Welcome to the Great Lakes / Great Rivers Section of the
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

The Great Lakes and Great Rivers Sections includes the States of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee and West Virginia and that portion of the State of New York which borders the Great Lakes, and that portion of the State of Pennsylvania which borders the Great Lakes and Ohio River.

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  • Winter 2018 Section Meeting (Cleveland, OH)

    Save the Date: February 7-8, 2018 

    Please remember to mark your calendars, the dates February 7 & 8, 2018; to plan for your attendance at our annual Winter Section meeting. The meeting will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, OH.

    There will be a SNAME-hosted welcome reception at the hotel on Wednesday evening, February 7th, from 6-8 PM. Our technical meeting will be on Thursday, February 8th, from 0730 to 1330, which includes a continental breakfast from 0730-0830, and topical lunch from 1200-1330.
    We are still finalizing the details, but with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers recently entering into a joint venture on autonomy with Norway, in addition to the rapidly changing global technological landscape, we will focus on the promotion and development of autonomous shipping and artificial intelligence in the Great Lakes and inland waterways.

    We will be discussing regional smart ships initiatives at governmental and private sector scales, ABS and/or USCG’s outlook on the class and regulatory aspects of autonomy and the future of digitalization on ships and its impact on design and operations.

    Our technical program agenda as well as registration and hotel information will be forthcoming early in the New Year.

    Winter Meeting Flyer.

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