- On 11th July 2019
- In Engineering, General, Project Management, Sediment Management
- By David
Last week, we travelled to London to meet all the partners of the Interreg 2seas USAR project. We have been managing the activities under this project for one of the Partners, Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners. One of the main aims of the meeting was discussing one of the main outputs of USAR, the “Operational Sediment Management System” – ICT tool for water managers to make business cases and management decisions for the reuse of sediment (recycling). Armines (the partner responsible for the software development) has briefed us on the use of OSMS and showed us how it takes into account exact locations, policies, chemical and geotechnical aspect of the sediment, available facilities for storage and treatment and so on. This very complex option analysis software has the potential to radically change the ways dredging projects are approached and might enable more projects to get positive business cases based on reuse and licence approval as more environmentally friendly sediment use options could be highlighted.
We went though the existing alpha version of the software and had a very productive discussion with lots of suggestions from our team especially, drawing on our communications and stakeholder outreach expertise, which we believe will make the software more accessible and hence maximise the impact and adoption.
The USAR project has piloted many options that can be assessed with the OSMS software, such as reuse of sediment in agricultural reuse, habitat restoration and engineering applications such as flood embankments, road applications and GeoBlock type applications. By considering the baseline characteristics, transport, storage and optimal characteristics through treatment, the software recommends optimal end uses or what steps are required if an end use is defined.
In combination with the USAR pilot projects carried out by the Belgian and UK partners, USAR delivers a strategy that can be adopted by any waterway’s management organisation. We are excited to be involved with this project as we think it will change the industry and if you are reading this, you should be interested too, as good things are coming. You can find out about the topic of reusing sediment at the HHSK website.