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					Update on SmartRivers 07

       Bruce Lambert
History of Smartrivers

 First conference in Pittsburg, 2005
 Second Conference in Brussels, 2006
 Third Conference in Louisville, 2007
 Fourth Conference in 2008/2009, early planning still
 being developed with European partners

 Focus – Improving River System reliability through
 Dialogue, technologies, sharing best practices

Smart Rivers 2007 Conference
September 16-19, 2007- Louisville, KY
 220 participants
 Most were from US
 Attendees/Speakers from Austria, France, United
 Kingdom, S. Korea, Germany, Netherlands, Finland
 Presentations posted at

Smart Rivers 2007: “Positioning Inland
Navigation as a Powerful Link in the
Global Supply Chain”
 Organizing Committee                             Nicholas Pansic, MWH Global
 Diane Chevreux, European Federation of Inland    Joseph H. Pyne, Kirby Corporation
Ports                                             Andrew Riester, Waterways Council, Inc.
 John D. Clarkson, U.S. Army Corps of             Dave Sanford, American Association of Port
Engineers                                        Authorities
 James E. Clausner, U.S. Army Corps of            Jeffrey L. Stamper, U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers                                        Engineers
 Larry L. Dalton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers    Ian White, Ian White Associates
 Michael Fastenbauer, via donau                   Robert M. Willis, U.S. Army Corps of
 Scott Hercik, Appalachian Regional              Engineers
Commission                                        Michael F. Winkler, U.S. Army Corps of
 Bruce Lambert, Institute for Trade and          Engineers
Transportation Studies
 William McAnnally, Mississippi State             PIANC USA Staff:
University                                        Kelly J. Barnes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 James McCarville, Port of Pittsburgh             Sonja Stewart, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 Christian O’Neil, Osprey Line, LLC               Anne Sudar Cann, U.S. Army Corps of
                                                 Engineers / PIANC USA Secretary
 Barry Palmer, Waterways Council, Inc.

Venue Forum
 Sunday Reception
 Meetings Monday – Tuesday
 Wednesday – Tours
 Thursday – Friday PIANC Working Groups
 Wednesday – Thursday - Corps Inland Community of

Promoting Industry

 PIANC USA worked with the USACE Louisville Public Affairs
 Office to generate media interest in the conference and
 conference topics.
 Fox TV aired a story on Sunday and Monday, and Dave Grier
 (USACE IWR) relayed the message on how the locks work and
 why the system is important to the economy.
 The local NPR affiliate aired a short broadcast and shared it with
 six other public radio stations in KY.
 The New Albany Tribune, Ind., printed a large front page story
 with photographs with messages on the benefits of the new

Eight Main Program Tracks
 Opening Remarks
 Markets - What Drives Cargo On The System?
 Promoting A Sustainable Inland Navigation System - Systems Perspectives
 Policy Comparisons & Project Determinations - How Are Local Projects Done?
 Reliability And System Use
 Activities - Port Management In Europe
 Future Challenges To Industry
 Town Hall Session

 Luncheon Speakers
     Marad Administrator
     Director of Civil Works

Some U.S. Opinions

 Many US speakers wanted to emulate EU Directives on
 inland water movements
 U.S. Water policy too slow to adjust to markets or
 burdensome to business (HMT, reliability)
 No systems perspective – operational or financial
 Integrate inland water in global supply chains and
 global trade corridors
 Duplicate Rotterdam’s success on Mississippi River

Some European Perspectives
 Need more operational focus to improve productivity – not all
 only locks/dams
 While the Rhine is a mature market, emerging markets exist in
 other river areas
 Still have increasing stringent environmental standards on
 aquatic life, etc.
 Finland has standard investment model for major navigation
 European inland ports trying to work on brownfield
 development to sustain growth – no capacity additions on
 Want to focus on “smart cargo” (Containers) not dumb cargo

River Information Systems

     European Standards are emerging, but still under development
      through pilot programs
     Some European waterways are tightly managed (Kiel Canal),
      while others are not
     Working on single data transfers to many different responders
      for same information
     Examining performance measures for convey reliability to
     Focus is on reliability around locks, some focus on data
      transfers on cargo information being tested

European Port Terminals

 Struggling with current ownership largely public, but
 with more private sector leadership
 Ports seen as potential profit centers and seeing vertical
 integration in industry
 See other modal connectivity as critical to support
 Ports also facing urban land constraints

Interesting Comments

 If Government treated transportation as a business, no
 one would be in the business
 Europe and U.S. have low use waterways, how can both
 prioritize investment to promote use?
 European shippers are starting to demand
 environmentally friendly transportation
 While most of CoB in Europe is driven by Modal Shift,
 Ospery said starting to occur in US
 Marad- Waterways are “Going Back to the Future”

Institute for Trade and
Transportation Studies

 LATTS was initiated in 1997 by Southeastern
 Transportation Alliance (SASHTO States + Texas &
 Puerto Rico)
 Oklahoma & Missouri joined later
 Southeastern Transportation Alliance states are U.S.
 gateway for trade with Latin America
 Objective was:
     Identify Latin American trade opportunities
     Determine transportation investments required to support trade


