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2010 World Canals Conference

Below are links to the information presented -- Thursday, September 23


Track A: Economic Development and Community Revitalization

8:30 – 10 a.m.

A3 – Development, Communities & Urban Waterways

Communities in Action: The Future of Canada's Rideau Canal
Pam Buell,
Manager of External Relations, Parks Canada, Eastern Ontario Field Unit, Canada

From Pavement to Parks - Rediscovering our Rivers
Thomas E. Deller, AICP,
Director of Planning and Development, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Turn on the Water, Turn on the Lights: Oklahoma City and the Development
Potential of Water

Russell Claus,
Planning Director, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

A4 – Community Heritage and Value

The Grand Canal of China - a splendid heritage
Xingming Zhong,
Doctoral Candidate, Southeast University Nanjing, China

The value to the community of the UK canals network
Roger Squires, PhD. FRGS,
Inland Waterways Association, UK

Panorama of Heritage Canals in Italy: Their Value as Heritage, Current Use and Abuse
Edo Bricchetti,
Italy

1:30 – 3 p.m.

A5 – Serbia and India

The Danube-Tisa-Danube Canal System in the Community Setting: Challenges and Opportunities
Atila Salvai & Stevan Ilincic, Assistant Director,
PWMC Vode Vojvodine, Serbia

Boating and Canal Navigation as Climate-Friendly Transport
Zoran Radmilovic, Professor,
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, Serbia

Upper Ganga Canal - A Classic Inland Water Transport System
S.K.Kumar, Former Chief Engineer,
Ganga, Irrigation Department UP, India

Track B: Engineering, Management, Transport and Sustainability

8:30 – 10 a.m.

B3 – Ports, Commercial Shipping & Transport Infrastructure

Adapting and Developing Hands Free Mooring for Navigation Locks
Benoit Nolet. Manager, Transit of the Future,
St-Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Canada

The Danube as a Waterway in the Framework of the EU Danube Region Strategy: Expected developments and additional value
Otto Schwetz, President PIANC Austria,
TINA Vienna Urban Technologies & Strategies, Austria

Sethusamudaram Canal and Development of Hinterland Logistics
Philbert Suresh, Professor
Indian Maritime University, India

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

B4 a – Commercial Shipping on the NYS Canal System

Canal Corridors -- the Ships, Rail, and Trucks Moving Our Goods through Them: Choosing to Compete and to Cooperate
Laurel Rafferty, President,
Portscape, USA
& Jeffery Belt, Principal Investigator,
Goodban Belt, LLC, USA

Inland Port Facilities and the Environmental / Econiomic Benefits of
Commercial Shipping

Stephen Kelly, Vice President for Sales & Operations,
Port of Coeymans, USA

Putting the Barge back in the Barge Canal
John Callaghan, President,
NYS Marine Highway, USA

B4 b – Energy and Navigation

Canals and Energy: The relationship between canals and the extraction of Peat in the Netherlands, 1500-1950
Michael A.W. Gerding, Historian of the Province of Drenthe,
Netherlands

Managing Water on the New York Canal System
Howard Goebel, Canal Hydrologist,
New York State Canal Corporation, USA

Mobility in the lagoon-waterway complex as a factor of local human development: the case of women in the Ouémé basin, Benin, West Africa
Anani Lazare Sossou-Agbo, doctoral candidate,
Public Policies Laboratory, Public Action, Territories (PACTE) Joseph-Fourier University, Grenoble, France

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

B5 a – Waterway Management in Europe

Flood Management in the Western part of Flanders
Laurel Rafferty, President,
Portscape, USA

European regional inland waterways, focusing on the themes governance, environment & climate change
Nicolaas van Lamsweerde, Director Stichting Recreatietoervaart Nederland,
Dutch Recreational Waterways Foundation, Nederlands

Implementation of the Waterways Ireland Asset Management
System for Navigational Structures

Jim Harvey, Head of Structural Engineering,
Waterways Ireland / CEI Collins Engineers, Ltd., Ireland

B5 b – Environmental Science and Asset Management

Laser Scanning Clinton's Ditch: High Tech HAER Documentation along the Erie Canal
Christopher Marston, Architect & Project Leader,
NPS, Historic American Engineering Record, USA

Lagunalonga, an Interpretive Water Route of the Transitional
Territories in the Gulf of Venice

Francesco Calzolaio, Presidente,
Associazione Venti di Cultura, Italy

The Discussion on Management of the Grand Canal of China in the Context
of World Heritage

Yuan Wang, PHD student,
Institute of History and Theory of Architecture, School of Architecture,
Southeast University, China


Track C: Marketing, Tourism and Recreation

8:30 – 10 a.m.

