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Civil Engineering Applications for Marine Sediments

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Acronym: CEAMaS
Period: January 2012 till December 2015
Status: Completed

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  • Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), more, partner
  • University College Cork (UCC), more, partner
  • Cork Institute of Technology, more, partner
  • Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille; UER de la Terre, Université Lille I, more, partner
  • Belgian Building Research Institute (WTCB), more, partner
  • Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières (BRGM), more, partner
  • Création et Développement des Eco-Entreprises (CD2E), more, partner
  • Ecole Centrale de Lille (ECLille), more, partner

The aim of CEAMaS is to bring about a major improvement regarding the widespread beneficial re-use of dredged marine sediments to end users. This will be accomplished by providing new and enhanced tools for the development of innovative civil engineering applications, by developing a European reuse methodology applicable to all ports and sediments types and by enhancing knowledge capitalization and awareness of sediment reuse options through a European Centre of Resource (ECR). Management of dredged sediments is already an issue for many European countries, especially for NWE countries (200 million m3 of marine sediments dredged every year). EU faces increasing demand for construction materials, which are in short supply in some areas (ref. A resource-efficient Europe flagship, Europe 2020 Strategy). The use of dredged marine sediments in civil engineering applications can provide potential solutions for both issues. Besides, existing EU legislation for handling dredged material is complex and from a policy perspective, dredged material is dealt at the intersection of EU Water, EU Waste and EU Marine Strategy Framework Directives. Procedures and contaminant thresholds to authorize dumping at sea or in land management vary considerably from one country to the other and there are no harmonized regulations at EU level. In this context, CEAMaS will promote the beneficial re-use of marine sediments in civil engineering applications, in a sustainable, economical and socially acceptable manner. This will be achieved through a multi-criteria decision analysis system for responsible end-users (e.g. sediment managers), by capitalizing on CEAMaS outputs (and other EU projects' outputs), by providing training courses and disseminating results through the ECR. Taking into account existing EU, national initiatives and regulations, it aims to contribute to a more equitable and appropriate legislative framework through the provision of recommendations on this subject

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