     Trade with Latin America will grow in the next 20 years
     Increase in trade will result in many more jobs in the Alliance
     The Alliance states need to invest in the transportation
      infrastructure to cope with the increased demand
     Supports the finding of LATTS I and outlines development of
      strategic transportation systems in the member states

Latin American Scan
November 2002
 Sponsored by FHWA & AASHTO as a follow up to
 LA Scan identified a need for sustained technical and
 policy exchange on all aspects of trade & transportation
 Recommendation to establish an institute

Why an Institute?
 To guide member DOTs on establishing policies in light of
 national debate
 To understand global trade issues
 To identify cross-cutting economic development aspects of trade
 transportation investment
 To facilitate cooperation among member states in undertaking
 joint programs
 To assist member states in making the case for transportation-
 related investments that lead to additional revenues and further
 economic development
 To help member states cope with the pressures of local politics
 To help member DOTs further evolve into a multimodal
 transportation agencies

Governance and Operation

    BOD – Member States
    Executive Committee – Five members
    Executive Director – Appointed by the BOD
    Advisory Council – Member states, FHWA, Industry, Others
 ITTS is registered as a 503(c)(3) in Louisiana

Director’s Duties
  Develop and lead collaboration between            Provide expert testimony in support of
ITTS and member states, FHWA and other            trade/freight initiatives of member states
transportation related federal agencies,          with their respective Governors, state
AASHTO, TRB, university transportation            legislators and/or congressmen;
centers, other relevant institutes, and Freight     Monitor trade flows, trends and forecasts
Stakeholders Coalition;                           by reputable organizations and keep
  Assist member states in developing public       member states abreast of these trends and
policy with regard to trade and freight           their potential impacts on member states;
transportation;                                     Monitor federal legislation and free trade
  Prepare informational materials including       agreements and provide member states with
supporting data, analysis and talking points      an analysis of the implications on the
to be used by transportation officials from       transportation systems of member states;
member states to convey trade and freight           Provide coordination of planning efforts
transportation in an informed manner;             of member states to ensure critical corridors
                                                  are developed from a logistics perspective;

Director’s Duties - Continued
  Assist member states in conducting         Convene annual trade and freight
specialized studies or in implementing     transportation forums for member states
specific plans by providing expertise      and other interested parties, perhaps in
and information through Institute          conjunction with regional or national
resources or contracted resources;         meetings such as SASHTO or TRB;
  Serve as a liaison with FHWA,              Direct the day-to-day operation of
AASHTO, the ENO Transportation             ITTS;
Foundation, the Hudson Institute, etc on     Seek and obtain financial resources in
freight and trade transportation issues    support of ITTS activities from
of importance to member states;            appropriate sources;
  Provide training opportunities either      Work closely with the ITTS Advisory
directly by developing and delivering      Council (ADCON) members to expand
courses or indirectly by supporting the    participation in ADCON and develop
attendance of member states’ staff at      and implement value-added programs
alternative training opportunities such    and activities for members. ADCON
as NHI sponsored training;                 will be responsible for suggesting an
                                           annual work plan for the Institute.

Initially Proposed Activity Areas

Ad-hoc Research                         Research of Complex Topics
     Short notice                            Annual program
                                                   Members select topics
     Not original research                        Produce reports
     Collect existing data/research               Of value for all member states
     Funded through budget set aside              Funded through budget set
     Not outsourced                          Fee-based specialized projects
                                        Develop Products and Data
                                              Fee-based activities
                                              Propriety reports
                                              Newsletter
                                              Database

Initial Tasks
 Moved to New Orleans to set up Institute
 Smartrivers, Sept 16-19 in Louisville – Working on Conference Report
 TRB Asset Management Conference in New Orleans – coauthored presentation
 on Asset Management for the Corps Coastal Program
 Developing Strategic Plan – Budget
 Set up Advisory Council Meeting – Dec 12 in Atlanta
 Organizing Conference with UT Transportation Center on Economic Activities
 Related to Freight Movement for Spring
 Wrote article for AAPA on Cruise Terminal Investment
 Working with USACE to Host Corps Inland Planning Meeting with ITTS
 Drafting Report on Pending Free Trade Agreement with Panama
 Draft State Specific Materials for state use on international trade

Advisory Council Meeting

 Review of LATTS and ITTS
 Freight Planning and Projects in U.S. – Discussion on National
 Freight Debate
 Present Preliminary Business Plan for ITTS
 Review State and Regional Freight Planning and Policy Needs
 Revisit ITTS Business/Work Plan for submission to BoD
 Working through with State Advisory Board Members
     Face to Face visits – LA, KY, TN, MS
     Phone interviews – WV, VA
     Rest (including other stakeholders) contacted by next week

Research Topics

 What is needed to support national, regional, state
 discussions on freight
     Identifying State needs for data, models and analytical support
      consistent with current work programs
     Examine multimodal corridor analysis
     Scenario based research
 Relinking Transportation to industrial policy/economic
     Economic Analysis
     Transportation impacts - externalities
     Relationship of International Trade to Hinterland markets

Contact Information

Bruce Lambert

811 Bonfouca Lane
Mandeville, LA 70471