INTRODUCTION TO THE CONGRESS THEME
“Dredging is Changing” and this change is evident everywhere
Dredging is an essential tool. The use of dredging expertise is expanding beyond the traditional areas of port development, river deepening and land reclamation. Dredging is now also integral to offshore energy and deep-sea mining expansion opportunities. The need for more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly construction practices has been a driver for innovation in dredging equipment and engineered solutions.
Today, all industries are challenged with meeting the sustainability objectives detailed in the UN’s 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These challenges have continued to drive innovation in all dredging sectors, from project proponents such as government agencies and ports, to regulators, consultants and shipyards. WODA has been a leader in sustainability, and in 2013, at WODCON XX in Brussels, Belgium, WODA members signed the ‘WODA Principles for Sustainable Dredging’. The fact that it still stands today, is a testament to WODA’s progressive contributions to the science of dredging. WODA continues to be committed not only to meeting current sustainability objectives but also to meeting future needs.
The dredging sector’s contribution to the UN SDGs is illustrated through the following activities:
- Using innovative equipment, technologies, processes and approaches, to minimise the negative impacts on the natural environment and society.
- Developing innovative solutions where we can create added value when undertaking projects that are essential for the socio-economic welfare.
- Dredging as a required tool to construct navigation infrastructure that supports humanity through access to food and supplies, promotes ethical work environments, and promotes economic growth and trade, industry innovation and infrastructure, and sustainable cities and economies.
- Dredging as a tool to provide coastal protection and infrastructure which supports flood risk management, clean water and sanitation, and, through these efforts, climate action.
Sustainability is manifested in the way we plan, design and implement projects, and in the technology and processes we use. This is a constantly and rapidly changing field and, at WODCON XXIII, we have an opportunity to learn from each other and collaboratively design new tools for the future.
In addition to the scientific and technical sessions, there will be many opportunities for companies and organisations to showcase their innovative products and services, in the exhibition and during dedicated pitch talk sessions.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The WODA Technical Papers and Programme Committee (WTPPC) invites abstracts for contributions from scientists and practitioners representing: project promoters, academia, research and knowledge institutes, engineering firms, regulators, equipment designers and manufacturers, suppliers of ancillary equipment, and legal firms and financiers in traditional areas of dredging.
The official language of WODCON XXIII is English: all abstracts and papers as well as the presentations must be in English. The organisers will not be able to accept contributions in any other languages.
Topics for abstracts
We are interested in abstracts on topics which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Advances in dredging equipment and technology
- Mitigating and adapting to climate change
- Energy efficiency of projects and equipment including alternative fuels, emission reduction
- Management of dredged sediment (beneficial use, treatment, disposal)
- Habitat improvement and restoration, countering loss of biodiversity
- Nature-based solutions
- Ecosystem services
- Environmental control of projects
- underwater sound
- monitoring (including modelling)
- Financing sustainable marine and freshwater infrastructure projects
- Regulations, international policy and its consequences for dredging
- Contracting, including early contractor involvement
- Trends on integrated product and project development
- Social impact assessments and stakeholder involvement
Some suggested project examples
The above listed topics can be discussed on their own, or as part of project examples. Some examples are listed below:
- Traditional areas such as:
- Port construction and maintenance
- Navigation channel development and maintenance
- River deepening
- Coastal and inland flood protection
- Beach nourishment
- Remediation dredging
- Reservoir dredging
- Immersed tunnels
- Land reclamation
- Aggregate dredging
- Offshore oil and gas
- Emerging areas, such as:
- Offshore renewable energy
- Offshore pipeline and cable burial and protection
- Deep-sea mining
- Energy islands
The WTPPC invites abstracts in English language in three categories, each with its own specifications and requirements, as outlined below.
Each abstract submission, paper and presentation application will be reviewed by the WTPPC, and will be approved before publication, in the congress proceedings, or presentation at WODCON XXIII. All contributions must be free of direct commercialism. (There will be opportunities for commercial exposure, for companies and organisations, during dedicated programme elements of WODCON XXIII.)
The deadline for abstract submission in each category is 17 September 2021
Authors from the CEDA and WEDA regions must submit the abstracts online as follows:
CEDA region: https://na.eventscloud.com/eSites/wodconxxiii/Homepage
WEDA region: https://weda.sharefile.com/r-r547e1e14b8d546d08a5901ad1c26d29d
EADA region: Please send abstracts by e-mail to:
Category 1: Abstracts for published papers and oral presentations at the congress
- Abstracts should be 300 words maximum. Please also provide 5 keywords.
- The TPCC of each region will assess the abstracts and invite successful authors to write full papers. All draft manuscripts will undergo a peer-review for quality, correctness, originality and relevance. All accepted papers will be included in the congress proceedings.
- Final papers should be 4000-6000 words in length. They must be original and should not have been published, or offered for publication, elsewhere.
- Presentations will be 20 minutes long, including 2 minutes for a brief discussion.
- The best congress paper, by an author under 35 years of age, will win the International Association of Dredging Companies’ Young Authors Award. The winner will receive this award during the event. For details, please visit the congress website.
Category 2: Extended abstracts for oral presentations at the congress
- The extended abstracts should be approximately 750 words. Please also provide 5 keywords.
- The TPCC of each region will assess the extended abstracts and invite successful authors to submit their final abstracts and presentation materials. All materials will undergo a peer-review for quality, correctness, originality and relevance.
- The extended abstracts will be published in the congress proceedings.
- Contributions in this category will be presented in different formats. For this purpose, presenters will undertake to work with CEDA’s TPPC. Together, they will develop an appropriately mutual presentation format.
Category 3: Extended abstracts for hosting panel discussions at the congress
- Discussions which relate to applied research or projects, are strongly encouraged, where dredging contributes to the achievements of one or more of the 17 SDGs. The panel should have a broad composition, and, in the case of projects, it should always have one panellist who represents the project proponent(s).
- Prospective panel session organisers should submit extended abstracts of approximately 750 words. These should describe the overall topics and important discussion points and provide 5 keywords. Abstracts should also include the names and affiliations of the panellists (at least 4 people including the moderator) and the discussion point to be covered by each.
- The TPCC of each region will assess the submissions and invite successful teams to contribute to the congress programme.
- The extended abstracts will be published in the congress proceedings.
Important deadlines for the authors (in all 3 categories):
- Submission of abstracts: 17 September 2021
- Notification of acceptance: 5 October 2021
- Submission of draft manuscripts: 10 January 2022
- Reviewer comments to authors: 9 February 2022
- Submission of final papers: 9 March 2022