Special Events

  • Short courses and workshops

    Vessel Mooring and Berthing

    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    This one day short course provides an introduction to the determination of vessel berthing and mooring requirements and design loads for fixed marine structures such as piers, wharves, dolphins, and other port and harbor structures. The material presented is applicable to offshore terminals as well but does not address design of free swinging single point or spread moorings. The course is oriented toward providing civil/ structural engineers and port and marine terminal operators necessary background information for designing and evaluating berthing and mooring structures. This course is offered with the option of purchasing “Design of Marine Facilities for the Berthing, Mooring & Repair of Vessels, 2nd Edition,” at a package price. The course has been revised and updated based upon feedback from participants in the PORTS 2007 and 2010 presentations.

    Instructors: John W. Gaythwaite, P.E., D.PE, D.CE, M.ASCE, President, Maritime Engineering Consultants, Inc.; Martin Eskijian, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE, California State Lands Commission (Retired)


    Member w/o book:  $310 (OS)
    Member w/book:  $410 (OS)
    Non-Member w/o book:  $355 (OS)
    Non-Member w/ book: $455 (OS)
    Student w/o book:  $205 (OS)
    Student w/ book:  $255 (OS)

    Marina Design

    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Waterfront development continues to play a growing role in the new global economy. Given the technically demanding nature of waterfront design, engineers frequently find themselves at the forefront of a process increasingly pushed to achieve the highest standards of economic and environmental performance, social responsiveness, and aesthetic quality. This marina design course, which is based on the new ASCE Manual 50, will use case studies to demonstrate how to apply a highly integrated planning and design approach to small craft harbor development (e.g., open coast, riverine, and estuarine projects.) We will conclude the day with an interactive marina design workshop where all attendees will participate. By the end of the course, participants will have a strong understanding of ASCE's new guidelines for the design of small craft harbors and learn how a fusion of technical/economic/creative planning can optimize harbor design and economic development goals. Attendees will also come away with an understanding of how civil engineers can play a leadership role in integrating the built and natural environments for marina projects. Fred A. Klancnik, Jack C. Cox, and Mark A. Pirrello, are the three primary authors of the Manual 50, which will be available for purchase the day of the course.

    Instructors: Fred A. Klancnik, P.E., L.E., D.PE, F.ASCE, Professor of Practice, University of Wisconsin, Principal, Capstone Engineering Design, LLC;Jack C. Cox, P.E., D.CE, D.NE, D.PE, M.ASCE, Principal Coastal Engineer, SmithGroupJJR; Timothy P. Mason, P.E., M.ASCE


    Member w/o book:  $310 (OS)
    Member w/book:  $410 (OS)
    Non-Member w/o book:  $355 (OS)
    Non-Member w/ book:  $455 (OS)
    Student w/o book:  $205 (OS)
    Student w/ book:  $255 (OS)

    Envision Sustainability Professional Accreditation Workshop

    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    This full day workshop will prepare participants to take the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) accreditation exam. It is an alternative to the webinar training available on the ISI website. The workshop presentations, discussions, and group exercises are facilitated by IS-approved trainers. Participants will learn how to use the Envision rating system to aid in sustainable infrastructure planning and design. They will receive access to the presentation slides, online training webinars, the Envision Guidance Manual, reference to additional resources, and links to social media venues for continued involvement in the Envision professional community. Upon completion, participants will be eligible to apply for the online ENV SP accreditation exam. Some additional self-study is recommended before applying to take the exam. Examination and exam fees are not included as part of this workshop.

    Instructors: Evan Sheesley, PE, M.ASCE, ENV SP, ISI Approved Trainer;


    Member:  $410 (OS)
    Non-Member:  $455 (OS)
    Student:  $255 (OS)

    Planning, Design and Implementation of Automated Terminals

    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    The course will have a comprehensive discussion on the subject of container handling automation. As the challenges associated with port development evolve, we hear the same questions everywhere we go:

    • What should the next generation of terminals look like?
    • What are the benefits of automation?
    • What are the benefits of rail-mounted container stacking cranes?
    • What is the process for planning and designing an automated terminal?
    • How long will it take and how much will it cost?

