Inspection Expo & Conference (IEC) 2022

February 23-25, 2022

Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas



Location
Hotel Drover
Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Stock Yards


AWS Contact
Martica Ventura



IEC HOST
American Welding Society


OFFICIAL MEDIA SPONSORS

Welding Journal
Inspection Trends

Overview

The Inspection Expo & Conference 2022, where experts from the American Welding Society, American Institute of Steel Construction and Nondestructive Testing Management Association, join forces on a comprehensive array of topics related to nondestructive testing, steel construction, and welding inspectors.

Meet industry experts and learn about key advancements in your field all while making connections that can boost your career and keep your business on the cutting edge.

 
 
IEC
SUPPORTING
SPONSOR
Nondestructive Testing Management Association
IEC
CO-SPONSOR
American Institute of Steel Construction
Inspection Expo & Conference
 

 

keynote speaker


Greg Wooldridge
Greg “BOSS” Wooldridge

Former Commanding Officer

Blue Angels

 
Read Bio

Greg "BOSS" WooldridgeGreg “Boss” Wooldridge is the only commanding officer to lead The Blue Angels for three separate tours. He was first selected because of his demonstrated ability to build teams where communication, trust and team work took precedence over rank and status. His heart-driven approach proved a perfect match for the Blue Angel’s culture of excellence, and he was called back to lead 2 more teams through times of difficult transition. Since his success with the Blues, Greg has been inspired to share his methods in order to empower individuals and teams on their journey toward High Performance.

Greg "BOSS" WooldridgeFrom the very start of his career in the Navy, Greg was immersed in the building of great teams. In flight candidate school he learned from the camaraderie of his class, an emotion that elevated individuals by first elevating the performance of the team. Later, acting as a commander of a carrier squadron, Greg discovered that teams which drive toward something greater than themselves unlock an ability to perform at extreme levels.

And finally, when he was selected as the commanding officer of the Blue Angels, The Navy’s – and the world’s – premiere flight demonstration squadron, Greg Wooldridge experienced what it was like to take one’s dreams and beliefs on an upward spiral, into the beyond.

“Effective leadership is about setting the tone of success. With the Blue Angels, that tone was one of appreciation and gratitude that activated a mindset that led to High Performance.” – Greg “BOSS” Wooldridge


organizing committee


John Pariseau
John Pariseau

Conference Chair

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing

 
Read Bio
American Institute of Nondestructive Testing

John Pariseau is the Director of Technical Operations at the American Institute of Nondestructive Testing the premier NDT training facility in the United States. He is an AWS SCWI, CRI, ASNT Level III in UT, RT, MT, PT and VT, NACE CIP Level 3, SSPC PCI Level 3 and ICC Master Special Inspector.

He has over 25 years of experience in NDT, Welding Engineering, Industrial Coatings and Materials Testing. His past positions include lead inspector and subject matter expert for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Welding and Metallurgy Technical Center of Expertise, Senior Inspector for the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou China, Fabrication Inspector for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Senior NDT Technician for AECOM.

He currently serves on AWS’s Qualification & Certification Committee, B1 Methods of Inspection Committee, ASNT’s Standards Development Committee, and the ASTM E07 Nondestructive Testing and E36 Accreditation & Certification committees.


VIEW MORE ORGANIZERS

Scott Witkowski
Scott Witkowski

Vice President

Republic Testing Laboratories, LLC

Read Bio
Republic Testing Laboratories

Scott Witkowski is currently the Vice President of Republic Testing Laboratories. He has 30 years of experience in welding industry. He was the President & Founder of Maverick Testing Laboratories, the largest Independent Welder & Materials Testing Laboratory in the United States. Scott is a member of the following associations American Welding Society (AWS), ASME and API.

Ricky Morgan
Ricky Morgan

ASNT NDT Level III + AWS CWI

FlawTech

Read Bio
FlawTech

Ricky L. Morgan is the Vice President of FlawTech America, LLC.in Concord, North Carolina USA. He has over 33 years of experience in providing NDT Inspections to the Amusement Park, Construction, Infrastructure, Marine, Petro-chemical and Power Industries. He was integral to the evaluation of hundreds of Buildings in the Los Angeles area after the 1994 Earth Quake. Some of his most recent landmark projects include the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Las Vegas High Roller, Disney Star Wars “Galaxy’s Edge for both Parks and the New Rams/Charger Stadium. He is a Past President and Chairperson of ASNT. He is currently serving on the Section Operations Council, Infrastructure Committee, Ultrasonic Committee, GPR Committee, Technician Advisory Committee and the SNT-TC-1A Review Committee and others. He has received the ASNT Lou DeValerio Technician of the Year Award in 1998, ASNT Fellow in 2003, ASNT Mentoring Award in 2009 and the ASNT Phillip D. Johnson Honorary Member Award in 2016. He is a 25-year member of the American Welding Society and CWI since 1996. He is also a member of the British Institute for NDT.




Brent Boling
Brent Boling

President

Arc-Tech Welding / ArcTech Inspection

Read Bio
Arc-Tech Welding Inspection

President of Arc-Tech Welding, Inc/Arc-Tech Welding Inspections since 1996. A career in welding beginning in 1975 has included many changes in position, location, and responsibilities. A certified welder and a Certified Welding Inspector. AWS CWI and Bolting, ICC Structural Steel Welding and Bolting, and ASNT VT & MT Level II certifications. AWS/AZ Section Chairman and Certification Committee Chairman 2010-2015. AWS Qualification and Certification Committee sub-committee, B1 Committee on Methods of Inspection, and IEC organizing committee. Author of several articles in AWS Inspections Trends.

Cal Pepper
Calvin E. Pepper

Senior Consultant

C. E. Pepper & Associates

Read Bio

Cal Pepper is the owner and senior consultant at C. E. Pepper & Associates in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has over 40 years of engineering, project management, and quality management experience both within the U.S. and abroad. He currently serves as District 9 Director on the AWS Board of Directors, as well as a member of both the AWS Handbook and Q&C Committee. Mr. Pepper has over 30 publications in project and quality topics, as well as having presented multiple technical topics at international conferences.

Mr. Pepper is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Louisiana State University in Nuclear Engineering, is a CWI, certified by ASQ as a Certified Quality Auditor, and by ASNT ACCP as VT Level II. He is a Life Member of AWS and a recipient of the AWS Honorary Member and Distinguished Member Awards.




Organizer Placeholder
Richard D. Campbell

Bechtel Fellow & Welding Technical Specialist

Bechtel

Read Bio
Bechtel

Richard Campbell is a Bechtel Fellow with Bechtel Corporation’s Construction Welding and NDE group. He is an AWS SCWI, a CWB Level 2 Welding Inspector, and an ASNT NDT Level III Visual Testing Inspector. With a BS degree in Welding Engineering from LeTourneau University and a PhD in Materials Engineering from RPI, he has worked for more than 40 years in the welding industry, including construction, structures, pressure vessels, piping systems, and government projects. For 9 years he was chair of the AWS D1K Subcommittee on Stainless Steel Welding, responsible for publication of the AWS D1.6:2017 Structural Welding Code – Stainless Steel. He is also a member of the AWS D1 Committee on Structural Welding, the D1H Subcommittee on Sheet Steel, the AWS A2 Committee on Definitions and Symbols, and the AWS A2C Subcommittee on Symbols. Rich is vice chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code section committee, and member of numerous other ASME and AWS codes and standards committees, including Section IX’s subgroup on Qualification.

