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GLEN ALLEN, VA. — Schnabel Engineering, Inc.’s “Innovative Dredged Material Reuse” project was selected to receive the American Road & Transportation Builders Associations’ inaugural TransOvation Award. This award honors innovative transportation infrastructure-related products, services, technologies, or technique introduced over the last five years that can be documented to provide a high return on investment.

Schnabel recently completed its innovative dredge material reuse project for the Maryland Port Administration (MPA), under its new “Innovative Reuse of Dredged Material” program. Schnabel’s study developed a breakthrough technology for reuse of dredged material (DM) taken from Baltimore Harbor shipping lanes.

Using DM taken from the Cox Creek Confined Disposal Facility, Schnabel demonstrated that blending Cox Creek DM and steel slag fines (SSF), another waste material, provides immobilization of the metal contaminants and improves the materials strength and workability so it can be used as earthfill. This study represents a major breakthrough technology in the beneficial reuse of DM which should have far reaching and desirable consequences for port and harbor planning, design, construction, and dredging activities.

Watch the video below to learn more about this project and the others nominated for the TransOvation award.