Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 12:52:48


Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2019


Every year almost 1.5 million tons of material is dredged from Lake Erie to allow passage for boat traffic. In the past, this material has been placed back into the open waters of the lake. However, starting July 2020 this will no long be permitted due to the passing of Senate Bill 1. Therefore, secondary uses of this dredging material are being investigated. To be used, the material needs to be quickly dewatered and stabilized. This project consists of literary reviews of two methods of rapid dewatering, hydraulic placement and ground improvement methods. Hydraulic placement dewatering requires the use of a sedimentation basin or lagoon. Ground improvement methods consists of surface draining systems. This can include trenching, hydraulic fracturing using sand-slurry injection, vacuum-assisted underdrain systems, dynamic compaction, and much more.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Zhe Jerry Lou

First Reader

Dr. Christopher Miller

Second Reader

Dr. Stephen Duirk



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