Inspection Conference 2020

Inspection Conference 2020


 

JOIN THESE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT THE 2020 INSPECTION CONFERENCE

Join us for the inaugural Inspection Conference and bring your business to the next level

Our Sponsors:


American Institute of Nondestructive Testing


Our Exhibitors:

 

JANUARY 21-23, 2020
Houston, Texas

Examining Ways to Improve the Inspections Industry

Be among the first to attend the inaugural Inspection Conference, where experts from the American Welding Society (AWS), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), and NACE International (The Corrosion Society), join forces on a comprehensive array of topics common to corrosion engineering, nondestructive testing, steel construction and welding inspectors.

Learn tips, technology and resources to improve the quality of your plans, drawings and documentation, visual inspections, procedures and testing processes.


OFFICIAL MEDIA SPONSORS
Welding Journal
Inspection Trends

AWS CONTACT

CaLae Browne
979 676.1075
cbrowne@aws.org


Hyatt Regency Hotel

1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Hyatt Regency Houston



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Interested in Exhibiting?

Exhibiting at an AWS event will put your products and services in front of your target audience

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Keynote Speaker

Keni Thomas

Staff Sergeant
The United States Army

Army

 

In the summer of 1993 Staff Sergeant Keni Thomas was deployed to Mogadishu Somalia with the 3rd Ranger Battalion as part of an elite special operations package called Task Force Ranger. Their mission was to find and capture a criminal warlord named Mohammed Farrah Aidid.

On the 3rd of October, Keni and his fellow rangers distinguished themselves in an eighteen hour fire-fight that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie “Black Hawk Down”. Nineteen Americans gave their lives and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat seen by US troops since WWII.

Keni Thomas

A powerful speaker, Keni captivates audiences from beginning to end as he tells the incredible story of extraordinary individuals and how they fought to bring each other home. Drawing from his experiences on the battlefield, Keni inspires people to achieve greatness by stressing the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself. His message of “Train as you fight – Fight as you train and Lead By Example” epitomizes the Ranger motto “Rangers Lead the Way!”

Keni sums it up like this, “Leadership has never been about the rank or the position you hold. It’s about the example you set. There are people to your left and to your right who are counting on you and its up to you to deliver. But you will only be as good as you prepared yourself to be.”

After Mogadishu, Staff Sergeant Thomas volunteered for one more enlistment in the Army. He became an assistant team leader for a six-man ranger reconnaissance team. He earned his master parachutist rating with over 400 military free fall jumps. He completed the Special Forces Combat Diver course, became an Advanced EMT and was one of ten Americans to complete the Belgium Commando Course.

Keni got out of the Army to pursue his music career and now works full-time as an award winning country music recording artist and songwriter in Nashville. He and his band Cornbread were featured in the movie “Sweet Home Alabama” and his music can be heard on country stations nationwide. Keni continued to serve our troops with regular tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.



Inspection Conference 2020

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE


TUESDAY / January 21st

• Registration Opens 2pm – 5pm
• Exhibit Set Up 2pm – 5pm

WEDNESDAY / January 22nd

• Registration 7am – 5pm
• Exhibit Hours TBD
• Program 8am – 5pm

THURSDAY / January 23rd

• Registration 7am – noon
• Exhibit Hours TBD
• Program 8am – 5pm
• Exhibitor Tear Down TBD


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

CONFERENCE TOPICS


• Inspection Fundamentals
• Roles of QA/QC
• Non Destructive Testing
• Corrosion and Inspection Plan Development
• Inspection Careers
• Visual Defect and Remote Inspections
• Inspection Documentation
• Advanced Ultrasonic Testing
• Welding, NDT and Coating Procedures
• Inspection Auditing
• Welding Design Fundamentals
• Steel Structural Bolting
• Coating Inspection
 
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

John Pariseau, American Institute of Nondestructive Testing
John Pariseau
American Institute of Nondestructive Testing

Kimberley Hayes

Kimberley Hayes
Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas

Brent Boling, Arc-Tech Welding/Arc-Tech Inspections
Brent Boling
Arc-Tech Welding/Arc-Tech Inspections
Calvin Pepper, Southeastern Louisiana University
Calvin Pepper
Southeastern Louisiana University
ATTENDEE PRICING

CONFERENCE ATTENDEE PRICING


AWS Conference Attendee Pricing

REGISTRATION INCLUDES
• Morning and Afternoon Breaks
• 1 Lunch
• 2 Drink Tickets to Exhibitor Happy Hour

TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS
Now Accepting Abstracts >
• Full Program by TBD
• Up to — PDH Hours earned

Member

Early Bird (Before August 1) $450
Regular $550
Booth Attendant* $375
Student $75
 

* Access to exhibit hall and networking events only.

