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PIANC USA is a national section of PIANC, a worldwide non-political and non-profit technical and scientific organization established to promote both inland and maritime navigation by fostering progress in the planning, design, construction, improvement, maintenance and operation of inland and maritime waterways and ports and of coastal areas for general use.

PIANC USA was organized in 1902 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) serving as the Secretariat. Membership is comprised of engineers, scientists, economists, planners, dredgers, port operators, regulators, and marina and vessel owners. The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and the USACE Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations serve as liaisons to the U.S. National Commission.

U.S. Section members, including government organizations, the private sector and individuals, work together with 40 other nations to address a broad range of policy, engineering and environmental issues for the advancement of waterborne transportation.


PIANC USA provides opportunities for members to connect with a domestic and international community of technical professionals. Members meet to exchange information, build business contacts and develop professional relationships.

Conferences & Workshops

PIANC USA organizes conferences, seminars and workshops to disseminate the latest engineering, scientific and economic advancements in the field of inland and maritime navigation and ports. Technical professionals from around the world gather to network, present and publish papers, and gain knowledge at PIANC World Congresses, PIANC USA Annual Meetings, and technical specialty conferences such as Smart Rivers in 2007 and Ports™ (co-sponsored with the American Society of Civil Engineers). Visit the PIANC USA upcoming events page for information about current and recent conferences and annual meetings.

Young Professionals

PIANC USA provides opportunities for training and development of Young Professionals (members 40 years of age and under). The goal is to provide value to students and professionals in the early years of their career by giving young professionals awards for technical papers, positions on working groups, and hosting cultural and professional exchanges.

Working Groups

PIANC USA participates in PIANC International Technical Working Groups, comprised of experts from member countries who gather, analyze and consolidate state-of-the-practice solutions from each country. The resulting reports are published and distributed to each PIANC member. Members gain international recognition through working group participation.

PIANC USA Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations (pdf, 100 KB)


revised 27 Jan 2014


Conferences and Workshops

Young Professionals

Working Groups

Rules and Regulations