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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 4, Issue 3 May 2012
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PIANC USA Wins International Award for "Best Section" - Highlights from the 2012 AGA

At the recent PIANC 2012 Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Valencia, Spain, the US Section took home the Award for "Best Performing National Section" for 2011. Each year, the PIANC international Secretariat recognizes one country with this distinction. The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy (ASA-CW) accepted the award on behalf of the US Delegation. She thanked the US Commissioners, volunteers, and staff for their dedication and hard work, particularly for organizing the successful Smart Rivers 2011 Conference. Ms. Darcy also gave a presentation on the 2014 AGA and Quadrennial Congress which the US Section will host in San Francisco from May 30 — June 5, 2014. Other presenters included the new PIANC International President Mr. Geoffroy Caude of France, who proposed several new initiatives. Other highlights of the meeting included technical presentations on the Panama Canal expansion and the impact of the tsunami on ports and navigation infrastructure in Japan.

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Register for Dredging 2012!

Registration for Dredging 2012 You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information. is open! Register by June 1 and be entered into a drawing for a $100 and a $50 gift certificate redeemable at 35 restaurants in San Diego's Historic Gaslamp District (you must attend the conference to win). The conference will be held October 22-25, 2012 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, and will include more than 40 exhibitors and presentations on over 200 topics regarding best practices and innovation from around the world! Visit http://dredging12.pianc.us/registration.cfm You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information. to register or book your room You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information. today.


PIANC USA at the International Engineering and Infrastructure Congress Panama Canal 2012

IWR Deputy Director Lillian Almodovar and PIANC USA Deputy Secretary Kelly Barnes attended the International Engineering and Infrastructure Congress Panama Canal 2012 held in Panama City, Panama, April 18-20, 2012. Ms. Almodovar represented IWR and PIANC USA Section, where she serves as the PIANC USA Latin American Liaison. Ms. Barnes staffed the PIANC exhibit booth (English and Spanish displays) during the conference, which served as a superb venue to promote upcoming PIANC technical conferences and workshops and display PIANC technical reports and USACE IWR materials. In order to take advantage of “cross-promotional” opportunities, PIANC shared the exhibit space with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) and the Academy for Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE). Additionally, PIANC member Mr. Alberto Alemán Zubieta gave a plenary presentation entitled “The Road to the Panama Canal Expansion.”

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Mark your calendar for the PIANC USA 2012 Annual Meeting — RSVP Now!

Join your colleagues in the navigation/maritime community and RSVP* for the PIANC USA 2012 Annual Meeting and Networking Reception to be held in Pittsburgh, PA on August 27, 2012. Registration fee of $95 includes Opening Plenary luncheon, technical sessions, coffee break, and evening networking reception.

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Lillian Almodovar Delivers Keynote Address at PIANC-COPEDEC Engineering Conference in India

IWR Deputy Director Lillian Almodovar attended the Eighth PIANC-COPEDEC International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries held in February in Chennai, India. Ms. Almodovar represented IWR and PIANC USA Section and delivered the opening keynote lecture at the conference, addressing the topic of a programmatic approach to adaptations to climate change.

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Ports 2013 Call for Abstracts

The call for abstract deadline has been extended! Submit an abstract by June 21 to take advantage of the opportunity to share your valuable experience with the global ports and harbors development community. On-line abstract/paper submission is required and easy to complete at the submission website. Join us in Seattle, Washington on August 25-29, 2013 for PORTS '13 "Ports: Success through Diversification," the thirteenth in a series of international port and harbor development specialty conferences held on a tri-annual basis since 1977. In consideration of the overwhelming response to past calls for papers, PORTS '13 has been expanded to three full days and up to five concurrent technical session tracks, a 50 percent increase in opportunities to present ideas and experiences.


MarCom Working Group on "Recommendations for increased durability and service life of marine concrete infrastructure" — Update

New group members have been announced! Thomas Spencer of Moffatt & Nichol Blaylock will be acting as Principal Representative, joined by Thomas Collins of Collins Engineers, Inc. as Alternate Representative and Jim Ragland of Ragland, Aderman and Associates, Inc. on the U.S. Subcommittee. The group is still seeking a Young Professional Representative.

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USACE Surge barrier wins award

Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District projects took top honors at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) awards program in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2012. The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Surge Barrier project won the esteemed "Grand Conceptor Award" for the most outstanding engineering achievement. The IHNC Surge Barrier project was also distinguished as one of eight "Grand Award" winners and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) West Closure Complex (WCC) as one of sixteen "Honor Award" winners. The ACEC award program, now in its 45th year, recognizes the year's most outstanding engineering accomplishments.

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Save the date for the ASBPA 2012 National Coastal Conference!

Registration for the ASBPA 2012 National Coastal Conference is now open. The conference will be held October 9-12, 2012 in San Diego. This year's theme is "Rising to the Challenge" — recognizing that as priorities change due to economic, environmental, political and other constraints, we face increasing challenges as we strive to protect and maintain our coastal areas. For information on the conference timeline or to register, visit http://www.asbpa.org/conferences/conf_fall_12.htm Link Disclaimer.

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USACE IWR Briefs OMB on Working Draft Report for Port and Inland Waterways Modernization: Options for the Future

On April 12, USACE Institute for Water Resources (IWR) Director Robert Pietrowsky and report study lead Keith Hofseth accompanied staff from USACE Headquarters and Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) to brief the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the status and way forward of the draft report examining options for future modernization for U.S. port and inland waterways. During the April 12 briefing to OMB, Mr. Hofseth covered the study purpose and objectives, current schedule and status, and the preliminary findings based on the working draft that was provided for comment. Several questions and comments by OMB focused on their interest in the cost implications associated with the anticipated deployment of future post-Panamax vessels to U.S. destination trade routes and the cascading effects of the displacement of current "mega-ships" by the next generation of future vessels.

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Navigation Data Center Provides Hourly Lock Performance Data

USACE IWR's Navigation Data Center has launched the USACE Lock Performance Monitoring System (LPMS) website at http://corpslocks.usace.army.mil. This Corps Locks website provides lock and vessel specific information derived from the Lock Performance Monitoring System. The information provided represents daily and half hourly snapshots of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) data on U.S. flag vessels and foreign vessels operating in U.S. waterways that transit a USACE owned or operated lock structure. Additional features are planned for future release. Also available to assist the public are Facebook and Twitter pages.

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PIANC Young Professional Completes 7 Month Detail at the Committee on the Marine Transportation System

Ms. Laura Herrmann, a PIANC Young Professional and Department of Army intern, recently returned from a seven-month detail in the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) Executive Secretariat. During her time with the CMTS, Ms. Herrmann was charged with providing staff support to the numerous Integrated Action Teams. She organized and led multiple Speaker Series sessions and Environmental Stewardship Discussion Group brown bags. She was given the opportunity to lead a task team for the CMTS Compendium of Federal Marine Transportation Programs. In January 2012 Ms. Herrmann, who works on the PIANC Young Professional committee, presented the Compendium to the PIANC Commissioners at the Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington, DC.

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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/