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Special Sessions

PORTS ’19 features several special sessions which are new to the PORTS conferences.

These special sessions:

  • Highlight important policy issues that impact the ports sector
  • Provide insight on both international and local navigation-related topics which have broad-scale impacts
  • Mentor and educate younger members on the ports sector
  • Provide continuing education on ethics considerations for practicing engineers

Monday, September 16

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Government Affairs Panel

Ports are greatly affected by public policy. Policy drives project prioritization, funding, and authorization, as well as the global movement of the freight which passes through ports. As port professionals, we need to not only understand the policies affecting current and future port activities, but also how to influence policy on federal, state, and local levels.

This government affairs panel discusses important questions:

  • How does advocacy work in a world where freight movement is increasing but the decision-makers and funders are increasingly politically divided?
  • We have bipartisan agreement that infrastructure is good for the country. How do we (literally) build on that agreement?

Moderator: Erik Stromberg, Executive Director of the Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University

Panelists

  • Jennie Granger, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, PennDOT
  • Mary Ann Bucci, Executive Director, Port of Pittsburgh Commission
  • Peter Stephaich, Chairman & CEO, Campbell Transportation Company, Inc. & Chairman, Waterways Council
  • Natalie Mamerow, Senior Manager, Federal Government Relations, American Society of Civil Engineers

1:30–3:00 p.m. | Public-Private Partnerships for Port Facilities Panel

Are Public-Private Partnerships the only way to finance much-needed waterway and port improvements? Are there other perspectives and potential partners that can help you meet your goals? This diverse panel will offer unique and informative perspectives on financing projects and building partnerships to move your capital programs forward.

Moderator:  Norma Jean Mattei, PH.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Past President, American Society of Civil Engineers; Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission and Professor at the University of New Orleans

Topics and Panelists

  • Inland Waterway Reliability and Capacity Improvements
    Bob Beduhn, P.E., ASCE Alternative Finance Subcommittee Chair; Civil Works Director, HDR Engineering Inc.
  • Port Operator Perspectives
    Chris Ragucci, CEO, Worldwide Terminals Fernandina LLC
  • International Perspectives
    David Baxter, Consultant on International Infrastructure Development; PPP Advisor
  • Extracting Value from Resiliency Improvements
    Raed EL-Farhan, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, The Louis Berger Group

3:30–5:00 p.m. | PIANC Working Groups Update

Four Technical Commissions (InCom, MarCom, EnviCom & RecCom) are covering the different areas of waterborne transport infrastructure. They are supervising the work carried out by our experts in the respective Working Groups on subjects of interest.

MarCom is responsible for dealing with maritime ports and navigation channels issues of interest to PIANC. MarCom co-operates with other Commissions when issues can be seen to have a broader perspective, for example when they also have an environmental or inland impact and where relevant cross-commissions issues are concerned such as Working with Nature, Climate Change or approach to target countries. MarCom also co-operates and communicates with other international organizations such as IMO, IAPH, IALA, IHMA, IAHR, IMPA, WODA, etc.

Several Working Groups are underway within MarCom’s purview. This session provides an overview of the active PIANC MarCom Working Groups.

Moderator: Ron Heffron, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE, Principal U.S. Representative, PIANC Maritime Technical Commission (MarCom)

EnviCom is responsible for dealing with both broad and very specific navigation sustainability and environmental risk-related issues of interest to PIANC that crosscut all PIANC areas, partner activities. With strategic initiatives, Working Groups and networking activities EnviCom is proactively developing and providing environmental guidance supporting the Waterborne Transport Infrastructure Sector to strive for sustainability and to implement of the respective PIANC goals. In this regard, EnviCom is pursuing new or continuing existing activities to topics like Working with Nature, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Risk Management, Dredging in environmentally sensitive areas, Sustainable ports, Climate change adaptation, Carbon management, Resilience.

This session includes a presentation of the work of EnviCom Working Group 214 on Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials.

Presenters

  • Victor Magar, PhD, P.E., Principal, Ramboll
  • Donald Hayes, PhD, P.E., Research Environmental Engineer, Environmental Laboratory, U.S. Army Research and Development Center

Tuesday, September 17

8:30–10:00 a.m. | Port Engineering 101 Short Course, Part 1

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Port Engineering 101 Short Course, Part 2

What you need to know being a Port Engineer!

This free four-hour technical short course provides an overview for new technical professionals working in the port and maritime industry, especially those in port authorities, public agencies, consulting firms, and contractors.

This course will benefit you if you are:

  • An entry-level engineer who needs to become familiar with the many facets of analysis/design of port infrastructure;
  • A mid-career engineer seeking to transition into port engineering; or
  • A senior-level manager who has assumed responsibilities over port engineering but are new to the topic.

This two-part Port Engineering 101 course will present the technical facets of designing, assessing, and maintaining port structures, including:

  • Port structure types and function
  • Environmental loads for port structures
  • Basic design considerations for port structures
  • Vessel particulars
  • Seismic evaluation of pier and wharf structures
  • Geotechnical considerations for port structures

Instructors

  • Rune Iversen, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Bill Bruin, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Julie Galbraith, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Danielle Goudreau, E.I.T., A.M.ASCE
  • Egbert van der Wal
  • Tom Ward P.E., SE, D.PE
  • Ali Naeem, P.E.

1:30–3:00 p.m. | Ethics, Engineers and Experts: Who is your Master? (Session 1)

What do 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.

Instructors

  • Kenneth A. (Budd) Goodwin
  • Michael A. Ports, P.E., Ph.D. WRE, D.NE

Wednesday, September 18

8:30–10:00 a.m. | Ethics, Engineers and Experts: Who is your Master? (Session 2)

What do 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.

Instructors

  • Kenneth A. (Budd) Goodwin
  • Michael A. Ports, P.E., Ph.D. WRE, D.NE

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Sustainable Infrastructure: What's the Plan?

The Pittsburgh District is responsible for 23 locks and dams, more than any other district in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Lenna Hawkins, the Deputy District Engineer for the Pittsburgh District, will provide an overview of the past, present and future economic importance of the valuable river resource. With the external influences to include legislative, environmental, cultural and progressive weather extremes, what's the plan for its future?

Presenter: Lenna C. Hawkins, PE PMP, Deputy District Engineer, Executive Office, Pittsburgh District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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