PIANC International Working Groups – Recent Updates

Start time: 5.00pm AEST. This presentation will provide a summary of recent updates to Working Group guidelines that are used by Maritime and Port Engineers.
PIANC International Working Groups – Recent Updates

This presentation will provide a summary of recent updates to Working Group guidelines that are used by Maritime and Port Engineers.



PIANC operate four Technical Commissions that cover the different areas of waterborne transport infrastructure (Inland Navigation - InCom, Maritime Navigation - MarCom, Environmental - EnviCom & Recreational Navigation, RecCom). The core business of the PIANC technical commissions are the Working Group Reports. Working Groups are composed of international experts that are tasked to prepare technical reports and guidelines in the fields of the waterborne navigation infrastructure design, construction and management.

This webinar will include three presentations from Australian experts involved in recently completed and/or active working groups, including:

EnviCom WG Report No. 178: “Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Ports and Inland Waterways”

Climate change represents a significant risk to business, operations, safety and infrastructure. Port and waterway operators need to take urgent action to strengthen resilience and adapt. WG 178 introduces the potential consequences of climate change and some of the challenges to be addressed if ports and waterways are to adapt effectively.

Presented by: Tanja Mackenzie – Principal Environmental Scientist, Cardno

MarCom WG Report No. 212: “Criteria for Acceptable Movement of Ships at Berths (Update of MarCom WG24)”

WG 212 was established to update the WG 24 report (1995) on movement criteria of ships in harbours and WG 115 report (2012) on motion criteria for container ships, particularly required since many new ships are much larger than 25 years ago. The objective of the working group is to define motion criteria for safe and efficient loading of cargo and embarkation of crew and passengers for all types of cargo vessels, passenger ships and small craft.

Presented by: Dr Wim van der Molen - Floating Systems Lead, Baird & Associates

EnviCom WG Report No. 188: “Carbon Management for Port and Navigation Infrastructure”

WG 188 investigates the carbon footprint of activities related to development, maintenance and operation of navigation channels and port infrastructure including the management of dredged material. Life-cycle analysis (LCA) and other assessment methods support this investigation and provide insights into opportunities for improved carbon management.

Presented by: Ron Cox - Honorary Associate Professor, UNSW & Convenor ACCARNSI



Tanja Mackenzie | Principal Environmental Scientist, Cardno

Tanja is a Principal Environmental Scientist with Cardno’s Water and Environment team. Tanja works in environmental impact assessment and planning, environmental monitoring and compliance, and natural resource management across a range of multi-disciplinary projects. One of her key areas of interest is climate change adaptation and she has undertaken several investigations into climate change risks for infrastructure projects.

Dr Wim van der Molen |Floating Systems Lead, Baird & Associates

Wim has experience working in Europe, South Africa, North America, and now at Baird Australia he is responsible for the set-up and quality control of port operability and ship mooring and navigation projects at Baird. Wim specialises in the analysis and modelling of long waves in harbours and the effect on ships moored in a harbour. He has been the technical lead in the development of several port operational systems, such as forecasting systems for underkeel clearance in shipping channels and for prediction of moored ship motions and mooring line forces in coastal terminals.

Ron Cox | Honorary Associate Professor – Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW; Specialist Consultant Water Research Laboratory, UNSW; Board Member, PIANC Australia; Convenor ACCARNSI (Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure)

Ron has over 45 years’ experience across many areas of water, environmental and coastal engineering. His experience includes teaching at university and training many practicing coastal engineers and managers and working and undertaking research with industry and government within Australia and overseas.

Ron is a longstanding member of PIANC Australia, member of PIANC international commissions PTGCC, EnviCom and CoCom and previous Chair of Engineers Australia NCCOE (National Committee of Coastal and Ocean Engineering). Since 2009, Ron has lead the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure ACCARNSI with a focus on coastal settlements and infrastructure.

22 / 09 / 2020 - 05:00 pm to 06:00 pm
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22 / 09 / 2020 05:30 pm
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Key Speaker(s)
Tanja Mackenzie, Dr Wim van der Molen, Ron Cox
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