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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 3, Issue 3 June/July 2011
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Caude Wins Race for PIANC President

The U.S. Section would like to congratulate Mr. Geoffroy Caude from France who won the recent "historic" PIANC Presidential election. The election took place on May 17th at the Annual General Assembly in Berlin, Germany. The United States was proud to support our own candidate, Mr. James McCarville of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission. There were four candidates total running for the PIANC Presidency, additionally: Philippe Rigo, Belgium; and Christian De Meyer, Belgium (nominated by the UK Section).

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A Dredging Story

In 2001, the Corps was asked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to do some restoration work on Plum Island, New York. The Corps did the job so well that in 2007 it was once again asked to replace bulkheads and perform sand dredging in Plum Island Harbor, a job that is still ongoing. The Corps has already dredged more than 27,000 cubic yards of sand from Plum Island Harbor and almost 15,000 cubic yards of sand from Orient Harbor, with plans to dredge an additional 10,000 cubic yards this fall. Dr. JoAnne Castagna, on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, tells the story.

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Headland Elected to International Leadership Position

The PIANC Executive Committee (ExCom) and Council recently nominated a new Vice-President to serve amongst their ranks. Mr. Shiv Batra's (Tetra Tech) term as the Western Hemisphere Vice-President was coming to an end this year, so the U.S. Section nominated Mr. John Headland (Moffatt & Nichol) to replace him on the ExCom.

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New Working Groups: "Call for Members"

PIANC just announced several new working groups and is seeking volunteers. Please see the "Terms of Reference" for specific information on each group.

If interested in serving as a U.S. Rep or on a subcommittee, please send a brief CV to Kelly Barnes at kelly.j.barnes@usace.army.mil (703-428-9090).  Deadline for submission August 8, 2011.

More information: Full story | Terms of Reference: InCom 154: Mitre Gate Design and Operation (pdf, 238 KB) | Terms of Reference: InCom 156:E-Navigation for Inland Waterways (pdf, 322 KB) | Terms of Reference: Renewable Energy for Maritime Ports (pdf, 170 KB)

"Networking & Navigation Infrastructure" in Atlanta

More than fifty people gathered over coffee and heard technical presentations during the recent PIANC USA "coffee & networking session" at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Infrastructure Systems Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. PIANC USA also had a booth in the conference exhibit hall all week (thanks to the support of Mrs. Pat Engler!). It was a wonderful occasion for outreach and to spread the word about the latest advancements in the field of inland and maritime navigation and ports.

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PIANC in Portland

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. PIANC Working Group 139 (Values of Inland Waterways) and the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE/COPRI) Waterways Committee held meetings and a technical tour June 27-29, in Portland, Oregon. The groups decided to co-locate the meetings in order to share expenses and knowledge through networking and technical exchange.

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Smart Rivers 2011 Conference — Register Today!

You are invited to join us in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the Smart Rivers 2011 Conference! This upcoming conference has been organized to bring together the world's top professionals in all aspects of inland/river transportation, including more than 250 private sector, government, and academic participants.

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"Lock Design, Automated Lock Operations, and Sediment Management"

Need Continuing Education Credits? Interested in improving your skills? Join us in New Orleans for these exciting and rewarding technical workshops. The workshops are taught by experienced professionals from around the world. Complete descriptions, agendas, and registration information can be found at the Smart Rivers Conference website.

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Yantgze-Mississippi Rivers Forum

The American Society of Transportation and Logistics invites you to register for this year's Yangtze Mississippi Rivers Forum. This event, hosted last year in Chongqing China, will be a continuation of the dialogue between U.S. and Chinese private and public entities regarding the use of inland waterways. The full day program on Monday is being held at the same venue and immediately prior to the Smart Rivers 2011 Conference.

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Dredging 2012 mark your calendar

PIANC USA and the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI of ASCE) are pleased to announce the dates and location for the fourth specialty conference on dredging and dredged material disposal, Dredging 2012. Since it will have been ten years since the last conference, held in Orlando, FL, in 2002, many new issues have emerged and will be discussed and debated. The following topics will be included in the conference agenda and a "Call for Abstracts" announcement will be advertised later this year.

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Scholarship Helps Students to Attend Upcoming Conference

Thank you to the following individuals and firms for making a difference in a student's life! Thus far we have raised more than six-hundred dollars in charitable contributions to the PIANC USA Student Travel Scholarship Fund. This fund will be supporting at least four full-time students to travel to New Orleans to attend the Smart Rivers Conference in September.

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Navigation Engineering

The new civil engineering discipline of Navigation Engineering includes the design, construction, and operation of navigation projects, and is an officially acknowledged separate specialty in civil engineering with its 2009 inclusion in the ASCE Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineering (ACOPNE). The discipline's boundaries start at the river/estuary interface with the ocean and end at an inland port dock. Progress is being made to expand the body of knowledge and visibility of Navigation Engineering.

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National Waterways Conference Annual Meeting

The Tarrant Regional Water District hosts this year's Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas — the City of Cowboys and Culture. Discover the City's rich Western heritage and world-class artistic masterpieces and enjoy the friendly service that's the hallmark of true Texas hospitality. This year's meeting -- "Get Ready to Ride the Wave of Change" -- will delve into the far-reaching changes in federal water resources policy and regulations and the long-term implications for the development, management and use of our nation's water resources.

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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/