Vol I, Issue 1 April 2009
PIANC USA Unveils New Website
PIANC USA has launched a redesigned website with a broader, in-depth scope of information on issues and concerns of PIANC members and the navigation industry. Announcements, publications and fact sheets, past and upcoming conferences, news and events, membership information, and organizational and administrative concerns are presented in a fresh layout and structure, with greater detail and easier navigation. This redesigned web site is expected to be more friendly and informative for the benefit of PIANC members.
The PIANC annual meeting and tour will be held in Pittsburgh, PA on July 15-16. Events scheduled include a full day technical program, a walking tour of the dewatered Emsworth Main Lock Chamber, a young professionals happy hour, and a group dinner.
PIANC, in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, organized and conducted a Special Session on Inland Waterborne Transport at the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) in Istanbul, Turkey on March 17, 2009. PIANC members Eric Van den Eede (President) and Mr. Harald Koethe (Chairman of PIANC's Environmental Commission) spoke during the forum. Read the full story for information from the PIANC members' presentations and the Draft Ministerial Statement to the Forum organizers for this special session.
Call for Presentations and Registration Open
October 28, 2009
The PIANC Environmental Commission (EnviCom) is organizing a one-day technical seminar on Navigation and the Environment, to be held in New Orleans, LA, on October 28. To find out more about EnviCom's missions, the seminar issues, reception, sponsorships, and exhibiting information, read the full story.
Emergence of Navigation Engineering Specialty in the United States
Although the significance of the United States Marine Transportation System (MTS) is enormous, there is presently no recognized engineering specialty that covers navigation channels. Collaborative efforts between PIANC and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are laying the groundwork for a "Navigation Engineering" specialty by developing a Manual of Practice (MOP) for the discipline. Read the full story for more information regarding the characteristics and importance of the MTS as well as a brief history of the field and current status.
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