The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) bestowed the Young Author Award to Liesbeth De Keukelaere, R&D professional at VITO in Belgium during CEDA Dredging Days 2019, held on 7–8 November in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
IADC’s Young Author Award is given annually to stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women to join and work in the dredging industry.
De Keukelaere was selected as this year’s Young Author Award winner for co-authoring the research paper titled Mapping water quality with drones – test case in Texel. The pilot test case took place at the Prins Hendrikzanddijk project in Texel, the Netherlands, and was organised at the end of October 2018 to demonstrate drone technology for water quality monitoring as opposed to traditional methods that result in less detailed data.
During the time, Jan De Nul was in the process of creating a new dune area seaward of an existing dyke This dune will serve as coastal protection mean in future.
For the demo, an octocopter drone platform was used with a multispectral camera underneath.