Coastal conference gets good response
Dubai, February 26, 2008
The international conference on coastal and port engineering – Pianc-Copedec VII - and its concurrent exhibition, Waterfront 2008, has received overwhelming response.
The conference, which runs until February 28, has seen about 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries flocking to the event.
'The world’s interest in coastal developments from technical, environmental and commercial perspectives is clear as the companies are here to learn about new industry developments and exchange know-how,' said Essa Al Maidour, assistant director of Dubai Municipality’s general projects section and chairman of Pianc-Copedec local organising committee.
“The conference is providing a forum for detailed analysis about what we are doing in here Dubai – as well as what others are doing worldwide. Dubai’s coastline development is among the most intensive and ambitious in the world.'
'Engineers, scientists, developers and other professionals who have flown in are sharing their ideas, knowledge and experience with local experts. This is resulting in excellent dialogue which everyone expects may lead to even more advanced techniques in these areas,” he noted.
Dr Ranjit Galappatti, chairman of Pianc-Copedec international organising committee, expressed great satisfaction with the dialogues that are being created. “It is gratifying to see so many participants, from so many different locations, coming together to discuss themes and issues that affect us all in so many ways.” he said.
“We need to be able to design coastal projects with a full understanding of their impacts. Our ability to do this grows rapidly with the exchanges that take place in this kind of meeting. Exposure to the work done by others, including the massive projects undertaken in Dubai, opens our minds to new possibilities. We have to draw our lessons from Dubai which is like a giant research laboratory for studying coastal processes,” Al Maidour said.
Today’s technical conference began with sessions devoted to Port Sedimentation, Operations & Planning, Shoreline Management, Tidal Inlet Morphology, Marina Development, Coastal Zone Management and Water Transport and Navigation.
The afternoon sessions discussed Coast Protection, Vertical Breakwaters, Coastal Morphodynamics, Hydrodynamic Modelling, Physical Model Testing, Coastal Structures and Fish Harbours and Liquefaction.
Waterfront 2008, the exhibition of products, technologies and services running parallel to the conference welcomed delegates and visitors throughout the day.
Among the most popular stands were helmed by the conference’s Platinum Sponsor Sama Dubai, Gold Sponsor Roads and Transport Authority Dubai, and Silver Sponsor Dubai Maritime City.-TradeArabia News Service