He has taught AWS CWI classes for over 25 years and has presented several seminars on welding codes, stainless steel welding, and welding symbols for AWS. Dr. Campbell is author of over 30 technical articles on welding or metallurgy. As an expert in stainless steel welding, he authored AWS’s The Professional’s Advisor on Welding of Stainless Steels, has penned several Just the Facts articles and a series of articles on welding symbols in the quarterly AWS publication Inspection Trends.

Marybeth Miceli
Marybeth Miceli

Principal

We-NDT Marketing Network

Read Bio
Nondestructive Testing Management Association

Marybeth Miceli is the Executive Director of the Nondestructive Testing Management Association (NDTMA). Ms. Miceli is also the President and founder of Miceli Infrastructure Consulting, a company she founded in 2010 to help owners and emerging SHM and NDT technology providers work together to solve some of the biggest challenges in civil infrastructure. She is additionally the Co-Founder of the We-NDT Marketing Network, a business consulting firm which also publishes NDTnow.com.

Ms. Miceli has over 25 years’ experience in NDT and Structural Health Monitoring. She is a Chartered Engineer and a Materials Science Engineer with experience in NDE research, technology commercialization, failure analysis, field assessments, & quality assurance. She’s worked on projects such as fatigue analysis of the George Washington Bridge, the NY Mets baseball stadium, and condition assessment of the Empire State Building antenna as well as various bridges around the world. Miceli is on the US Federal Highway NDT Research Working Group and the National Academy of Sciences Field Testing of Bridges Committee. Ms. Miceli has been recognized internationally for her work and leadership in the field of NDT.




Lee A. Pielaet
Lee A. Pielaet

Principal

Pioneer Steel Services, Inc.

Read Bio
Pioneer Steel Services

Lee A. Pielaet of Pioneer Steel Services, Inc. was a contract auditor for 14+ years for AISC’s Certification programs and also reviewing those participants for compliance with appropriate AWS D1’s. Lee is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor as well as a CWI-CWE, Lee has conducted over 1100 audits of steel fabricators and erectors in more than thirty countries. Lee’s company Pioneer Steel Services, Inc. has changed its business model and is now “Helping Companies Achieve, Manage and Upgrade their AISC Certifications.” In the first three years, Pioneer Steel Services has 76+ clients and growing.


AWS SPEAKERS
American Welding Society Logo
VIEW AWS SPEAKERS

Scott Wikowski
Scott Witkowski

Vice President

Republic Testing Laboratories, LLC

Read Bio
Republic Testing Laboratories

Scott Witkowski is currently the Vice President of Republic Testing Laboratories. He has 30 years of experience in welding industry. He was the President & Founder of Maverick Testing Laboratories, the largest Independent Welder & Materials Testing Laboratory in the United States. Scott is a member of the following associations American Welding Society (AWS), ASME and API.

Walter Sperko
Walter J. Sperko, P.E.

President

Sperko Engineering Services, Inc.

Read Bio
Sperko Engineering Services, Inc.

Walter J. Sperko, P.E. is President of Sperko Engineering Services, Inc, a consulting firm specializing in metal fabrication technology, including material selection, welding, heat treating, inspection, quality assurance, and failure analysis. He has particular experience in piping and pressure vessel fabrication, installation, maintenance, and repair. Previously, he was Quality Control Manager for RECO North Carolina, and he provided technical support in welding, metallurgy, and fabrication for the parent company, Richmond Engineering Company. He was also employed by ITT Grinnell Industrial Piping, Inc., responsible for technical interface between piping system designers and the fabrication shop, including all aspects of welding, fabrication, and Code interpretation. He also worked for EBASCO Services, Inc in the Materials Engineering and Quality Compliance Department.

Mr. Sperko is a past-Chairman of the ASME Welding, Brazing, and Fusing Standards Committee IX and a member of several subgroups. He is a member of ASME Subcommittee III, Nuclear Components, and its Subgroup on Materials, Fabrication, and Examination, Past-chairman of ASME B31.9, Building Services Piping, member of B31 Standards Committee, member of AWS Committee D10 on Pipe and Tube, and past-Chairman of AWS International Standards Activities Committee and US representative to ISO TC 44 and incoming TAC chairman.

He received his BA and BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is a registered Professional Engineer in several states, and he holds six US patents. He is a Fellow of the ASME and a Counselor of the AWS.



Organizer Placeholder
Richard D. Campbell

Bechtel Fellow & Welding Technical Specialist

Bechtel

Read Bio
Bechtel

Richard Campbell is a Bechtel Fellow with Bechtel Corporation’s Construction Welding and NDE group. He is an AWS SCWI, a CWB Level 2 Welding Inspector, and an ASNT NDT Level III Visual Testing Inspector. With a BS degree in Welding Engineering from LeTourneau University and a PhD in Materials Engineering from RPI, he has worked for more than 40 years in the welding industry, including construction, structures, pressure vessels, piping systems, and government projects. For 9 years he was chair of the AWS D1K Subcommittee on Stainless Steel Welding, responsible for publication of the AWS D1.6:2017 Structural Welding Code – Stainless Steel. He is also a member of the AWS D1 Committee on Structural Welding, the D1H Subcommittee on Sheet Steel, the AWS A2 Committee on Definitions and Symbols, and the AWS A2C Subcommittee on Symbols. Rich is vice chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code section committee, and member of numerous other ASME and AWS codes and standards committees, including Section IX’s subgroup on Qualification.

He has taught AWS CWI classes for over 25 years and has presented several seminars on welding codes, stainless steel welding, and welding symbols for AWS. Dr. Campbell is author of over 30 technical articles on welding or metallurgy. As an expert in stainless steel welding, he authored AWS’s The Professional’s Advisor on Welding of Stainless Steels, has penned several Just the Facts articles and a series of articles on welding symbols in the quarterly AWS publication Inspection Trends.

Organizer Placeholder
Matt Boring



Bill Newell
William F. Newell, Jr. PE, Peng, IWE

Co-Founder/Vice President – Engineering

Euroweld, Ltd.

 
Read Bio

PRESENTATION: Weld Cracking – Why Did It Crack?
Cracking of welds and adjacent material is always a concern. Causes are not always apparent but usually are attributable to design, base metal, welding consumable or welding technique issues. Each of these areas will be examined and practical examples presented to illustrate why cracking occurred and possible remedies for prevention.
BIO: Involved 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.

