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  • Unique meeting for technical updates, discussions and networking

    Armourstone Users Group meeting
  • Armourstone Users Group meeting
  • Armourstone Users Group meeting
  • Armourstone Users Group meeting

Armourstone Users Group meeting

About this event

Type Conference
Duration 1 day
Topic Coast and maritime

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This unique annual meeting facilitates the exchange of news and views about the use of armourstone for coastal defences and breakwaters in the UK and all round the world.

Delegates will receive useful technical updates, along with plenty of time for discussion and networking. It also provides an opportunity for younger professionals to understand the armourstone industry, to understand real projects and to see examples of supply, delivery and construction techniques.
The meeting has proved to be of interest to all practitioners in the field including those involved in the supply, specification and use of armourstone. It is a unique opportunity for the meeting of quarry operators, shipping companies, contractors, designers and end-user authorities.

Taking place on 9 May 2018 in Aberdeen, UK, this year marks the 25th Armourstone Users Group meeting. The meeting will include guest speakers, presentations by young professionals, and site visits to the Aberdeen Harbour development in Nigg Bay and a local quarry.         
The programme for the day is as follows:            

09:15 – 09:45 Registration and coffee
09:45 – 09:50 Introduction and welcome - Rudi Broekens, HR Wallingford
Session 1 – Guest speakers and discussion
09:50 – 10:20 Use of drone surveys for verification of rock placement and surveys - Adrian Douglas & Matt Wearmouth, Mott MacDonald.
10:20 – 10:50 Design of a new reclamation development at Jumeirah Beach Area: A 3D Physical Modelling Investigation - Joao Pimenta, CWP Engineering.
10:50 – 11:15 Break
Session 2 – Guest speakers and discussion
11:15 – 11:30 Underwater perception technologies applied to maritime and offshore structures: discovering the new trends in robotics and autonomous systems - Ana Pires, INESC TEC.
11:30 – 12:00 Armour stones falling to pieces / Armour stone users vs producers - Daan Heineke, Rijkswaterstaat.
Session 3 – Site visit presentations
12:00 – 12:20 Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project - Keith Young, Aberdeen Harbour
12:20 – 12:40 Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project - Aurora Orsini, HR Wallingford
12:40 – 13:00 Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project - Luis Tardio, Dragados
13:00 – 14:10 Lunch
Session 4 Site visit
14:10 – 14:30 Travel to Aberdeen South Harbour Nigg Bay
14:30 – 15:30 Site visit at Aberdeen South Harbour Nigg Bay
15:30 – 15:50 Travel to Leiths Quarry
15:50 – 16:50 Site visit at Leiths Quarry
16:50 – 17:10 Travel back to hotel
19:30 Evening meal at Hotel

The venue for the meeting is the Aberdeen Douglas Hotel, 43-45 Market Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5EL ( A number of rooms have been reserved at the hotel for delegates attending the meeting, please contact for more details.

Discounted early booking fee of £205 extended to 23 April 2018. After 23 April the standard fee of £255 (excluding VAT) will apply. The optional evening dinner is £35 (excluding VAT).

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Jonathan Simm

Jonathan Simm

Chief Technical Director

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