MegaRust 2022 Wraps in San Diego


MegaRust 2022, the American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Naval corrosion conference, came to a close on Friday (June 3) after three days of corrosion control-related proceedings at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, California.

The conference featured technical presentations, an exhibit hall, meetings, panel sessions, live demos and networking events, providing a forum for dialogue between government and commercial organizations, and providers of coatings and corrosion control products, processes, technologies and solutions. 

Event Recap

Following several invitation-only meetings on the morning of June 1, MegaRust officially kicked off with a welcome from Chairman Dave Zilber. A logistics panel followed afterward, featuring speakers Stephen Ockenhouse - FSG 80 IST Chief at DLA Troop Support; Thomas Bourgeois - Afloat HAZMAT Program Lead at NAVSUP Headquarters; Deborah Merlino - Coatings & Corrosion Logistics Manager at Vision Point Systems, Inc.; and Damien Ranero - Coatings ISEA at NSWCPD Coatings & Corrosion Engineering Branch.

Two technical sessions were hosted that afternoon, moderated by Mike Rorstad, NASSCO, and Andy Vasquez, CNRMC, respectively. Topics in these sessions included hull maintenance, remote corrosion detection, biofouling, flame retardant coating technology, atmospheric plasma and powder coatings.

On Thursday morning, ASNE Executive Director Dale Lumme gave the welcome, followed by Administrative and NAVSEA Remarks. A Corrosion Control Program Manager Training was also hosted during the day.

The Exhibit Hall also opened that morning featuring over 40 companies and booths. View a full list of exhibitors who attended here.

Throughout the day, several speakers presented topics covering Commercial Perspective, Paint Center of Excellence and Corrosion Control Community of Practice. More technical sessions covering coating systems, regulations, thermal spray and more were held that afternoon.

For this year’s live demos, MegaRust asked participants to present products under the theme of “in a small package but offers a big punch,” including handheld surface preparation tools, new safety solutions, product packaging, and single component solutions and more. This choice was due to the venue size, proximity to traffic and venue noise restrictions on blasting or spraying of coatings.

This portion of the event, held on June 2, featured live demonstrations from Atmospheric Plasma Solutions, BlastOne, Coval, Desco Mfg Company, Eddyfi Technologies, NCP Coatings Inc., Sherwin-Williams, Ship 2 Shore and SynDeck.

Rounding off Thursday, ASNE brought back its “most anticipated return” for Corrosion Control Jeopardy, hosted and moderated by Vasquez. This also included a beer-tasting networking reception.

On Friday, the Hileman Awards were presented by David Fayocavitz, followed by a Fleet Perspectives Panel moderated by Zilber. The Don Hileman Award was presented to David Fayocavitz, who has supported the Navy for 33 years as an In-Service Engineering Agent by providing leadership to a small team of engineers that provide engineering support for cathode protection systems.

After lunch, technical sessions that afternoon covered topics such as anti-corrosion covers, high-velocity oxygen fuel coatings and restoration technologies for corrosion were discussed. Working groups and other meetings continued before the conference’s conclusion.



Tagged categories: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Coatings; Coatings Technology; Conferences; Corrosion; Corrosion protection; Education; Engineers; MegaRust; NA; Networking; North America; Program/Project Management; U.S. Navy

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