Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here


Research on dredging operation and management

Research on dredging operation and management

Research on dredging operation and management

The e-Construction Group at the University of Maryland (UMD), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is developing a proof of concept for a Web-based management system for dredging projects. The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH), the UMD Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are supporting the project and assessing the system proof of concept.
The system is a web-based operations decision support system to improve dredging operations and management processes. The core objective of the system is to capture live dredge operating and programmatic data, transmit, archive, process it for analysis and reporting, and redistribute it to stakeholders in real-time for management and decision making. The data is captured, archived, analyzed, and reported using a combination of desktop, web-based technology, relational databases, and transmission Internet protocols.
The system introduces several brand-new functionalities that enhance dramatically the management efficiency of dredging projects: 1) Real-time interaction between the dredge cutter head and the bottom surface; 2) Acquisition and recording of all dredging operating parameters; 3) Real-time volume calculation during operation; 4) 2D and 3D real-time rendering on computer screens locally and over the internet so that Stakeholders can see, supervise, and validate the work at any time and from any location on the globe; 5) multidimensional views of the dredge, depth, and waterbed surface; 6) Improves business strategic intelligence processes by allowing seamless connectivity between the dredge and management using modern communication devices; 7) Permanent connectivity to the Internet even in remote areas.
The system components can be used independently or simultaneously depending on the user needs.
The objectives of the system is to reduce the operational and managerial uncertainties due to construction errors –excavating outside of the design section, lack of information sharing, incomplete information, lack of understanding of site conditions, lack of quality information –during QC/QA processes. This is achieved because the system captures and shares information over different geographic locations in real-time for decision making, and preserves data integrity for future analysis and forecasting. Reducing the uncertainty will reduce the probability of having claims, change orders, scope creep, rework, schedule delays, and cost increase. Figures 1 to 4 show system components interfaces.

These functions can be achieved seamlessly under one single user environment. The system can complement and be integrated to other existing dredging project management systems facilitating sharing, sustainability, and resilience of the data management.

If you are interested in participating in the conversation please contact: gvecino@dredgehead.com or go to www.facebook.com/dredgehead

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members!


Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close