PIANC-Smart Rivers 2017 Conference took place September 18-21, 2017, in Pittsburgh at the convergence of three rivers, the site of the first PIANC-SMART Rivers Conference. It was a week full of networking, technical presentations, short courses, and the latest science and information on navigation technology.
The PIANC-SMART Rivers Conference is a biennial international forum bringing together those involved in river transport to benchmark best practices for inland waterways around the world, and to better integrate inland waterborne transport into the global supply chain.
Originally the “Strategic Maritime Asset Research and Transformation for 21st Century River Systems,” PIANC-SMART Rivers began in 2004 with a cooperation agreement between U.S. and European partners. The first conference was held in October 2005 in Pittsburgh, so it is fitting that we return to the ‘City of Three Rivers’ for the eighth PIANC-SMART Rivers Conference.
Participants and presenters were sought to share their experiences, practices, and especially innovations. The event included a week full of networking, technical presentations, short courses, and the latest science and information on navigation technology.
A proceedings document will be published electronically following the conference by PIANC, with an ISBN number. This proceedings document will contain the abstracts of all the presentations and any written papers which are submitted. A summary of the major highlights of the conference will be included in the proceedings document as well.