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Keynote Speakers are confirmed for WEDA’s Dredging Summit & Expo ’22

Posted on April 27, 2022

The Western Dredging Association is excited to announce that the keynote speakers have been confirmed for the upcoming Dredging Summit & Expo ’22 in Houston this July. Col. Rhett A. Blackmon will take command of the Galveston District in July and address our members during the opening plenary on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 8:45 am. In addition, Rich Brynes, the Chief Infrastructure Officer from the Port of Houston, will provide a keynote presentation at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 12:50 pm. Please mark your calendars and show both of these gentlemen the dredging community’s support for the USACE and the Port of Houston.

As a reminder, reduced rate registration ends May 15th for WEDA’s Dredging Summit & Expo ’22. The conference will be held at the spectacular Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Houston, Texas, from July 25-28, 2022. If possible, please make plans to join us on Sunday, July 24th, for a Greg Hartman golf tournament and awards reception at the Golf Club of Houston. view details

This year’s Expo will be the largest WEDA ever and the most beneficial and highly attended dredging conference in the entire Western Hemisphere. We will begin the meeting on Monday, July 25th with four (4) continuing educational short courses (details below) followed by a welcome reception on the 2nd floor of the Marriott Marquis.

At WEDA’s Dredging Summit & Expo ’22 you will get three days filled with high-quality presentations and focused panels, access to our Expo Hall featuring 120+ exhibitors, and a complete social program to properly facilitate interactions with more than 700 attendees from all segments of the dredging industry.

WEDA is a not-for-profit professional association and our primary focus is to provide the most value to our members, meeting attendees, and the dredging industry in general. We believe that sharing knowledge and information to benefit the dredging industry while protecting and/or restoring the environment is essential to the long-term success of both the marine environment and the industry itself.

Reduced rate registration ends May 15, 2022

Online registration is available on WEDA’s dedicated conference website,

If you need to pay by check or bank transfer, please contact us at and we will invoice accordingly.


Monday, July 25, 2022 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

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Marriott Marquis Houston

1777 Walker St.
Houston, TX 77010

The Dredging Summit & Expo ’22 is a technical conference to promote the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering, and construction. It will provide a forum for improvement of communications, technology transfer, and cooperation among associations & societies while emphasizing the importance of understanding and the development of solutions for problems related to the protection and enhancement of the marine environment.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Building the Future of Dredging“. The presentations featured at this conference are technical papers to be shared for the advancement of the science and profession of dredging, navigation, and marine engineering.

Sponsoring WEDA’s Dredging Summit & Expo will position your organization to maximize its exposure and increase your name recognition and credibility among WEDA members and conference attendees. Sponsors will receive recognition in emails, the Dredging Summit & Expo website, WEDA mobile application, and signage at the conference. In addition, sponsors will be invited to attend the WEDA BOD / VIP Reception on Tuesday, July 26th from 6 to 9:30 at the Marriott Marquis.

CLICK HERE to view sponsorship tiers and benefits.

To become a sponsor, please contact WEDA’s Executive Director Tom Cappellino at or call (949) 422-8231.


  • contractors working in:
    • dredging
    • navigation
    • coastal and inland flood protection
    • deep-sea mining
    • offshore wind energy
    • oil and gas production fields
  • marine engineers
  • manufacturers
  • suppliers
  • dredging technology providers
  • harbor & port representatives
  • consultants
  • port engineers
  • hydrographic surveyors / geologists
  • environmental managers
  • infrastructure managers
  • public authorities
  • universities
  • research institutes
  • civil engineers
  • geotechnical engineers

Registration fee includes: All technical sessions, exhibits, breakfasts, lunches, refreshment breaks, Ice Breaker Welcome Reception, Keynote Speaker Luncheon, Ice Cream Social, GALA Reception/Dinner, and a copy of the proceedings. The golf tournament, short courses, and post-conference reception can be added to your registration for additional fees.

Exhibitors – see information belowvariesWEDA Member$995Non-Member$1145Member & Speaker$895Non-Member & Speaker$1045Government Employees$700Young Professional WEDA Member (Active members & 35 and under)$850Individual Guest Ticketsvaries*Students (Requires prior WEDA approval)$0-$250* MUST be full-time students, not associated or interning with any company or organization. Email for approval.Reduced rate registration ends May 15th. The gov’t employee rate will not increase. 

