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Thursday, July 21, 2016

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How do you approach the challenges of sticking to a project schedule while preserving a blast-cleaned surface?

Explore some of the challenges associated with “holding the blast,” and the advantages and limitations of potential solutions with Doug Reardon, Steel Group operations manager for KTA-Tator, in the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.

"Holding the Blast: Challenges and Impacts on Project Scheduling" will be presented from 11 a.m. to noon ET (8 a.m. to 9 a.m. PT) Wednesday, July 27.

Webinar participants will be eligible to receive continuing education credits from SSPC.

Register here for free.

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"Holding the Blast: Challenges and Impacts on Project Scheduling" examines methods to "hold" the blast that can have a positive impact on preserving surface quality as well as the project schedule.

What You’ll Learn

Many specifications contain stipulations that the surface area that has been abrasive blast cleaned be primed-in within four hours, eight hours or “within the same work shift.”

The reason for this stipulation is the fear that the surface will deteriorate if left “open” to the environment. Contaminants like the presence of soluble salts on the surface, and conditions including high humidity and a dew point temperature at or below the surface temperature can accelerate rust-back.

There are methods to “hold” the blast that can have a positive impact on preserving surface quality as well as the project schedule. This webinar will describe some of the challenges of holding the blast, as well as pros and cons to consider with some potential solutions.

Expert Presenter

As Steel Group operations manager for KTA, where he has worked for more than 25 years, Reardon serves as a senior project manager for structural steel fabrication projects for various transportation clients nationwide. He also assists the field inspection staff with technical report reviews, scheduling, and project updates/status reports.

Reardon is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector; NACE Certified Coatings Inspector Level 3 (Peer Review), a Level II inspector in accordance with ASTM D4537, and is an AWS Certified RT Film Interpreter.

Prior to his current assignment, he was a KTA Project Management Specialist and, for 13 years, provided construction supervision and paint/insulation services to Bayer Corporation at its New Martinsville, WV, plant.

Reardon also serves as a principal instructor for a variety of KTA-offered training seminars, and he has successfully completed numerous industry-related courses.

Webinar Education Series

The webinar is part of the 2016 JPCL/SSPC Webinar Education Series, which provides continuing education for SSPC recertifications and technology updates on important topics.

Numerous free webcasts in the JPCL/SSPC Education Series, covering a wide range of topics, are now available at

Some of those presentations include:

A complete listing of the JPCL/SSPC archived and future webinars is available here.


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