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Highlights Include Poster Sessions, Other Awards

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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In addition to the NACE International Association Awards, presented Wednesday evening at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, other awards were presented during the conference, including the MP Corrosion Innovation Awards, the CoatingsPro Contractor Awards and the student poster session awards.

CoatingsPro Contractor Awards

CoatingsPro magazine presented its inaugural Contractor Awards during the Corrosive Chronicles session on the exhibit hall floor. The awards honored teams of coatings contractors for work in commercial concrete, commercial roof, industrial concrete, industrial steel and specialty projects. A contractor/crew MVP award was also presented.

Premier Veneers accepted first place in the Commercial Concrete category for the “CAM Business Offices” project, which involved overcoming a number of project delays to complete a decorative concrete floor project on a tight schedule. Second place went to Vulcan Painters Inc. for the “James E. Martin Aquatics Center Pools Project," and Michigan Specialty Coatings took home third for the “Brondes Ford Delivery Area” project.

CoatingsPro Contractor Award winners
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CoatingsPro magazine presented its inaugural Contractor Awards (winners pictured here) during the Corrosive Chronicles session on the exhibit hall floor.

In the Commercial Roof category, the first-place winning project, “Small Precision Tools” by Wedge Roofing, saved its customer over $250,000 by making up almost a week's worth of lost time from other trades. RoofCARE took home second and third place, for “Alamogordo High School Roof Renovation” and “Doña Ana Elementary Reroof,” respectively.

First place in the Industrial Concrete category went to Carolina Management Team for the “CMT Gives Back: Town of Marshall Water Storage Tanks” project. Crew safety and fall protection planning for this 7,500-square-foot project were highlighted during the ceremony. “Adept Plastics—Containment Trench” by Michigan Specialty Coatings won second place, and “Titan Concrete Plant” by Southern Coatings Inc. won third.

“Eads Bridge Renovation” by Thomas Industrial Coatings earned top honors in the Industrial Steel category. Also an SSPC 2017 Structure Award-winning project, it involved intricate steelwork and necessitated a complex platform structure for access. “Navy—USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)” by South Bay Sand Blasting & Tank Cleaning and “Self-Anchored Suspension Span of New San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge” by Certified Coatings Company were awarded second and third in the category, respectively.

The Specialty Project category’s first-place winner was “Parking Garage Restoration at Maggie Daly Park,” by Western Specialty Contractors. The project covered 12 football fields in area and required 45 workers each day, according to the awards submission. Second place went to “New Britain Stadium Renovation and Finish Upgrades” by Scholar Painting, and third went to “Pencil Smoke Stack” by Base Group Inc.

Johnny M. Sanchez of South Bay Sand Blasting & Tank Cleaning was presented with the Most Valuable Player award for his role as lead inspector and liaison to the government and military on the "USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)" restoration project.

MP Corrosion Innovation Awards

Materials Performance (MP) magazine presents its annual Corrosion Innovation Awards in recognition of innovations that represent groundbreaking advances in coatings and linings, cathodic protection, materials and design, instrumentation, testing, integrity assessment, chemical treatments, and other corrosion prevention and mitigation technologies. The innovations were rated by a panel of leading corrosion experts using a numerical scoring system, and the winners were displayed on the exhibit hall floor during the entirety of the conference.

The winners of the 2017 MP Corrosion Innovation Awards are as follows.

  • Amercoat One Single-Component Epoxy, PPG Protective & Marine Coatings
  • Computer-Assisted DFT Measurement Drone, Apellix
  • Corrosion Djinn—Galvanic Corrosion Risk Prediction, Corrdesa LLC
  • CorrReader Test Point Surveyor, Cathodic Technology Ltd.
  • CorTalk uDL2 Micro Data Logger, Mobiltex Technologies Inc.
  • ECS In-Line Corrosion Detector, Engineered Corrosion Solutions LLC
  • FiGS—Field Gradient Sensor, FORCE Technology Norway AS
  • Schlumberger Microbial InstaCheck, Schlumberger
  • Sensor Suite for Aircraft Corrosion Monitoring: Luna Innovations
  • Soluble Salt Profile: Elcometer Inc.

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Student Poster Winners

More than 160 students presented their research during NACE’s annual Student Poster Session—the largest turnout yet, according to NACE. There were three winners in the Mars Fontana (corrosion engineering), Harvey Herro (applied corrosion technology) and Marcel Pourbaix (corrosion science) categories, along with one best undergraduate poster recipient.

Poster session

More than 160 students presented their research during NACE’s annual Student Poster Session.

The 2017 student poster winners are as follows:

Mars Fontana Prize for Corrosion Engineering

  • First Place: Raymond Santucci Jr., University of Virginia, “Investigation of Magnesium Oxide Primer on 2024-T351: Characterization and Assessment of the Protection.”
  • Second Place: Rebecca Bay, The Ohio State University, “The Effect of Sensitization and Fatigue Loading Frequency on Corrosion Fatigue of AA5083-H131 Used for Marine Applications.”
  • Third Place: Leslie Daille, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, “Microbial Community Characterization in Marine Corrosion of SS AISI 316L Exposed to Seawater.”

Harvey Herro Prize for Applied Corrosion Technology

  • First Place: Xi Wang, The Ohio State University, “Protection Mechanism of Al-Rich Epoxy Primer on Aluminum Alloy 2024-T3.”
  • Second Place: Catlin Dever, McMaster University, “Corrosion Properties of Hot Dip Zinc Galvanized Coatings on Press Hardened Steels.”
  • Third Place: Ilana Krause, University of Florida, “Bagasse Ash as a Sustainable Substitute for Glass Flake Additives in Epoxy Coatings.”

Marcel Pourbaix Prize for Corrosion Science

  • First Place: Shujun Gao, Ohio University, “Corrosion Behavior of Mild Steel in Sour Environments at Elevated Tempertures.”
  • Second Place: Matthew McMahon, University of Virginia, “Mitigation of Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking in Al-Mg by Electrochemical Potential Control.”
  • Third Place: Darren Feenstra, McMaster University, “Effect of the Processing Route on the Localized Corrosion Susceptibility of Al Alloy AA7050 in Saline Solutions.”

Best Undergraduate Poster

  • First Place: Reece Goldsberry, Texas A&M University, “Evaluation of Surface Treatments for Reinforced Concrete.”


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; Conferences; Contractors; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; NACE; North America; Program/Project Management

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