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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 3, Issue 5 October/November 2011
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Dredging Call for Abstracts

The fourth specialty conference on dredging and dredged material disposal, Dredging 2012, will be held in San Diego, California, USA from October 22—25, 2012. It has been almost 10 years since the last meeting of this international forum bringing together professionals and practitioners from developed and developing areas of the world. Many new issues have emerged and will be discussed and debated. Abstracts are being sought regarding best practices and innovations in the field from North and South America, Europe and Asia. The submission deadline is January 23, 2012. More

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Student Scholarships Provide Opportunities to Attend PIANC Events

Are you looking for an easy way to 'give back' to your professional community? All it takes is about five minutes and you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the PIANC USA Student Travel Scholarship Fund. By doing so, you are enabling PIANC USA to continue providing travel scholarships to full time students to attend PIANC USA conferences and seminars. For this year's Smart Rivers conference in New Orleans, PIANC USA funded six students (over $4,000) to travel to and attend the conference. Most of the students attended from Mississippi State University, but we had one from Rutgers University and even the Budapest University of Technology and Economics...More

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PIANC 66th Council Meeting

Kelly Barnes, PIANC USA Deputy Secretary, attended the PIANC 66th Council Meeting in Paris, France, with the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), held at the L'Union des Ports de France offices. The meeting was hosted by Mr. Geoffroy Caude, President of PIANC. The PIANC Council Meeting consisted of forty representatives from over fifteen countries. The Council is the governing body under the Executive Committee (ExCom). It is comprised of the first delegates from every member country, plus ExCom members, and they meet in person twice a year. Ms. Barnes gave a presentation to the international delegates on the recent Smart Rivers 2011 Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana. More

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PIANC Cooperation Commission Meeting

PIANC Cooperation Commission (CoCom) provides outreach on PIANC technical and analytical research opportunities and products to Countries in Transition (CiTs) and encourages new individual and corporate memberships in those countries as a step towards eventually setting up new national sections. The meeting focused on changes to CoCom's organizational structure, better coordination with ongoing PIANC Working Groups that may be of particular interest to CiTs, implementation of an online training course catalog that has been under development, and identifying specific CiTs with a significant maritime role that might benefit from PIANC participation...More

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Eastern Region Vice President Election - Call for Nominations

Interested in Serving as a PIANC USA Commissioner? The call for nominations has commenced for the elected Commissioner slot in the Eastern Region. Mr. James McCarville, Port of Pittsburgh Commission, currently holds this position and is eligible to serve an additional term. He has indicated that, indeed, he would like to stay on for his second (and last) term. If anyone from the eastern region is interested in running against him in an election, please submit your name, brief bio, and photo (for the ballot) to Kelly Barnes at kelly.j.barnes@usace.army.mil or by mail. The nomination period will close on December 28, 2011. More

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Spreading the Word about PIANC Locks Report

What's new in the design of navigation locks? Mr. Dale E. Miller, P.E., S.E., PIANC USA Vice-President, had a lot to say (and photos to show) about the topic to an audience of military engineers (SAME). He gave a presentation of the highly acclaimed Innovations in Navigation Lock Design - PIANC Report No.106 to the engineers in New Orleans earlier this month. Based on this international report, he summarized the latest trends, directions and materials in the design and construction of locks and dams throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. More

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PIANC Renewals 2012 - Look For Them in Your Inbox

PIANC would like to thank you for your continued membership in and support of the association! Your renewal email will be landing in your in-box in December. As a reminder, your membership entitles you to numerous benefits. Membership includes access to the password protected area of the PIANC website, with access to the downloadable technical reports, magazines, on-line PIANC membership directory, and more...

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Corporate Members Focus — Trinity Marine Products and IWR

PIANC USA has over twenty large and small Corporate Members. PIANC appreciates their support, which is crucial for helping the organization maintain professional standards and high quality technical products. Corporate membership in PIANC has many benefits for companies including international recognition and more! In the coming year, PIANC USA intends to focus the spotlight more on our valuable Corporate Members. A new feature in our newsletter will include information on a few of our members. Highlighted this issue are Trinity's Inland Barge Group and the Institute for Water Resources. More

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Smart Rivers - Past and Future

Thank you to those who attended the PIANC Smart Rivers 2011 Conference in New Orleans this year! We hope you enjoyed the event. For those of you that missed it, the presentations and event photos are posted on the PIANC website. The next edition of the Smart Rivers Conference series will be held in 2013 and will be co-organized by the Belgium and Netherlands sections of PIANC. Location of the conference and tours will take place in Liège (Belgium) and Maastricht (The Netherlands) in September 2013. We look forward to seeing you there! More

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