JPCL Releases 2023 Readers’ Choice Winners


Winners of the 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards, which honor the authors of the top articles chosen by JPCL readership over the past year, were unveiled in the latest bimonthly issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings. Over 800 JPCL readers cast their votes through an online survey, selecting their favorite articles across several categories.

For the seventh annual Reader’s Choice Awards, JPCL readers were encouraged to vote for their favorite articles published between January 2023 and December 2023. The articles from the year were classified into four categories:

  • Coatings and Materials;
  • Process Technology;
  • Standards and Best Practices; and
  • Projects and Performance.

The winners were published in JPCL’s new, bimonthly March and April issue, also coinciding with JPCL's 40th anniversary. 

Winning Articles

In the Coatings and Materials category, the winner is “Large-Diameter Pipe Relining Cost Prediction,” by Bobbi Jo Merten, Matthew Elmer and Mustapha Alhassan, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Technical Center; and Todd Gaston, Westwater Research.

The first runner-up was “Examining a New U.S.-Made Abrasive,” by Jonathan Bernard, Harsco Environmental. “Selecting Protective Coatings for Wind Turines at Sea,” by James Lawson, Carboline Company, was also awarded the honorable mention in this category.

“Automating Shipyards, Part II: Environmental benefits Confirmed,” by Christian Favennec, Naval Group; Stéphane Renouard, AMBPR; Jean-Marc Quenez, French Navy Fleet Support Services; and Fabien Guillemot and Hubert Vincent, Damen Shiprepair won the Process Technology award.

Honorable mentions included  “Taking the Shock Out of Electric Vehicle battery Production Faclities: How Electrostatic Dissipative Flooring Protects Plants, Personnel and Profits,” by Casey Ball, Sherwin-Williams High Performance Flooring and Eugene Geisz, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine; and “Back to the Future: Part 1: Tank Lining Applications Using Robotics and AI,” by Norm Spence and Ahmed Kawar, BSc., Confined Space Robotics; Mike O’Donoghue, Ph. D., and Vijay Datta, MS Chem. Eng., AkzoNobel.

In the Standards and Best Practices category, first place went to “Maintaining Modern Bridge Coating Systems,” by J. Peter Ault, Kimmer Cline and Eric Shoyer, KTA-Tator, Inc. “When Flooring Coatings Go Wrong: How to Safeguard Against Flooring Failures and Respond Effectively When They Strike,” by Mark Merrifild, Sherwin-Williams High Performance Flooring; and “Fit for Purpose: Inspecting In-Service Aged Passive Fire Protection,” by Chris Fyfe, FiCorr SCCI received honorable mention awards.

Finally, “The Future of Water Tank Interiors: The Recoating of the Norma Marshall Reservoir,” by Paul Trautmann and Josh Skinner, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine, took first place in the Projects and Performance category

The first runner-up was awarded to “Zap! Laser Cleaning on BART’s Transbay tube Retrofit,” by Robert Ikenberry, California Engineering Contractors; with Jim Healy, California Engineering Contractors; Ethan Standen, Shimmick Construction; and Mark Stewart, Stewart Consulting Solutions, followed by “A Wild Time: Repainting a Water Tank at the Detroit Zoo,” by Mike Moran, Protective Coatings Epoxy Systems; and Gordon Brinker, PPG Protective & Marine Coatings.

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