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JPCL, SSPC Select Top Titles

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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As SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings opened its SSPC 2017 conference Monday (Jan. 30) in Tampa, the association and protective and marine coatings publication JPCL took the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the best articles on a range of technical topics.

The JPCL Editor's Awards, recognizing outstanding papers, and the SSPC Outstanding Publication Award, presented to the author(s) of the best technical paper or presentation, were among the awards handed out Monday during the annual awards ceremony luncheon.

This year, articles on bridge painting and other coating-related topics drew top awards during the ceremony.

Replica tape
Pamela Simmons

Among this year's award-winning papers, "Replica Tape: Unlocking Hidden Information," written by DeFelsko Corporation's David Beamish, took home the Outstanding Publication Award.

Eligible technical papers are selected from the SSPC Conference Proceedings and JPCL articles from the previous year (July of the previous year through June of the current year) are eligible.

Five papers were selected from more than 100 eligible entries. All of the winning JPCL papers are available by clicking on their title links.

Outstanding Publication

From the original field of eligible papers, the JPCL editors select a handful to be considered by a second review team for the Outstanding Publication Award. Each paper is rated on a scale of 1-5 using certain criteria, and the paper with the highest rating is named the Outstanding Publication.

This year's Outstanding Publication Award went to David Beamish, DeFelsko Corporation, for “Replica Tape: Unlocking Hidden Information.”

Published in the July 2015 issue of JPCL, the article explains a developing technology that allows for the extraction of useful information on surface profile from replica tape, beyond just peak height.

JPCL Editors' Awards

The JPCL Editors' Awards recognize the finalists nominated for the Outstanding Paper Award. Four Editors' Awards were presented Monday.

In “Corrosion Protection in Maritime Environments: Assessing Systems for Offshore Structures,” Gunter Binder, Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW), compares the accuracy of laboratory test results to that of long-term tests in nature and discusses the creation of standards in order to prevent corrosion of offshore wind generating structures under very corrosive conditions with minimal environmental impact. The article was published in March 2016.

Hell Gate Bridge

JPCL Editors' Award-winning article "What You See Isn't Always What You Get: The Problem with Aesthetics" calls out the Hell Gate Bridge as an example of color variation, said to be one of the most common aesthetic problems encountered with protective coatings.

In 2013, MnDOT concluded that it needed a more uniform method to rate the condition of coatings statewide during the biennial bridge safety inspections and a process to select and prioritize maintenance painting strategies. “MnDOT’s Approach to Improving Bridge Painting Operations” describes outcomes of the objectives undertaken and MnDOT’s novel approach to improving statewide bridge maintenance painting operations. The January 2016 article was co-authored by Sarah K. Sondag, P.E., MnDOT and Richard A. Burgess, PCS, KTA- Tator Inc.

Painting Bolted Bridge Connections,” by Kenneth Trimber, KTA-Tator Inc., appeared in JPCL’s May 2016 issue. In it, Trimber explains painting faying surfaces, bolt holes and fasteners on bridges in an attempt to clear up existing confusion and provide points to consider when designing and painting bolted connections.

While coating professionals working with industrial coatings generally focus on coating performance, most of the population finds the appearance of a coating to be the most important consideration. December 2015’s “What You See Isn’t Always What You Get: The Problem with Aesthetics,” by Rick A. Huntley, PCS, and Richard A. Burgess, PCS, KTA-Tator Inc., explores a number of the most common aesthetic problems encountered with protective coatings.

President's Lecture Series

SSPC also presented its President's Lecture Series Award to William D. Corbett, PCS, and Carly McGee, KTA- Tator Inc., for their paper, “Too Deep or Too Shallow — Can Surface Profiles be Changed by Additional Blast Cleaning?”

This award is given annually by the SSPC President, who chooses an outstanding paper presented at the annual conference that is a reflection on the coatings industry and profession.

Corbett will present the paper between 3 and 4 p.m. ET Wednesday (Feb. 1). The presentation will focus on the results of a research initiative that looked at several aspects of the abrasive blasting process and their effect on surface profile, an attribute that anchors the coating system to a steel surface.

Selecting the wrong abrasive size can lead to a surface profile that’s not ideal. Does a follow-up blasting with a more appropriate abrasive effectively change the surface profile? Corbett will explain what new research shows regarding attempts to increase or decrease surface profile.

Readers' Role

JPCL editor Pam Simmons and Technology Publishing Co. CEO Brion Palmer also noted during the awards presentation that, while in the past the JPCL Editors' Awards have been voted on by the publication's contributing editors, next year's honors will include readers in the process of deciding the best of the best. 

Technology Publishing is the parent company of both JPCL and PaintSquare.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; DeFelsko; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); JPCL; KTA-Tator; Latin America; North America; Program/Project Management; Research; SSPC; SSPC 2017

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