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PIANC U.S. to Host SMART Rivers 2017 in Pittsburgh

The organizing committee of the SMART Rivers 2017 Conference has selected the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to host the conference in September 2017. Several cities were considered, but Pittsburgh was selected for a variety of reasons. Not only is the city in a great location with plenty of things to do, the region offers a variety of opportunities for technical visits as well. The committee also expressed interest in returning the conference "to its roots" by holding the event in the same location of the very first Smart Rivers Conference in 2005. Additionally, Jim McCarville, the conference chair and one of the SMART Rivers founding fathers, is formerly of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission and the organizing committee is busy at work under his leadership.

The SMART Rivers Conference series is a biennial forum bringing together those involved in river transport from developing and developed countries around the world. The conference started as an initiative of major international organizations in the field of Inland Water Transport to promote transport by barge. The first conference was held in 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The SMART Rivers series is now placed under the umbrella of PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. Subsequent conferences in the U.S. have been held in Louisville, Kentucky, and New Orleans, Louisiana. In Europe, they have been located in Brussels, Belgium and Vienna, Austria. The most recent rendition took place in Argentina. Please see SMART Rivers 2015 for a list of technical topics and to download the technical papers from the conference in Buenos Aires (September 7-11, 2015).

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revised 16 April 2016