PIANC-SMART Rivers 2022 Conference


SMART Rivers is the acronyms for Strategic Maritime Asset Research and Transformation for the 21st Century River Systems, originating from an Inland Navigation Cooperation Agreement signed in 2004 between America and Europe. In 2005, the first SMART Rivers conference was held in Pittsburgh, USA. Since then, this international event takes place every two years, under the umbrella of the World Association of Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, abbreviated as PIANC. The PIANC-SMART Rivers 2022 Conference is scheduled to be held in Nanjing, China.


Dear colleagues,

Many thanks for your interest in SMART Rivers 2022!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SMART Rivers 2021 has to be postponed to 2022. The deadline for the abstract submission is also postponed. Sorry for the trouble!
Please contact smartrivers2022@nhri.cn or smartrivers2022@outlook.com if you have any questions on the SMART Rivers 2022.
Keep Safe and Best Regards,

On behalf of SMART Rivers 2022 Local Organizing Committee




Technical Topics

Waterway Infrastructure

  1. Navigation Improvements in Rivers and Canals
  2. Waterway Planning
  3. Infrastructure Assessments
  4. Health Monitoring
  5. Advances and Innovations in Navigation
  6. Developments and Future of Waterways
  7. Recreational Boating and Nautical Tourism

Inland Navigation Structure

  1. Weirs, Locks and Shiplifts
  2. Plan, Design and Optimization of IW Structures
  3. Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  4. Navigation Hydraulics
  5. Prototype Monitoring
  6. Reliability, Maintenance and Resilience

Smart Shipping

  1. E-Navigation
  2. River Information Service (RIS)
  3. Ship Simulator
  4. Cybersecurity
  5. Digitalization of Inland waterways and inland waterway transport
  6. Physical Modelling and Numerical Modelling
  7. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Shipping
  8. Big Data and Block Chain

River System Management

  1. River and Lake Protection
  2. Sediment Transport
  3. Water Resources and River Morphology
  4. Water Quality Improvements
  5. Smart Dredging Technology and Machinery
  6. Digital River and Responses to Climate Change
  7. River Ecological Civilization


  1. Intermodal transport (waterway, rail and road)
  2. Urban Port Developments
  3. Polices and Regulations
  4. Port Gateways and Cooperation

Special Sessions

  1. Yangtze River Golden Waterways
  2. Xijiang River Golden Waterways
  3. Young Professionals