Dredging and Dredging Equipment

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Dredge in Norfolk Harbour, 2009.  We have a great deal of information on dredges used on the Great Lakes around the turn of the last century on a companion site; click here to see that.

Addressing Nearshore Placement near Lake Worth Inlet, Florida

Andrew Condon and Kelly Legault
U.S. Army District, Jacksonville
ERDC/CHL TR-19-1
January 2019

The purpose of this study was to investigate the nearshore hydrodynamics around Lake Worth Inlet, Florida, by utilizing the U.S. Army Research and Development Center Coastal Modelling System to address the feasibility of nearshore placement of dredged materials south of the inlet. The study area includes Palm Beach Harbor, Lake Worth Inlet, and the adjacent shorelines north and south of the inlet.

The effectiveness of the nearshore placement in mitigating beach impacts was examined in terms of wave energy reaching a point landward of the placement area. Different alternatives were examined. The closer to shore the material is placed (which leads to shallower depths), the greater the wave energy reduction. Thin placement in deeper water along the nearshore placement area resulted in little change in wave energy reaching the shore. Material should be placed as close to shore as practicable to result in less wave energy reaching the beach.

The Sediment Mobility Tool indicates the material will migrate onshore and remain within the nearshore system even when transported down- drift to the south. Nearshore placement of dredged material south of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Range Monument R-77 offers tangible benefits to the shoreline in the lee of the placement.

Applications Guide for Statistical Analyses in Dredged Sediment Evaluations

Joan U. Clarke, Dennis L. Brandon
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Miscellaneous Paper D-96-2
June 1996

Dredged sediment evaluations often require statistical analysis of chemical or biological test results. However, the resulting data are frequently problematic for standard statistical procedures because of improper experimental design, insufficient replication, failure to meet statistical test assumptions, outliers, and missing or below detection limit observations. Such nonideal data can seriously affect the error rates of statistical tests. This in turn increases the likelihood of drawing false inferences concerning the potential of a dredged sediment for adverse biological effects.

Simulations were conducted to investigate the impact of nonideal data on the performance of statistical tests recommended for dredged sediment evaluations.
Statistical test error rates were assessed using data that violated the normality and equality of variances assumptions, as well as data that included outliers or nondetects.

This report includes a brief introduction to statistical aspects of sediment sampling, some basic experimental designs and problems that can arise, errors in statistical testing and the importance of power, testing the normality and equality of variances assumptions and implications of violations, the effect of outliers, methods for analyzing less-than detection limit data and interpreting statistical test results. Program statements are provided for recommended statistical testing procedures using some popular statistical software packages. This report is intended as a companion to the statistics appendix of the Inland Testing Manual.

Dredging: An Annotated Bibliography on Operations, Equipment and Processes

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Technical Report HL-82-7
March 1982

This report is a fully annotated bibliography of references on dredging
operations, equipment, and processes. Dredged material disposal and environmental aspects of dredging are not included. Bibliographic listings with annotations are arranged alphabetically by author, with separate section for anonymously authored articles. Keyword index at end lists references by title and reference number.

Dredging and Dredged Material Management

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers EM 1110-2-5025
31 July 2015

This Engineer Manual (EM) presents a comprehensive summary of the dredging equipment and dredged material placement techniques used by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (USACE), and it describes the management and design processes associated with new work and maintenance dredging related to navigation projects. Guidance is provided on the following dredging topics:

  1. Evaluation and selection of dredging equipment for various materials to be dredged.
  2. Planning, designing, constructing, operating, and managing environmentally acceptable open-water and confined dredged material placement areas for both short- and long-term placement (disposal) needs.
  3. Planning, designing, developing, and managing dredged material for beneficial uses while incorporating ecological concepts and engineering designs with environmental, economical, and social feasibility.

Note: In this document, the terms “placement” and “disposal” are used synonymously to describe dredged material deposition after its removal from the dredging prism.

Dredging Equipment

NAVFAC DM 38.2
July 1981

This manual contains the following: information on procurement of dredging; types of equipment available, their characteristics and capacities; basic economics of dredging operations; and preparation of plans and specifications for the procurement of dredging for harbours, anchorages, turning basins and ship channels. A catalogue (description and characteristics) of dredges currently in the Navy inventory is included for guidance in the potential procurement of dredging by assignment of Navy equipment.

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