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Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission is now closed.

NOTE: All accepted presenters and moderators are required to register and attend the conference. Before submitting, confirm you can attend the conference.

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Due to the overwhelming response to past calls for papers and the success of the PORTS conference series, PORTS ’22 will maintain an expanded and diverse technical program. This expanded program provides additional opportunities to present ideas and experiences—including entire sessions devoted to panel/round-table discussions of timely topics and vendor presentations of materials, processes, and equipment relevant to the maritime development community.

The PORTS Conference series is internationally recognized as an outstanding opportunity to network with hundreds of professionals who share similar challenges and concerns. Please join us in Honolulu, Hawaii, on September 18–21, 2022. Share your valuable experience with the global ports and harbors development community by submitting an abstract for consideration. The COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee invites you to become part of the PORTS conference tradition of advancing the art and science of port engineering and improving our maritime world.

Information for Authors

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 to the abstract, authors are required 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?

If several abstracts/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 to be included in the Conference program.

For questions about the abstract/paper submission process, please contact Philip Erbland, P.E., M.ASCE, PORTS ’22 Technical Program Chair.

The PORTS ‘22 Organizing Committee will accept or reject proposed papers based on information provided online in the abstracts. To the extent possible and appropriate, papers will be assigned to conference technical sessions based on the track and session identified by the author and coauthors, 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 coauthors.

Conference Topics


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

Port Planning & Operations

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

Terminal Planning & Design

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

Navigation & Waterways

  • Air Draft Improvement
  • Beneficial Reuse & Environmental Improvement
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Navigation Technology
  • Widening & Deepening

Port Engineering

  • Coastal
  • Dredging
  • Environmental
  • Extreme Events (seismic, tsunami, hurricane, storm surge, blast, etc.)
  • Facilities & Operations
  • Geotechnical & Geoscience
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Interdisciplinary Integration
  • Mooring & Berthing
  • Navigation
  • Structural Design

Equipment and Systems

  • Cargo Handling
  • Environmental Impact Reduction Systems
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Passenger Processing
  • Structure Inspection & Rehabilitation
  • Terminal Automation

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

Port Security

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

Project Delivery

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

Technical Short Courses

The PORTS ‘22 Conference is committed to continuing the tradition of providing continuing education and professional development opportunities for participants. Held on Sunday, September 18, half-day and full-day technical courses offer attendees the chance to learn from and connect with industry leaders and port professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Use the on-line abstract/paper submission process to submit a proposal of 500 words or less about the proposed session. The proposal should include the following:

  • Description of the presenter’s qualifications and credentials
  • Summary of the course content and duration
  • Discussion of the applicability of the course to the topics of the conference
  • Identification of the course target audience
  • Description of the benefit of the course to conference attendees
  • Proposed number of Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to be granted for course attendance.

For questions about technical short courses and the submission process, please contact Danielle Goudreau, P.E., M.ASCE, PORTS ’22 Technical Short Course Chair.

The PORTS ‘22 Organizing Committee will accept or reject proposed short courses based on the quality and content of the proposal.

Propose Topics for Discussion

Help shape the conference by proposing a topic for a panel discussion, round table discussion, or vendor presentation. 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.

For proposed topics or other Conference ideas process, please contact William Bruin, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE, PORTS ’22 Organizing Chair.

Final Papers

Proceedings will be available online to all registered attendees after the conference.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submissions Portal Open: May 13, 2021
  • Abstracts due: July 7, 2021
  • Abstract accept/reject: August 18, 2021
  • Draft paper due: November 17, 2021
  • Full paper review comments / accept: February 16, 2022
  • Final papers due from authors: March 16, 2022


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