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For the first time since 2003, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will hold its own show, SSPC 2011 featuring GreenCOAT, in Las Vegas, NV, on January 31-February 3, 2011. According to SSPC, it is the only show that features 100% protective, marine, and industrial coatings and caters to painting contractors, facility owners, coating manufacturers, equipment suppliers, inspectors, and engineers to address protective and marine coatings issues as well as trends in environmental solutions for industrial projects. 

Here is a preview of special events and workshops for SSPC 2011 featuring GreenCOAT. Check and upcoming issues of PaintSquare News and JPCL for updates on events, workshops, and much, much more.


Special events for SSPC 2011 featuring GreenCOAT span the entire conference, including the ones listed below.

  • Welcome Reception, Monday, January 31, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Exhibit Hall Reception, Tuesday, February 1, 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Make the most of your exhibit time by pre-planning your visit. Browse the online list of exhibitors and register a Virtual Tote Bag. Future issues of JPCL will provide exhibitor descriptions, booth numbers, and contact information.
  • Awards Luncheon, Monday, January 31, 11:30 a.m.: SSPC President Russ Brown, the Board of Governors, and SSPC Executive Director Bill Shoup will honor the 2011 award recipients. Among other awards, the 5th Annual SSPC Structure Awards will be presented. This is a ticketed event. A ticket will be provided in the registration packet.
  • Guest Program: SSPC 2011 will offer two tours for spouses and guests. All registrations must be made in advance.
  • Las Vegas City Highlights Tour, Tuesday, February 1, 9:00 a.m.-Noon: During the tour, attendees will see the Las Vegas Strip, famous marquees, hotels, Freemont Street, and Grand Canal Shoppes.
  • Red Rock Canyon & Spring Mountain Ranch, Wednesday, February 2, 8:00 a.m.-Noon: From the Red Rock visitor center, the group will take a 13-mile scenic drive to see the magnificent rock formations. A guide will narrate the history of the Canyon. After Red Rock, attendees will go to Spring Mountain Ranch Park, which is a 520-acre oasis.
  • Protective Coatings Specialists Breakfast, Wednesday, February 2, 7:15-8:30 a.m.: This event is invitation only for all SSPC PCS-certified professionals. The 4th Annual PCS Breakfast offers an opportunity to network with peers and will include an update from the Individual Certification Task Group.
  • Facility Owners Breakfast, TBD
  • Peer Group Breakfast Forums, Thursday, February 3, 8:30-10:00 a.m.


Attendees will be able to learn or review a range of topics at workshops planned for the conference. A preliminary list, with descriptions when available, follows.

Monday, January 31

There are three workshops planned for Monday, January 31.

  • 2:00-4:30 p.m., "Session 1: Workshop--Protective Coatings--An Overview," presented by Chris Farschon of Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
  • 2:00-4:30 p.m., "Session 2: Workshop--Failure Analysis of Paints and Coatings," presented by Dwight G. Weldon of Weldon Laboratories, Inc., and Gary Tinklenberg of Corrosion Control Consultants & Labs.

    The instructors will present the methodology involved in solving coatings failures with topics that include what to look for at the job site, sample taking, and laboratory techniques. Case histories of actual failures will also be presented.

  • 2:00-4:30 p.m., "Session 3: Workshop--An In-Depth Look at Standards Most Frequently Used By Industrial Painters," presented by Skip Vernon of Coating & Lining Technologies, Inc. and Michael Damiano of SSPC.

    The instructors will explore all of the standards used by industrial painters, including a review of the basics and a focus on the more obscure requirements and ambiguities. The workshop will address what constitutes an industry standard, the contractual implications of specifying using only a standard, and the impact of secondary and tertiary references in standards.

Tuesday, February 1

There is one workshop scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. It will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and be presented by Mike O'Brien. The topic is TBD.

Wednesday, February 2

Two workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, with one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Details are below.

  • 9:00-11:00 a.m., "Session 2: Workshop--Waterborne Technologies for Protective Coatings," presented by Leo Procopio and Thomas Tepe of the Dow Chemical Company.

    The presenters will focus on the structure and chemistry of waterborne versus solvent coatings. Some topics to be covered in the workshop include how waterborne coatings form films, their performance features, and causes of and solutions for coating defects and failures.

  • 3:00-5:00 p.m., "Session 4: Workshop--Failure Analysis of Paints and Coatings on Concrete," presented by Randy Nixon.

    This workshop will include presentations on the most common evaluations and testing for performing failure analysis for coatings on concrete. The most prevalent problems, such as high moisture vapor transmission, pinholing, outgassing, and poor surface preparation, will be discussed. Photos will provide examples of commonplace problems and the best evaluation methods.

Thursday, February 3

There is one workshop planned for the final day of the conference.

  • 9:00-11:00 a.m., "Session 1: Workshop--Creating an Inspection Plan; Strategic Planning for the Coatings Inspector," presented by William D. Corbett of KTA-Tator, Inc. and Derrick Castle of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

    The instructors will describe the benefits and the processes associated with developing an inspection plan for an industrial coatings project. Participants will have an opportunity to prepare an inspection plan based on a tank or a bridge coating specification.

Further Information

For more information on SSPC 2011 featuring GreenCOAT, visit


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