Todd Niemann PE
Todd L. Niemann, PE

Professional Engineer, E.I.T., MN

Fickett Structural Solutions

 
Read Bio

Todd joined Fickett Structural Solutions in 2019 as a Principle Engineer with the firm after serving for 27 years with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. During his years at MnDOT, Todd served as both the State’s Structural Metals Engineer and the State’s Bridge Inspection Engineer. Todd has 33 years of experience in steel fabrication and inspection. He continues to provides technical expertise in the areas of materials, fatigue, fracture, corrosion, fasteners, coatings, metallurgy, welding, specifications, NDT, etc. Todd has performed and participated in many failure and/or damage investigations, research projects, new product evaluations, quality control/assurance process reviews, and various transportation related industry studies. Todd has been fortunate enough to have been able to have extensive involvement, throughout his career, with industry focused professional organizations and committees focused on welding technology, quality control, design, research, fabrication, and inspection as it relates to steel bridge structures. Todd is a husband of 35 years to his lovely wife Rachel. He is a father of three grown and married children which have provided 6 grandchildren which currently are his primary focus in life. They are Charlotte, Bonnie, Gus, Walter, Frank, and Ted. When not taking care of something for one of them, Todd enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, outdoor activities, and his vintage tractors.


Brent Boling
Brent Boling

President

Arc-Tech Welding / ArcTech Inspection

 
Read Bio

PRESENTATION: Visual Inspection Gauges
Learn how to correctly use the basic inspections tools included in the AWS Tool Kit for CWI’s. This class will go over handling inspection tools in order to remove any doubt as to your inspection results. We will also show how the inspection relates to the use of D1.1:2020 Table 8.1. We will also show some more specialized inspections tools and how to use them.

Arc-Tech Welding InspectionBIO: President of Arc-Tech Welding, Inc/Arc-Tech Welding Inspections since 1996. A career in welding beginning in 1975 has included many changes in position, location, and responsibilities. A certified welder and a Certified Welding Inspector. AWS CWI and Bolting, ICC Structural Steel Welding and Bolting, and ASNT VT & MT Level II certifications. AWS/AZ Section Chairman and Certification Committee Chairman 2010-2015. AWS Qualification and Certification Committee sub-committee, B1 Committee on Methods of Inspection, and IEC organizing committee. Author of several articles in AWS Inspections Trends.

Kimberley Hayes
Kimberley Hayes

Founder

Valkim Technologies, LLC

 
Read Bio

Kimberley Hayes founded Valkim Technologies to support technology adoption in a safe, reliable manner with an emphasis on the inspection industry. During her more than 25 years in MT, PT, UT, ET and (RT), she was responsible for executing strategic and tactical initiatives to support oil and gas market research and new product development for Fortune 500 companies.

Kim has an MBA from Pepperdine University, BS-Jacksonville State University and Green Belt-California State. She recently completed a certificate from MIT in AI/ML Business Strategy and is obtaining a certificate from University of Texas-Austin in AI/ML for Business Applications. Her current activities in codes/standards include American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) where she is Chairperson of Assisted Analysis, Voting member Surface, UAS, MUS, former Vice Chair-FMC/TFM; ECA in lieu of MT/PT. She is also supporting AI/ML effort in AMPP and ASTM. She is also heavily involved in SPRINT Robotics and shares the Vice Chair on ASNT NDE 4.0.



Gary Lewis
Gary Lewis

Conference Co-Chair

Lewis Reliability Resources

 
Read Bio

Gary 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.

Mike Bernasek
Mike Bernasek


Cal Pepper
Calvin E. Pepper

Senior Consultant

C. E. Pepper & Associates

Read Bio

Cal Pepper is the owner and senior consultant at C. E. Pepper & Associates in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has spent the last 47 years in inspection (CWI since 1977) and quality, engineering, and project & construction management, and education. He has experience both in the U.S. and Internationally, serves on the AWS Q&C and Handbook Committees, is an AWS Life Member, and District – 9 Director, and has published over 30 articles relating to inspection and quality.

Mr. Pepper is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Louisiana State University in Nuclear Engineering, is a CWI, certified by ASQ as a Certified Quality Auditor, and by ASNT ACCP as VT Level II. He is a Life Member of AWS and a recipient of the AWS Honorary Member and Distinguished Member Awards.


AISC SPEAKERS
American Institute of Steel Construction
VIEW AISC SPEAKERS

Travis Adams
Travis Adams, PE

Regional Technical Specialist Structural Engineer

US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland

Read Bio

Mr. Travis Adams is currently the team lead for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Technical Center of Expertise (TCX) in Welding and Metallurgy. He has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 24 years specializing in the design of Hydraulic Steel Structures.

Mr. Adams has designed numerous Hydraulic Steel Structures including bulkheads, Tainter gates, and miter gates. In addition to designing structures, Mr. Adams has performed hundreds of Hydraulic Steel Structures inspections throughout USACE. Mr. Adams has designed and supervised fit-for service analysis and repairs to numerous Hydraulic Steel Structures in order to maintain and rehabilitate existing structures.

Mr. Adams is the primary technical proponent for all Structural Steel Guide Specifications in the Corps of Engineers and is the primary author of Guide Specification 055920 “Fabrication of Hydraulic Steel Structures”. Mr. Adams was a team member and primary author of PIANC Working Group 189 “Fatigue in Hydraulic Steel Structures”. Mr. Adams is currently serving as the secretary and primary author of the chapter on Gates, Valves, and Temporary Closure Structures for PIANC WG 206 “Design of Navigation Locks.”

Mr. Adams has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Portland and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon.

Anna Petroski
Anna Petroski

President

Atema & DOT Quality Services

Read Bio

Anna Petroski is president of sister companies Atema and DOT Quality Services (a certification body). The companies provide fabrication technical support consulting and QA/QC and certification services to a variety of industry sectors. Clients may include owners of major bridge facilities, State Departments of Transportation and Agencies, construction managers, large contractors, fabricators and erectors seeking improvement and certification assistance for AISC, AWS, ISO 9001, ISO 3834 and inspection and welding quality assistance and improvement.

Zane Keniston
Zane Keniston

AISC

Read Bio

Over 30 years in the steel industry including forgings, and structural steel.
AWS CWI for 21 years.
ASQ CQA for 13 years.
SSPC BCI Level 2 (expired)
Perform QMS audits for AISC / QMC as a contract auditor going on 17 years; over 1260 audits worldwide of which over 390 were complex coating certifications
Task group member of AISC 420-10 Standard

Mike Gase
Mike Gase



Duane Miller
Duane K. Miller, ScD, PE

Manager, Engineering Services

The Lincoln Electric Company

Read Bio

Duane K. Miller, Sc.D., P.E., is a recognized authority on the design and performance of welded connections. He is a popular speaker on the subject and has lectured around the world. In 2015, he was named an AWS Fellow. He received the American Institute of Steel Construction’s T. R. Higgins Lectureship Award in 2001, the AISC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and became the eighth recipient of the AISC Robert P. Stupp Award for Leadership Excellence in 2016; he became the first recipient of the AISC Steel Conference Speaker Award in 2018. He was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta in 2019. He has authored or co-authored texts and chapters of many handbooks, including the AISC Design Guide on Welding and the Mark’s Handbook of Engineering, 12th Edition. He has appeared as a subject expert on the History Channel and Discovery Channel.

