Day 1 – Thursday 10 April 2014
EVENING RECEPTION & STUDENT AND GRADUATE PAPERS COMPETITION
Location: Playa Bonita Intercontinental Hotel & Resort
6.00pm – 7.00pm Welcome Cocktail
7.30pm – 9.00pm Student and Graduate Papers Competition
Day 2 – Friday 11 April 2014
Location: Panama Canal Museum, Casco Viejo, Panama
8.30am – 9.15am Coffee and networking
9.15am – 9.30am Welcome: 2014 President, Institution of Civil Engineers
9.30am – 10.00am Key Note Addresses
10.00am – 10.45am Session 1 – Panama Canal Past & Present
11.00am – 12.30pm Session 2 – Panama Canal Expansion Programme
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Session 3 – Crossing the Panama Canal
3.15pm – 4.30pm Session 4 –Infrastructure Needs for Economic Growth
4.30pm Close of Conference
7.30pm – 10.00pm Gala Dinner
Day 3 – Saturday 12 April 2014
Location: Panama Canal Pacific Locks Construction Site Visit
What else is there to do in Panama?
Apart from an exciting convention in 2014 and the 100th anniversary of the Canal opening, there are so many other things for the budding traveller and tourist to do in the country and its capital. Visit Panama have been kind enough to send ICE a number of links to various sights to see and things to do in both Panama City and around Panama.
All of the below can be found on the Visit Panama homepage: http://www.visitpanama.com/
Panama City offers something for everyone:
• Modern shopping malls: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/2284/-2284.html
• Restaurants, bars and entertainment in Panama City´s Old Town: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/2281/-2281.html
• Walking and cycling along the sea: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/1410/-1410.html
• Knowing the city from the second floor: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/2286/-2286.html
Recommended sites to visit:
• Panama Canal: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/1234/-1234.html (ICE will be conducting a site tour)
• The Panama Canal expansion is in the province of Colon: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/2227/-2227.html
• Amador Causeway: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/1511/-1511.html
• Old Panama: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/2282/-2282.html
• Cerro Ancón: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/1510/-1510.html
• Mi Pueblito: http://www.visitpanama.com/en/component/k2/4693/-4693.html
History of Panama
Panama's geological history is relatively recent. Approximately three million years ago tectonic movements and volcanic activity caused a narrow strip of land to emerge from the sea. This new isthmus separted the Caribbean Sea from the Pacific Ocean, joined the continental masses of North and South America, gave rise to the Gulf Stream, and transformed the global climate, warming the once frozen European coasts and creating the conditions for the African savannah to grow. It also initiated a massive interchange of flora and fauna between the north and south, acting as a bridge of life that allowed humans to populate the entire continent.
Ever since, Panama's geographical position has played a strategic role, in every way. The slender silhouette of the country measures just 80 kilometers across its narrowest waist, permitting the construction of the world's first transcontinental railroad in 1855 and then the Panama Canal in the early twentieth century, forging a nexus once again between the two oceans.
Even before, in the 16th century, Spain had turned Panama into a crossroads between the seas and a significant tradepost within its empire. The riches from the South American Pacific were at first shipped to Panama City, and then carried on mule trains to Nombre de Dios. After the pirate Francis Drake attacked the latter destination, the authorities decided to move the city to a better protected site, choosing Portobelo. This city in turn become very coveted by pirates such as Henry Morgan, who attacked and looted it in 1668, two years before doing likewise at Panama City on the Pacific coast.
Motivated by the winds of freedom blowing from neighboring countries, Panama became independent from Spain in November 1821 and joined instead Gran Colombia, comprised of the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. Panama's desire to become a free and sovereign republic brought it to separate from Colombia on November 3, 1903.
Construction began in 1904 on the Panama Canal, considered the eighth wonder of the modern world, definitively establishing the territory as a place of transit and exchange. Today, Panama is one of the most developed countries of Central America, and with one of the highest levels of economic development and tourism in the Americas. With a healthy and effective democratic system, the country is considered safe, peaceful, prosperous, and burgeoning, at the forefront in many sectors. Its economy is based on services provided at tourism sites, the Panama Canal, and the international banking center. First-world facilities can be found here, such as international call centers, modern shopping malls, and excellent professionals and technicians.
(History section courtesy of Visit Panama)
10 - 12 APRIL 2014
09:00 - 17:00
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Book Online Below!
In 2014, Panama will celebrate 100 years since the opening of the Panama Canal, which is also undergoing a US$5.5bn expansion programme.
The ICE Americas Convention is intended to provide a forum for knowledge sharing, discussion and networking around a common theme, bringing together engineers from across the region and is open to both ICE members and non-members. The schedule for the convention will be as follows.
10 April: Evening Reception & Graduates and Students Competition
11 April: Convention & Gala dinner
12 April: Site visit to Panama Canal Expansion
Attendees will be able to listen to and meet with local and international industry leaders and observe the incredible developments in Panama and the region. The event will be opened by the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers with a keynote speech delivered by a senior representative of the Canal Authority. While a proportion of the event will naturally cover the canal, the wider theme of the convention will be around Infrastructure: Driving Growth & Development. The full line up of speakers and venue details will be confirmed in the next few days.
In addition, the ICE Graduates and Students Paper Competition is now open. Win a trip to the Americas Convention and present your paper and ideas to major industry leaders and civil engineers!
Americas Graduates and Students Paper Competition 2014
To book your place at the 2014 Americas Convention, click below or contact Brian da Cal at email@example.com with any queries. We hope to see you there!
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