TECHNICAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE  –  Click HERE to view the full technical schedule.
Abstracts Deadline January 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance / Author Instructions February 8, 2017
Draft Manuscripts to be submitted March 5, 2018
Reviewer Comments to Authors April 9, 2018
Registration and payment by at least one (1) author May 1, 2018
Final Manuscripts to be submitted May 14, 2018

Submission and acceptance of an abstract/manuscript means that one or more of the authors MUST register by May 1st and attend the Dredging Summit & Expo ’18. 



Use the following links to download and print forms  

Author Instructions  | Template for Authors  |  Copyright Form  | Speaker Information Form

Please email draft manuscripts in Adobe Portable Document (pdf) format by March 5, 2018 to the emails listed below.

Email Draft Manuscripts to: and copy


Robert Ramsdell
WEDA Technical Papers Committee Chair
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company
2122 York Road
Oakbrook, IL 60523 USA
T: 630-805-1776

The peer review comments will be sent to the first or corresponding author by April 9, 2018. The final manuscript and the speaker information forms are due by May 14, 2018. Please email your final (pdf) manuscripts and speaker information forms to the emails listed below. The May 14, 2018 deadline is a hard deadline and will not be extended.

Email Final Manuscripts to: and copy


The final proceedings will be assembled by Donald Hayes.

Donald Hayes
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction
4505 S. Maryland Parkway Box 
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4015

Telephone: 702-895-4723


Authors are to obtain all necessary approvals for publication from employers or others involved, before submission of the paper. Submission of a manuscript implies that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and that original, previously unpublished work is being presented. The manuscript is to be free from evident commercialism or private interest. Copyright will be the property of the Western Dredging Association, but the author will be granted permission to reprint the manuscript and third party requests will be passed on to the authors. Manuscripts should be concisely written and not exceed 15 total pages including figures and tables. The conference proceedings will be available online and distributed out electronically at the conference. The manuscript provided by the authors must be an Adobe portable document file. The proceedings will be in color. Please give the manuscript instructions to the person responsible for the preparation of the manuscript.

Keywords: Please provide 5 keywords that are not already contained in the title.

Order of contents    
Page 1  

Author (s), author affiliations, addresses, countries, phone, and email are to be included in footnote (s)
Abstract (not to exceed 400 words).
Keywords, list five keywords that are not already in the title.

Page 2 & onwards  

Continue Introduction and following text, conclusions, nomenclature (if necessary), and references.

Preparation of the text

The text should be formatted for 216 mm x 279 mm (8½ in x 11 in) paper with single line spacing, and 2.54 cm (1 inch) margins. A template containing the proper formatting is available by clicking HERE. Double-space between paragraphs. Use full justification. Do not indent the first line of the paragraph. The image area or block of text will then be 165.1 mm (6.5 in) x 228.6 mm (9.0 in). Do not leave additional margins. Do not use company letterhead or logos. Do not wrap text around figures or tables.


Please use the Times New Roman font and the 10-point font size. Do not use headers or footers or draw a frame around your text. The title of your paper should be in 12-point font size and all capital letters.


Headings should be typed in bold capital letters centered and followed by a double space. Bold capitals and lower case letters should be used for subheadings, which should be preceded and followed by a double space as illustrated by these instructions. Sub-subheadings should use bold and italicized capital and lower case letters, which should be preceded and followed by a double space. Sub-subheadings are also illustrated in the instructions.

Equations, Symbols, and Units

All symbols must be defined in the text immediately following the symbols first use. If extensive use of symbols is necessary, then the symbols should be defined in a nomenclature section that follows the conclusions. SI or US customary units may be used, but if SI units are not used, they must be shown in parentheses immediately after. Ex: 265’ (80.8m). Equations should be indented and successively numbered (in parenthesis) flush with the right-hand margin (see example below). (Tabs are already set in the sample template.)

  y = a + b + cx2   (1)

References in the text should be given as Smith (2011), (Smith 2011) or (Jones et al. 2014). References should be listed alphabetically in the References section at the end of the paper. Give the last name and initials of all authors, followed by the year of publication in parentheses, the title of the article and publication, and the publisher. References to conference papers or proceedings should include the name of the organizers. References to articles published in journals should also include the name of the journal, the number of the issue and page numbers (see example below). References to publications in a foreign language should give all details in the original language followed by a translation of the title. The list of references is to be single spaced with a line space separating each reference as shown in the example below.

Hunt, J.B. (1995). Environmental Dredging. New York: Smith & Son, Inc.

Jones, F., Doe, A., Hart, E.J.E., and Next, J.P.J. (1995). “The design of dredged material disposal sites.” Proceedings XIVth World Dredging Congress 1995, CEDA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 350-368.

White, F.K. and Jones, J.M. (2001). “The analysis of flow fields around dragheads.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 121(5), ASCE, 1-16.


The citation is how a person would reference the author’s paper and is located at the end of the manuscript. An example citation is shown below.

Doe, R.E., Smith, X.Y., and Jones, T.B. “Title title title,” Proceedings of  the  Western Dredging Association Dredging Summit & Expo ’18, Norfolk, VA, USA, June 25-28, 2018.

Page Numbers
Do not include page numbers in the electronic manuscript.

Figures and Tables
High quality figures and tables should be numbered and incorporated into the body of the text. Color is encouraged for figures and tables. Place figures and tables in the body of the paper as close as possible to the paragraph where they are first mentioned. Figures and tables must not be placed at the end of the paper. Figures and tables must not be wrapped into the text. Photographs should be scanned and placed as a figure. Figure captions should be centered below the figure and table captions must be centered above the table. Both figure and table captions must be typed in bold.

Line Drawings
The lines and lettering on the figures should be clearly legible. All line drawings must be accomplished using electronic software and inserted electronically as a figure.

Photographs should be scanned and placed as a figure with an appropriate title. Color photographs are encouraged.

Author Instructions
To view and print these author instructions, please click here.

Dredging Summit & Expo Template for Authors
To view and print the example template, please click here.

Speaker Information Form
To view and print the speaker information form, please click here.







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