Advances in Dredging Technology: DMC workshop fuels the debate
For some time now, the Dredging Management Commission (DMC) has been discussing the best ways to reduce the gap between dredging technology related challenges and their solutions. To broaden the discussion, they held the first in a series of workshops, on 28th November 2018, at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. The specially invited audience gathered to discuss the issues and to help shed light on the current and future challenges that project owners face, as well as current and developing technologies.
Everyone at the event agreed on the importance of regular communication and mutual trust, and the need for better collaboration between parties involved in dredging projects. There was a shared understanding that the combined requirements of permits and contracts occasionally lead to unworkable situations, and the need for customisation was sometimes at odds with the prescribed licensing and tender procedures.
Participants also agreed that trust was paramount, as was having a basic knowledge of the essential facts and permit requirements, and that ‘keeping things under hats’ was not conducive to a collaborative way of working.
Further regional workshops, in Belgium, Germany and UK, are being considered to develop the debate. A final international workshop will collate the outcomes from the workshops and feed into the final document which will be a valuable resource for all parties involved in dredging projects.
Everyone at the event agreed on the importance of regular communication and mutual trust…