- On 12th September 2015
- In Dredging, Sediment Management
- By William
Together with eight other keynote presenters from Atkins, Mott MacDonald, Hr Wallingford and Kubla Software, Exo Environmental presented a Pitch Presentation at an Evening Seminar for PIANC Young Professionals at ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster [7 September 2015].
The presentation on the “Engineered Design of a Geotextile Breakwater from Dredged Sediment” was held in a pitch style, giving the presenter 15 seconds per slides and a total of 20 slides. With this new and exciting way of presenting, one must focus on the core elements that require to be conveyed. It should give a general introduction without dwelling on minute detail.
Exo Environmental’s presentation introduced the project site and the challenges at hand, in this case, a marina containing more than 11 000 cubic metres of sediment, which has accumulated and now affects the day to day operation. Furthermore the design conditions were highlighted, including 100% storage in a permanent robust geotextile breakwater with multiple benefits to the three pillars of sustainability, to wit: benefits for ecology through saltmarsh creation and features that increase biodiversity; benefits to equity through maintaining the marina and to equality by providing a successful marina at the heart of a boating community. Input data was gathered for the engineered design. This data includes hydrographic, geotechnical and ecological surveys, flow velocity and morphology response modelling and wave calculations. This data was used to come up with the most suitable design solution. Subsequent to an initial design, it was scrutinised and tested on failure mechanisms, settlements, consolidation and development of stability under strict safety margins. The final design was drawn up in a detailed document that included building stages and methods for the successful construction and execution of the project.