Knowledge is key

In-house R&D department

The in-house Research and Development team understands the challenges our customers face, whether in inland or offshore mining, whether a maintenance dredging job is in a small industrial pond or in a busy international harbour. The skilled team is driven by the aim to innovate our product portfolio continuously; their main goal is to ensure that our customers are provided with dredging technology that will give them a head start on their specific dredge job.

The drive for product improvement

Dredging Innovations

Besides the engineering department which works on current projects, a complete team at the separate Research, Development and Innovation department continuously works on product improvement. New or improved dredging solutions will enhance pump systems or boost cutting system productions. New designs are detailed and tested on the yard –where we are always looking for new solutions to improve the efficiency of our dredging equipment.

Understanding dredging challenges

Dredging solutions

The dredging process has a number of points where an efficiency boost will result in a spectacular overall efficiency increase. These are the points the R&D team focuses on. The skill set of our R&D engineers ensure that our dredging systems combine excellent excavating properties with efficient transport of soils.

Damen’s inhouse dredge pump design

As the dredge pump is at the heart of our dredgers, we develop our dredge pumps in house, with our own software, based on the applied research. The designs are further verified with accepted CFD solvers and ultimately tested under dredging circumstances. Our dredge pump designs show an excellent efficiency combined with a large spherical passage and low wear patterns leading to a high production and low downtime.

Dredge process simulator

Our focus should not only be on the dredging equipment itself when improving dredging processes or dredging operations. A well-trained crew will make the difference in the field. For that purpose a CSD operator cabin has been built which is a 360⁰ dredge simulator. The cabin is shipped over the world to train local crew on the job. The system allows for specific job-related dredging data to be used; as a result a skillful crew is ready when the stationary dredger arrives on site.

Dredging components in stock

Various sizes of dredge pumps and dredge valves are in stock