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WEDA's Dredging 101 Short Course  

Basics of Dredging, Dredged Material Management, and Environmental Considerations

Fees: $150 for all participants

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) is a professional organization connecting individuals, companies, other organizations and individuals interested in the field of dredging within North, South & Central America. 

Monday, July 17, 2023
8:00 AM to Noon

MGM Grand Las Vegas
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109





General Course Overview:  -  View draft outline
The Dredging 101 - “Basics of Dredging, Dredged Material Management and Environmental Considerations” course has been developed and is provided exclusively by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) for the purpose of helping anyone interested in learning about the basics of dredging and dredged material and environmental considerations in an easy, enjoyable and efficient manner.

The course material was established to give a comprehensive overview of:

  • what dredging is;
  • why it is being performed;
  • how it is being done;
  • what types of equipment are being used;
  • what factors are used to determine the equipment type, including transporting dredged material;
  • what dredged material disposal or placement (e.g., beneficial use) options are available;
  • what are the environmental concerns about dredging and disposal of dredged material;
  • what are the measures to manage potential environmental impacts;
  • what regulations/permits apply to dredging and dredged material disposal or placement;

This course qualifies for 4 Professional Development Hours (PDH's). Certificates will be issued via email upon request.

Who Should Attend?
The course is ideally suited for those that are not involved in dredging for a major portion of their normal daily work. Individuals that deal with dredging occasionally or somewhat frequently as part of their work and need to have a good working knowledge and understanding of dredging will benefit from this course.

  • federal, state, and local regulators and environmental resource managers
  • project managers
  • journalists
  • new contractors
  • environmental consulting engineers and environmental scientists;
  • members of environmental interest groups;
  • anyone who has to communicate with others about specifics of dredging projects;

About the Instructor:

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Robert Ramsdell has been in the dredging industry for 33 years. His first 31 years were with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock company. He spent ten years in the field, supporting, planning, and managing dredging projects. This time included hydrographic surveying, dredge operations planning, working closely with crews, working with clients, and dredge performance optimization. Robert also spent twenty-one years in the Production Department, where he developed tools (software) and procedures for estimating, operations analysis, research, optimization, and troubleshooting. He has worked on US domestic and international projects (up to $500M in revenue) with all types and sizes of dredging plant.

In addition, Robert was the Director of R&D at GLD&D, working closely with researchers in government and academia to support their work and advance dredging knowledge. Working with colleagues at GLD&D and in the dredging industry, he has contributed to research of pipeline transport of solids, cutter suction dredge spillage, safety, the mechanical properties of clay, and more. Robert is currently a dredging consultant and Principal at DredgingResources.net, where he works with ports and the USACE on project planning, and provides training and software services to dredging contractors.

This Dredging 101 Course is being offered by WEDA as part of our mission to share knowledge and information about dredging. Because WEDA is a non-profit organization, with its goal not to make money but to share information, WEDA is offering this course at a very low cost of $150.

The Dredging 101 course registration is located on the Dredging Summit & Expo registration page. The course can be added to your registration or purchased separately. Dredging Summit & Expo registration is not mandatory to participate in the course.

All participants: $150

If you have any questions or need assistance registering, please get in touch with us at info@westerndredging.org.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!