Vol. 3, Issue 1 February 2011
McCarville's Run for PIANC President
The U.S. Section is excited about the upcoming "historic" PIANC Presidential election, especially since we are putting forth our own candidate: Mr. James McCarville of the Port of Pittsburgh Commissioner (and current Eastern Region Vice President on the U.S. Commission). There are four candidates total, including Philippe Rigo, Belgium; Geoffroy Caude, France; and Christian De Meyer, Belgium (nominated by the U.K. Section).
More information: Full story | James McCarville Brochure (pdf, 3.30 MB) | Article from Inland Ports Magazine, Jan/Feb 2011 (reprinted with permission) (pdf, 233 KB) | James McCarville Policy Statement (pdf, 133 KB)
New Working Groups: "Call for Members"
PIANC just announced several new working groups and is seeking volunteers. Please see the "Terms of Reference" for specific information on each group.
If interested in serving as a U.S. Rep or on a subcommittee, please send a brief CV to Kelly Barnes at email@example.com (703-428-9090). Deadline for submission April 4, 2011.
More information: Full story | Terms of Reference: InCom 154: Mitre Gate Design and Operation (pdf, 228 KB) | Terms of Reference: InCom 155: Ship Behaviour in Locks and Lock Approaches (pdf, 304 KB) | Terms of Reference: InCom 156: E-Navigation for Inland Waterways (pdf, 304 KB) | Terms of Reference: EnviCom 157: Environmental Aspects of Dredging and Port and Waterway Construction around Coastal Plant Habitats (pdf, 257 KB)
James M. Goldston, PE, Emeritus Commissioner of the U.S. Section of PIANC, passed away on December 9, 2010, at the age of 90. Goldston served as a U.S. Commissioner to PIANC from 1980 to 1988, receiving emeritus status in 1992. His numerous engineering accomplishments made valuable contributions to navigation on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
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The PIANC Permanent Task Group on Climate Change (PTGCC) conducted a work session in Brussels, Belgium on 31 January and 1 February 2011. Countries represented were Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the U.S. PIANC Commissions represented were EnviCom, InCom, MarCom, RecCom, CoCom, and the Younger Members. Please contact the PTG Secretary, Dr. Jason Giovannettone, at Jason.P.Giovanettone@usace.army.mil if you’d like to participate. Our next team meeting is in May at Berlin for the Annual General Assembly, where PTGCC will present progress to date and the its road map for PIANC and the navigation sector.
PIANC USA and COPRI/ASCE are pleased to partner on this fourth specialty conference on dredging and dredged material disposal. The theme of the 2012 conference is "Dredging in the 21st Century – 40 Years of Dredging and Environmental Innovation."
The Smart Rivers 2011 Conference organizing committee held a meeting on January 24, 2011, in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the TRB Winter meeting. Due in large part to the significant support provided by the Smart Rivers partnering organizations , the organizers made head-way on significant planning decisions such as plenary session and luncheon speakers, workshops and tours. The opening plenary session will be devoted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier (IHNC) and the conference attendees will also have a chance to tour the project later in the week. Affordable exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are available!
A Young Professional member of PIANC is described as any member (student, individual or corporate) who is under 40 years of age. PIANC USA formed a Young Professional Group dedicated to providing opportunities for young professionals in the field of navigation to meet other professionals locally, nationally and globally.
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Inspiring Kids to be Engineers
Last week, engineers around the country celebrated National Engineers Week 2011 (Feb. 20-26). Engineers Week is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, having helped inspire three generations of children and teens. As in years past, this high-profile celebration gives engineers from all disciplines an opportunity to showcase their love of engineering and highlight the vast contribution they make to a quality of life we all enjoy.
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