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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 2, Issue 1, February 2010


Save the Date for the PIANC USA 2010 Annual Meeting!

Make plans to attend the PIANC USA 2010 Annual Meeting on September 22, 2010 and stay for the National Waterways Conference 50th Anniversary Meeting on the 23rd and 24th. We are planning an exciting day of technical presentations and discussions, as well as networking events. A Young Professionals Happy Hour will kick-off the evening, followed by the opportunity to network with National Waterways Conference attendees. The PIANC USA meeting is open to PIANC members and others interested in attending. Watch for registration details on pianc.us. The events will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. The National Waterways Conference offers a discount for PIANC Annual Meeting attendees.

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Young Professionals Corner

Watch for Young Professionals activities at three exciting upcoming events! Contact the Young Professionals Representative for more information or if you are planning to attend.

The Ports 2010 Conference, April 25-28, 2010, in Jacksonville, Florida will offer a Young Professionals Happy Hour and a Job Fair.

The PIANC Congress is being held in Liverpool, United Kingdom on May 9-14, 2010. YPCOM will have a table at the Congress, so swing by and meet other YPs once you're settled. YP activities being planned for this event include: a Young Professional Commission session where you can learn more about YP activities in PIANC and hear presentations by a couple Young Professionals whose papers were accepted for the Congress; a Young Professionals Happy Hour following the YPCOM session; and Young Professional Awards, where YPs presenting at the Congress have the opportunity to participate.

Mark your calendars for the PIANC USA Annual Meeting September 22, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. Join us for the Young Professionals Happy Hour and Networking with National Waterways Conference attendees.

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Catalogue of Prefabricated Marina Elements Questionnaire

RecCom WG131 of PIANC is in the process of producing a "Catalogue of Prefabricated Marina Elements" that will be freely available through the worldwide web. The catalogue will include a standardized form for each type of unit comprising both company data and product data. Producers of marina elements will have the opportunity to be included in the catalogue free of charge by submitting their company and product data. The questionnaire will be accessible online on the PIANC website You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information..

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U.S. Representative Needed for ProCom and Editing Task Group

A Principle U.S. Representative is needed for ProCom (Promotion Commission), which has been established as a permanent PIANC Commission. The representative on ProCom may also serve on the Editing Task Group, or two separate people could fill these roles. On February 5, the Council made the following decisions concerning the publication policy: (1) stop printing the magazine and working group reports from January 1, 2011 onwards, (2) "On Course" will continue electronically until January 1, 2012, when an evaluation is planned, and (3) publish each year a "yearbook" containing information about the events organized in that particular year by Headquarters and the National Sections, new working group reports, the Annual Reports of the Technical Commissions, and other important topics. If you are interested in serving on ProCom and/or the Editing Task Group, please contact PIANC USA.

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National Waterways Alliance Reconvenes

As the Congress reconvenes for the Second Session of the 111th Congress, we are pleased to announce that the National Waterways Alliance has reassembled to address the numerous initiatives involving water resources policy now pending or anticipated this year. Long viewed as the leader in the development and passage of water resources policy and legislation, the Alliance is comprised of representatives from virtually every aspect of the water resources community. Included in this diverse group are representatives from the flood protection, navigation, transportation, water supply, engineering, manufacturing and agricultural communities. Convened by the National Waterways Conference, the Alliance provides a collaborative forum to address a multitude of issues, including but not limited to, the proposed Principles & Guidelines for water resources planning, floodplain management oversight, amendments to the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act, the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, and Sustainable Watershed Planning legislation. For more information, contact the Alliance.

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"Introduction to Navigation Engineering" Webinar Exceeds Expectations

The Waterways Committee of ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) introduced more than 50 engineers in 15 states to the burgeoning specialty on Navigation Engineering (NE) in its first webinar on 20 January 2010. The webinar presented the basics of Navigation Engineering, who practices it, and where to learn more about it. Participants earned Professional Development Hours (PDHs).  Presenter William McAnally, Ph.D., P.E, F.ASCE, began by introducing participants to the concept of navigation engineering which was defined as, "life cycle planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of safe, secure, reliable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable navigable waterways to move people and goods by waterborne vessels." He noted that key challenges facing navigation engineers include: the use of e-navigation; managing sedimentation; life cycle cost management; shortfalls in the inland waterways trust fund; and demand for larger channels.

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Join the US Section Delegation to the PIANC MMX Congress

The PIANC UK Section is hosting the 125th Anniversary PIANC MMX Congress in Liverpool from 10-14 May 2010. The Congress is open to PIANC members and to anyone with a professional interest in navigation, waterways and ports. Six hundred delegates and partners from more than forty countries are expected to participate, share their experiences, and exchange ideas during the Congress sessions. More than 200 papers have been selected to ensure a full program of high-quality technical presentations. In addition, technical visits to both the modern port of Liverpool and the historic inland canals have been arranged. The Partners Program includes guided tours of Liverpool, the ancient walled city of Chester, and the historic workers village and art gallery of Port Sunlight.

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PIANC 125th Anniversary Western Hemisphere Event in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Argentine Section of PIANC has organized a Seminar on "Sustainable Development of Maritime and River Port Infrastructure in Latin America" as part of PIANC's 125th Anniversary celebration. The conference will be held April 5 - 7, 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina in conjunction with the Sixth Argentine Congress of Port Engineering.

Robert Pietrowsky, Director of USACE Institute for Water Resources, will give a keynote address on the topic of "Navigation in the Context of Integrated Water Resources Management." Other U.S. presenters include Kevin Knight (USACE), David Grier (USACE), Craig Philip (Ingram Barge Company) and Jeannie Beckett.

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Exciting NEW Workshops Offered at PORTS 2010 Conference

Earn Professional Development Hours! Short Courses that will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the PORTS 2010 Conference include: Seismic Design and Risk Analyses for Container Ports; Vessel Berthing & Mooring Short Course; Port Pavements: Analysis, Design, Management, and Rehabilitation; and Planning, Design and Implementation of Automated Terminals. Course Registration information can be found at www.portsconference.org You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information..

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World Canals Conference 2009 Call for Papers

The plans for the World Canals Conference being held in Rochester, NY, September 19-24, 2010, are well underway and we look forward to seeing you there! PIANC USA is proud to be co-sponsor of this conference. If you are interested in making a presentation on "Engineering, Management, and Transport," please contact The Rivers Organization rivers@riversorg.com (and let them know you are a PIANC member). Reminder: Call for Papers Deadline for submission is March 1, 2010 - if you are interested, contact them right away to request an extension (rivers@riversorg.com).

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Save the Date for Smart Rivers 2011!

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

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Save the Date and Call for Abstracts for Transforming the Marine Transportation System

Save the date for Transforming the Marine Transportation System, Vision for Research and Development, to be held June 29-July 1, 2010 at The Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, California. If interested in being a presenter, submit an abstract (300-word limit) by March 15, 2010. Abstracts should be submitted to cmtsmeetings@cmts.gov. Technical Session Topics include: R&D Strategic Plan, Capacity, Safety and Security, Environmental Stewardship, Resilience and Reliability, Finance and Economics, and Crosscutting Issues. Visit the conference website You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information. for more information.

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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/