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William Miles Appointed to International Waterways Council

DATE: February 18, 2019

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William Miles, International Waterways Council

William Miles, International Waterways Council

William Miles, PE, U.S. waterways principal at national architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann, was recently elected to the Inland Waterways International (IWI) Council. As a member of IWI and the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), Miles’s primary role will be to act as a liaison between the organizations. IWI supports the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide, while PIANC provides expert guidance and technical advice on issues pertaining to waterborne transport infrastructure.

Miles joined the IWI after attending his first World Canals Conference (an event organized annually by the IWI) in Rochester, N.Y., in 2000. Miles’s was selected in part due to his almost 30-year tenure in Bergmann’s national practice in waterways and navigation structures. Most recently, he managed the additions of tie-up wall replacements and hands-free mooring for the Welland Canal Locks in Ontario, Canada, the Emsworth Dam rehabilitation in Pennsylvania, the Chickamauga lock replacement in Tennessee, and the Lockport Flight of Five restorations in New York.

“As an industry leader in the design of inland waterways, we feel that Bergmann employees have a responsibility to serve as active members of prominent international professional organizations such as IWI and PIANC, so our professionals can proactively support the industry and share best practices worldwide,” said Dave Thurnherr, PE, vice president, Northeast Infrastructure, Bergmann. “We salute Bill for his appointment to this important position and look forward to seeing the positive global impact he will make on waterways infrastructure.”

Miles will continue to play an active role in helping to plan World Canals Conferences (WCC). He has helped shaped conferences such as the events in Rochester, N.Y. (2010) and Syracuse, N.Y. (2017); Inverness, Scotland (2016) and Athlone, Ireland (2018). He looks forward to helping plan the 2020 WCC program in Leipzig, Germany, and the 2021 WCC in Washington County, Maryland, which will be hosted by the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association.


For nearly four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. This team of more than 400 professional and technical staff spans the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. Bergmann develops connections with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time, while promoting environmental and functional sustainability. Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from signature buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning.