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Call For Abstracts

Submit Your Abstract

Abstracts should be in English, should be 500 words or less, and should not include graphics/figures. Paper titles are limited to 100 characters. ASCE/COPRI membership is encouraged, but not required for submission.

In addition, authors will be requested to respond to the following questions in 100 words or less for each question:

  • How does this project / topic contribute to the advancement of the industry and profession?
  • Does the project / topic implement new and innovative techniques, materials, technologies, and delivery methods?
  • What was the most challenging aspect of your project / topic and how did you handle it to ensure success?
  • Who is the target audience for this paper?

In the event that several abstract/papers related to the same project/topic are submitted, the Ports and Harbors Committee may choose to assign them to form a project/topic specific session. Individual abstracts/papers will be evaluated on their individual merit.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted and who submit a final paper are expected to attend the Conference, pay the appropriate fees, and make their presentation(s) in person.

Authors will be required to register prior to the Early Bird Registration deadline on June 12, 2019 in order to be included in the program.

For questions about the abstract/paper submission process, please contact [email protected].

The COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee will accept or reject proposed papers based on information provided on-line in the abstracts. To the extent possible and appropriate, papers will be assigned to conference technical sessions based on the topic and subtopic identified by the author and co-authors, as the best suited for their subject material. The Ports and Harbors Committee reserves the right to assign papers to other conference technical sessions other than the track and session identified by the author and co-authors.

Topics and Subtopics

  • Environmental

  • Sustainability
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Resiliency
  • Ground, Air & Water Quality
  • Habitat & Wildlife: Protection, Loss, and Mitigation
  • Traffic
  • Urban and Life Quality Issues
  • Impact Analysis
  • Rehabilitation and Redevelopment
  • Contaminant Mitigation
  • Innovative Port Programs

  • Port Planning & Operations

  • Resiliency
  • Capacity Management
  • Master Planning
  • Facility Maintenance & Management
  • Inland Transportation Links
  • Navigation Systems
  • Security
  • Urban and Community Interfaces
  • Load and Peak Management

  • Terminal Planning & Design

  • Container
  • Cruise & Ferry
  • Liquid & Dry Bulk
  • Breakbulk & Project
  • RO/RO and Automobile
  • Military
  • Small Craft &Recreation

  • Navigation and Waterways

  • Widening & Deepening
  • Air Draft Clearance Improvement
  • Modeling &Simulation
  • Beneficial Reuse and Environmental Improvement Navigation Technology
  • Port Engineering

  • Environmental
  • Coastal
  • Geotechnical and Geoscience
  • Navigation
  • Dredging
  • Facilities & Operations
  • Extreme Events (seismic, tsunami, storm surge and waves,wind)
  • Structural
  • Interdisciplinary Integration
  • Innovative Technologies

  • Equipment and Systems

  • Cargo Handling
  • Passenger Processing
  • Automation and New Technology
  • Environmental Impact Reduction Systems

  • Port Infrastructure

  • Reclaimed Lands
  • Foundations
  • Pavement
  • Drainage Control
  • Power Supply & Distribution

  • Landside Connections

  • Road and Rail Corridors
  • Rail Yards
  • Flow Control and Load Management Regimes
  • System Integration

  • Security

  • Threats and Mitigation
  • Facility Boundaries
  • Human Access Scanning Systems Government Integration Data Integrity

  • Project Development

  • Project Management
  • Port Development Financing and Economics
  • Project Contracting and Delivery
  • Construction Management

Special Sessions

The committee will also accept proposals for project/topic specific special sessions. Authors proposed to present papers in a special session must submit abstracts following the same procedure as regular papers. In addition, use the on-line abstract/paper submission process to submit a proposal of 500 words or less about the proposed session including the title/author of the papers to be included in the session. This type of session will be accepted by the program committee after reviewing the submitted abstracts and proposal. The deadline for submitting special session requests and notified of acceptance are same as regular papers.

Discussion Sessions

Help shape the conference by proposing a topic for a panel discussion or round table discussion. Use the on-line abstract/paper submission process to submit a proposal of 500 words or less about the proposed session. In addition to the proposed topic, please include proposed panelists or round table participants.

Technical Short Courses

The Ports ‘19 conference is committed to continuing the tradition of providing continuing education and professional development opportunities for participants. Held on September 15th, 2019, the half day or full day technical courses offer attendees the chance to learn from and connect with industry leaders and port professionals from a variety of backgrounds. The Ports ‘19 Organizing Committee will accept or reject proposed short courses based on the quality and content of the proposal.

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