of material removed. In the past, theseconditions have resulted in legitimateclaimsby contractors.The contracting officer needs a source of additional dredge process data beyond post-dredgingsurveys and the typical dredge logs provided by the contractor to evaluate the productivity andefficiency of the dredge.
MONITORING SYSTEM COMPONENTS:
Dredge monitoring systems contain three compo-nents: an active data gathering component consisting of sensors for measuring dredge processparameters; a data acquisition system for acquiring and storing raw data; and a post-processingcomponent for reducing the data into a useable form for interpretation. Monitoring systems andtheir associated components are described for both pipeline and hopper dredges.
Theproductivityofapipelinedredge,suchasacutterheaddredge,isdependenton variables such as sediment characteristics, suction line losses, cutface limitations, dredgeadvance,anddischargelinelosses. Variablessuchasdiggingdepthandfrictionlossesinthesuctionline limit the ability of the dredge to pick up sediment, whereas the cutface limits the amount of material available to the dredge. In this sense, the cutterhead dredge is suction line limited, i.e., inthat suction line losses and cutface limitations will dictate production. In addition, cutterheaddredgesmustbecapableofgeneratinghighdischargeheadsforpumpinglongdistances. Therefore,the cutterhead dredge is also discharge limited, in that it must have the horsepower available totransport the solids picked up by the suction line. To properly evaluate the productivity andefficiency of a cutterhead dredge, it is therefore necessary to acquire dredge process data, whichprovides information on both the suction and discharge performance of the dredge.Dredgeprocessmonitoringforqualityassuranceinvolvestwostages. Thepre-dredgestageconsistsof analyzing the capability of the proposed dredge plant during the bidding process. This is atheoretical analysis that evaluates the suction and discharge limitations of the dredge given projectsiteconstraints. Thesecondstageinvolvesacquiringreal-timedredgeprocessdatawhilethedredgeis working to monitor dredge productivity and efficiency.
Pre-Dredge Analysisof Dredge Capability.
When contractors submit bids for the dredging job,thedredgeplantdesignshouldbeevaluatedtoinsurethatitcannominallymeettheperformancerequirements for the project. This involves a theoretical evaluation of its capabilities. The contractadministrator can utilize dredge computer models to evaluate the theoretical performance of thedredge. Project pre-dredge survey data will provide an estimate of the cutface available to thedredge. The efficiency of the dredge is dependent on the method used for advancing the dredgethrough the cut. A walking spud arrangement has an approximate cycle efficiency of 50 percentwhile a spud carriage arrangement has an approximate efficiency of 75 percent (Turner 1984).Based on this information, and the design and setup of the dredge plant, the dredge capability canbe approximated(Scott1998). Inputstothemodelincludedigging depth,suctionlinediameterandlength, dischargelinediameterandlength, insitusedimentdensity,waterdensity,pumpefficiency,bank heightfactor,andcycleefficiencyamongotherdredge parameters. Anumberofthesemodelsexist in government and industry that are capable of performing these calculations. These modelscan tell the user the approximate average slurry density that the dredge should be capable of maintaining over the projectwhen thecutterhead isengagedin thematerial,and also overthe entirecycle which includes the inefficiencies caused by the advance of the dredge. The contract
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