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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 4, Issue 1  January 2012
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FEATURED ARTICLES

PIANC USA's New President Named ENR "Top 25 Newsmaker of 2011"

PIANC USA's new President, Major General Michael J. Walsh, US Army Corps of Engineers' Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, was just named a "Top 25 Newsmaker of 2011" by Engineer News Record. MG Walsh was recognized for his successful management of the Mississippi River & Tributaries System during the floods of 2011, while serving as Commander of the Mississippi Valley Division. He is credited with preventing a disaster that would have affected 4.1 million people, inundated 10 million acres, and caused $110 billion in damages. MG Walsh will replace MG William Grisoli as the PIANC USA President.

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DREDGING NEWS

Dredging 2012 Update

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. Although it has been almost 10 years since the last meeting of this international forum, it was obvious that there is overwhelming interest in the topics! As fellow members of the dredging community, we know events like this help to establish and maintain your profile as experts in the field of dredging. This is a unique opportunity for exposure to over 500 participants through event sponsorship or exhibition. Act Now! Spaces Are Going Quickly!

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"Gem" of a Beach Sparkles in New York

Anthony Ciorra has many fond memories as a child in the 1970s spending many warm days at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, New York with his parents. Today, Ciorra is a professional engineer and Chief of the Civil Works Branch for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. Ciorra has been involved in the shoreline restoration project of Orchard Beach, one of several Civil Works projects performed by New York District. Ciorra is proud to say he personally has played an important role in the restoration project. "Today when I drive on the roads leading into the beach, I get a sense of nostalgia," said Ciorra. "I start thinking back to when I was a child, but I also feel a sense of pride that I helped make this beach enjoyable."

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Army Corps Doesn't Play Shell Games with Turtle Protection

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers takes the protection of endangered sea turtles and all marine life seriously, especially when performing beach replenishment projects. In the waters in the northeast there is a small risk that sea turtles can be injured or killed during these projects, including the most common endangered species in this region – The Loggerhead Sea Turtle and the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle. Every time the Corps begins a beach replenishment project, it takes measures to protect Sea Turtles that comply with environmental policies established by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Recently these measures were activated for the Monmouth Beach Replenishment Project, in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

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Travel Scholarship Will Help Students Attend Dredging Conference

PIANC USA is fundraising for the Student Travel Scholarship Fund and has made a promising start so early in the year! Already more than $800 has been collected as of January 30th, but we are still in need in more donations to support students to attend PIANC's Dredging 2012 Conference in San Diego, CA. Our goal is $5,000 by October 2012! All it takes is about five minutes and you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the PIANC USA Student Travel Scholarship Fund.

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PIANC NEWS

Mark Your Calendar! PIANC USA 2012 Annual Meeting & Other Maritime Events

PIANC USA plans to hold its 2012 Annual meeting in conjunction with the many maritime meetings happening in Pittsburgh, PA, during the week of August 27-31, 2012. As soon as the exact date and agenda is set, we will make an announcement to the PIANC USA membership. Other events taking place during this week include PIANC and Coast Guard meetings, and the 2012 Joint Conference of Harbor Safety Committees and Area Maritime Security Committees which includes 2-1/2 days of technical sessions, a reception and evening cruise.

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Just Released - "Guidelines and Recommendations for RIS"

PIANC Working Group 125 report "Guidelines and Recommendations for River Information Services (RIS - 3 parts)" has been released and can be found on the PIANC website You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information.. For a limited time only - the 3 part series is available for a FREE download. Get your copy of this important report TODAY!

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Young Professionals Corner

Are you a Young Professional (under age 40) and new to PIANC? YPCom is a great way to get involved in PIANC. Look for YP socials at COPEDEC in Chennai in February and Mediterranean Days in May! Watch for upcoming activities in the U.S.!

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PIANC'S 2nd Mediterranean Days of Coastal and Port Engineering

PIANC and the Technical Association for Ports and Coasts invite you to attend the 2nd Mediterranean Days of Coastal and Port Engineering this May in Valencia, Spain. The theme of this year's conference is "INFRASTRUCTURE, LOGISTICS & SUSTAINABILITY". The conference is being held in conjunction with this year's PIANC Annual General Assembly (AGA), with the effort to promote, implement and disseminate the design and construction techniques of facilities for maritime and river navigation.

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Almodovar to Replace Grier as Latin American Liaison

With the upcoming retirement of Mr. David Grier, USACE Institute for Water Resources, Mrs. Lillian Almodovar, also of USACE's IWR, is transitioning into the role of PIANC USA Latin American Liaison. David Grier has served as the Liaison since 2007, representing PIANC USA at industry meetings such as the Organization of American States Inter-American Committee on Ports (OAS-CIP). He also serves on the PIANC Cooperation Commission (CoCom) and other PIANC working groups. He has provided tremendous support for PIANC over the years and his involvement will be greatly missed upon his retirement! Recent PIANC USA Latin American activities include participation and presentations at regional conferences which provide opportunities to share information about PIANC and network with maritime representatives from throughout the region.

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CORPORATE MEMBER FOCUS

Large Corporate Member: MWH Global

The MWH organization is driving the wet infrastructure sector globally, and we are leading the world in results-oriented management, technical engineering, and construction services to create a better world. The wet infrastructure sector we serve encompasses a variety of water-related projects and programs ranging from water supply, treatment and storage to water resources management and coastal restoration, and from design and construction of hydropower and renewable energy facilities to full environmental services.

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Small Corporate Member: Collins

"Collins" has become synonymous with waterfront structures over the past 30 years. Collins' focus on the inspection, design and rehabilitation of sustainable waterfront structures is the result of providing decades of design and inspection services for waterfront facilities and infrastructure. Collins does not maintain a separate inspection group; rather, a large portion of the firm's staff is involved in structural condition inspections at all times with all work performed under the supervision of professional engineers (PEs).

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Call For Abstracts: Research and Development in the Marine Transportation System

The Committee on the Marine Transportation System, the Transportation Research Board and the Marine Board of the National Academies are co-sponsoring the second biennial conference on Research and Development in the Marine Transportation System, from June 26-28th 2012 in Washington, D.C. You are invited to share your knowledge and expertise. If you are interested in presenting relevant research, please submit an abstract of 300 words or less to CMTSmeetings@CMTS.gov by March 31, 2012. Papers are NOT required.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Waterways Council, Inc. 2012 Waterways Seminar
Date: February 14-16, 2012
Location: Washington, DC
www.waterwayscouncil.org
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Inland Waterways Navigational Conference
Date: March 6-8, 2012
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
http://www.maritimemeetings.com/inland-waterways-conference.php
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Freight in the Southeast 2012
Date: March 14-16, 2012
Location: Norfolk, VA
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American Association of Port Authorities Spring Conference
Date: March 19-20, 2012
Location: Washington, DC
www.aapa-ports.org
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National Waterways Conference Legislative Summit
Date: March 26-28, 2012
Location: Washington, DC
http://www.waterways.org/
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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/