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Smart Rivers 2011 Conference

September 13-16, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Westin New Orleans Canal Place

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Mark your calendar for the next installment of the outstanding Smart Rivers Conference series, a biennial forum bringing together an international group of professionals involved in inland / river transport from around the world.

This 3-day technical specialty conference is organized by PIANC USA, along with more than twenty partnering organizations*. The concept of 'Smart Rivers' sprang from a group started in 2004 called SmartRivers21, an international coalition intent on realizing "Strategic Maritime Asset Research and Transformation for 21st Century River Systems." It began with a cooperation agreement between American and European partners, and was followed by the organization of Smart Rivers 2005 Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Smart Rivers 2006 Conference was held in Brussels, Belgium, and the 2007 conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky. The organizers decided to move to a biennial schedule and Smart Rivers 2009 was held last September in Vienna, Austria.

Themes for the 2011 conference in New Orleans will include topics such as "Smart" Service Design and Innovation, System/Technology, Public Policy/Finance, Environmental Management, Flood Protection/Mitigation, Port & Landside Economic Development, etc., with a particular emphasis on making this a global conference. A "Call for Abstracts" will be issued this summer (2010). Two full days of technical sessions are planned for September 14 & 15, 2011, along with industry exhibits, networking functions, workshops and technical tours.

2011 Conference Hotel:

Westin New Orleans Canal Place
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA 70130 USA
For Inquiries: 1-(504) 566-7006
http:// www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1763 You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information.

Presentations from Smart Rivers 2009 are posted at www.smartrivers.org.

*Partnering Organizations (as of 01/27/2010)

American Association of Port Authorities
Appalachian Regional Commission
Austria Tech
Committee on the Marine Transportation System/DOT
Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute / ASCE
Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies
Ingram Barge Company
Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals
Mississippi State University
National Maritime Enhancement Inst, Rahall Transportation Institute
National Waterways Conference
Osprey Line, LLC
Port of Pittsburgh Commission
Tina Vienna
TRB Marine Board
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
University of Tennessee
US Coast Guard
via donau
Waterways Council, Inc.


  • Author Notification: March 1, 2011
  • Presentations Due: August 30, 2011
  • Conference: September 13 — 16, 2011

Overarching Theme of the Conference: "Systems Thinking"

Technical Themes:
Smart Service Design and Innovation
Intermodal connectivity, Container on Barge, feeder operations

Smart System/Technology
e-navigation, RIS, remote sensing, wireless, VTS, AIS

Smart Public Policy/Finance
tax/funding innovations, public/private partnerships, balancing competing uses

Smart Regulation
operations, cabotage, navigation safety regulations

Smart and Safe Operations
safety, fleet logistics, fuel efficiency, crew endurance, vessel design

Smart Network Management
lock operations/designs, virtual now aides, scheduling

Smart Environmental Management
climate change, emissions management, dredged material and sediment management

Smart Flood Protection/Mitigation

Smart Education and Training
licensing, certification, simulation

Smart Port and Landside Economic Development
inland (dry)ports

Smart Infrastructure
life-cycleplanning, adaptation to climate change

For more information regarding the conference, please visit our website at www.smartrivers.org You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information. or contact us at pianc@usace.army.mil or 703-428-9090.


revised 18 Feb 2011