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President's Message - Becoming a Member

Monday, June 22, 2015

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COPRI President Andrew Cairns, P.E., D.PE, PMP, M.ASCE

From time to time I am asked why should I become a member of ASCE or COPRI. The answer to this is different for each individual.

However, one of the great benefits to membership is discounted access to engineering standards and manuals of practice . These documents help advance the profession and provide guidance on how we carry out our important work. But where do these manuals come from, and who produces them?

COPRI Publications

They are the result of many hours of volunteer work from our members. These individuals, who work together, ensure that the practical knowledge in the field and research that has been carried out reaches the public realm.

One such manual that was recently published is MOP 130: Waterfront Facility Inspection and Assessment. This manual is the result of the great teamwork within COPRI's Ports & Harbors committee, under the leadership of Ron Heffron, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE.

I would like to congratulate the committee, Ron, and the team that worked so hard in getting this great manual completed. Thank you all for your tremendous efforts.

The manual is an excellent resource for owners of waterfront facilities and the engineers who help keep them in a state of good repair. The COPRI members who put the manual together will also be offering a short course on Waterfront Facility Inspection and Assessment during the PORTS '16 Conference being held in New Orleans, June 12 - 15, 2016.

This will be a great opportunity for individuals to learn directly from the volunteers who put the manual together and gain first-and knowledge of material presented in the manual.

Commitment to the Profession

The work I have seen from the COPRI members that work on publications and put on conferences is amazing. Besides the Waterfront Inspection Manual and the PORTS Conference, COPRI members continue to publish outstanding standards and manuals, host webinars, and stage meaningful conferences year after year.

The Coastal Structures & Solutions to Coastal Disasters Joint Conference will be held September 9 - 11, 2015 in Boston, MA. COPRI's coastal community will come together for three days of specialty content. The conference Organizing and Technical Committees have done a wonderful job creating a program for coastal professionals.

COPRI's Waterways Committee is partnering with PIANC USA on Dredging 2015 in Savannah, GA, October 19 - 22, 2015. Dredging 2015 will focus on dredging and dredged material placement, and dredging projects from navigation channel deepening and maintenance to environmental restoration to the development of new ports and marinas.

The Coastal Engineering Research Council , in partnership with the Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers and the  Local Organizing Committee , is will host the next International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17 - 22, 2016. The ICCE 2016 Call for Abstracts is open through September 28, 2015.

Without the individuals participating in COPRI committees, COPRI would not be the great organization that it is today. At the same time, our volunteers gain the satisfaction of serving the engineering community in which they practice, and sharing the knowledge they have gained throughout their careers.

How Can You Get Involved?

If you are looking to get more involved and sharing your engineering knowledge, there are plenty of ways to participate in COPRI. There are national committees within COPRI, as well as a number of local professional chapters .

In fact, I am pleased to announce the newest COPRI local chapter that was recently established in Seattle Washington. This chapter was established out of a long standing Ports and Harbors technical committee within the Seattle ASCE Section.

So, what do you get out of membership to ASCE and COPRI?