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Technically Speaking: Coatings+ Sessions Highlights

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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A packed schedule of technical sessions complemented the special events, exhibit hall, training courses and other offerings at SSPC Coatings+ 2019.

Beginning early Monday morning and running through Thursday afternoon, presentations touched on best surface prep and application practices, concrete coating considerations, failure investigations, specialty function coatings, insights from the Latin American and Asian markets and more.

Up for Debate: A Faux Failure

“Exploring Differing Views on Causes of Coating Failures,” formerly known as “Agree to Disagree,” was once again as entertaining as it was informative. The annual session presents a hypothetical coating failure as the audience receives clues from the moderator, and a panel of role players—representing the coating manufacturer, contractor and specifier—argue about who is ultimately at fault. Each year, a different failure scenario is presented, and it’s always standing room only.

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“Exploring Differing Views on Causes of Coating Failures,” formerly known as “Agree to Disagree,” was once again as entertaining as it was informative. The annual session presents a hypothetical coating failure as the audience receives clues from the moderator, and a panel of role players—representing the coating manufacturer, contractor and specifier — argue about who is ultimately at fault.

Dudley Primeaux of Primeaux Associates Inc., moderated this year’s installment on Tuesday morning, which involved a coating failure on a concrete tank floor at a ficticious company called “Cheeseworks” in Blister City, USA (just a few miles from Delaminationville).

Primeaux played the disgruntled owner repeatedly harping on the fact that this tank must go back into service ASAP—his delivery trucks were on their way and he’ll be out of business by tomorrow if his cheese factory can’t fulfill its obligations—and threatening to involve his attorney, “WeCollectAll.”

Chris Farschon of GPI played the coating supplier, “ProSurface,” whose thick-film coating (ProSurface P226) had developed blisters and discoloration during application over a polyurethane primer. Gabe Gonzales of Vigor Industrial played the contractor from “I’m The Guy” contracting company, and Gunnar Ackx of Scicon Worldwide played the specifier from “I-InspectitAll.”

Bridge Presentation Gets President’s Pick

One of Wednesday morning’s Bridge sessions earned an extra distinction, as SSPC President Garry Manous chose “Putting the Pieces Together: Integrating Steel Repairs with Bridge Painting Projects,” from Kevin Keith of The LiRO Group as this year’s President’s Lecture Series Award Winner.

 

Keith explained how when bridge painting contracts include steel repairs, contractors and subcontractors from separate trades often need to work together to install both steel repairs and protective coatings together as a system to perform as intended. He outlined the lessons learned as a resident engineer with experience managing major bridge painting and steel repair contracts simultaneously, giving guidance on testing and inspection procedures, contingency plans for project changes, scheduling tips and other advice.

More on this session can be found in Keith’s January JPCL feature.

50-Year Vet Gives Fireproofing Facts

“What You Always Wanted to Know About Fireproofing,” by Ben Fultz of Bechtel covered the basics such as the difference between the terms “fireproofing” and “fire resistive.” He explained standards that govern the testing and utilization of passive fireproofing materials and standards that define fire resistance, including ASTM test procedures, National Fire Protection Association, UL and more. Materials described ranged from concrete to lightweight concrete with insulation aggregates, intumescents, insulation and blankets.

“What You Always Wanted to Know About Fireproofing,” by Ben Fultz of Bechtel covered the basics such as the difference between the terms “fireproofing” and “fire resistive.”

Fultz has over 50 years of experience in materials engineering, primarily in coatings and linings, reinforced plastics, elastomers, insulation, fireproofing, refractories, nonmetallic and metallic construction materials and corrosion mitigation. Fultz has been published in JPCL many times and was profiled in the 2012 special issue as a “JPCL Top Thinker.” 

Conversations on Concrete

For the first time, sessions on concrete coatings were available in two languages—English and Spanish.

Monday morning’s Concrete track included Tom Murphy of VP Marketing LLC presenting, “Texture Standards for Concrete Coatings,” an in-depth review of SSPC’s newly released Concrete Coating Texture Standard (SSPC-CTS 1).

CTS 1 incudes a written standard for classification of concrete floor coating textures based on the height of the coating texture, and a companion set of plastic comparator coupons to be used as a tactile aid when determining the desired coating texture. Murphy, chair of the SSPC committee tasked with creating CTS 1, filled the audience in on the ways the new standard can be applied to the industrial coatings field, stressing that the new standard is not to be used a compliance verification tool.

The concrete coatings talk continued in Spanish on Thursday morning with “Corrosion del Concreto” (“Corrosion of Concrete”) by Guillermo Loayza of Productos Setmix. Covering the basics behind the corrosion process and protection mechanisms for concrete structures, the presentation was one of Coatings+ 2019’s inaugural Latin America sessions, which also featured Spanish-language discussions on certifications, new technologies and other concerns from the Latin American coatings community.

 

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Associations; Conferences; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America; SSPC; SSPC Coatings+ 2019

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