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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 4, Issue 2  March/April 2012
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PIANC at World Water Forum

PIANC USACE and IWR were represented at several workshops and side events related to the World Water Forum in Marseille, France. IWR Director Bob Pietrowsky and PIANC USA Secretary Anne Cann participated in a Preparatory Workshop and a side event "Inland Waterway Transport in Times of Globalization" on March 13, 2012. These activities, along with a tour of the Port of Marseille on March 14, were organized by the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR). The purpose of the sessions was to bring together stakeholders in river navigation from around the world to discuss common issues and problems and create a global framework and network to pool knowledge and experience, thus advancing inland waterways as a sustainable form of transport. On March 14, the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), spoke at a PIANC side event "Inland Waterways—a Sustainable Transport Solution." Ms. Darcy presented an introduction about the U.S. inland waterway system and made a compelling case that, compared to other modes of transport, waterways are more sustainable economically, environmentally and socially. On March 13, Dr. Will Logan of IWR and the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), under the auspices of UNESCO, participated in Session 2.1.2 "IWRM for All: Make Water Resource Planning a Reality by Adopting IWRM Master Plans." Dr. Logan represented the PIANC solution "Inland Waterborne Transport as a Solution" in a roundtable discussion.

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Register for Dredging 2012!

Reserve your spot for Dredging 2012 You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information., the fourth specialty conference on dredging and dredged material disposal! The conference will be held October 22-25 in San Diego, California, USA. Participants and presenters are expected from North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Due to the length of time it has been since the last conference, held in Orlando, FL, in 2002, many new issues have emerged and will be discussed and debated. More than 200 presenters will speak on best practices and innovation from around the world! Registration is now open You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information. and you may book a room online at the conference hotel, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. See the full story for an update on the track presentations, pre-conference courses, exhibit hall, and tours!

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Mark Your Calendar! PIANC USA 2012 Annual Meeting

PIANC USA plans to hold its one-day Annual Meeting on Monday, August 27, in conjunction with the many maritime meetings happening in Pittsburgh, PA, during the week of August 27-31, 2012. The agenda will focus on the latest advancements and current 'hot topic' issues for the navigation and maritime community. Mr. Carlos Mladinic, the new Secretary of the Inter-American Committee on Ports at the Organization of American States, has been invited to give a presentation on Latin American port/dredging topics. To submit a proposal to deliver a session/presentation at the Annual Meeting, please contact pianc@usace.army.mil. The PIANC USA meeting will tentatively take place at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

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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, with the effort to promote, implement and disseminate the design and construction techniques of facilities for maritime and river navigation. The conference aims to share technical analyses relating to the areas of maritime infrastructures, logistics, and sustainability.

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Ports 2013 Call for Abstracts

Continuing a long tradition of excellence, PORTS '13 "Ports: Success through Diversification" is the thirteenth in a series of international port and harbor development specialty conferences held on a tri-annual basis since 1977. Please join us in Seattle, Washington, August 25-29, 2013. Share your valuable experience with the global ports and harbors development community by submitting an abstract for consideration. On-line abstract/paper submission is required and easy to complete at the submission website. 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. Deadline for Abstracts is May 2012.

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Visit the New PIANC-SMART Rivers 2013 Website!

PIANC-SMART Rivers 2013 will take place both in Liège (Belgium) and in Maastricht (The Netherlands) on September 23-27, 2013. Check out the Conference website and find out all information about this event!


Call for Members – "Recommendations for Increased Durability and Service Life of Marine Concrete Infrastructure"

PIANC just announced this Maritime Commission working group and is seeking volunteers. Please see the "Terms of Reference" for specific information. If interested in serving as a U.S. Rep or on the subcommittee, please send a brief CV to Kelly Barnes. Deadline for submission is April 16, 2012.

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Restart of "Management of Ports, Harbors, and Waterways for Fishes & Shellfishes"

The former EnviCom Working Group 16 "Management of Ports, Harbors, and Waterways for Fishes and Shellfishes" is restarting as Working Group 163 with a new chairperson and a special concept. The group is looking in particular for success stories where fish and shellfish habitat has demonstrably been maintained or enhanced in coexistence with maritime activities. See the full story for more information. Submission deadline is April 30, 2012.