Dr. Miller earned a B.S. degree in Welding Engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, an M.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from LeTourneau University in 1997. He is a former Chair of the AWS D1 Structural Welding Code Committee. He was the first Chair of the Seismic Welding Subcommittee and is a former co-chair of the AASHTO-AWS D1.5 Bridge Welding Code Committee. His current technical involvement includes membership on the AWS D1 and D14 committees, and the AISC Specification Committee. He is a Professional Engineer, and formerly a Certified Welding Inspector and Qualified Welder.

Larry Martof
Larry Martof

Director

Quality Management Company

Read Bio

Larry Martof is the Director for Quality Management Company which provides the auditing services for several programs including the AISC certification programs. He has been a quality professional for over thirty years and has degrees in Nuclear Engineering, INdustrial Engineering, and Quality Management. Larry is also a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001, NQA-1 and other programs, as well as, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean Master. LArry resides in North Carolina with his amazing wife and two wonderful Goldens, Daisy Duke and Cooper.

Shane Vernon
Shane Vernon, PE

Plant Metallurgist

Nucor Yamato Steel

Read Bio

PRESENTATION: Metallurgy 101
Covered in this Session will be a basic overview of modern steelmaking processes involved in the production of W, MC, C, M, L, S, and piling shapes.
Areas covered include:
• Electric Arc Furnace Operations.
• Ladle Metallurgy Furnace Operations.
• Continuous Casting.
• Rolling Operations.
• Testing and Metallurgy

American Welding Society D1I and D1M Committee Member

BIO: American Welding Society CWENG and CWI
ASTM A1.02 Committee Member
AISC Night School Presenter
26+ years Steel Industry Experience

Tim Duke
Tim Duke

Corporate Quality Control and Risk Manager

Williams Erection Company & Atlanta Steel Erectors

Read Bio

Mr. Duke has been involved in the ironworking industry since 1998. Having worked in the field, and now as management, he has been on both the Quality Control and Quality Assurance side of projects. He is currently the Corporate Quality Control and Risk Manager for Williams Erection Company and Atlanta Steel Erectors.

Todd Alwood
Todd Alwood

Directory of Membership Certification

AISC

Read Bio

Todd Alwood is the Director of Membership Certification with AISC and oversees program activities for each department. He promotes AISC Certification to the construction industry and helps educate engineers, architects, and owners to its benefits. Todd has been with the Association for over 20 years, and before joining AISC, Todd was a consulting engineer.

Mike Gannon
Michael Gannon, SE, PE

Senior Engineer

the American Institute of Steel Construction

Read Bio

Michael Gannon, S.E., P.E., is a Senior Engineer at the American Institute of Steel Construction. As secretary of the AISC Task Committee 9 on Seismic Systems and the AISC Manual Subcommittee M3 on the Seismic Manual, Mr. Gannon works with industry experts to plan and develop various AISC standards and publications. These include ANSI/AISC 341 Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings and the AISC Seismic Design Manual.

Prior to joining AISC, Mr. Gannon worked for over eight years as a consulting structural engineer with a primary focus in steel connection design and construction engineering. Michael’s education includes a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S. in Engineering, Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Robert Shaw
Robert E Shaw, Jr, PE

President

Steel Structures Technology Center, Inc.

Read Bio

Bob Shaw is President of the Steel Structures Technology Center, Inc., a consulting engineering firm in Howell, Michigan, founded in 1990. Bob has 48 years’ experience in steel construction, is a registered professional engineer, and is an ICC Certified Special Inspector for Structural Steel and Bolting and for Structural Welding Inspection. Bob serves on numerous standards committees, including AISC, AWS D1 – chairing the AWS D1.8 committee, RCSC – serving as vice-chair, ASTM F16, and ISO – leading the development of a new six-part ISO standard on the construction of structural steelwork. He also chairs the International Institute of Welding’s Commission XVIII on Quality Management. His consulting work is primarily “when things may be wrong or have gone wrong.”

Lee A. Pielaet
Lee A. Pielaet

Principal

Pioneer Steel Services, Inc.

Read Bio
Pioneer Steel Services

Lee A. Pielaet of Pioneer Steel Services, Inc. was a contract auditor for 14+ years for AISC’s Certification programs and also reviewing those participants for compliance with appropriate AWS D1’s. Lee is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor as well as a CWI-CWE, Lee has conducted over 1100 audits of steel fabricators and erectors in more than thirty countries. Lee’s company Pioneer Steel Services, Inc. has changed its business model and is now “Helping Companies Achieve, Manage and Upgrade their AISC Certifications.” In the first three years, Pioneer Steel Services has 76+ clients and growing.

After welding school (1980), Lee worked as a Roustabout in Williston, N.D., among other jobs, until stettling down in 1988 for a 15 year run of structural steel fabrication, inspection, and drafting in Missoula, Montana. Then another nearly 15 years of contract auditing for the American Institute of Steel Constructions certification programs. Just over four years ago, he started Helping Companies Achieve, Manage, and Upgrade their AISC Certifications with his new company Pioneer Steel Services, Inc. www.pioneersteelservices.com or at lpielaet@pioneersteelservices.com


NDTMA SPEAKERS
Nondestructive Testing Management Association

VIEW NDTMA SPEAKERS

Organizer Placeholder
Hoda Azari

Jason Gramlick
Jason Gramlick

Inspector

State of California Dept of Transportation (Caltrans)

Read Bio

Jason Gramlick is an Inspector with over 25 years of construction and welding experience in both public and private sectors, and experience with quality control and quality assurance inspection programs of petro-chemical, power-plant, buildings, bridges, as well experience in the commercial diving industry and US military.

He currently works for the State of California Dept of Transportation (Caltrans) source inspection and structural materials engineering program, his duties include all aspects of projects related to fabrication of structural steel items.

He holds certifications with the American Welding Society,
Certified Welding Inspector & Certified Radiographic Interpreter
American Society for Non-Destructive testing,
Level II, UT, MT, PT, VT
Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing

Jason Wilcox
Jason Wilcox

Senior Bridge Engineer

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Read Bio

Mr. Wilcox works with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in the Materials Engineering and Testing Services (METS) subdivision of Engineering Services. He is the Senior Bridge Engineer for the Sacramento Branch of the Office of Quality Assurance and Source Inspection within METS and is the Chair of the METS Welding and Steel Committee.
Mr. Wilcox got his BS in Civil Engineering in 2000 from the California State University, Chico and started working with Caltrans on the West span retrofit of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (SFOBB). In 2002 he transferred to the New East Span SFOBB project where he worked the next 12 years on all phases of the project to its completion.

In 2014 Mr. Wilcox transferred to METS where he spent time as the METS Representative for various counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been in the Senior Bridge Engineer role for 1 year and counting.

While not at work Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as hiking, fishing, camping, playing guitar, and traveling.

