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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 4, Issue 5 September 2012
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PIANC USA Annual Meeting a Success!

PIANC USA held its 2012 Annual Meeting on 27 August in Pittsburgh. MG Michael Walsh, DCG-CEO and President of PIANC USA, kicked off the meeting with opening remarks, followed by an ethics session for engineers (sponsored by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineers).

Keynote Luncheon Speaker Mr. Carlos Mladinic, Former Secretary of the Inter-American Committee on Ports at the Organization of American States, discussed the Panama Canal Expansion and its impact on Latin America. "It's not just about dredging, or ports, in Latin America," he said. "The entire logistical supply chain must be improved, and made more efficient, to effectively take advantage of the Panama Canal Expansion."

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Only 22 Days Until Dredging 2012!

Are you planning to attend Dredging 2012 on October 22-25? The conference is only 22 days away! At the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, the event will include more than 50 exhibitors and presentations on over 200 topics regarding best practices and innovation from around the world. And don't miss out on staying at the conference hotel! There are a limited number of rooms left at the conference rate at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina. Rooms must be booked by October 5 to ensure the conference rate. If you haven't yet registered for the conference, visit the conference site to register today!

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Student & Young Professional Events at Dredging 2012

PIANC Young Professionals (YPs) have been planning several YP activities for the Dredging 2012 Conference in October. A pre-conference Networking event will be held at the conference hotel on Monday, October 22, 2012, 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm, so YPs can meet and get to know each other before the conference starts. A Student Poster Session is planned for Tuesday, October 23, and is open to all graduate and undergraduate university students. The subjects will be the same as the general dredging topics for the conference. A YP Happy Hour will be held on Wednesday, October 24, at 6:00pm at "Osetra" in the Gas Lamp Quarter.

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Smart Rivers 2013 Call for Abstracts

Smart Rivers 2013 is currently accepting abstracts! See the Call for Abstracts brochure for the conference themes. Abstracts must be written in English and are limited to 500 to 750 words and shall not include illustrations. Abstract submission deadline is January 2, 2013. Abstracts are to be submitted to the chairman of the Scientific Commission, Prof. Ph. Rigo and Ms. M. Wolters.

More information: Call for Abstracts (pdf, 1.4 MB) | Abstract Template (doc, 548 KB)

Exhibit at Ports '13

Opportunities are available to exhibit at Ports '13! The focus on port planning, engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance provides exhibitors opportunities to meet directly with port and agency professionals, practicing engineers and environmental specialists, and researchers. The Conference schedule is tailored to allow ample opportunities for participants to view the exhibits and become more aware of the breadth of services and goods available to the port industry. If you are interested, visit the conference website today!

Win a trip to France! PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award 2013 Call for Papers

The PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award (DPWA) is granted every year for Young Professionals. Contestants for the prize must submit a paper in the fields of design, construction, improvement, maintenance of operation of inland and maritime waterways (rivers, estuaries, canals, port approaches), of inland and maritime ports and of coastal areas. The Award includes a cash prize in the amount of € 5,000; free attendance to the 2013 PIANC Annual General Assembly in Marseille, France (May 21, 2012); a free individual membership to PIANC for a five-year period; and publication of the winning paper in the October issue of PIANC's e-Magazine "On Course." Abstracts are due by November 15, 2012.

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Search for PIANC Task Group on Climate Change Chair Still Underway

The PIANC Task Group on Climate Change (PTG CC) is currently seeking nominations for a new chair. The Task Group was set up in 2009 to address aspects of climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation as they relate to the navigation community. According to the Terms of Reference (TOR) in September 2012, the current Chair will be stepping down from the position, which will then rotate to another country's representative. The term for the next Chair of the PTG CC is from September 2012 to 2015. The Chair for the three-year term from the inception of the PTG CC from September 2009 until September 2012 has been Dr. Kate White of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USA).

More Information:  Nomination Requirements Letter (pdf, 244 KB) | Terms of Reference (pdf, 292 KB)


PIANC USA Past President MG Temple Retires After 37 Years of Service

Maj. Gen. Merdith W.B. (Bo) Temple, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), retired from the U.S. Army on Aug. 31 after serving the nation for more than 37 years. Maj. Gen. Temple served as the PIANC USA President from 2008 to 2010, and still remains an active member today. Maj. Gen. Temple served as Deputy Commanding General since January 2010. Among his accomplishments, he served the longest stint as acting commander in the history of USACE, from June 2011 to May 2012, between the retirement of Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp and the assumption of command by Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick as the new Commanding General and Chief of Engineers.

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ASCE Releases New Economic Analysis Revealing Far-Reaching Impacts of Under-Investing in our Nation's Ports and Inland Waterways

A new "Failure to Act" report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) quantifies infrastructure needs in airports, marine ports and the inland waterway sector and shows that current investment trends are not keeping up. Aging infrastructure for marine ports, inland waterways and airports threatens more than 1 million U.S. jobs. Between now and 2020, investment needs in the nation's marine ports and inland waterways sector total $30 billion, while planned expenditures are about $14 billion, leaving a total investment gap of nearly $16 billion.

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River Information Services — Basics of RIS and Plans for U.S. Implementation

River Information Services (RIS) is defined as "the harmonized information services to support traffic and transport management in inland navigation, including interfaces to other transport modes. RIS aim at contributing to a safe and efficient transport process and utilizing the inland waterways to their fullest extent." The webinar will present the basics concepts of River Information Services (RIS), including basic services and technologies.

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ASCE/COPRI Ports '13 is having its second student paper and poster contest and is open to all undergraduate and graduate university students. Topics include coastal, environmental, general, civil, geotechnical, ocean, structural and transportation engineering. The top papers will be selected for presentation at the conference and win prizes, including admission to the conference, and special student events. For more detailed information, please visit the website.

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/