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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 2, Issue 3, June 2010


Save the Date for the PIANC USA 2010 Annual Meeting!

The PIANC USA 2010 Annual Membership Meeting will take place on September 22, 2010 (8:30am to 5:30pm) in Boston, Mass. We are planning an exciting day of technical presentations and discussions, as well as networking events. Young Professionals (YPs) are invited to come early for a YP "Meet and Greet" Coffee (8:00am), and the day will end with the opportunity to network with National Waterways Conference attendees at the evening cocktail reception (6:00pm).

More information: Agenda (pdf, 230 KB) | Registration Form (pdf, 80 KB)

USA to Host the Next PIANC World Congress – 2014 in San Francisco

The US Section of PIANC is proud to announce that it will host the next PIANC World Congress (2014) in San Francisco, California. Every four years, a Congress, open to members and non-members, is held in one of PIANC's member countries in order to present and discuss topics relevant to the waterborne transport infrastructure sector. PIANC Commissioner Mr. Dominic Izzo, KBR, will serve as the 2014 Congress Chair. Over the course of the next year, PIANC USA and Mr. Izzo will be organizing a team to plan the Congress, and we will be looking for volunteers (especially for the technical committee, Young Professional Committee, and the local organizing committee). If you are interested in being a part of this exciting event, please let us know (pianc@usace.army.mil).

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Navigation Meets "The Mersey Beat" - PIANC MMX Congress and Annual General Assembly in Liverpool

Despite the volcanic ash clouds, more than 500 participants descended upon the "home of the Beatles" when PIANC held its 32nd International Congress and Annual General Assembly in Liverpool, UK, May 9-14, 2010.

More information: Full story | Photo Gallery

And The Award Goes to…

PIANC established the PIANC Marina Design Excellence 'Jack Nichol' Award in 2002 in memory of the late Jack Nichol, a distinguished member of the PIANC Recreational Navigation Commission and noted marina designer. The purpose of the Award is to recognise excellence in the design of modern recreational boating facilities around the world. This year's award was presented in Liverpool at the PIANC World Congress, and went to:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

Applications for next year's award may be submitted by both PIANC National Sections and individual applicants. Applications for the 2011 Award are due: September 30, 2010.

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Another Successful Partnership — PORTS 2010 Conference

PIANC USA again partnered with ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) to organize another highly successful PORTS conference, this year in Jacksonville, FL (April 26 - 28). PORTS 2010 "Building on the Past, Respecting the Future" was the twelfth in a series of international port and harbor development specialty conferences held by ASCE on a tri-annual basis since 1977.

The US Army Corps of Engineers' Major General Bo Temple delivered the keynote address at the opening plenary session. Also speaking during the conference general sessions were State Representative Lake Ray III (an engineer!), Brian Brenner (author of Don't Throw This Away! The Civil Engineering Life), and noted futurist Dr. Jack Bacon.

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Young Professionals' Corner

Check out the Young Professionals Photo Gallery from Liverpool!

Young Professionals were well represented at the MMX Congress. More than thirty YPs from around the world authored and presented papers during the technical sessions.

PIANC USA Annual Meeting Update — Join us in Boston for the US Section's Annual meeting (September 22, 2010). We are organizing a YP "Meet and Greet" coffee on the morning of the meeting, so be sure to arrive early enough to meet your peers.

Stay In Connected - Join the PIANC YP LinkedIn Group You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information. and stay up-to-date on YP events. For more information on YP-activities and YP-contacts within the Commissions and National Sections, visit the PIANC YP-Com webpage You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information..

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Working Group Updates

PIANC USA just selected its representatives for the newest PIANC working groups (see full story). Additionally, each working group is supported by a subcommittee that assists the principal representatives with preparation of the U.S. portions of the report. No travel is required for subcommittee involvement since the work can be handled via e-mail. If you are interested in participating on the subcommittee or have questions about current working groups, please email pianc@usace.army.mil.

Open "Call for Members" - Recommendations for the Design of Marine Oil Terminals
The US Section can appoint a Principal Representative, an Alternate, and a "Young Professional" - someone 40 and under. The Principal Representative should be able to attend meetings of the working group, which are usually held in a European city, approximately twice per year. PIANC USA does not provide travel or per diem expenses for working group participants, so this support must be provided by the individual or his/her agency/company.

Recommendations for the Design of Marine Oil Terminals (pdf, 273 KB)

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PIANC Members Among Inductees at Ports Conference

The newly created Academy of Coastal Ocean Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) hosted their inaugural Induction ceremony at the Ports 2010 Conference in Jacksonville, Florida on April 25.  The ceremony marked the launch of the new academy and honored its first founding engineer Diplomates. 

The speakers for the ceremony included COPRI President Ron Noble, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE, Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC) President Bijan Mohraz, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, ACOPNE President Billy Edge, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, ACOPNE Trustee Karyn Erickson, P.E., M.ASCE, and ACOPNE Secretary John Segna, P.E., BCEE, M.ASCE.

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Golden Past, Golden Future

The National Waterways Conference
50th Anniversary Annual Meeting at Boston Harbor
September 22 — 24, 2010

On-line registration opens July 1st!

A golden opportunity beckons you to make history in one of America's most historic venues as the National Waterways Conference celebrates its 50th anniversary on the Boston Harbor waterfront! John Smith is credited with its discovery in 1614 and now 396 years later, Boston is the oldest continuously operating port in the Western Hemisphere — an ideal setting for revisiting our past and pondering the future!

More information: About the Conference

Dredging 2012

PIANC USA and COPRI are proud to announce Dredging 2012, a 3-day technical specialty conference. The conference will be held in Fall 2012, located in beautiful San Diego, CA. Topics addressed include: Integrating Dredging Operations with Environmental Restoration; Dredging: Equipment Innovations; and Ports/Navigation – Case Studies.

More information: Flyer (pdf, 160 KB)

Smart Rivers 2011 Conference — Call for Abstracts

Discover the Keys to Inland Navigation's Sustainable Future Around the World

New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
September 13-16, 2011
Westin Canal Place


Abstract Deadline: January 24, 2011

More information: About the Conference

World Canals Conference — Make Plans to Attend

The 2010 World Canals Conference will be held in Rochester, NY, September 14-19, 2010. The theme of this year's conference is "Canals in the Community Setting, New York State and Worldwide: Challenges and Opportunities." Over 90 speakers and 400+ delegates are confirmed to attend from countries such as Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Serbia, Sweden, U.K., West Africa, and the United States. Early Bird General Registration deadline is July 15, 2010 - go to www.wccrochester.org You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information. for complete information.

More information: Conference Website You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information.

WEDA Fall Meeting — Pacific Chapter

Pacific Chapter of the Western Dredging Association

Fall 2010 Conference — Call for Abstracts
October 27 - 29, 2010

Call for Abstracts:
The Board Members of the Pacific Chapter of WEDA invite you to submit an abstract for a technical presentation at our Fall 2010 conference in Seaside-Monterey. Presentations on all aspects of dredging and disposal, navigation structures, environmental restoration, and related topics are welcome and may be sent to Marcel Hermans at marcel.hermans@portofportland.com.

**The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 31, 2010. **

More information: About the Conference

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/