2 week CWI Seminar

Modern Pipe Welding Conference 2020

Modern Pipe Welding Virtual Conference

Registration closes Tuesday, September 29th at 8:00am EDT


Modern Pipe Welding Conference 2020

The Future is NOW!

SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2020 – 100% VIRTUAL


Registration Is Open!
The pipe welding and fitting industry has experienced evolutions in both technology and business practices, especially as we adjust to a new normal. In this new, post-pandemic construction environment, the pace of business will accelerate quickly. To be more competitive, business owners, contractors and fabricators are taking advantage of this time to evaluate their business models, determine what works and modify what needs to be changed.

Registration closes Tuesday, September 29th at 8:00am EDT

Renowned Subject Matter Experts & Industry Leaders will share their knowledge of reliable, economical and progressive approaches that are being implemented on all aspects of pipe welding, across a broad spectrum of industry applications today.

This two-day conference will review recent developments in the tools, processes, procedures and best practices of our industry. We will discuss what’s new and innovative, what’s available for use right now and how to apply these concepts in our own practices.

Stay apace with the industry and earn up to 18 PDH credits.

Laser Scanning
Sub-Arc Additive Manufacturing
Laser Scan of Piping System

Presentations by Renowned Subject Matter Experts & Industry Leaders


  • Welding
  • Materials
  • Inspection and NDE
  • Heat Treatment
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Scanning & Modeling
    • Data Management and Analytics
    • Digital Twins
    • Digital Inspections
    • Remote Connectivity & Collaboration
    • Remote Collaboration
  • Planning & Execution
  • Procurement & Sourcing
  • Training

Modern Pipe Welding Virtual Conference



TUESDAY / September 29th
10:40am – 6:00pm Sessions



WEDNESDAY / September 30th
10:40am – 5:30pm Sessions








10:40 am EST Matchbox Interface Tutorial
10:45 – 10:55 am Opening Remarks – Program Chair Gary Lewis – Lewis Reliability Resources
10:55 – 11:20 am Welcome – AWS Update / Pipe Automation Gary Konarska – AWS CEO
11:20 am – 11:55 pm Project Execution in a Changing Market Mike Lang – Arc Services
12:00 – 12:30 pm Community Based Training in Welding Brandon Mabile – ABC / Performance
12:30 – 12:40 pm BREAK
12:40 – 1:00 pm Root Pass Options: Back to the Future Bill Newell – Euroweld / Newell & Assoc
1:00 – 1:30 pm Pipeline – High Productivity Solutions Sam Phillips – Lincoln Electric
1:30 – 2:00 pm K-TIG – The Fastest Way to Weld Bill Kelly – K-TIG
2:00 – 2:30 pm New Onshore Internal Welding Clamp Technology Stephan Faucher – Serimax
2:30 – 2:55 pm Petrochem Duplex Failure Analysis Charles “Pat” Patrick – The Welding Consultant
3:00 – 3:30 pm LIVE Roundtable: Automation and Technology: Adapt or Die Panelists: Lewis, Konarska, Glass and Alford
3:40 – 4:05 pm Pipe and Tube Welding in Power Plants Sam Goodwin – Bremco
4:10 – 4:30 pm Power Piping: Large Branch Connections Thomas Sambor – Electric Power Research Institute
4:30 – 5:00 pm Fabrication – Internal Oxidation Walt Sperko – Sperko Engineering
5:00 – 5:30 pm Supply Chain – EPC Fabrication Jeff Houtz (Constructing Supply Change) & John Richard (Turner Industries)
5:30 – 6:00 pm Wrap – Up






10:45 am EST Welcome Back – Conference Advisor Bill Newell – Euroweld / Newell & Associates
11:00 – 11:30 am Keynote: Life Management and Fitness for Service Jeff Henry – Combustion Engineering Solutions
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Simulation of Weld Performance Ian Perrin – Triaxis Power
12:00 – 12:30 pm Advanced Facilities Inspection Jon Cavote – UDC
12:30 – 1:00 pm Acoustic Emission Monitoring for HEP Nicholas Grigas – Mistras
1:00 – 1:10 pm BREAK
1:10 – 1:40 pm Field Heat Treatment Advancements Alex Finch – Stork
1:40 – 2:10 pm Heat Treatment Economics and Training Gerry McWeeney – Energy Resource Institute
2:10 – 2:40 pm Alternative Weld Methods and Procedure Qualification CSEF Steel John Siefert – Energy Resource Institute
2:40 – 3:10 pm LIVE Roundtable: Supply Chain Challenges Panelists: Newell, Stoll, Lang and Houtz
3:10 – 3:40 pm Roadmap to Self-Performing: Orbital & Heat Treatment Applications Lori Kuiper – Red-D-Arc
3:40 – 4:10 pm Automation Planning Solutions Dan Allford – Arc Specialties
4:10 – 4:40 pm Pipeline Data and Digital Twins Randall Stremmel – OSO
4:40 – 5:10 pm Open Root Welding / Additive Manufacturing John Stoll – Arc Specialties
5:10 – 5:40 pm Digital Collaboration Tools in Construction Martijn Glass – Stork
5:40 pm Wrap – Up


Conference Committee Chairs

Gary Lewis


President, Lewis Reliability Resources

Gary LewisGary is a 1982 Industrial Engineering Graduate from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.

He began his career in the Air Compressor Group of Ingersoll-Rand Company, developing and providing engineered equipment solutions to Industrial Owners and Contractors around the world.

Mr. Lewis joined Miller Electric in 2000 as the Director of Business Development, to help establish and launch a new business, focusing on customer driven Welding and integrated product solutions, including a revolutionary introduction of induction heating technology for field heat treatment.