    In the last two years Ashebir Jacob, Larry Nye, and Michael Richter have lead a team of planners, designers, and operation engineers in the development of several automated container terminal projects in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. They will share their experiences and offer insights into the goals, achievements, and challenges of planning and implementing automated terminals. This four-hour course will provide attendees with hands-on experience by providing an actual automated terminal development process.

    Instructors: Ashebir Jacob,P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol, Larry Nye, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol, Pekka Ranta, Senior Project Manager, Automated Container Terminals, Moffatt & Nichol


    Member:  $215 (OS)
    Non-Member:  $265 (OS)
    Student:  $145 (OS)

    Waterfront Facilities Inspection & Assessment: A Primer for Facility Owners and Practitioners (WFI)*

    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    This four-hour short course provides an introduction to “ASCE Manual 130 Waterfronts Facilities Inspection & Assessment.” Key elements of the almost-400 page manual will be distilled for presentation to give insight into the scope development, management, and execution of above and below water inspection and follow-on assessment of waterfront facilities.

    Instructors: Ron Heffron, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE, Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol, Charlie Roberts, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Manager, Child’s Engineering Corporation, Noah Elwood, P.E., M.ASCE, President, Appledore Marine Engineering, LLC, Paul Roberts, P.E., West Coast Area Manager, Sea Engineering, Inc., Bill Bruin, P.E. M.ASCE, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., Tom Spencer, P.E., S.E., D.PE, P.Eng, M.ASCE, Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol  


    Member:  $215 (OS)
    Non-Member:  $265 (OS)
    Student:  $145 (OS)

    NDT/PDT for Waterfront Facilities (NDT)*

    1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Emerging technologies for infrastructure assessments are evolving every day. However, many waterfront facility owners are not sufficiently knowledgeable of these nondestructive testing (NDT) and partially destructive testing (PDT) methods and may be unable to determine the suitability of a technique for a given application. Opportunities to gain valuable information may be missed and the possibility of inappropriate use of NDT/PDT technology may occur. Furthermore, facility owners and service providers may lack the common terminology required to develop and implement best practices in specifying applicable qualifications, standards, and desired deliverables.

    Instructors: Terence M. Browne, CENG, P.E., Vice President, Collins Engineers, Inc.; Shane D. Boone, Ph.D., Principal, SDB Technologies, LLC; Michael J. Garlich, P.E., S.E., Senior Vice President, Collins Engineering, Inc.; Glenn A. Washer, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, University of Missouri - Columbia


    Member w/o book:  $215 (OS)
    Member w/ book:  $315 (OS)
    Non-Member w/o book:  $265 (OS)
    Non-Member w/ book:  $365 (OS)
    Student w/o book:  $145 (OS)
    Student w/ book:  $245 (OS)

    Ethics, Engineers and Experts: Who is your Master?

    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) requires that one adhere to a Code of Ethics first adopted in 1914 and most recently amended in July, 2006. Pursuant to the ASCE By-laws, it is the duty of every ASCE member to promptly report to the Committee on Professional Conduct any observed violation of that Code. In addition, in April, 1975 the ASCE Board adopted the fundamental principles of the Code of Ethics of Engineers as promulgated  by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) of which it is one of 31 member societies.

    Most states have adopted laws, rules, and regulations which require all Professional Engineers (PEs) to protect and safeguard the health, safety, welfare, and property of the public in order to be designated as a PE. These laws, rules, and regulations were codified to insure that PEs carry out that mandate/public policy. Furthermore, most state boards with oversight authority over PEs require that the educational component of their PE licensure criteria be obtained at ABET-approved institutions.

    Specifically what do these codes, laws, rules, and regulations require of a PE. What duties are owed by a PE and to whom are these duties due? What are the economic and contractual relationships and ethical duties between the PE and his/her employer, client, any third-party beneficiaries of contracts, the profession, the courts/litigants in any expert role, the public in general, and one’s own self-interest? These and other  questions will be addressed in order to give the attendees more familiarity with the different ethical rules under which he/she must operate, how to avoid the horns of any dilemma they may face, and paint a bright-line ethical path for the PE to follow.

