Piedroba partners with United States Army Corps of Engineers for fourth consecutive year of Dredging Fundamentals Course
Piedroba today announced its 2014 class schedule for the Dredging Fundamentals Course held in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (The Corps). 2014 will mark the fourth consecutive year where The Corps has opted to partner up with Piedroba in order to train federal employees working on navigable waterway projects. Luis Prieto-Portar, PhD, PE, Piedroba’s Principal and Chief Executive Officer will lead the team through classes in New Orleans, LA and Philadelphia, PA.
The Dredging Fundamentals Course is a partnership between Piedroba and The Corps’s Chief of Navigation & Operations Jeffrey McKee, and Corps Safety Manager Thomas Verna. During the week long class, the team will teach fundamental dredging theory and practice through lectures, field trips, group discussions, and examinations. Subject matters include: ‘Overview of Corps Dredging Program, Design of Corps Navigation Projects’, Types of Dredges in the United States Dredging Market, Hydraulic and Mechanical Dredging, Dredging Safety, Environmental Dredging, Corps Scheduling and Estimating, and Corps Contact Administration.
The New Orleans session will be held from April 14-18, and the Philadelphia session will be held June 23-27. The exact location of the classes will be determined at a later date.
About the United States Army Corps of Engineers:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (The Corps) has approximately 34,000 dedicated Civilians and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 90 countries worldwide. With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, the disciplined Corps team is working diligently to strengthen our Nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing military facilities where our service members train, work and live.
The Corps is also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while protecting America’s interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to promote stability and improve quality of life. The Corps energizes the economy by dredging America’s waterways to support the movement of critical commodities and providing recreation opportunities at campgrounds, lakes and marinas. And by devising hurricane and storm damage reduction infrastructure, reducing risks from disasters.
The men and women of the Corps are protecting and restoring the Nation’s environment including critical efforts in the Everglades, the Louisiana coast, and along many of our Nation’s major waterways. The Corps is also cleaning sites contaminated with hazardous, toxic or radioactive waste and material in an effort to sustain the environment.
Piedroba announced today it will be presenting at the 2014 Dredging & Reclamation Summit in Miami, Florida. Mr. Luis Prieto y Munoz M.A., president of the firm, will share his thoughts on the new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and its affect on the dredging industry. The event will be held from March 31-April 1 at a location yet to be confirmed by the host.
Mr. Prieto y Munoz will discuss how WRDA 2013 will affect Capital Dredging Projects, covering the anticipated changes related to funding dynamics, the role of the Non-Federal Sponsor, partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (The Corps), dredge project development, and other relevant subject matters.
The 2014 Dredging & Reclamation Summit will cover subject matters as: ;navigating the appropriations and contracting process', 'evaluating the results of Net Economic Development Benefits (NED)', 'working with the US Army Corps of Engineers', as well as identifying how to implement strategic plans to outline the growth of ports by improving container traffic.
Piedroba Consulting Group (PCG) is a Miami based international technical consultancy firm specializing in dredging. As a dredging consultant, its efforts are mainly geared towards representing the Non-Federal Sponsor on capital or maintenance dredging work. PCG is currently retained by PortMiami as the technical consultant for the $200 Million PortMiami Deep Dredge.