POAC is the acronym
for the International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering
under Arctic Conditions. This conference addresses the unique
issues related to coastal and offshore engineering in ice-covered
waters. POAC began in 1971 in Trondheim, Norway, and since then,
it has been held on a regular basis every two years at different
international venues. Over the years, this conference has been
the mainstay of Arctic engineering conferences and typically
attracts over 150 participants to each conference.
The objective of POAC
is to improve knowledge of ice-related problems by having
scientists, technologists, and design and development engineers discuss
and exchange ideas on relevant topics. In addition to personal
communications, one major objective is to have other national and
international organizations, industries, and research institutes
engaged in work on the Arctic and Antarctic of interest to POAC,
report their work at the POAC Conference.
Everyone is welcome
to attend POAC. The conferences have a very loyal following since they
provide current information on the state-of-the-art of ice engineering
in a friendly, informal atmosphere. People who attend POAC Conferences
continue to attend on a regular basis.
The 2015 POAC conference will be held in Trondheim, Norway, on June 14-18. The conference website can be found at www.ntnu.edu/poac15.