Dredged Materials in Dike Construction

South Baltic Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013

What is DredgDikes?

The EU project DredgDikes is a South Baltic Cross-border Co-operation project, dealing with the implementation of dredged materials in dike construction. Large-scale field testing, an actual pilot dike and a best-practice guideline are the three main components.

Who is DredgDikes?

The project consortium consists of five eligible partners from Germany and Poland, 15 associated organisations, and an external Expert from Lithuania. Lead Partner: Universität Rostock, Prof. Fokke Saathoff.

What are Dredged Materials?

Dredged materials are soil or excavated material with different parts of mineral and organic properties, which accumulate in or on the waterbodies in the course of waterway maintenance and expansion for warranty of safety and easiness of shipping traffic...

Dredged Materials in Dike Construction

The use of dredged materials in dike construction is a new promising method to use it in a sustainable way. Several million m3 of dredged materials accrue every year in the coastal areas of the North and Baltic Sea. A part of the dredged material is deposited directly on spoil fields on land.

Latest News

Melioration Engineers visit the DredgDikes research dike

Former Melioration Engineering students from the University of Rostock, now living all over Germany, used their 40th seminar group anniversary 2016 to visit the DredgDikes research dike.

Obituary: Prof. Zbigniew Sikora

Prof. Dr. hab. inz. Zbigniew Sikora passed away on 12 May 2015. The project DredgDikes expresses sympathy and shares the sorrow with his family and friends.

DredgDikes final workshop

On December 8, 2014 the final DredgDikes workshop took place in the Steigenberger Hotel Sonne in Rostock. The project consortium would like to thank all those that contributed to the project during its 4 year lifetime.

Final sampling and investigation of soil chemical parameters at the German DredgDikes test and pilot dikes and vegetation development

In September 2014 the final investigation for chemical soil analyses at the German test dike and pilot dike were carried out. As expected the result so far show the need for the monitoring of the salt and nutrient ions if dredged material shall be applied. The monitoring of the vegetation development shows that within one year at all different deedged materials a good turf will establish.


Project Flyers:

DredgDikes Project Flyer

Conference Proceedings:

Proceedings of the South Baltic Conference on Dredged Materials in Dike Construction

Proceedings of the South Baltic Conference on New Technologies and Recent Developments in Flood Protection


Issue 1; Issue 2; Issue 3 (email); Issue 4 (email); Issue 5; Issue 6; Issue 7; Issue 8;

NEW DredgDikes Newsletter Issue 9 (2.8 MB); DredgDikes Newsletter Issue 9 (10 MB high quality)

Other Documents:

NEW DredgDikes Environmental and Vegetation Report Pilot Dike

Report on the DredgDikes tasks in Denmark (Sealand) provided by Orbicon

Award winning master’s thesis by Stephan Lesch (BWK environmental award M-V 2012) (in German)

DredgDikes test dike setup Rostock

DredgDikes publication on WODCON XX 2013 in Brussels

DredgDikes Image Video German

DredgDikes Image Video English