At the core of PIANC’s mission is the publication of high-quality Technical Reports realised by international Working Groups. PIANC Working Groups are composed of participants from multiple member countries who have expertise in the issue being investigated. The groups gather, analyse, and consolidate international, state-of-the-art, best practice material to provide evidence-based guidance.
Once a particular Working Group topic has been approved at PIANC HQ, and Terms of Reference established, national sections are invited to propose an expert member from their region. The PIANC A&NZ Board then invites interested members to apply to the Board, and reviews applications before nominating one member to the Working Group.
An additional expert per country/organisation, being a young professional, can participate in the Working Group activities.
Costs of participation are met by the individual members or their employers. However there is some travel assistance. Please see PIANC A&NZ TAP – Travel Assistance Policy for our members involved in Working Groups.
Many of our members are currently active on a number of PIANC Working Groups and they produce significant outcomes that benefit maritime matters in our region. See our video here and find out why you should get involved!
Process for Applications
Your application should include a detailed CV/Resume with a short covering letter outlining:
1. Your experience in the particular technical field; see expertise list above.
2. Why the WG is relevant for the Australian / NZ content and the direct benefits of participation;
3. A commitment that you will prepare (for distribution to all members) a short report providing an overview & outcomes of the WG etc;
4. Whether or not you are seeking to access Travel Assistance Policy (TAP )funding; and
5. Whether you qualify as a Young Professional.
Please note that Working Group Members need to be Individual Members of PIANC, working for a Corporate Member or Platinum Partner, be an invited expert or a be a member of a Sister Organisation.
A Selection Committee will review all nominations received and make a final recommendation to the PIANC A&NZ Chair.
Please be aware that membership of a Working Group does require your active participation. This includes attending Working Group meetings (pre-Covid -19 this was usually at international locations) or as a ‘Corresponding Member’ if you do not want to undertake the normal travel requirements of full membership. If you are expert in the field and would like to influence the outcome of the Working Group we encourage you to participate as fully as you are able.
All costs associated with membership must be borne by either yourself or your employer, however PIANC Australia & New Zealand has a Travel Assistance Policy to partially assist with travel & attendance at Working Group meetings, in order to promote Australian and New Zealand technical input into these important WG activities.
Under the PIANC A&NZ Travel Assistance Policy (TAP), up to $2,000 funds may be payable post travel upon the successful completion of a WG Summary Report and production of relevant travel receipts.
Terms of Reference:
Please view information below for Terms of Reference for recent PIANC Working Groups, many with Australia & New Zealand involvement. For all PIANC working groups, please refer to the links to PIANC International website in the sidebar.
Terms of References for Working Groups (ToRs)
WG253: RecCom WATER QUALITY AND FLUSHING ASSESSMENT FOR MARINAS – ToR July 2023
WG252: MarCom SAFETY BY DESIGN OF MARITIME INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS – ToR July 2023
WG251: MarCom GUIDANCE ON THE DESIGN OF PARTED MOORING LINE ARRESTING SYSTEMS ToR July 2023
WG250: MarCom BREAKWATERS WITH VERTICAL AND INCLINED CONCRETE WALLS (update of WG28) ToR July 2023
WG249: InCom -ADAPTATION OF INLAND WATERWAYS INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS – ToR July 2023
WG248: MarCom GUIDELINES FOR ONSHORE POWER SUPPLY (OPS) FOR SHIPS – ToR July 2023:
WG245: RecCom – Carbon Management for Marinas and Boat Harbours – TOR Jan 2023
WG244: RecCom – Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Marinas & Boat Harbours TOR Jan 2023
WG242: InCom – Permanent Floating Houses Along The Inland Waterway Banks And Infrastructure ToR March 2022
WG240: MarCom – Guidance for ports in small island countries-ToR March 2021
PIANC A&NZ Nominees: Richard Hill, Cristian Alfred (alternate), David Perbey (YP): Mentor Scott Keane
WG239: MarCom- Mitigation Of Tsunami Disasters In Ports – ToR April 2021
PIANC ANZ nomination: Jose BORRERO
WG238: MarCom – Guidelines for use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in infrastructure for ports and waterways – ToR April 2021
PIANC ANZ nomination: Enrique Campos, Rosario Loturco (YP)
WG236: Sustainable Management of the Navigability of Free Flow Rivers – ToR
WG233: Inspection, Maintenance & Repair Of Waterfront Facilities
WG232: Metocean-Related Risks During Construction of Marine Works
WG231: Mooring Bollards & Hooks: Selection, maintenance and testing
WG230: EnviCom – How to attract green funding for Nature-based navigation infrastructure ToR April 2021
PIANC ANZ Nomination: ZsuZsa Banhalmi-Zakar
WG227: A Guide for Assessing and Managing Environmental Restrictions on Dredging and Disposal Operations
ANZ Nomination: David Petch
WG226: A Guide for Assessing and Managing Effects of Underwater Sounds from Navigation Infrastructure Activities.
ANZ Nomination: Spencer Shute