SSPC 2018 Boasts Session, Exhibition Variety


This year’s SSPC conference, to be held today (Jan. 15) through Thursday, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans, is set to shed light on topics from surface preparation to coating inspection, safety to leadership, with four days filled with educational sessions, exhibits and some friendly competition.


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 to note include:

  • Coating Types — 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 — 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 Topics include “New, Revised, or Repealed Regulations and Actions Impacting the Industrial Painting Industry,” presented Monday by Alison Kaelin of ABKaelin LLC, and “PCBs in Coatings,” presented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.

One-part sessions to note include:

  • Understanding Application Techniques (Monday morning);
  • Tips on Writing and Presenting a Technical Paper, presented by JPCL editors (Monday afternoon);
  • Concrete Protection Solutions (Tuesday morning);
  • Inspection: Assuring Performance and Quality (Tuesday morning);
  • Instrumentation (Wednesday morning);
  • Standards (Wednesday afternoon);
  • Leadership and Change Management, sponsored by Women in Coatings (Wednesday afternoon); 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 to note include:

  • New Technology: Coatings Inspection Instrumentation, presented Monday by Matt Fajt of KTA-Tator;
  • 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;
  • 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. Some of these include:

  • AASHTO Product Evaluation Program for Concrete Coating Systems;
  • 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.

Exhibitors & Competitions

The exhibit floor at SSPC 2018 promises approximately 140 booths featuring information and demonstrations. The exhibit hall opens at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and remains open through 3 p.m. Thursday.

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At last year's SSPC Conference, Clemco Industries demonstrated an autonomous blasting system.

Exhibitors range from coating, blasting equipment and abrasive suppliers to companies involved with containment, access and safety.

Before the conference really gets into full swing, however, SSPC 2018 will open on Sunday with the Phil Calvo Memorial Golf Tournament.

Phil Calvo, who served as a member of the Board of Governors for SSPC from 1994-2003, was a regular presence at Society events, especially those related to lead issues. Calvo, who founded containment supplier Eagle Industries, was also crucial in the development of standards for containment on lead-removal projects.

The tournament will be a four-person scramble.

In addition to the exhibit hall and golf, this year’s conference features new opportunities beyond the basics of the conference, such as the Step It Up Challenge and a golf tournament.

For those interested in the step challenge, each team will count their own steps, and at registration, individuals will receive a pedometer to measure their steps. Participants may use their own pedometer or the one provided, or an app or another activity tracker.

Teams of five can register for free by Monday. Once that is done, the team will need to assign a captain and sign up on the activity feed of the SSPC 2018 app. Tracking steps is based on the honor system and the use of individual pedometers; there should be no estimates or guesses. Teams should also post their results daily.

The competition ends on Wednesday, and a total count will be taken Thursday morning, with the winner being announced at the closing party that same evening.

More information on SSPC 2018 can be found here.


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