Organizer Placeholder
Rahesh Khan



Heather Gilmer
Heather Gilmer

DOT Staff Engineer

TUV Rheinland of North America

Read Bio

Ms. Gilmer is a nationally recognized steel fabrication expert with over 20 years of experience in structural steel bridge fabrication and coating, providing engineering, technical consultation, QA/QC inspection, and quality management related to bridge projects. She is a highly regarded contributor to many bridge-related codes and standards. With her experience as both a Texas DOT engineer and a steel fabrication shop quality manager, Ms. Gilmer offers a multifaceted perspective on fabrication issues. She now is the DOT Staff Engineer for TUV Rheinland of North America.

Organizer Placeholder
Ken Timber



Phil Sauser
Phil Sauser

Structural Engineer

US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Read Bio

I am a Structural Engineer with over 30 years of experience with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). My responsibilities with that agency included development, implementation, and maintenance of the USACE Hydraulic Steel Structures (HSS) and Bridge Safety Programs, design and evaluation of flood control, navigation, and other water control projects, design and evaluation of HSS and bridges, and inspection of HSS, bridges, and dams. Additional responsibilities included criteria and guidance development, training class development and instruction, and research development and implementation.

Daly Souissi
Daly Souissi

Global Markets, Oil and Gas and Energies Director

Olympus

Read Bio

Daly is an NDT expert specialized in advanced applications and training. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Master of Science degree in Applied Science and is certified UT and PAUT level III. With a broad range of international experience, he has participated in numerous inspection projects in the nuclear, oil & gas, and steel structure industries. Daly joined Olympus in 2019 as Global Markets, Oil and Gas and Energies Director. He is involved in business development and NDT product and solutions global support.

Ronald Medlock
Ronald D. Medlock

Vice President – Technical Services

High Steel Structures LLC

Read Bio

Ronnie Medlock is Vice President – Technical Services, at High Steel Structures LLC in Lancaster PA and is responsible for quality control and fabrication and inspection technology advancements. High Steel produces fabricated steel products for steel I-girder, tub girder, arch, truss and stay-cable bridges. Ronnie has been a member of the AWS D1 Committee since 1993, where he is currently chair of the Bridge subcommittee and vice chair of the D1 main committee; Ronnie also chairs the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration and the NSBA Technical Committee. Ronnie is from El Paso, Texas and earned BS and MS degrees at UT Austin.

Nikita Iliushkin
Nikita Iliushkin

CEO and Co-Founder

Skygauge Robotics

Read Bio

Nikita Iliushkin is the CEO and co-founder of Skygauge Robotics. Since 2016, his team reinvented how drones fly to expand the commercial applications of drones. Under his guidance, the team focused on ultrasonic testing at height as the first use case of the technology. These inspections traditionally require workers to use high-risk methods like ropes or scaffolding. He saw that, by using the Skygauge, these jobs could be performed 5-20 times faster and safer because workers stay on the ground. He assembled an elite group of drone pilots, UT inspectors, and industrial clients to help bring the Skygauge to market. His discussions with all stakeholders have given him a comprehensive understanding to safely implement this technology at industrial sites.

Zeki Gokce
Zeki Gokce

Read Bio

Zeki Gokce has been working in the advance NDT field for over 15 years. He has worked with various surface techniques including ACFM, Eddy current as well as EMATS and Guided Wave Ultrasonic Testing. Zeki holds several ASNT Level III as well as BS ad MS in Mechanical Engineering.

Erica Schumacher
Erica Schumacher

Vice President

Extende Inc

Read Bio

Ms. Erica Schumacher has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University plus over 20 years of NDT experience in both commercial and military environments, and years of experience in manufacturing and quality assurance. She was previously qualified as a NAVSEA 250-1500-1 and MIL-STD-2132 test examiner in PT, MT, UT and RT. She is Vice President of Extende Inc, distributor of CIVA NDE simulation software and TraiNDE NDE Simulators, where she supports customers throughout the US and Canada.

Chace Huton
Chace Hulon

Inspection & Rehabilitation Practice Leader

Moffatt & Nichol

Read Bio

Chace Hulon is the Inspection & Rehabilitation Practice Leader for the global infrastructure advisory firm Moffatt & Nichol. He oversees a team of 50 field engineers and technicians across America that serves the transportation industry, ports & terminals, oil & gas industry, and marinas. As a professional engineer, a commercial diver, and a professional rope access technician, Chace has dedicated his 17-year career toward the advancement of specialty access methods and the improvement of data collection methods.

Jeffrey Gazarek
Jeffrey Gazarek

Manager

Moffatt & Nichol

Read Bio

Jeffrey Gazarek has 16 years in the structural inspection industry as an ADCI certified mixed gas dive supervisor, a SPRAT certified rope access technician, an NHI certified bridge inspector, an ASNT certified NDT technician, COSS certified safety specialist. Jeffrey is a manager of the M&N equipment maintenance program, he serves as Chairman of the M&N field safety committee, and he is a member of the ADCI Board of Directors. He has led the implementation of our internal NDT training and certification program.

Steven Armstrong
Steven Armstrong

Professional Engineer

Moffatt & Nichol

Read Bio

Steven Armstrong is a professional engineer with 7 years of field inspection experience. He manages the statewide ancillary structures inspection program for LADOTD, in which he has led the development of the Standard Operating Procedures for the project and has co-authored M&N’s internal NDT Written Practice. Steven has also led the development of our drone inspection program as a FAA certified remote pilot.

Ricky Morgan
Ricky L. Morgan

Vice President

FlawTech America, LLC.

Read Bio

Ricky L. Morgan is the Vice President of FlawTech America, LLC.in Concord, North Carolina USA. He has over 34 years of experience in providing NDT Inspections to the Amusement Park, Construction, Infrastructure, Marine, Petro-chemical and Power Industries. He was integral to the evaluation of hundreds of Buildings in the Los Angeles area after the 1994 Northridge Earth Quake. Some of his most recent landmark projects include the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Las Vegas High Roller, Disney Star Wars “Galaxy’s Edge for both Parks and the New Rams/Charger Stadium. He is a Past President and Chairperson of ASNT. Past Chair of the Greater Los Angeles Section (2000) and currently on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Section (2020-2022). He is currently serving on the ASNT Board of Directors (Director at Large, Ethics Advisory, Leadership Development Committees, etc.) Section Operations Council, Infrastructure Committee, Ultrasonic Committee – Vice Chair & Coordinator for the 4th edition of the UT Handbook; GPR Committee, Technician Advisory Committee and the SNT-TC-1A Review Committee among others. He has received the ASNT Lou DeValerio Technician of the Year Award in 1998, ASNT Fellow in 2003, ASNT Mentoring Award in 2009 and the ASNT Phillip D. Johnson Honorary Member Award in 2016. He is a 25-year member of the American Welding Society and CWI since 1996. He is also a member of the British Institute for NDT.




 
topics
 
• Inspection Fundamentals
• Roles of QA/QC
• Nondestructive 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

*Conference Topics Subject to Change


SCHEDULE
 

FEB

22

Registration Opens
  2:00 – 5:00pm
Exhibitor Set Up
  2:00 – 5:00pm

FEB

23

Registration
  7:00am – 5:00pm
Exhibit Hours
  7:30am – 6:30pm
Keynote
  8:30am – 10:00am
Program
  10:00am – 5:00pm
Happy Hour
  4:30 – 6:30pm

FEB

24

Registration
  7:00am – 5:00pm
Exhibit Hours
  7:30am – 6:30pm
Program
  8:00am – 5:00pm
Happy Hour
  4:30 – 6:30pm

FEB

25

Registration
  7:00 – 10:00am
Program
  8:00am – 12:00pm
Exhibitor Tear Down
  8:00am – 12:00pm

*Conference Schedule Subject to Change


PROGRAM
 

The American Welding Society

FEB

23

Wednesday
10:00 am – 4:30 pm (ET)


View Wednesday’s Program

10:00am
Welder Qualification – What a CWI needs to know
Scott Witkowski
Republic Testing Laboratories, LLC

 
Presentation Overview

Exploring What A CWI should know, and be prepared for to test welders successfully.

