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Dredging Engineering (CVEN90069)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCVEN90069
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Dredging is an excavation activity carried out underwater for keeping waterways navigable, beach nourishment and land reclamation. The subject examines Dredging Engineering Fundamentals such as dredging techniques, disposal of dredge material, basic dredge laws, sediment re-suspension and environment aspects. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview of problems by combining cutting-edge research in Maritime and Coastal Engineering and strong engagement of eminent industry-based lecturers from major Australian Port Authorities. A number of industry-based applications and case-study examples will be introduced to complement the lectures. The subject will provide students with a solid grounding in the technologies, concepts, methods & hydrodynamic theories used in the planning, design & execution of dredging projects.

Topics include:

  • Types and selection of dredgers;
  • Fluid mechanics of dredging;
  • Geotechnical issues;
  • Survey control;
  • Maintenance dredging;
  • Coastal and river morphology and sediment transport;
  • Environmental studies;
  • Hydrodynamic modelling;
  • Dredging contracts.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this Unit should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamental topics of dredging engineering;
  • Respond to dredging and related environmental issues in ports and harbours;
  • Analyse dredging and relevant environmental applications;
  • Apply system approach to dredging as a part of port and harbour engineering;
  • Demonstrate highly developed analytical and problem solving skills.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  1. Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
  2. To make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
  3. To initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
  4. Communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
  5. Cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas

Last updated: 9 November 2018