24 September 2020 – IADC has officially released its ‘Annual Report 2019’. The annual report of the IADC has been compiled on behalf of the Board. It outlines the Association’s state of affairs, as well the broad spectrum of activities it undertook over the course of the year. IADC’s key projects and events in 2019 are presented in full.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2019

One of the major highlights from the year was the conference ‘Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure’ in October 2019 in New Delhi, where participants explored the overarching question ‘How can dredging be sustainable?’ The conference centred on the philosophy of the book Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure which guides project owners in the design, implementation and management of water infrastructure projects with a dredging component using state-of-the art research and project management methods. The book has been written by policymakers, consultants, designers and contractors and is greatly relevant for these professionals..

CONNECTING MEMBER COMPANIES

We also connected member company employees with each other at the Young Management Programme in Madrid, Spain and a network event for young employees in Hilvarenbeek, the Netherlands. At the networking event more than 60 young professionals from around the world came together to discuss innovation and developments in the dredging industry while becoming acquainted with IADC and its activities.

The well-known IADC ‘Seminar on Dredging and Reclamation’ was held twice in 2019, first in Delft (NL) and later in Mumbai (India).

AWARDS FOR SAFETY AND RESEARCH

The IADC Safety Award winner for 2019 was Boskalis with its ‘floating line connecting system’. Connecting floating pipes is an operation that can be risky for the people involved. To eliminate these risks Boskalis developed a system that allows lines to be connected without manpower. Mr Hans Dieteren accepted the award on behalf of Boskalis at the IADC Annual General Meeting in New Delhi.

The Young Author Award for 2019 was bestowed twice in 2019. It was first awarded to Ms Cao Lei, Engineer at the CCCC National Engineering Research Centre of Dredging Technology and Equipment in Shanghai, China at the 22nd ‘World Dredging Congress’ held in Shanghai. Ms Cao Lei was selected for co-authoring the research paper ‘Numerical Investigation on the Head and Unsteady Flow Characteristics of a Dredge Pump Loading High-Concentration Sands’.
Then it was awarded to Liesbeth De Keukelaere, R&D Professional at VITO in Belgium during the ‘CEDA Dredging Days 2019’. Ms De Keukelaere was selected for co-authoring the research paper ‘Mapping Water Quality with Drones – Test Case in Texel’. A pilot test case at the Prins Hendrikzanddijk project in Texel, the Netherlands, was organised to demonstrate drone technology for water quality monitoring.

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE

Throughout the year the Association propelled its portfolio of projects toward initiation or completion. Some of these were set for launch even beyond 2019. The Knowledge Centre – a tool for the IADC website to optimalise the presentation of its extensive, informative content – was further developed. IADC continued to promote the dredging industry at various conferences worldwide. Moreover, IADC representatives continued to collaborate with other organisations like CEDA, EuDA, IHE, PIANC & IAPH .

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