Registration Now Open >


All cancellations MUST BE IN WRITING. If you cancel 35 DAYS PRIOR to the conference you will receive a refund of 50%. If you cancel from 34 DAYS to 3 DAYS PRIOR to the conference you will receive a refund of 10%. NO REFUNDS will be given 3 DAYS or less prior to the conference.
HOTEL / VENUE

Hyatt Regency Hotel

+1 713 6544.1234

1200 Louisiana Street | Houston, Texas 77002


Centered in the heart of downtown Houston, Hyatt Regency Houston is an iconic hotel within walking distance of events at the Convention Center, Toyota Center and Minute Maid Stadium. With an inside entrance to the 7-mile downtown tunnel system, you can easily get to your meeting or have a taste of Houston’s unique culinary scene. Our amenities include over 71,000 square feet of meeting space, a heated outdoor pool, three onsite dining options, and the most personalized and caring service in Downtown.

Take in stunning downtown views in each of the sleek 955 guestrooms and suites that feature brand new Hyatt Grand Beds™. Hyatt Regency Houston offers business travelers, large groups, and families, contemporary amenities in spacious and clean lodging. The award-winning housekeeping team will make you feel it’s good not to be home with all your unique room features full of free amenities and exclusive perks.

Hyatt Regency Houston

Hyatt Regency Houston

Hyatt Regency Houston

 

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

Interested in Exhibiting with AWS

EXHIBITS

$950 per 8×10′ space includes:
(Limit of 60*)
• One Booth Attendant and one full conference registration
• One tent card displaying your company name
• Company name listed on Conference website
• Company name listed in program
• Recognition on Exhibit “Thank You” sign prominently displayed at event


Register to Exhibit >

View Inspection Conference 2020 Floorplan >

Why Exhibit with AWS?

Exhibiting with the American Welding Society gives more exposure to your company among vendors in the welding industry. It enables you to establish name recognition and product identity amidst competitors. Our events bring qualified and professional individuals interested in the welding trade right to you. This provides a valuable crossroad enabling your business to increase their sales and forge new partnerships. Participating in AWS Conferences allow you to network with industry peers to find the best solutions for business growth and obtain broader access to lenders within different fields of the welding industry.

AWS Conferences

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS strives to move the industry forward in both thought and action, as well as inspire new generations to see the exciting career opportunities available today. AWS conferences set the stage for new ideas, products and technology through interactive exhibits, educational programming, and networking opportunities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EXHIBITING OPPORTUNITIES

CaLae Browne
979 676.1075 | cbrowne@aws.org


 

SPONSORSHIPS

Key Sponsor – $5500

(Limit of 5*)
Benefits Include:
• Includes 8 x 10 exhibit space
• Branding on Conference signage
• 4 full-conference registrations
• Opportunity to distribute your company’s product literature to all attendees
• Company logo, listing, and link on the conference Web site Welcome page and in promotional e-mails
• Acknowledgement as the Key Event Sponsor
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by November 1, 2019)

Each booth will receive:
• Table top to display promotional materials
• Two chairs
• One waste basket
• One tent card with company name

Lanyard Sponsorship – $1000 – SOLD OUT

(Exclusive*)
Benefits Include:
• Company name on lanyard* Production is not included.
• Company recognition on “Thank You” signage at the conference
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by November 1, 2019)
• Company name and link displayed on conference website
* Sponsor responsible for providing lanyard. Lanyard must be approved by AWS Conference Director.

Registration Sponsorship – $1,500

(Exclusive*)
Benefits Include:
• Exclusive sponsor of registration with signage recognition throughout duration of event
• Company logos displayed on registration touch screens during event
• Opportunity to provide a giveaway item to each attendee at registration
• Company recognition on one easel sign by registration desk
• Recognition as sponsor on “Thank You” signage at event and mentioned in the technical program
• Company name displayed on conference website
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by November 1, 2019)
* Sponsor responsible for providing giveaway item. Giveaway item must be approved by AWS. Sponsor may choose to ship giveaway item to AWS HQ by January 1, 2020, or sponsor can bring item to conference for distribution.

