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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 1, Issue 4 October 2009


Western Region VP Election Update

The election for PIANC USA’s Western Region Vice President is underway, with two excellent candidates running for the position on the US Commission that will start in January 2010: 

  • Ellen Joslin Johnck, Executive Director, Bay Planning Coalition, San Francisco, CA
  • Dale Miller, P.E., S.E., Vice President, Director of Project Management, INCA Engineers Inc., Bellevue, WA

Ballots went out during the week of October 5, 2009 to members residing in these states. If you did not get your ballot contact Kelly Barnes (the election closes on November 27). Votes will be tallied and new Western Region VP will be announced in December 2009.

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Young Professionals Corner

We look forward to your participation in the numerous Student and Young Professional (YP) activities that are planned for Ports 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida!  Noteworthy events include:

  • Young Professionals’ Happy Hour: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., April 25 (Sunday)
  • Student Paper Competition Awards:   1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., April 25 (Sunday)
  • Student Poster Session:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., April 27 (Tuesday)
  • Job Fair: 1:00 p.m.– 4 p.m., April 27 (Tuesday)

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Smart Rivers Becomes a Global Exercise

From September 6-9, 2009, the Vienna City Hall was the place to be for the "movers and shakers" in the field of inland navigation. The 4th International Congress of Smart Rivers ’21 registered a record attendance with 300 participants from 25 countries, including a 60-person delegation from the United States, as well as representatives of the Russian Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport, the Yangtze River Waterborne Transportation Institute and the Indian Ministry of Transport. They were all there to discuss ways of ensuring and expanding the proper place of inland water transport in the global supply chain...
More information: Full story | Smart Rivers 2009 photo gallery

Just Released – Comprehensive Report on "Innovations in Navigation Lock Design"

In 1986, PIANC produced a comprehensive report on Locks, and for about twenty years this report had been considered as a world reference guideline. As it was becoming outdated, PIANC decided in 2006 to launch a new Working Group to update the report, and 2009 report was the result: Innovations in Navigation Lock Design (Report 106-2009). The new report must be considered more as a complement to the 1986 report than a replacement version, and focuses on new design techniques and concepts that were not reported in the former report. It covers all the aspects of the design of a lock but does not duplicate the material included in the former report. Innovations and changes since 1986 are the main target of the present report.
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Specialty Certification in Your Field of Expertise – Introducing the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineering (ACOPNE)

Created in part to offer certification in key specialties, the Academy of Coastal Oceans Ports & Navigation Engineers opened its doors Oct 1, 2009. The third academy launched by Civil Engineering Certification, Inc., ACOPNE will complement the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute by bestowing diplomate credentials to those who have excelled in one or more of COPRI's sub-disciplines. CEC was created in 2004 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Direction to provide a mechanism for post-licensure certification of various civil engineering specialties. ACOPNE is the third academy created after AAWRE and AGP.
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It’s not too late to register for Navigating the Environment – Managing Risks and Sustaining Benefits

Technical Seminar & Networking Reception
October 28, 2009
Westin Canal Place & Plimsoll Club
New Orleans, Louisiana

PIANC USA and the international Environmental Commission (EnviCom) are organizing a one-day technical seminar in New Orleans, LA. EnviCom’s mission relates to both broad and specific issues related to sustainability, environmental risks, and navigation. It also develops and provides environmental guidance for sustainable waterborne transport, ports and waterways.

The agenda is packed with informative presentations by experts in the field from the United States and Europe, including sessions on Climate Change; Ecosystems and Dredging; Comprehensive and Sustainable Sediment Management; and Coastal Flood Risk Management.

More information: Meeting Details | Agenda (pdf, 20KB)

Live Interactive Web Seminar – Navigation Engineering: Understanding the Basics of This Growing Specialty

The importance of the Marine Transportation System cannot be overstated. Despite growth in communications and high speed transportation, the nation’s ports and waterways remain the critical backbone of our economy and national defense. This seminar presents the basics of the specialty area of navigation engineering – what it is, who’s doing it, and where its information resources are available.
More information: Full story | flyer (pdf, 261KB)

Save the Date for Buenos Aires

Save the date for the 6th Argentine Congress of Port Engineering & "Sustainable Development of River and Maritime Port Infrastructure in Latin America." It will be held simultaneously next April as part of the PIANC 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2010 in Buenos Aires.
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The PIANC Bulletin, formerly a quarterly newsletter and now a bi-monthly e-newsletter, is designed to keep interested parties up-to-date on the latest PIANC USA developments. Visit the PIANC website at: http:// www.pianc.us/