About the book

With growing environmental awareness and increasing climate pressures on low-lying deltas, modern-day society puts incredibly strong demands on the sustainability of water infrastructure projects. Classic approaches towards the design and implementation of such projects no longer suffice in satisfying these demands. Instead, radically different methods are needed which demand multidisciplinary project teams to adopt entirely new ways of thinking, acting and interacting. Application of these new methods results in innovative water infrastructure solutions that meet the primary functional requirements while at the same time delivering added value for nature and society as an inherent part of project development.

The book Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure presents state-of-the-art guidance to achieve dredging projects that fulfil their primary functional requirement, while adding value to the (natural and socio-economic) system. The publication promotes the message that through a thorough understanding of these systems and with proactive engagement of stakeholders throughout a project’s phases, a value added project can be successfully achieved.

A team of experts from the academic institutes, dredging contractors, consultants and project owners have worked for nearly five years on the book. In addition, the book has also been reviewed by experienced experts and practitioners.



Implementation of water infrastructure involving dredging, such as port development, river deepening, canalisation, flood defence measures and reclamations, has traditionally been an essential activity in civilisation's development and prosperity, and in fact still is. By its very nature, however, the act of dredging, with the excavation of material from the sea, river or lake bed and its relocation elsewhere, is an environmental impact.

It has also been recognised that dredging can be a useful tool for remedying historic environmental interferences, such as contaminated sediments resulting from – nowadays unacceptable – industrial discharges. Yet, more recent approaches look beyond the scope of isolated dredging activities and embrace a wider context, by considering water infrastructure development projects as an opportunity to also add value to the (natural and socio-economic) system in order to achieve more sustainable projects.

In the past 10-15 years, the international dredging community has really embraced this kind of thinking and the approach to dredging has in many ways been transformed. From mainly dealing with negative impacts, often at the end of the project design and the start of the construction phase, towards a much more proactive approach where water infrastructure projects are being considered as part of the natural and socio-economic system in which they are situated, and stakeholders are being engaged much earlier in the project development process to facilitate the search for opportunities to create added value.

This change in attitude has a huge influence on the initiation, planning and design, execution and maintenance of water infrastructure projects. Comprehensive guidance on how to bring this into practice has to date been lacking. With this book a wide range of professionals have attempted to collect and integrate their experiences and best practices, to deliver this state-of-the-art guidance book on Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure.

The book aims to provide answers to the following questions:

  • What is the role of dredging in the global drive for more sustainable development?
  • How can we design more sustainable infrastructure that aligns with the natural and socio-economic system?
  • How can we assess and stimulate the potential positive effects of infrastructure development and compare these with the potential negative effects?
  • What equipment and which sediment management options do we have?
  • What tools and information do we have to make choices and control the project?



  1. Preface
  2. Integrating dredging into sustainable development
  3. Sustainability in project initiation, planning and design
  4. Assessment and management of sustainability
  5. Equipment and methods
  6. Dredged material management
  7. Models and tools
  8. Monitoring and data
  9. Synopsis

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About CEDA and IADC


Central Dredging Association (CEDA) is an established authority and the leading independent forum for the professional dredging community and associated industries in Europe, Africa and the Middle-East. It represents dredging professionals and organisations, from government, academia and business, in the region, and fosters and promotes the understanding and advancement of dredging to the wider community. CEDA is part of the World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA). CEDA’s two sister associations, WEDA (Western Dredging Association) and EADA (Eastern Dredging Association), serve the Americas, and Asia, Australia and the Pacific region respectively. For further information, visit www.dredging.org.


IADC stands for ‘International Association of Dredging Companies’ and is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry. As such the IADC is dedicated to not only promoting the skills, integrity and reliability of its members, but also the dredging industry in general. IADC has over a hundred main and associated members. Together they represent the forefront of the dredging industry. For further information, visit www.iadc-dredging.com.


