourishment, dredging systems and techniques, automation in dredging, new dredging equipment, numerical modeling, surveying and equipment, contaminated sediments, cost estimating, dredging and navigation, economic benefits of dredging, and project case studies.

The Technical Papers Committee will review all one-page abstracts and notify authors of acceptance. Final manuscript is required for published proceedings. Submission of abstracts implies a firm commitment from the authors to make a presentation at the conference.
Abstracts should be submitted to one of the following members of the technical papers committee:

Dr. Ram K. Mohan, Committee Chair
Blasland, Bouck & Lee
500 North Gulp Road, Ste 401
King of Prussia, PA 19496
Tel: 610 337 7601
Fax: 610 337 7609

Dr. Robert E. Randall
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3136
Tel: 979 845 4568
Fax: 979 862 8162 4568

Steve Garbaciak
BBL An Arcadis Company
30 West Monroe Street, Ste 1710
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: 313 332 4937
Fax: 313 332 4434

Timeline: submission of one-page abstracts by January 7, 2008; notification of presenters by February 8th 2008; submission of final paper by April 15, 2008.

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