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Clarkson University To Host 18th International POAC Conference June 26 - 30

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More than 100 engineers, scientists and designers of ships and arctic structures will meet in Potsdam June 26 – 30 as Clarkson University hosts the 18th International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions (POAC).

POAC serves as a scientific and technical conference independent of any particular organization or commercial interest. Held every two years, the conference is taking place for the first time in the continental United States. Regions with arctic conditions range world-wide from the Great Lakes of the United States and Canada to the Arctic and Antarctic Seas, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the great lakes of Sweden, the Bering Sea, and the Hudson Bay.bpnorthstar

POAC applications and research relate to harbors, jetties, piers and breakwaters, offshore structures, platforms, buoys, pipelines under arctic conditions, transportation problems, fishing ports, scale and model effects, and ice breaking. The conference will include presentations on aspects of climate modeling, global change, heat budget analyses, forecasting ice conditions for ice breakers and ship navigation, the opening of the Northern Sea Route, ice loads on fixed and floating structures, submarine surfacing, aircraft landings, winter ice-surface transportation, and ice mechanics dealing with intact ice.

During the conference, there will also be a joint meeting of the International Standards Organization (ISO) to discuss and continue work on an Arctic Offshore Structures Standard. The session will be held by ISO Technical Committee 67, Sub-committee 7 (Offshore Structures) Working Group 8, to discuss a new work item proposal to develop new specifications and to harmonize existing national codes and standards related to “Petroleum and Natural Gas Industries – Arctic Offshore Structures.”  The session will also focus on the status of work to date in developing a compromise of world standards for the design of Arctic offshore structures. Thirteen countries world-wide are planning to adopt these standards over the next few years, eliminating the need for multiple standards.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business and the arts and sciences. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,700 undergraduates and 400 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. For more information, visit

Clarkson University is the first university in the United States to host the POAC Conference. For more information regarding the 18th International POAC Conference contact John Dempsey, or visit the Conference Web site at

PHOTO CAPTION:  In 2000 BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. constructed a gravel and sheet pile island at its Northstar oilfield lease, located 10 km (6 miles) offshore in 39 feet of water northwest of Prudhoe Bay field, Alaska. This is the first stand-alone oil production facility in the arctic offshore anywhere in the world. The design life is 25 years. Researchers, engineers, scientists and designers of ships and arctic structures will be on Clarkson University’s campus in Potsdam, New York, June 26 – 30 as the University hosts the 18th International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions.

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