Consultant at Deltares, Water-Environment-Energy Engineering
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Luca Sittoni is a senior adviser in the Ecosystem and Sediment Dynamics Department at Deltares since 2009 and Program Manager and Management Team member at EcoShape Building with Nature since 2016. Before joining Deltares Luca has worked as civil and hydraulic engineer at Barr Engineering, Minneapolis, MN, USA, obtained a MSc. in Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota and a MSc. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Trento. Luca is an expert in sediment and soft sediments processes and “Building with Mud” (BwM), with applications to dredging and mining industry, nature-based flood protection and building with nature solutions, beneficial sediment use and contaminated sediments remediation. At Deltares Luca leads the soft sediments practice group with oversight of research and knowledge development activities, projects portfolio and clients and stakeholders management. At EcoShape, Luca is responsible for a portfolio of pilot projects that focus on beneficial use and reuse of soft and dredged sediments as a nature-based flood protection or land building material, and for the Living Lab for Mud initiatives.
Luca specializes in developing joint industry projects or multi-parties collaborations, coordination and supervision of technology development and facilitation of knowledge exchange. Further, Luca works closely with Dutch and local Embassies in strategic Countries to enhance business collaboration and technology exchange between each Country and The Netherlands, especially related to water, building with nature and beneficial sediment use.
Luca is heavily involved in international expert organizations such as the Central Dredging Organization (CEDA), PIANC and SedNet. He chaired the CEDA Beneficial Sediment Use working group, and he is current co-chair Europe of the PIANC 2014 Beneficial Sediment Working Group.
Shear cell tests for quantification of tailings segregation, Canadian J. Chemical Engineering, vol.92, pp.362-373.
Talmon, A.M., Kesteren, W.G.M. van, Sittoni, L., and Hedblom, E. (2014), Shear cell tests for quantification of tailings segregation, Canadian J. Chemical Engineering, vol.92, pp.362-373.
Geometry, Flow and Sediment Transport of Alluvial Deposit Induced by Topographically Driven Flow Expansions, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 84.
Sittoni, L., Paola C., Voller, V.R., (2014), Geometry, Flow and Sediment Transport of Alluvial Deposit Induced by Topographically Driven Flow Expansions, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 84.
Dredge Material Reuse to Restore Industrial Influenced Benthic Communities. Dredging 2012, San Diego, CA.
Dott, E., Partch, G., Costello, M., Sharrow, J., van Kesteren, W., Sittoni, L., Dredge Material Reuse to Restore Industrial Influenced Benthic Communities. Dredging 2012, San Diego, CA.
“Living Lab for Mud”
EcoShape (2017) “Living Lab for Mud”. Infrographic flyer produced by EcoShape.
Caps at St. Louis River/Interlake/Duluth Tar Site Hold Up to 500-Year Storm and Flood.
Hedblom, E., Partch, G., Wagner, T., Sittoni, L., Caps at St. Louis River/Interlake/Duluth Tar Site Hold Up to 500-Year Storm and Flood. Abstract for Sediment Management Work Group Spring Forum 2014. Chicago, IL.
Optimizing dewatering and tailings consolidation by enhancing tailings composition.
Ibanez, M., Chassagne, C., van Passen, L., Sittni, L, 2015, Optimizing dewatering and tailings consolidation by enhancing tailings composition. 2015 Tailings and Mine Waste proceedings. Vancouver, Canada.
Placement of caps on soft and fluid tailings
Langseth, J., Luger, D., Jacobs, W., Sisson, R., Sittoni, L., Hedblom, E., Greenleaf, T,. 2015, Placement of caps on soft and fluid tailings. 2015 Tailings and Mine Waste proceedings. Vancouver, Canada.
Sediment deposition – Integration of physics and its consequences for modeling
Luger, D., Pennekamp, J., Sittoni, L., Sisson, R., 2014, Sediment deposition – Integration of physics and its consequences for modeling. 2014 International Oil Sands Tailings Conference proceedings. Lake Louise, Canada.
Muddy river deltas as analogues for oil sand tailings beaches:
Sheets B., Wagner T., Swenson J.B., Horton J., Langseth J., Sittoni L., Walstra D.J., Winterwerp H., Uittenbogaard R., Kester J. van and A.M. Talmon, 2014, Muddy river deltas as analogues for oil sand tailings beaches: improving fines capture and operational efficiency with tailings beach modelling, 2014 International Oil Sands Tailings Conference proceedings. Lake Louise, Canada.
An analytical model for tailings deposition developed from pilot-scale testing
Sisson, R., Lacoste-Bouchet, P., Vera, M., Costello, M., Hedblom, E., Sheets, B., Nesler, D., Solseng, P., Fandrey, A., Van Kesteren, W., Talmon, A. and Sittoni, L. (2012), An analytical model for tailings deposition developed from pilot-scale testing, International Oil Sands Tailings Conference proceedings. Edmonton, Canada.
