Department of Ocean Engineering hosts 47th annual dredging engineering short course

2018 Class PictureThe Department of Ocean Engineering’s Center for Dredging Studies (CDS) at Texas A&M University recently hosted the 47th annual Dredging Engineering Short Course (DSC) with a record-setting number of participants from the United States, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia and Peru.

The CDS collaborates with esteemed lecturers from the dredging industry, government and academia to present the latest science and advances as part of the DSC, which continues to create a world-class continuing education environment for participants.

Dr. Ram K. Mohan, P.E., F.ASCE. an adjunct professor in the department, led the course in coordination with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Continuing Education Office. Participants learned from a wide range of dredging and dredged material placement topics that included dredge pump and slurry pipe flow principles, dredge project cost estimating, dredge laws, cutter suction and hopper dredges, modeling large and small hydraulic dredges, mechanical and environmental dredging, advances in surveying and positioning, wetland creation, and beach nourishment, among others. This course included a mixture of lectures, laboratories and a panel. Participants represented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ports and dredging companies from five countries.

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“The short course has turned into a highly sought out engineering and project management training for entry and mid-level project managers in the dredging industry,” Mohan said. “The DSC continues to attract some of the industry’s top managers to Texas A&M. Many of the prior years’ graduates are now occupying key management positions throughout North America, and the world.”

The CDS was established in 1968 by Dr. John Herbich, and currently under the direction of Dr. Robert Randall. 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. More than 2,000 dredge professionals have participated in the dredging short courses, over the years.

The 48th Dredging Engineering Short Course is scheduled for January 7-11, 2019 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The course fee is $1500, and applications are available here.