 

11:00am
Qualifying a WPS & Writing a Prequalified or Qualified WPS – How a CWI is Involved
Walter Sperko
Sperko Engineering Services, Inc

 

12:00pm
LUNCH

 

1:00pm
AWS A2.4 and A3.0 – The Bases for Communication in the Welding Industry
Richard Campbell
Bechtel

 
Presentation Overview

AWS A2.4 and A3.0 provide the primary basis for communication in the welding industry. A2.4 establishes the system used for graphically conveying welding requirements on drawings, and A3.0 provides the terminology used to describe welding information. Both of these standards are normative references for all AWS standards and many of those welding standards developed by other technical organizations.

AWS’s A2 Committee on Definitions and Symbols are responsible for the development and revision of these two important standards. These are living documents and are in a constant state of revision and adaptation to meet the needs of the industry, with A3.0 being the more dynamic of the two. Our industry and technology are in a constant state of flux, so there is an ongoing need to expand the language and adapt to the technological changes.

This presentation will discuss the basic rules and principles used by the two A2 subcommittees as they strive to present the latest in terms of the symbols and definitions used. There will also be an attempt to identify some of the recent changes found in these documents and how those changes apply to the industry as a whole.

 

2:00pm
Break & Exhibitor Networking

 

2:30pm
Intro to Mechanical Testing
Matt Boring

 

3:30pm
Weld Cracking – “Why Did It Crack”
William F. Newell, Jr.
Republic Testing Euroweld, Ltd.

 
Presentation Overview

Cracking of welds and adjacent material is always a concern. Causes are not always apparent but usually are attributable to design, base metal, welding consumable or welding technique issues. Each of these areas will be examined and practical examples presented to illustrate why cracking occurred and possible remedies for prevention.

 

4:30pm
HAPPY HOUR

 
FEB

24

Thursday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm (ET)


View Thursday’s Program

8:00am
AWS Industry Keynote Speaker – I-35W Bridge Collapse
Todd Niemann
Fickett Structural Solutions

 
Presentation Overview

The I-35W Bridge Collapse presentation will provide a detailed review of the bridge collapse that occurred in 2007 in Minneapolis, MN. The presentation provides the answer to why the bridge failed and details all of the forensic work and physical evidence that supports the conclusion. The presentation will be presented from an inside perspective from someone that was working at the MnDOT Bridge Office at the time of these events.

 

9:30am
Changes in Welding Codes and Standards Relating to Inspection and Certifications
Richard Campbell
Bechtel

 
Presentation Overview

This presentation will discuss recent changes in AWS D1.1 and other AWS welding codes and standards relating to inspection requirements.  The 2020 Edition now contains five options of visual inspector certifications, requirements for assistant inspectors, revisions to visual acuity requirements to more closely align with ASNT, and advanced NDE techniques.  Comparisons of  requirements in various AWS D1 Structural codes and other standards will be explored.  Current requirements in ASME B31 and Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes regarding visual and nondestructive inspections and certifications will be reviewed, along with API 1104 and other standards.  Distinctions in types of loads or fluid services as they relate to inspection acceptance criteria will be covered.

 

10:30am
Break & Exhibitor Networking

 

11:00am
Visual Inspection Gauges
Brent Boling
Arc-Tech Welding, Inc/Arc-Tech Inspections

 
Presentation Overview

Learn how to correctly use the basic inspections tools included in the AWS Tool Kit for CWI’s. This class will go over handling inspection tools in order to remove any doubt as to your inspection results. We will also show how the inspection relates to the use of D1.1:2020 Table 8.1. We will also show some more specialized inspections tools and how to use them.

 

12:00pm
LUNCH

 

1:00pm
Remote Virtual Inspections / Application of Technologies for Remote Inspection
Kimberley Hayes
Valkim Technologies

 

2:00pm
Break & Exhibitor Networking

 

2:30pm
Field Heat Treatment: Improving an Essential Welding Variable
Gary Lewis
Lewis Reliability Resources

 
Presentation Overview

Heat Treatment is often an essential variable in Field Welding, particularly in Industrial applications utilizing advanced alloys to achieve very specific operating properties. It can be especially important in processing critical components and systems in a wide variety of energy services. Heat Treatment is often underappreciated for its contribution toward Fitness for Service, Safety, Production, and Life Management objectives. Validation that heat treatment has been performed properly and adequately is usually accomplished through real-time “charting” and post process hardness testing. Gary will provide examples of testing and inspection tools and techniques in wide use today, and share case histories to illustrate mixed results and improvements to codes and standards to ensure better outcomes.

 

3:30pm
The challenges of having different Industry personnel NDT Certification programs
David Bajula
Acuren

 
Presentation Overview

Navigating the challenges of personnel certifications in nondestructive testing can be challenging. With owner/user, regulatory and other prevailing requirements this presentation will discuss the differences in employer based certifications (ASNT TC-1a / CP-189), 3rd party certifications (ISO based; ACCP, CGSG, PCN, etc.), code requirements like ASME, AWS and API and bring it all together in hopes of not complicating it any further than it already seems.

 

4:30pm
HAPPY HOUR

 

 
FEB

25

Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Noon (ET)


View Friday’s Program

8:00am
Business/Client Relationships for Inspectors (Soft Skills)
Scott Witkowski
Republic Testing Laboratories, LLC

 

9:00am
AWS CWI Endorsements – Including New Welder Qualification Endorsements Other Certs Programs
Cal Pepper
C. E. Pepper & Associates

 
Presentation Overview

The AWS Certification (now Q&C Committee) some years ago created opportunities for CWIs and SCWIs to add supplemental certifications to their credential. This was in response to job/functional analyses conducted over several years to better understand the roles and responsibilities of the CWI/SCWI in various industries. As a result of those studies, the committee created supplements to the base certification and called these supplements. Supplemental work studies have identified other worthwhile endorsements and today sixteen are available. Endorsements are available for 11 Codes (AWS D1.1, D1.2, D1.5, D15.1, D17.1; API 1104; ISO Standards; ASME BPVC Section IX, B31.1, B31.3, Section VIII Div. I); Welder Performance Qualification; NDE Methods PT, and MT; Structural Bolting; and Structural Drawing Reading. This presentation will take the participant through the process of applying for an endorsement as well as walking through books of specifications for selected endorsements.