    The course will be taught by Michael A. Ports, PE, PH, D. WRE, D. NE, BCEE and a Principal of Ports Engineering, Jacksonville, FL. There will be handouts and extensive time devoted to discussions and Q&As. 

    Instructors: Kenneth Goodwin, Michael Ports, P.E., D.WRE, D.NE, BCEE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE

    FEE: No charge

    *Combined WFI & NDT courses as a package


    Member w/o book:  $310 (OS)
    Member w/book:  $410 (OS)
    Non-Member w/o book:  $355 (OS)
    Non-Member w/ book:  $455 (OS)
    Student w/o book:  $205 (OS)
    Student w/ book:  $255 (OS)

    Student and Young Professionals Reception 

     4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday

    Get a head start on the conference and connect with other students and young professionals just before the Welcome Reception. Don’t miss this special opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues or make new contacts with similar interests to attend sessions with or share ideas. Business dress.

    Welcome Reception New Orleans Style

     5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Sunday

    Not your ordinary welcome reception. Come join us to kick off PORTS ‘16 New Orleans style! This is a terrific time to meet and mingle with colleagues, younger professionals, and distinguished award winners. Also browse the exhibits before the conference begins.

    Extra Ticket: ONS $70

    Opening Plenary 

     8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Monday

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Robert Ballard, Ph.D.

    World famous oceanic explorer, discoverer of the Titanic, and 2015 ACEC Distinguished Award of Merit Recipient

    Robert Ballard is a former United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks. His discoveries include the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998. He also discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 in 2002 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, who saved its crew. Ballard leads ocean exploration on E/V Nautilus.

    Awards Luncheon  

    12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday

    Moffatt & Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award. COPRI’s most prestigious award is presented each year to an ASCE member who has made significant contributions to the field of Coastal Engineering. This prestigious award honors those who have contributed more efficient techniques or understandings that translate directly into applications which benefit the profession and the public at large.

    ACOPNE Diplomates. Join us in celebration of ACOPNE’s 17th Diplomate Induction Ceremony. Each Diplomate in this class of board certified civil engineers has achieved the Diplomate status in at least one of ACOPNE’s four areas of practice (Coastal, Ocean, Port or Navigation). The newly inducted Diplomates will be presented with a certificate plaque and pin. You will hear about ASCE specialty certification and how you can become a Diplomate from ACOPNE President-Elect Ed Schmeltz, P.E., D.CE, D.NE, D.OE, D.PE, F.ASCE.

    COPRI Project Excellence Awards. This award recognizes significant achievement through design or construction concepts, use of new or existing analytical techniques or technology, adaptive reuse of existing features or infrastructure, and methods or innovations that minimize environmental impacts.

    Kenneth M. Childs, Jr. Practitioner’s Award. This award honors individuals for mentoring and contributing to the profession.

    Extra Ticket:  ONS $60  

    Gala Social Event (Offsite)

    Social Hour at the Port of New Orleans

    5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Port of New Orleans, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place New Orleans, LA 70130

    Before the PORTS ‘16 Gala, enjoy a social hour at “Americas Most Intermodal Port.” You’ll enjoy this gathering of colleagues and spectacular views of this America’s sixth largest port and the waterfront!

    6:00 – 10:00 p.m., Mardi Gras World

    Mardi Gras in June? Our Tuesday night gala will take you to Mardi Gras World, the largest float designing and building facility in the world. Here more than 80 percent of the floats that journey down New Orleans’ streets during the Carnival season are designed and built. Enjoy a memorable evening with all the fanfare of the Mardi Gras and a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River!

    Bus Schedule:
    Buses will depart from the New Orleans Marriott at 4:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 5:45 p.m.
    Buses will begin departing from Mardi Gras World at 8:45 p.m. and will make loops until the final pickup at Mardi Gras World at 10:00 p.m.

    FEE: $175

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