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SSPC Looks at Bridges, Transportation

Thursday, December 3, 2015

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With just a little more than a month before SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is promoting its lineup for bridge and transportation-related program sessions.

SSPC’s annual event, which will take place Jan. 18-21, 2016, in San Antonio, TX, is the only conference and exhibition dedicated exclusively to protective, marine, industrial and commercial coatings.


SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT will hold a series of informational sessions on bridges and transportation topics during its annual event, which runs Jan. 18-21, in San Antonio, TX.

The full technical program for SSPC 2016 is available here.

Technical Sessions

During the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 19, SSPC will kick of its first program on bridge and transportation coatings with a discussion on Adhesion (Session 1):

  • It’s All About Adhesion
    Presenters: Guerman Vainblat, P.E., Greenman-Pedersen Inc.; Timur Kolchinskiy, E.I.T., Greenman-Pedersen Inc.

Tuesday afternoon, those attending will learn about Bridge Painting and Protection (Session 1):

  • Shop Painting vs. Field Painting of Steel Bridges: Pros and Cons
    Presenter: Charles Brown, PCS, Greenman-Pedersen Inc.
  • The Use of a Duplex Protective Coating System for a KYTC Rapid Reconstruction Bridge Project
    Presenter: Bobby Meade, Greenman-Pedersen Inc.
  • Two-Coat Polyaspartic Urethane Coatings Protect Virginia Steel Bridge Structures for Over a Decade
    Presenters: Ahren Olson, Covestro; Mark Hudson, The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • New Developments in Fluorourethane Coatings for Bridges
    Presenters: Robert Parker, AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.; Kristen Blankenship, AGC Chemicals Americas Inc.
  • Assessment of CBPC Coating in Wet Exposure by Electro-Chemical Testing
    Presenter: Md Ahsan Sabbir, Florida International University

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, an afternoon session will offer information on Inspection: Assuring Performance and Quality (Session 3):

  • Inspecting Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel
    Presenter: Bernardo Duran, AZZ Galvanizing Services

Then mid-morning Thursday, Jan. 21, attendees can learn about Specification Issues (Session 2):

  • Equifinality: Specifying Performance
    Presenter: Troy Fraebel, PCS, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Finally, on Thursday afternoon, attendees can participate in Workshop: Failure Analysis of Paints and Coatings (Session 2):

  • Failure Analysis of Paints and Coatings
    Presenter: Dwight G. Weldon, PCS, Weldon Laboratories Inc.

Committee Meetings

Several committees have meetings scheduled on site during the conference as well. Those related to bridge and transportation topics include:

  • C.1.1 Zinc Rich
  • C.1.15  Guide 14 Revision
  • C.1.8 Fluoropolymer Coatings
  • C.2.13 Location and Number of Soluble Salt Tests
  • C.2.14 Dehumidification
  • C.2.3. Revision SSPC-SP 2 and SP 3
  • C.4.1 PA 5 Revision
  • C.5.3.D QP 2 Revision
  • C.7.3 SP Concrete  (SSPC)
  • C 7.6 Revision of SSPC-PA 7 
  • TG 417  Surface Prep Concrete

For more information on these and other events at SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT, visit


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Bridges; Coating failure; Coating Materials; Conferences; Education; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Roads/Highways; SSPC; Transportation; Worker training

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