NCK symposium Building with Mud

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Tuesday, 04 September 00:00
Catharijnesingel 48
3511 GC Utrecht, Netherlands

Sand is the most common material to build land in rivers, lakes, estuaries or coastal seas. However, in many areas sand is in short supply and costly. Fine sediment (mud) may be more abundantly available, and is often associated with economic costs (dredging) or negative ecological impacts (reduction in visibility). Therefore various initiatives have started to makes beneficial use of fine sediment by creating land, nature or building material. Some of these initiatives have become part of the Ecoshape 'Living Lab for mud’ initiatives.


Building with mud requires practical knowhow, but also development of the necessary scientific knowledge. The NCK symposium on Building with Mud, organised in collaboration with Ecoshape, aims to bring together people active in science and practice, and identify the main challenges – scientifically and practical – in Building with Mud. Identifying such challenges is important input for the upcoming NWO call on ‘Living Labs in the Dutch Delta’, which will also be addressed during this day.


09:00 - 09:30 Registration with coffee/tea/soft drinks
09:30 - 09:45 Opening by Bas van Maren (Deltares) and Luca Sittoni (Ecoshape)
09:45 - 11:35 Applications
09:45 - 10:05 Marcel vd Heuvel (van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors and EcoShape): Kleirijperij – Building dikes with mud
10:05 - 10:25 Erik van Eekelen (Van Oord): Fehmarnbelt, challenges of integral dredging and reclamation design with upper till
10:25 - 10:40 Roeland Lievens (Boskalis): Markerwadden: science to practice, and back
10:40 - 10:55 Koen Princen (Witteveen + Bos): Beyond the island – the effect of the Marker Wadden on the Markermeer
10:55 - 11:15 Fokko van der Goot (Ecoshape): BwN Indonesia Demak - in-between sediments and mangroves
11:15 - 11:35 Luca Sittoni (Deltares): Building with Tailings: applications and opportunities of BwM to Oil Sands tailings management
11:35 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 Scientific developments
13:00 - 13:20 Paul Simms (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University): Desiccation, consolidation, creep, and thixotropy in Oil Sands Tailings
13:20 - 13:40 Claire Chassagne (Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Delft University of Technology): on the physico-chemical properties of sediment particles
13:40 - 14:00 Martin Wassen (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University): Two-way interactions between plants and sediment
14:00 - 14:20 Julia Gebert (Department of Geoscience & Engineering, Delft University of Technology): Suitability of dredged sediment for dike construction: results from a long-term field test and from laboratory studies
14:20 - 15:00 Break with coffee/tea/soft drinks
15:00 - 15:10 Living labs in the Dutch Delta: Short introduction to the upcoming NWO programme by Josef Stuefer (NWO) 
15:10 - 16:30 Discussion on future research steps. Session chair: Ankie Bruens (Deltares)
16:30 - 16:45 Closure
16:45 - 17:30 Drinks


Practical information

The symposium is will be held on Tuesday, the 4th fo September 2018, at BCN Utrecht CS (Catharijnesingel 48, Utrecht). Registration is free but required for the catering. Registration is closed. We kindly request you to cancel your registration in case other obligations pop up. 

This symposium is organised by Dr. Bas van Maren (Deltares) and Luca Sittoni (Ecoshape). For questions, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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