C3 – New Media to Promote Canal Use

Engaging Gen Y and Beyond: Public Involvement and Social Media
Scott Giering, Principal,
Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, USA

Getting more out of the canal experience with modern information technology
David Edwards-May, Consultant, author and editor,
Euromapping, France

Hotel Barges in France: Analyzing Why It Is Successful;
Can the "Magic" Happen Elsewhere?

Don Dillin, Owner,
BargesInFrance.com, USA

Track D: History, Education, and Interpretation

8:30 – 10 a.m.

D3 – Interpreting Historic Canal Vessels

The 1909 Steam Narrowboat PRESIDENT: The Importance of Restored Commercial Vessels in Marketing, Education, and Interpretation
Tim Coghlan, Managing Director
Braunston Marina, UK

Restoration of the Motorships FRANZ CHRISTIAN (1929) &OSTARA: Interpretation, Education, and Shipboard Multifunctional Rooms
Eckhard Schinkel, Ph.D.,
Westphalian Industrial Museum, Germany

Channeling Sisyphus: How to push a motorship up a hill in 5 easy steps
John Callaghan, Project Manager,
New York State Museum, USA

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

D4 – Vessels as Venues

The Canal Schooner Lois McClure: From Shipwrecks to the Ultimate Interpretive Tool
Erick Tichonuk, Deputy Director,
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, USA

Tug Urger: Ambassador for the New York State Canal System
Christopher Vose, Marketing Specialist,
New York State Canal Corporation, USA

Protecting Canal Resources Through Interpretation & Education
Rory Robinson, Outdoor Recreation Planner,
NPS-Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program, OH, USA

1:30 – 3 p.m.

D5 – Local Stories Add Texture

Waterways of New York: The Establishment & Growth of an Internet Database
Thomas T. Surprenant, Chair/Director,
Queens College Graduate School of Library & Information Studies, USA

Ink and Iron on the Champlain Canal: A 19th Century Enterprise
in Waterford, New York

Paul Schneider, Independent Historian,
USA

The Middlesex Canal: "The Greatest Work of its Kind"
Thomas Raphael, Chairman,
Middlesex Canal Commission, USA

Track E: Educators’ Workshop

8:30 – 10 a.m.

E1 – Canals in the Classroom I

New York's Waterways in Context: A History of World Canals
Thomas X Grasso, President
Canal Society of New York State, USA

Using Primary Source Documents to Tell the Story of the Erie Canal
Julie Daniels, Coordinator of Educational Programs,
New York State Archives, USA

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

E2 – Canals in the Classroom II

The Erie Canal - It's About community
Doreen Pietrantoni, Instructional Technology Specialist
Monroe #1 BOCES, USA

Traveling to Freedom: The Erie Canal and the Underground Railroad
in the U.S., 1825-60

Judith Wellman, Director,
Historical New York Research Associates, USA

The Great dismal Swamp and C&O Canal: George Washington
& the Underground Railroad

Sheri Jackson, Northeast Regional Manager,
NPS - National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, USA

Track F: Waterways Law

8:30 – 10 a.m.

F1 – Legal Issues

To Flow or Not to Flow: Is that the Question? Review of Riparian Rights and their Interplay with Owner and Manmade Waterways
Lucien A. Morin, II,
McConville, Considine, Cooman & Morin PC., USA,

The Canal and the Constitution: Past, Present and Future
William Estes,
NYS Canal Corporation, USA,

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

F2 – Legal Issues Related to Pollution and Dredging

Brownfield Redevelopment Issues in Rochester and New York State
Mark Gregor, City of Rochester
USA