Latest numerical development for the prediction of beaching flow and segregating behavior of thick non-Newtonian mixtures
Sittoni, L., Talmon, A., van Kester, J., Uittenbogaard, R., 2015, Latest numerical development for the prediction of beaching flow and segregating behavior of thick non-Newtonian mixtures. Delft, The Netherlands.
Application of a Gas Ebullition and Consolidation Model for Determining the Thickness of a Sand Cap that Eliminates Gas Emission
Sittoni, L., van Kesteren, W., Kuijper, K., van Kessel, T., 2015, Application of a Gas Ebullition and Consolidation Model for Determining the Thickness of a Sand Cap that Eliminates Gas Emission. 2015 Battelle Contaminated Sediment Conference roceedings. New Orleans, USA.
Application of integrated numerical models in contaminated sediment sites
Sittoni, L., Cronin, K., van Maren, S.D., van Kesteren, W.M.G., Wintewerp, J.P., 2014, Application of integrated numerical models in contaminated sediment sites: example of coupling sediment, contaminants and gas fate. 2014 International Symposium on Sediment Management, Ferrara, Italy.
Implementation of tailings rheology in a predictive open-channel beaching model
Talmon, A.M., Hanseen, J.L.J, Winterwerp, J.C., Sittoni, L., van Rhee, C., 2016, Implementation of tailings rheology in a predictive open-channel beaching model. PASTE2016 proceedings. Santiago del Chile, Chile.
The Living Lab for Mud
Van Eekelen, E.M.M., Sittoni, L., van der Goot, F., Nieboer, H.E., Baptist, M. J, Boer, J., Tonneijck, F.H. (2017) The Living Lab for Mud: Integrated Sediment Management Based on Building with Nature Concepts. CEDA Dredging Days 2017, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
High Density and High Discharge, Non-Diluted Dredging and Placement of Soft Fine-Grained Sediment
Van Kesteren, W., Costello, M., Sittoni, L., Werneiwski, R.(2012) High Density and High Discharge, Non-Diluted Dredging and Placement of Soft Fine-Grained Sediment. Dredging 2012, San Diego, CA.
Tubifex: A biological method for dewatering oil sands tailings
Yang, X., de Lucas Pardo, M., Deng, L., Sittoni, L., Ulrich, A., Chen, Q., 2015, Tubifex: A biological method for dewatering oil sands tailings. Vancouver, Canada.
|2009 - present||Main Deltares client contact for Oil Sands, Alberta Canada. Project experience (more than 10 years) in the Region includes: • Leading the development of Joint Industry Projects for an innovative numerical module for predicting flow, segregating behavior and fines capture of sand – mud mixed slurries or tailings, in collaboration with the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). • Led and conducted various analytical and numerical studies related to (very) soft tailings consolidation, including the feasibility of capping with sand. Verification of the feasibility of sand raining, sand beaching, multiple lift cap stability analysis, long term consolidation, wick drains performance. Studies were funded by different parties, including the Oil Sands Tailings Consortium (OSTC) and contractors. • Technical manager of the Deltares team for a large flume study for assessment of tailings discharge under Non Segregating (NST) conditions. Led a team of experts for analysis of flume data and for the development of an innovative model for the prediction of fines capture along tailings beaches and within the pond.|
|2017 – present||Contribution to the EcoShape Framework Program and other MT activities, such as communication, education and stakeholders’ management.|
|2017 – present||Co-Chair of the PIANC 214 Working Group on Beneficial Sediment Use and Chair of the CEDA Working Group Beneficial Sediment Use. The working groups include experts worldwide on the theme of beneficial sediment use. The working groups are responsible for collection of case studies worldwide that focus on beneficial and sustainable sediment use, and for the publication of Information and a Position Papers (CEDA) as well as a guidelines report (PIANC).|
|2017 - present||Responsible for the Living Lab for Mud EcoShape initiative, which combines all EcoShape pilots that focus on nature-based sediment management and beneficial use.|
|2016||EcoShape Management Team (MT) member, with specific responsibility for the pilot projects: Kleirijperij, Mud Motor, Marconi Delfzijl water front.|
|2008 - present||Lead various projects for sediment and contaminant transport and superfund sites remediation evaluation in North America.|
|2008 - present||Lead various projects on use and re-use of soft sediments, (harbor) siltation, turbidity, morphology, coastline evolution, feasibility studies in The Netherlands, North and South America, Africa, Middle East.|
|2005 - 2009||Co-authoring an instruction manual on hydrodynamics and open channel flow for the University of Trento in Italy, and conducted trainings and workshops for consultancy firms and contractors related to the applications and general use of on various hydrodynamic, sediment transport and consolidation software packages.|
|2005 - present||Various teaching, training, seminar activities related to sediment management and building with nature in collaboration with University of Minnesota, University of Trento, Technical University of Delft and various other government and academic associations.|