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Robert Ikenberry

Hard Hat Geek by Robert Ikenberry

Robert Ikenberry, PCS, has been in industrial painting and construction since 1975. Now the Safety Director and Project Manager for California Engineering Contractors, Robert stays busy rehabbing, retrofitting and painting bridges. His documentary on the 1927 Carquinez Bridge was the pilot for National Geographic’s Break it Down and an episode of MegaStructures.

Blog Archives

Why Your Bridge Needs a Good Bake Sale

Americans are great innovators. We develop the coolest technological toys. From personal computers to smartphones, our inventions are groundbreaking and status-quo shattering.

Posted Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | 4 Comments


Learning (Yes, Really) from Al Jazeera

Last week on our bridge demo project, I ran into a news reporter I know who hopes to be involved in building the future of science and technology reporting—a particular passion of mine.

Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 6 Comments


Reporting Plan Makes a Bad Idea Worse

Reading about the proposed requirement for companies to upload their OSHA 300 logs got me thinking.

Posted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 3 Comments


Doom and Gloom on Blood Lead Levels (Really?)

As one gets older, it’s interesting how people’s perspectives differ.

Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | 12 Comments


Hot Times, Cool Opportunities

It’s time to talk about climate change—and I don’t mean arguing about whether it’s happening. It is.

Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | 10 Comments

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The gentle physical propriety of baking soda but yet aggressive cleaning ability is what makes ARMEX the only choice for nondestructive abrasive blasting.


Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


Chicago Corrosion Group
Vendor-neutral corrosion consulting

What you don’t know about painting is costing you a fortune. Call today to see how CCG’s vendor-neutral, owner’s advocacy saves our clients millions.


RPB Respiratory
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U.S. Zinc
Historic Reliability. Innovative Performance.

For 65 years, the success of U.S. Zinc has come from the quality of our people and our products. The protection properties of our zinc dust prolong the life of marine coatings, helping the world work™


Carboline Company
Hydrocarbon Fire & Jet Fire Protection

Pyroclad X1 is the latest breakthrough in epoxy based intumescent fireproofing technology


Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

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Blastox/The TDJ Group, Inc.
Blastox - One Step
Lead Abatement

Don't waste $$ on added labor steps with other methods. Don't mix, meter or apply at the job-site. Avoid strict hazardous waste rules.
Let your painters paint!


Atlantic Design, Inc.
OUR INDUSTRY IS CHANGING!

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