GREG HARTMAN GOLF TOURNAMENT   |   $200 per player   |   view all details
Join us at The Golf Club of Houston on Sunday, July 24th for the Greg Hartman Golf Tournament. This is a great opportunity to play on the same course the PGA Tour pros have played during the Houston Open. The format is a four (4) person team scramble with a shotgun start at 1:30 pm.

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Golf Tournament Sponsors Needed: If your organization is interested in sponsoring the Greg Hartman Golf Tournament, please contact Tom Cappellino at

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) is proud to offer four (4) continuing education short courses at the 2022 Dredging Summit & Expo. All courses will be instructed at the Marriott Marquis Houston on Monday, July 25, 2022. Conference registration is not mandatory to attend short courses.

  • WEDA’s Dredging 101 – view course details
    • Monday, July 25, 2022, from 8 to noon
    • Instructor: Robert Ramsdell
    • $150 fee
  • The 4-Component Models for Pipeline Friction and Pump Solids Effect  – view course details
    • Monday, July 25, 2022, from 8 to noon
    • Instructor: Robert Visintainer, P.E.
    • $150 fee
  • WEDA’s Dredging 201 – view course details
    • Monday, July 25, 2022, from 1 to 5 PM
    • Instructor: Dr. Don Hayes
    • $150 fee
  • Bathymetric Mapping – Acoustically Derived Accuracy and Precision for Dredging – view course details
    • Monday, July 25, 2022, from 1 to 5 PM
    • Instructor: Mike Mutschler
    • $150 fee

The Dredging Summit & Expo offers plenty of social networking opportunities throughout the week which are included with all registrations.

  • Welcome Reception – Mon. July 25 – 6:30 to 9:30
  • Keynote Speaker Luncheon – Tues. July 26 – 11:45 – 1:00
  • Young WEDA Networking Reception – Tues. July 26 – 6:30 – 9:00
  • VIP/BOD Reception for Sponsors – Tues. July 26 – 6:30 to 9:30
  • Young WEDA Social Hour – Tuesd. & Wed. – 5:00 – 6:15
  • Ice Cream Social – Wed. July 27 –  2:30 – 3:30
  • GALA Reception/Dinner – Wed. July 27 – 6:30 to 10:00

In addition to the above functions, there will be plenty of other networking opportunities at the daily breakfasts, AM & PM breaks, buffet lunch on Thursday, and post-conference reception.

Dredging exhibitors from around the world will showcase their products and services in the Marriott’s Houston Ballroom and pre-function area, located on the 2nd floor and accessible via elevators and 2 escalators. This will be an excellent opportunity to reach key decision-makers presenting a wide range of equipment, services, and supplies and to find out about the latest technology and innovations. Expo booths are sold out. We may have the ability to add a few booths here and there. Please contact Tom at to inquire. 

CLICK HERE to visit the exhibitor’s page of the conference website.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS  (The Marriott Marquis hotel block is nearly full so make reservations ASAP)
The Marriott Marquis Hotel has been selected for the Dredging Summit & Expo ’22. The hotel is conveniently located in Downtown Houston, directly across from Discovery Green and within walking distance to several restaurants and shopping centers. The WEDA group rate for the Marriott Marquis Houston is $249 per night and is available 3 days prior and 3 days post-conference. The Marriott Marquis hotel will sell out the week of the Dredging Summit & Expo so we suggest making your reservations ASAP.

Note: The group rate is available until the WEDA room block is sold out.

Non-Government – $249 per night.
CLICK HERE or the button below to make Non-Government room reservations at the Marriott Marquis.

Government Rooms – $122 (GSA per diem rate)
WEDA has contracted with the Hampton Inn to offer a per diem rate of $122 for the nights of July 25, 26 & 27th. All attendees are welcome to reserve rooms using this link. 

Many thanks to our strategic partners for contributing and promoting the Dredging Summit & Expo ’22.


Additional information for WEDA’s Dredging Summit & Expo ’22 can be found on


Tom Cappellino
Executive Director
Western Dredging Association   |  (949) 422-8231

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