Young Author Award presented at CEDA Dredging Days 2017

Young Author Award presented at CEDA Dredging Days 2017

16 Nov 2017

The International Association of Dredging Companies bestowed the Young Authors Award to Jordy Boone, author of the winning paper “1DH Modeling of Transport and Sedimentation Inside a Hopper of a Trailing Suction Dredger”. IADC’s Young Authors Award aspires to recognise young individuals working in the fields of dredging and maritime research. The paper was presented during CEDA Dredging Days 2017 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Delivering a clear and succinct presentation during the conference, author Jordy Boone offered an explanation of the paper’s innovative methodology which models the estimated amount of material in a TSHD’s hopper. Selected from the proceedings of CEDA Dredging Days 2017, the paper was supported by the CEDA Paper Committee and experts from the IADC’s member companies. On behalf of the committees, IADC Secretary General René Kolman remarked the winning paper addresses: “a common but important problem of estimating the loading of a hopper. Mr Boone has made a fast and reliable practical model validated against laboratory prototype measurements”. In addition, the paper “excels in academic, diligence and accessible writing, and presents a practical simulation tool and model based on in-depth studies. It is a good example of linking theory and practice, and the reviewers see possibilities to further improve hopper loading”. Jordy Boone shared the honour with his co-author and colleague Michel de Nijs.



The purpose of the IADC’s Young Author Award is “to stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry”. Every year at selected conferences, the IADC recognises the best paper written by authors younger than 35 years of age. The Conference Paper Committee recommends papers that make a significant contribution to the literature on dredging and related fields. The winner of the Award receives € 1,000 and a trophy of recognition, and the paper may also be published as an article in the quarterly journal Terra et Aqua.


Held from 9-10 November 2017 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, CEDA Dredging Days 2017 concluded with the Young Author Award ceremony. Occurring every two years, CEDA Dredging Days takes place in co-junction with the Europort Maritime Exhibition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This year’s edition attracted 245 delegates, speakers and exhibitors from 15 countries.