Editorial Committee

Polite Laboyrie
Witteveen + Bos (CEDA) (http://www.witteveenbos.com/?rd=0)

Mark van Koningsveld
Van Oord / Delft University of Technology (IADC) (https://www.vanoord.com/) (https://www.tudelft.nl/en/)

Stefan Aarninkhof
Delft University of Technology / Royal Boskalis Westminster (IADC) (https://www.tudelft.nl/en/) (https://boskalis.com/)

Marcel Van Parys
Jan De Nul Group (IADC) (https://www.jandenul.com/en)

Mark Lee
HR Wallingford (CEDA) (http://www.hrwallingford.com/)

Anders Jensen
Danish Hydraulic Institute (CEDA) (https://www.dhigroup.com/)

Anna Csiti
Central European Dredging Association (CEDA) (https://dredging.org/)

René Kolman
International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) (https://www.iadc-dredging.com/)

Contributing authors

Stefan Aarninkhof
Delft University of Technology / Royal Boskalis Westminster (IADC) (https://www.tudelft.nl/en/) (https://boskalis.com/)

Chris Adnitt
Royal Haskoning DHV (CEDA) (https://www.royalhaskoningdhv.com/)

Martin Baptist
Wageningen University & Research / Wageningen Marine Research (https://www.wur.nl/en.htm) (https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/marine-research.htm)

Niels Borgers
Witteveen + Bos (CEDA) (http://www.witteveenbos.com/?rd=0)

Todd Bridges
US Army Corps of Engineers (WEDA) (https://www.usace.army.mil/)

Ida Brøker
Danish Hydraulic Institute (CEDA) (https://www.dhigroup.com/)

Ron Cox
University of New South Wales (PIANC) (https://www.unsw.edu.au/)

Mike Dearnely
HR Wallingford (CEDA) (http://www.hrwallingford.com/)

Erik van Eekelen
Van Oord (IADC) (https://www.vanoord.com/)

Pol Hakstege
Hakstege Consultancy (CEDA) (http://www.hakstegeconsultancy.nl/english.html)

Katherine Harris
Harris Holden Ltd (CEDA) (http://www.harrisholden.com/home.html)

Rienk Hessels
Rohde-Nielsen (IADC) (https://rohde-nielsen.com/)

Marc Huygens
Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering (DEME) (IADC) (https://www.deme-group.com/)

Claire Jeuken
Deltares (CEDA) (https://www.deltares.nl/en/)

François De Keuleneer
Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering (DEME) (IADC) (https://www.deme-group.com/)

Mark van Koningsveld
Van Oord / Delft University of Technology (IADC) (https://www.vanoord.com/) (https://www.tudelft.nl/en/)

Polite Laboyrie
Witteveen + Bos (CEDA) (http://www.witteveenbos.com/?rd=0)

Mark Lee
HR Wallingford (CEDA) (http://www.hrwallingford.com/)

Marcel Van Parys
Jan De Nul Group (IADC) (https://www.jandenul.com/en)

Teresa sa Pereira
Port of Lisbon Authority (CEDA) (http://www.portodelisboa.pt/portal/page/portal/PORTAL_PORTO_LISBOA_ING)

Gerard van Raalte
Royal Boskalis Westminster (IADC) (https://boskalis.com/)

Rita Ramos
Port of Lisbon Authority (CEDA) (http://www.portodelisboa.pt/portal/page/portal/PORTAL_PORTO_LISBOA_ING)

Paul Scherrer
 Dragages Ports (GIE) (PIANC)

Mikhail Shilin
Russian State Hydrometeorological University (CEDA) (http://www.rshu.ru/eng/)

Philip Spadaro
The Intelligence Group (WEDA) (http://intell-group.com/2014/)

Jeremy Spearman
HR Wallingford (CEDA) (http://www.hrwallingford.com/)

Tiedo Vellinga
Port of Rotterdam / Delft University of Technology (PIANC) (https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en) (https://www.tudelft.nl/en/)

Mindert de Vries
Deltares (CEDA) (https://www.deltares.nl/en/)

Sierd de Vries
Delft University of Technology (https://www.tudelft.nl/en/)

Vincent Vuik
Delft University of Technology / HKV Consultants (https://www.tudelft.nl/en/) (https://www.hkv.nl/en/)