 

10:30am
BREAK

 

11:00am
Panel Discussion
Scott Witkowski & Richard Campbell

 

12:00pm
Conference Ends

 


American Institute of Steel Construction

FEB

23

Wednesday
10:00 am – 4:30 pm (ET)


View Wednesday’s Program

10:00am
TBD
Scott Witkowski
TXDOT
 

11:00am
Lessons learned from the USACE
Travis Adams
United States Army Corps of Engineers

 
Presentation Overview

This session will be focusing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers structural steel inspection findings and quality assurance lessons learned from the fabrication of Hydraulic Steel Structures.

 

12:00pm
LUNCH

 

1:00pm
Auditing of the inspection process
Anna Petroski
Atema, Inc.

 
Presentation Overview

The inspection process is one important part of a quality management system. Like purchasing, contract review or material identification, the implementation and performance of the inspection process is audited and considered for correction and improvement in a healthy system. Even outside of the requirements of a full QMS, an inspection agency, an AWS ATF – Accredited Test Facility or a one-person inspection service can benefit from a formal look at the performance of their service.

This presentation will introduce the concepts and also remind seasoned assessors how to get the most out of an audit process and assure a better inspection program.

 

2:00pm
Break

 

2:30pm
Intro to Complex Coatings
Zane Keniston
Structural Steel Parts, Inc.

 
Presentation Overview

This presentation will introduce the concepts and also remind seasoned assessors how to get the most out of an audit process and assure a better inspection program.

 

3:30pm
Inspection Requirements for Complex Coatings
Zane Keniston
Structural Steel Parts, Inc.

 
Presentation Overview

This session will focus on the ASTM D3276 Standard Guide for Painting Inspectors as it relates to the structural steel building and bridge industry. Areas that will be considered are the duties of the inspector and inspection methods, both visual and instrumental, that can be used to determine that the specification requirements have been met by the painting contractor.

 

4:30pm
HAPPY HOUR

 
FEB

24

Thursday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm (ET)


View Thursday’s Program

8:00am
AISC 360 Chapter N and AISC Chapter J; The Specifications and The Provisions, How They work together, and what you should know
Mike Gase, SCWI, ASNT LIII
Midwest Steel, Inc.

 
Presentation Overview

AISC’s Specification 360 and Provisions 342 Quality Control/Quality Assurance chapters are not well understood in the industry. The goal in this presentation is to expand the users knowledge of the Specification and the Provision. We will explore the requirements of each section of the chapters and the speakers view of how they are used.

 

9:00am
The New WPS Qualification Options in D1.5
Duane K. Miller
The Lincoln Electric Company.

 
Presentation Overview

The 2015 edition of AASHTO/AWS D1.5 Bridge Welding Code contained revisions that significantly changed how Welding Procedure Specifications (WPSs) are qualified. These changes and the reasoning behind the changes will be presented. WPSs based on the Maximum Heat Input Qualification Method as well as the Maximum-Minimum Heat Input Qualification Method are now constrained only by the qualified heat input limits; no longer must the WPS be within individual amperage, voltage or travel speed limitations. The WPSs are qualified with this method are constrained by some current limitations that are a function of the process and electrode size.

Since the 1988 edition of D1.5, WPSs qualified by the Production Procedure Qualification Method have not only been subject to the limitation of variables as are D1.1 WPSs, but additionally, subject to the prequalification limits based on D1.1. In 2015, WPSs qualified by the Production Procedure Method are no longer constrained by these prequalification limits; if a successful procedure qualification record (PQR) can be achieved, the WPS is qualified, regardless of the specific welding parameters that were selected.

WPS qualification for single pass fillet welds has been made much simpler. No long is qualification of the WPS in a groove weld test necessary. Rather, a simple fillet weld soundness test can be used to qualify single pass fillet weld WPSs, providing certain practical limits on current are maintained. These changes are discussed and the technical justification behind the changes are presented. Fabricators and Inspectors will benefit from a better understanding of the reasoning behind these changes.

 

10:30am
Break

 

11:00am
Let’s Go Nuts…And Bolts…And Washers
Larry Martof
Quality Management Company

 
Presentation Overview

The Research Council on Structural Connections (RCSC) has published an updated Specification for Structural Joints Using High-Strength Bolts, which has significant changes for fabricators and erectors. This session will explore how Sections 7-Pre-InstallationVerification, 8-Installation, and 9-Inspection will affect your current bolting procedures and practices.

 

12:00pm
LUNCH

 

1:00pm
Metallurgy 101
Shane Vernon and Jim Schoen
Nucor Yamato Steel Company

 
Presentation Overview

Covered in this Session will be a basic overview of modern steelmaking processes involved in the production of W, MC, C, M, L, S, and piling shapes.
Areas covered include:
• Electric Arc Furnace Operations.
• Ladle Metallurgy Furnace Operations.
• Continuous Casting.
• Rolling Operations.
• Testing and Metallurgy

 

2:00pm
Break

 

2:30pm
Contractor QC Training and Task Management Tips and Traps
Tim Duke
Williams Erection Company/Atlanta Steel Erectors

 
Presentation Overview

Does your QC documentation seem lackluster or cluttered… maybe even nonexisting? Join this session for some tips to put a shot in the arm of your QC program! Get your personnel trained on what really matters before they try filling out some stuffy paperwork. But don’t fall into the dreaded ‘more is better’ black hole of documentation! This session will offer some tips on motivating workers to buy into the QC process, streamlining documentation, and following up to assure that the process works as intended.

 

3:30pm
AISC Certification: What does it mean?
Lisa Patel, Todd Alwood & Larry Martof

 
Presentation Overview

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Quality Management Systems (QMS) Certification sets the quality standard and is the most recognized program for structural steel fabrication and erection. Attendees will learn about the hurdles to obtain AND maintain certification, plus recent program changes which affect participants and inspectors. Also, the session will discuss IBC’s 1704.2.5.1 Fabricator Approval along with AISC 360’s Chapter N: Quality Control and Quality Assurance.

 

4:30pm
HAPPY HOUR

 
FEB

25

Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET)


View Friday’s Program

8:00am
SpeedCore: What’s that?
Mike Gannon
AISC

 
Presentation Overview

SpeedCore is a non-proprietary system of concrete-filled composite plate shear walls (CF-CPSW). The system replaces reinforced concrete core construction in multi-story buildings with the advantage of construction speed standing out as the most significant project benefit. The steel plate composite wall system leverages the stiffness of concrete and the speed and accuracy of steel for a superior lateral system.

The history of composite construction is briefly reviewed with an emphasis on the use of the composite wall system in nuclear facilities. The innovative shift from industrial to commercial construction will be detailed with a specific discussion of the Rainier Square Tower project designed by Magnusson Klemencic Associates.

Basic design principles of the SpeedCore system used for Rainier Square are discussed with reference to the design resources currently available. Research on the SpeedCore system investigating structural and fire protection optimization are shared within the context of the future of the system and its innovative impact on the design and construction industries.”