In 2006 Gary joined Superheat FGH, as Global Director of Business Development and Innovation; collaborating with Industry experts, Power Companies, Refiners, Engineering Contractors, and Fabricators to revolutionize and improve Quality and Awareness of Field Heat Treatment as an essential variable in welding and life management strategies.

As President of Lewis Reliability Resources, he is now connecting Technical Resources in Engineering, Welding, Material Science and NDE to Energy Owners, Contractors and Fabricators where knowledge, expertise and resources are diminishing to retirement, restructuring, downsizing and lost knowledge.

Gary is a member of AWS, ASME, ASM and the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

John Stoll


ARC Specialties

John StollMr. Stoll is currently with ARC Specialties of Houston as an outside sales application engineering representative. He has served as an application engineer, and strategic accounts manager, for 6 years with voestalpine Bohler Welding North America after retiring from Lincoln Electric-Metrode Products Ltd. with 27 years of service, the last 5 years as the North American Manager of Alloy Sales.

His experience also includes time spent with Cameron Iron Works, BOC Consumables, Big 3 Industries, and H.B. Zachry. His extensive experience in the petrochemical industry includes assisting many varied companies in the development and implementation of their welding procedures and practices.

He is a member of NACE, a life member of AWS with 40+ years of continuing service and a past AWS District 18 Director. He was elected and served on the Executive Committee of the AWS Board of Directors in 2016.

He is also a member of ASME, and serves on several API committees. He has served on the advisory boards for both San Jacinto College and Tulsa Welding School (Houston campus). He has been a judge for the Houston Livestock Show’s Ag-Mechanics contest for the past 20 years and continues to do so.

He has developed, produced, and conducted at least two Welding Symposiums per year, for the past 15 years, for the greater Gulf Coast area. In addition to the educational aspect, these conferences have allowed QA/QC management, Welding Engineers, and Sr. Welding personnel a chance to meet and discuss common industry challenges. These Symposiums have included some of our industry’s leading authorities sharing their experience and wisdom pertaining to the betterment of our welding industry. As a bonus, PDH credit hours have been awarded to the participants.

In addition, by request, Mr. Stoll has developed and presented specialized training seminars to a number of engineering companies and their staffs for Petro-Chemical Companies, Refineries, and Power Producers, as well as their fabricators. These presentations were tailored to the customer’s specific requirements, from basic stick electrode knowledge, to the effects of post weld heat treating of Chrome-Molly steels, to the use of drones in field inspection.

Bill Newell


President, Newell & Associates

William F. NewellInvolved in welding engineering applications and consulting for over 40 years, both domestic and internationally. Graduated from The Ohio State University in Welding Engineering and holds an International Welding Engineer diploma. A Professional Engineer in Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas plus Alberta, Canada.

Life Member & Counselor – American Welding Society, Chair of AWS D10; Member on ISO/TC 44, Member on ASME Section IX – Welding and Brazing Qualifications, Former Chair of ASME SCII/IX Subgroup on Strength of Weldments, and member ASME SCII Working Group on Creep Strength-Enhanced Ferritic Steels.

President of W. F. Newell & Associates, Inc., a firm that specializes in welding codes, application and processes; plus Co-Founder/Vice President – Engineering of Euroweld, Ltd. providing a variety of specialty welding consumables, training and consulting.


Innovative Products • Processes • Practices
Greetings Industry Giants!
Welcome to our NEW Reality!

Your American Welding Society is excited to present a two-day seminar on all aspects of Pipe Welding. This seminar has been designed to help you, your welding team mates, and your customers take advantage of technology’s developments across a broad spectrum of industries and applications. Attendees will see what’s new, what’s innovative, what others are doing, and most importantly, what’s available for your use right now. In these changing times, the pace of business will be accelerated and having the right tools will be essential in this new post-pandemic construction environment. Not only to compete, but to prosper.

The future you have been waiting for is here today.

In order to be more competitive, many are using this time to look back, evaluate what worked, what didn’t, and what needs to be changed. As we retool and gear up for the world’s pipe welding requirements, let’s all take advantage of developments our industry has made to maintain global leadership, self-sufficiency, while aspiring to the highest levels of Quality, Safety and Value.

Some of you were forced to lay-off or furlough your most knowledgeable, experienced, or skilled workers. When we go back to work, who is going to do all of the work? Those with many years of your company’s cultural experience, special training, or with advanced skills may decide not to return to YOUR company, or maybe they have moved on to other industries. Regardless, you won’t have the pool of talent to call upon when you are ready to tackle the next job. This applies to engineers, job superintendents, welders, QA personnel, and the skilled crafts.

It’s time to rethink how you and your company will do business in this altered climate. It is time to explore new processes, procedures, and practices that have been developed and proven, but maybe not utilized in the past, because of the attitude; “We have always done it this away!”

Our presenters will share their knowledge of the most reliable time saving (man hours) progressive procedures, processes, and practices in industry today. Each speaker will bring his/her “A” game to share with you and your team, hopefully giving ideas of how to implement one or more of these “ideas” into your company’s business strategy plan for upcoming business.

There is no substitution for experience, but sometimes we can use new tools to make the job easier given limitations we face in our particular situations. Think about it!

Thank You,
The Organizing Committee


Videos or Ads* – $450

Benefits Include:
• Company Video (2 min) or Ads during the conference
• Company name and link displayed on conference website
• Company recognition on “Thank You” signage
* Sponsorship must be sold by September 14, 2020 for fulfillment.

Company Logo – $250

Benefits Include:
• Company logo during the conference
• Company name and link displayed on conference website
• Company recognition on “Thank You” signage
* Sponsorship must be sold by September 14, 2020 for fulfillment



Alina Blanco
305-443-9353 x218 | ablanco@aws.org



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