Center for Dredging Studies

DredgeThe Center for Dredging Studies was established in 1968 as a result of conferences held between educators, representatives of the dredging industry, manufacturers, and officials at Texas A&M University.

The Center is part of the Ocean Engineering Program in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and is supported by gifts and research grants from the dredging industry and the government.

In addition to research and industrial testing, the Center’s activities include teaching university courses and providing annual seminars and short courses concerning advances in dredging engineering technology. The center sponsors two annual dredging short courses:

Dredging Engineering Short Course Cutter Suction Dredge Simulator Short Course The Center for Dredging Studies also actively generates reports, summarized on the Program Research Report list, and has recently installed a sophisticated dredge carriage in the Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory.

Dredging Engineering Short Course

The Dredging Engineering Short Course is held each year in January in College Station, Texas. The course includes a mixture of lectures, laboratories and discussion on the Texas A&M University campus. The course is administered by the Center for Dredging Studies, the Ocean Engineering Program, and the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering in cooperation with the Office of Professional Development at Texas A&M University.

Two textbooks and course notes on all lecture material are provided with the course registration fee. A certificate and continuing education units (~3.0 CEU’s) are earned by attending this short course. Download the Application & Brochure and return it with the course registration fee by December 1 to guarantee your position in the class. Contact R.E. Randall for additional information: (979) 845-4568, r-randall@tamu.edu. 

Cutter Suction Dredge Simulator Short Course

A cutter suction dredge simulator course is offered annually in January at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. The short course demonstrates the fundamentals of hydraulic dredging using a cutter suction dredge. Basic concepts of cavitation, deposition of sediment in the pipeline, pipeline length limitations, pump power limitations, and swing winch limitations are simulated. Different sediment conditions and channel currents are also simulated. A PC computer is interfaced to actual controls for a cutter suction dredge.

The instructors for the course are Peter DeJong and Robert Randall. The course includes a training manual. Contact R.E. Randall for additional information: (979) 845-4568, r-randall@tamu.edu.

Download the Application & Brochure and return it with the course registration fee by December 1 to guarantee your position in the class.