PIANC Bulletin: August 2015

PIANC Bulletin: August 2015

Volume 7, Issue 2


PIANC USA Welcomes New President Major General Donald E. (Ed) Jackson Jr.
PIANC USA welcomes Major General Donald E. (Ed) Jackson, Jr. as the newest president of its U.S. National Commission. MG Jackson is the incoming Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations (DCG-CEO). From January 15, 2015 he served as the Deputy Commanding General for Military and International Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, DC.

More information: Full Story | News Release (pdf, 167 KB)

PIANC USA Welcomes Two New Commissioners
PIANC USA welcomes Jessica McIntyre, P.E. and James Marino, P.E., D.CE as new commissioners of its U.S. National Commission. Ms. McIntyre is a Civil Engineer specializing in the planning and design of recreational and urban waterfront projects. For PIANC, she has served on both the Young Professionals Commission as the Secretary and U.S. delegate and the Recreational Navigation Commission as the YPCom delegate.

Mr. Marino currently serves as President of Taylor Engineering, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience, including 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has served in an executive management role for a broad range of engineering projects, providing comprehensive staff and project management, development, and oversight for public works, coastal, port and harbor, transportation, and environmental projects.

More information: Jessica McIntyre | James Marino

U.S. Commissioner Philip Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
On Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) 38th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner in New York City, over 770 individuals assembled to honor three persons who have made remarkable contributions to the maritime industry. SCI presented the Lifetime Achievement Awards to Dr. Craig E. Philip and Captain Robert “Bob” E. Johnston.

Dr. Philip currently is serving his second term as a PIANC USA Commissioner and was just appointed as the U.S. Principle Representative to Inland Navigation Commission (InCom). PIANC is lucky to have Dr. Philip as a member and supporter.

More information: Full Story | News Release (pdf, 191 KB)


Dredging 2015 Update
The Dredging 2015 Conference will take place October 19-22, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia. Registration is now open. Early Bird discount rates end on August 28, so register today! The Technical Program schedule is available to view. Attendees can earn up to 24 Professional Development Hours. Six Technical Short Courses will be offered on October 19, which will qualify for additional PDHs.

Dredging 2015 Sponsor Packages
Be a leader in your industry! Sponsorship opportunities for Dredging 2015 are now available! All levels include an Exhibit Booth, as well as the opportunity to choose your booth space and exclusive access to advertising and bag insert opportunities.

Smart Rivers 2015 Conference
Preparations are being finalized for the PIANC-SMART Rivers 2015 Conference, which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 7-11, 2015. PIANC USA’s Chair, The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy will be among the keynote speakers at the conference. The organizers promise a stellar technical program. See the website for the latest updates and register today!

Latin American Update
Over the past year, there has been mucho progreso within PIANC Latin America. Building off of the successful inaugural Latin American event at the PIANC World Congress, several Latin American nations, including Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Panama and Mexico, have been reviewing the Draft Action Plan for Latin America and are gearing up for a follow-up event at Smart Rivers 2015.

De Paepe-Willems 2016 Award Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaching
Please be advised that the deadline for sending in abstracts for the PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award (PIANC-DPWA) 2016 is August 31, 2015. Full papers are expected at the latest by September 30, 2015. The Award will be granted to those candidates who submit the most outstanding paper selected by the jury in the calendar year preceding the General Assembly at which the Award is granted. In case of co-authorship, the Award will be granted to the principal author of the paper. The PIANC-DPWA Rules & Criteria can be found at pianc.org/awardsdepaepewillems.php.

PIANC USA at the PIANC 2015 Annual General Assembly
PIANC USA leaders recently attended the PIANC 2015 Annual General Assembly in Porto Portugal on May 18 – 20, 2015. This was the first year that PIANC returned to Portugal since the quadrennial congress held in Lisbon in 2006. Attendees representing the PIANC U.S. Section included Section Chair The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works); U.S. Section President Major General John Peabody; and five other U.S. Commissioners; U.S. Section Secretary Anne Cann, Institute for Water Resources (IWR); Kelly Barnes, U.S. Section staff, IWR; and U.S. Section Commissioner Helen Brohl, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

PIANC USA Sponsors Maritime Transportation Barbeque
The Women’s Aquatic Network (WAN), U.S. Committee on Marine Transportation System (CMTS), and PIANC USA hosted this year’s barbeque in Washington, DC at the Capital Yacht Club. WAN, along with CMTS, has hosted this fun event on the waterfront for three years. This being the first year of sponsorship from PIANC USA, PIANC USA is interested in demonstrating the value of and developing an interest in PIANC to the many young professionals who attend WAN events.


New Technical Commission Appointees
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming the newest U.S. appointees to PIANC’s technical commissions. Appointees will be serving as the U.S. Principal Representative, Alternate, or YP Observer for these four technical commissions: the Inland Navigation Commission (InCom); the Maritime Navigation Commission (MarCom); the Environmental Commission (EnviCom); and the Recreational Navigation Commission (RecCom).

New Working Group Call for Members
The PIANC Environmental Commission (EnviCom) has just announced the formation of a new Technical Working Group. The Maritime Commission (MarCom) has formed four new Technical Working Groups. If you are interested in serving on one of these working groups, please contact Anne Cann with your resume/CV. The deadline is AUGUST 20, 2015. PIANC USA may appoint a Principal Rep, an Alternate Rep, and a Young Professional (40 & under) to each working group.

PIANC USA Celebrates Working Group Members’ Efforts
Last fall the PIANC USA Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of creating an award certificate to thank U.S. members who serve on PIANC international working groups. The result was a beautiful plaque with a certificate signed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and the Deputy Commanding General, Civil and Emergency Operations, with the PIANC USA coin mounted below. The certificates were given to those whose working group report was published in 2014. Since the mission of PIANC is to provide expert guidance and technical advice by bringing together the best international experts to produce high quality technical reports, the U.S. Section felt it was important to highlight the efforts that its members have contributed. We look forward to continuing this recognition program in the future!

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.