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U.S. Representative Dr. Shafer to Chair Working Group 157

The kick-off meeting of PIANC Working Group 157 was held 2 February 2012 in Brussels, Belgium. To fill the information gaps about the relationship between dredging and port construction and the health of productive coastal habitats, PIANC Environmental Committee (Envicom) decided to form a working group of international experts. The group is chaired by Deborah Shafer, a Research Marine Biologist at the Corps of Engineer Research and Development Center and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The next meeting of the working group is planned for August 2012. The working group is expected to finalize its work within 2 years.

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InCom Working Group on "Values of Inland Waterways" – Update

PIANC InCom Working Group 139, Values of Inland Waterways, held a meeting 10-13 February in Aswan, Egypt. WG members from Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Egypt and USA attended. David Grier from IWR is the US member. The WG 139 meeting made considerable progress in drafting a final report and developing case studies from around the world on the multipurpose value of inland waterways. The next meeting of WG 139 is planned for late June and a final report and workshop are planned for early 2013.

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"Permanent Task Group on Climate Change" – Update

Drs. Kate White and Jason Giovannettone attended the most recent face-to-face meeting of the PIANC Permanent Task Group on Climate Change (PTGCC) in Brussels, Belgium, on 30-31 Jan. A significant portion of the meeting was used as a working meeting devoted to finalizing some of the documents that are to be placed on the website. Both Drs. White and Giovannettone also attended the PIANC Environmental Commission (EnviCom) meeting on 31 Jan where they gave an update to the Commission on the status of PTGCC activities.

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Navigation Engineering – Latest News

Believe it or not, the ASCE/COPRI Waterways Committee initiative to create a new "Navigation Engineering" discipline is now twenty years old! During the past two decades, the committee has produced several Manuals of Practice (MOPs) and has seen Navigation Engineering recognized as a separate and distinct specialty. The Navigation Engineering specialty gained its present visibility primarily through publication of the MOPs written by the Waterways Committee and published by ASCE. The Waterways Committee is currently looking for industry participation and volunteers on other potential MOP subjects related to Navigation Engineering.

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Diagnosing the Marine Transportation System – Call for Abstracts

The Committee on the Marine Transportation System, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Marine Board of the National Academies are co-sponsoring the second biennial R&D conference "Diagnosing the Marine Transportation System: Measuring Performance and Targeting Improvement" from June 26-28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Conference participants will explore how the Marine Transportation System and intermodal connectors perform through the application of performance indicators. Registration for the conference will open in mid-March 2012. There will be special registration rates for speakers, exhibitors, students and TRB sponsors (including USACE personnel and state DOTs).

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COPRI Ports and Harbors Subcommittee on "Sea Level Change" – Call for Members

The American Society of Civil Engineers' Ports and Harbors Committee is forming a new subcommittee on Sea Level Change to propose a set of design guidelines on sea-level change to the on-shore and off-shore marine design industry. This sub-committee aims its efforts toward the marine design practice industry. The committee seeks to fill a need for a more systematic approach in estimating and including sea-level change in any marine/ coastal project. One of the main objectives of this committee is to be able to work jointly with a wide range of industry professionals to provide such confidence levels.

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U.S. Port and Inland Waterways Modernization

USACE Institute for Water Resources has released a working draft report examining options for future modernization for U.S. port and inland waterways. This early draft of the report has components that are still in progress. It includes a draft executive summary to show stakeholders the direction the report authors are taking based on research to date. It incorporates information from activities and outreach efforts that were already underway and begins to incorporate feedback from discussions held through listening sessions and other venues over the last few weeks. The draft report considers the perspectives of shippers, carriers, ports, environmental interests, state and Federal agencies, and other interested parties as well as taking a national view. IWR will collect comments on the draft through April 18 and will host a webinar listening session on April 13 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST.

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Markland Navigation Lock Gets New Gates

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville Repair Station set the last of four 260 ton gate leaves at the upstream end of the Ohio River Markland navigation locks on November 4. The installation of the new gates will complete the Markland Major Rehabilitation project by USACE, which began in 2009. Due to high water the remaining work on the pieces of the lock gates will be completed in the summer of 2012, when the chamber will permanently reopen.

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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/