Blogs (20)


A Look at Effective Quality Control Practices

by Alex Thrasher

Quality control programs and reporting are nothing new to the protective coatings ind...


Learning to Serve

by Warren Brand

When I started my corrosion mitigation consulting firm in 2010, I had one fundamental...


Coating Condition Surveys: An Overview, Part 1

by Lee Wilson

I have always expressed my concerns in regard to the health and safety of offshore wo...


Normalization of Deviance

by Warren Brand

It brought down both Space Shuttles, is responsible for the disaster at Deepwater Hor...


Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

Sick building syndrome had recently emerged as a collision between efforts to make bu...


6 Fundamentals of Good Roof Design

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Roofs fail prematurely or fail to reach their rated life of approximately 20 years fo...


Steps to Assessing Concrete Structures

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

An assessment of a concrete structure to evaluate existing conditions and determine c...


A Tale of Two Clients

by Warren Brand

There’s a concept in martial arts that the first time a student sees a


A Pleasant Surprise in the Permian Basin

by Warren Brand

The three-hour drive through the scrub of the Northwestern Shelf of the Permian Basin...


Specifications: Does Anyone Still Care?

by Warren Brand

When I was nine or 10, my summers were spent with gun-toting workmen, driving around ...


Where It All Went So Wrong

by Lee Wilson

I recently returned from inspecting a high-profile gas plant being developed by a maj...


Going Beyond the ‘Good Old Boys’

by Cynthia O'Malley

Where are the women in coatings, and why aren’t there more of them?


Coating Inspectors: Are We Necessary?

by Warren Brand

Over 30 years in the industry, I’ve been on most sides of many paint issues. I’ve own...


Beyond the Cold Wall: A Penetrating Look

by Warren Brand

Thanks to everyone for reading, thinking about and commenting on my last blog on the ...


Techie Trials and Paper Tigers

by Simon Hope

Life is great, things progress, and every day a shiny new techno-toy arrives to make ...


Dirty Secrets of the ‘Q’ Word

by Simon Hope

Having dispensed with human competence, can we hope for any better from its inanimate...


Revelations of the Magic Hammer

by Tim Race

Ever hear anyone state with great authority that you can't know what surface preparat...


‘I’m Simply Painting Some Concrete…’

by Burt Olhiser

Coating new concrete is a simple matter, correct? All you need to do is use a manufac...


New Tools Stuck in Old-School Ways

by Tim Race

In 1973, I was playing baseball for Parkside High School Eagles with Tony Dungy. That...


Communicating about Quality in Painting Work

by Burt Olhiser

Some paint jobs are recipes for disaster-for both the contractor and the facility own...


 
 
   

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