PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award
PIANC is pleased to
announce the PIANC ‘De Paepe - Willems Award’ competition.
As the PIANC President
for seventeen years, Robert De Paepe
fostered the international spirit and the professional development of PIANC.
His professional background was in both road- and hydraulic engineering.
Serving as Secretary-General in his home country, Belgium, he held the
highest office in both the federal and the Flemish ministry of Public Works.
As one of the founding fathers of ‘Belgian Construction Techniques’ (Belcotec) and, as from 1988, the moving spirit behind
‘Flanders International Technical Agency’ (FITA), an institution that offers
public experience to other countries, Robert De Paepe
always looked beyond the borders of his own country. Besides being PIANC
President for seventeen years, he was also a Vice-President of the World Road
Association (PIARC). When he retired in the early nineties of last century,
he preferred not to receive any kind of present – which led his friends to
suggest the establishment of a Foundation in his memory. In 2002, it was
decided to merge the ‘Foundation Robert De Paepe’
with the Gustave Willems Award. As from 2003, the former Gustave Willems
Award will be known as the ‘De Paepe-Willems
Applicants for the prize are required to submit a paper on subjects in the fields of design, construction, improvement, maintenance of operation of inland and maritime waterways (rivers, estuaries, canals, port approaches), of inland and maritime ports and of coastal areas.