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Workshops, Sessions Color SSPC 2018 Technical Program

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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This year’s SSPC conference, to be held Jan. 15-18 in New Orleans, is set to shed light on topics from surface preparation to coating inspection, safety to leadership.

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SSPC 2018 will be held Jan.15-18 in New Orleans. 

The SSPC 2018 technical program begins Monday and continues through midday Thursday, with full sessions—generally comprising four half-hour presentations—and one-hour mini-sessions, as well as hands-on workshops.

Two-Part Sessions

Surface preparation is the first—and many say the most important—step in a quality coating job, and for those involved in blasting and cleaning, the technical program offers several options.

On Monday morning, the session Surface Preparation: The Foundation of Every Coating Project features four presentations, covering shop and field abrasive blasting, as well as the benefits of steel grit abrasives and a talk by Elcometer’s David Barnes about the difference between surface profile and roughness. The session continues with four more presentations Tuesday afternoon.

Bridge Brothers still
Courtesy of 4th Coast Productions

The 4th Coast Productions documentary Bridge Brothers, which follows the crew of Corcon Inc. during two bridge-painting jobs, will be the topic of a mini-session at SSPC 2018.

Another two-part session is Coating Types, with four half-hour presentations Tuesday afternoon and five more Thursday morning. Topics range from “Coating Types Introduction,” presented Thursday morning by Andrew Croll of the Finishing Trades Institute, and Kurt Wood of Arkema, to “Step Change Epoxy Coatings for Pipes, Tanks, Vessels and Railcars,” presented by Vijay Datta, Mike O’Donoghue and Ian Fletcher, all of International Paint LLC.

Environmental, Health and Safety Regulations is a two-part session, with presentations Monday afternoon and Tuesday afternoon. Topics include “New, Revised, or Repealed Regulations and Actions Impacting the Industrial Painting Industry,” presented Monday by Alison Kaelin of ABKaelin LLC, and “PCBs in Coatings,” presented Tuesday by Marc Hudock of GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.

Structure-centered sessions include the two-part Protecting Ships and Marine Structures (Monday morning and Tuesday morning) and Bridge Painting and Protection (Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning).

Single Sessions

One-part sessions include:

  • Tank Linings (Monday morning);
  • Understanding Application Techniques (Monday morning);
  • Tips on Writing and Presenting a Technical Paper, presented by JPCL editors (Monday afternoon);
  • Power (Tuesday morning);
  • Concrete Protection Solutions (Tuesday morning);
  • Inspection: Assuring Performance and Quality (Tuesday morning);
  • Instrumentation (Wednesday morning);
  • Wastewater Coating Challenges and Solutions (Wednesday morning);
  • Standards (Wednesday afternoon);
  • Defending Against Corrosion in the Military (Wednesday afternoon);
  • Leadership and Change Management, sponsored by Women in Coatings (Wednesday afternoon);
  • Nuclear (Thursday morning); and
  • Corrosion, Corrosion, Corrosion (Thursday morning).

Workshops and Discussions

In addition to traditional session tracks, the SSPC 2018 technical program includes hands-on workshops and panel discussions throughout the week.

Workshops include:

  • An In-Depth Look at Standards Frequently Encountered by Industrial Painters, presented Monday by Skip Vernon of Coating and Lining Technologies Inc., and Michael Damiano of SSPC;
  • New Technology: Coatings Inspection Instrumentation, presented Monday by Matt Fajt of KTA-Tator;
  • Preparation for SSPC QP 3 Shop Certification, presented Tuesday by David Lemke of Team Industries;
  • Successful Surface Preparation of Hot-Dip Galvanized Iron & Steel and Hardware Surfaces for Painting, presented Tuesday by Kevin Irving of AZZ Metal Coatings;
  • The Great Escape: A Coating Failure Investigation Workshop, presented Tuesday by Chrissy Stewart and Cynthia O’Malley, both of KTA-Tator;
  • Considerations When Specifying Protective Coatings, presented Tuesday by Tony Serdenes of Greenman-Pedersen Inc.; and
  • Respirators—What’s Needed for an OSHA Respirator Program, presented by Charles Brown of Greenman-Pedersen Inc.

Panel discussions throughout the week include:

  • Failure Panel: Exploring Differing Views on Causes of Coating Failures, Wednesday morning, featuring Charlie Harvilicz of Newport News Shipbuilding, Chris Farschon of Greenman-Pedersen, Michael O’Brien of Mark 10 Resource Group Inc. and moderator Dudley Primeaux of Primeaux Associates Inc.; and
  • SSPC 2018 Coating Inspectors’ Forum, presented Wednesday afternoon by Peter Ault of Elzly Technology and Chris Farschon of Greenman-Pedersen.

Wednesday and Thursday at SSPC 2018 feature a number of mini-sessions, one hour each. These include:

  • AASHTO Product Evaluation Program for Concrete Coating Systems;
  • Bridge Brothers Documentary;
  • How to Conquer Corrosion and Cavitation Erosion on Submerged Areas and Tanks;
  • Organizing and Deploying Volunteers to Preserve Historic Army Tanks for a Military Museum, all Wednesday morning;
  • Advanced Plasma Solutions;
  • Tolerant Coatings for Intolerant Situations: Selecting Protective Coatings for Adverse Conditions;
  • Watching Paint Dry: Not as Simple as it Sounds; and
  • Electronic Inspection Equipment for Capturing and Reporting Coating Applications, all Thursday morning.

The SSPC 2018 technical program in its entirety is available via the conference app, which can be downloaded to a mobile phone or tablet, or viewed online. Scheduling is subject to change as the conference approaches, so be sure to keep an eye on the app as January nears.


Tagged categories: AF; AS; Asia Pacific; Coatings education; Conferences; Education; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Latin America; NA; North America; OC; Program/Project Management; Research; SA; SSPC; SSPC 2018; Worker training

Comment from Christopher Gatian, (12/19/2017, 1:20 PM)

Is the standard coating for shrimp butter-based? Looking forward to a good conference/exhibit AND good food!

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