Refreshment Break Sponsorship – $1,200

(Limit of 5*)
Benefits Include:
• Company name and logo on signage placed at refreshment break area for duration of the break (sponsor’s choice of days available on a first come, first served basis)
• Opportunity to provide a giveaway item to attendees during selected break
• Recognition as sponsor on “Thank You” signage at event and mentioned in the technical program
• Company name displayed on conference website
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by November 1, 2019)
* Sponsor responsible for providing giveaway item and must provide onsite at the event prior to the start of break. Giveaway items must be approved by AWS HQ. Sponsorship must be sold by December 2019 for fulfillment.

Pen Sponsorship – $750

(Exclusive*)
Benefits Include:
• Company name on pens distributed to all attendees *Production is not included
• Company recognition on “Thank You” signage at the conference
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by November 1, 2019)
• Company name displayed on conference website
* Sponsor responsible for 800 providing pens.

Notebook Sponsorship – $1,500

(Limit of 4*)
Benefits Include:
• Company logo imprinted (one color) on the front cover of conference notebook, which will be distributed to attendees at registration
• Recognition as sponsor on “Thank You” signage at event and mentioned in the technical program
• Company name displayed on conference website
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by October 1, 2019)
* Sponsorship includes production of 800 notebooks. Sponsorship must be sold by October 1, 2019 for fulfillment.

Headshot Station – $2,500

(Exclusive*)
Benefits Include:
• Company logo on online Photo Album where attendees will go to download their headshot post show.
• Prominent logo visibility in the headshot station located in headshot station
• Recognition as sponsor on “Thank You” signage at event and Final Program
• Company name displayed on conference website
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by November 1, 2019)

Bag Sponsor – $1,000 – SOLD OUT

(Exclusive*)
Benefits Include:
• Company logo on tote bag* given to each attendee. Production is not included
• Opportunity to provide a giveaway item* in each bag
• Company recognition on “Thank You” signage at the conference
• Company name displayed on conference website
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by November 1, 2019)
* Sponsor responsible for providing tote bags and giveaway item. Tote bags and giveaway item must be approved by AWS. Sponsor may choose to ship giveaway item to AWS by December 15, 2019, or sponsor can bring item to conference for distribution.

Water Stations – $1,000

(Exclusive*)
Benefits Include:
• Ten water stations with an easel back sign that includes your company name and logo on top of each water barrel
• Company logo on all cups at each water station. Production of paper cups is included.
• Recognition on sponsor “Thank You” signage at event
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by November 1, 2019)
* Sponsorship must be sold by November 1, 2019, in order to fulfill all items above.

Final Program Sponsor – $1,000

(Limit of 2*)
Benefits Include:
• Company logo in the printed Final Program to be distributed to all attendees.
• Option to choose back cover or front inside cover ad position of the Final Program. Sponsor is responsible for providing artwork by November 1, 2019. (full page color ad)
• Recognition as sponsor on “Thank You” signage at event
• Company name on conference website
* Placement of ad is on first come, first serve basis.

Early Morning Coffee Sponsor – $1,200

(Limit of 2*)
Benefits Include:
• Company name and logo on signage placed at refreshment break area for duration of the break (sponsor’s choice of days available on a first come, first served basis)
• Opportunity to provide a giveaway item to attendees during selected break
• Recognition as sponsor on “Thank You” signage at event and mentioned in the technical program
• Company name displayed on conference website
• Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by November 1, 2019)
* Sponsor responsible for providing giveaway item and must provide onsite at the event prior to the start of break. Giveaway items must be approved by AWS HQ. Sponsorship must be sold by December 2019 for fulfillment.

Conference Party Sponsor – $5,000

(Limit of 2*)
Benefits Include:
• Branding at Party
• Branded napkins
• 30 drink tickets for each sponsor
• Company name on drink tickets given to each attendee
• Branding on all event materials as Conference Party Sponsor
• 3 Passes to Conference Party

Wifi Sponsor – $5,000

(Exclusive*)
Benefits Include:
• Choice of WIFI password
• Branding on login page
• Branded wifi cards
• Choose landing page after logging in
• Branding on all event materials as Wi-Fi sponsor

 

Register for a Sponsorship >

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

CaLae Browne
979 676.1075 | cbrowne@aws.org



ATTENDEE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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