 

9:00am
Structural Steel Inspection – What, Where, When, How Many, … and Why
Robert Shaw, Jr.
Steel Structures Technology Center, Inc.

 
Presentation Overview

Projects may involve hundreds, if not thousands of welded and bolted joints of various types and locations, resisting various loading conditions ranging from static to fatigue to seismic, made by ironworkers with varying knowledge and skill levels under varying levels of supervision, quality control, and QC inspections.

A strategic approach considering these, and additional factors is presented to assess and manage the project’s inspection tasks, providing guidance on the allocation of inspection personnel, their time, and definition of their duties. The approach may be used to establish a unified understanding of the frequency and level of welding and bolting inspections to be performed on the project.

 

10:30am
Break

 

11:00am
Corrective Action Request VS Nonconforming Work
Lee Pielaet
Pioneer Steel Services

 
Presentation Overview

When do you write a Corrective Action Request VS just a Nonconformance? This session aims to demystify corrective actions in a quality management system for inspectors. The focus will be on continuous improvement and managing improvement within your business, geared for structural steel fabrication and erection weld inspectors but may appeal to all companies with or considering a quality management system.

12:00pm
CONFERENCE ENDS

 

Nondestructive Testing Management Association

FEB

23

Wednesday
10:00 am – 4:30 pm (ET)


View Wednesday’s Program

Session: Guidelines & Standards

10:00am
FHWA – NDE Center – NDT Load Rating
Jason Wilcox, P.E. and Jason M. Gramlick (CALTRANS METS)
 

11:00am
NDT D1.5 Changes and PAUT
Jason Wilcox, P.E. and Jason M. Gramlick

 
Presentation Overview

The use of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) in steel fabrication has been used for many years. The primary tool for performing a full volumetric evaluation of a weld has been conventional Ultrasonic Testing (UT). One sound source is sent through a single element transducer and when an indication is encountered the sound bounces back to the transducer and is noted on the scope. The size of the indication is documented and compared to the American Welding Society (AWS) code for acceptance/rejecting criteria. This form of NDT is fast, universal, and can be repeated. One of the drawbacks is that once the technician is done performing the inspection there is no permanent record.

Also, depending on can be “phased” in a way to make the sound bend to a location conventional UT can’t reach, namely complex joint geometry. It can also determine with more accuracy the size and depth of an indication. The PAUT scope provides regular conventional UT display, or A-scan, as well as a side view of the weld, or B-scan, as well as a C-scan (top view looking down), and a D-scan as a slice through the weld. The inspection can also be recorded for future reference and documentation which cannot be done with conventional UT. Three-dimensional modeling can then be performed with the saved data. This can be used to track crack propagation monitoring There have been instances where the use of PAUT has provided information that conventional UT could not. Here are a couple examples:

• 3-Mile Slough Bridge: Trunnion assessment. Four-element wand used by bridge maintenance and indications marked for location and depth. PAUT was then used and it obtained a better set of data that was used to prepare a 3D model for the engineer to review that showed many indications that the four-element wand typically used was unable to detect

• Tungsten carbide welded plates. PAUT used to show Quality Control the number of indications observed in approximately one hour. With conventional UT this information would have be obtained in approximately 8 hours.

 

12:00pm
LUNCH

 

Session: NDT of Bolts and Ancillary Structures

1:00pm
Bolt tension testing
Rahesh Khan

 
Presentation Overview

The requirements for the painting of bolts and slip-critical connections can be confusing. This presentation unravels the confusion and discusses the selection of
paint materials and the requirements for cleaning, painting, and inspection.

 

2:00pm
Break

 

2:30pm
Ancillary Structure Inspection Programs
Heather Gilmer
TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.

 
Presentation Overview

This presentation will address the process by which a state department of transportation expanded and modernized their ancillary structures inspection program into a full-blown statewide asset management program. This will help with monitoring and extending the life of aging infrastructure. We will cover the steps of developing the components of the new program and issues encountered during implementation.

 

3:30pm
Coating Inspection – Bolts and Slip-Critical Connections
Ken Trimber
KTA-Tator, Inc.

 

4:30pm
HAPPY HOUR

 
FEB

24

Thursday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm (ET)


View Thursday’s Program

Session: UT, PAUT, ToFD in Structural Inspection

8:00am
UT Reliability
Phil Sauser
Slim Buttes Structural Engineering Services

 
Presentation Overview

My presentation represents research on and the practical application of UT of welded connections, particularly as it pertains to sizing of discontinuities for Fitness for Service (FFS) evaluations. Topics include the variability of UT results, the impact this has on the reliability of FFS evaluations, and what can be done to improve reliability.

 

9:00am
Welds penetration monitoring: PAUT or TFM?
Daly Souissi

 

10:30am
Break

 

11:00am
Advantages of PAUT for Steel Bridge Groove Weld Inspection
Ronald D. Medlock
High Steel

 
Presentation Overview

Phased array ultrasonic inspection (PAUT) was added to the Bridge Welding Code in 2015. Compared to radiography and traditional UT and radiography, PAUT improves groove weld scanning and facilitates the capture actual test results, thereby assuring quality while improving shop workflow and providing bridge owners and fabricators with test records that can be shared and stored permanently.

 

12:00pm
LUNCH

 

Session: Emerging Technologies

1:00pm
Reinventing the Drone for Ultrasonic Testing
Nikita IIiushkin
Olympus with SkyGauge

 
Presentation Overview

Drones are widely used for visual inspections but have seen limited adoption for other inspections. Infrastructure require periodic metal thickness checks using ultrasonic testing. Instead of having workers on ropes, boom lifts, and scaffolding, drones will perform thickness checks faster, more cost-effectively, and safer. This session will explore:
• The challenges of completing UT jobs with current methods and how drones compare.
• The limitations of current drones to perform UT measurements.
• How the Skygauge is uniquely suited for UT measurements.

 

2:00pm
Break

 

2:30pm
Improved In service structural weld inspection using ACFM
Zeki Gokce
Eddyfi Technologies

 
Presentation Overview

ACFM has been a mature advanced inspection technique that can be used in leu of MPI or PT to detect surface-breaking cracks. This presentation will discuss the applications, advantages, and challenges of ACFM inspection with focus on structural welds.

 

3:30pm
Portable X-Ray Applications
Carestream

 

4:30pm
HAPPY HOUR

 
FEB

25

Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET)


View Friday’s Program

Session: Training and Program Development

8:00am
NDE 4.0: With Simulation and Simulators the Future is Now
Erica Schumacher
Extende Inc.

 
Presentation Overview

Learn how advanced tools such as NDT Simulation and inspection simulators help the NDT industry face the challenges of today and tomorrow. Inspection simulators can help train new personal, while assisting existing personnel in maintaining proficiency at detecting flaws, and are portable enough to be used at home. NDT Simulation helps in many ways from teaching new employees the physics of NDT, to optimizing inspection parameters, thus saving companies significant time and money.

 

9:00am
The journey of establishing an employer-based NDT program
Chace Hulon, Steven Armstrong, and Jeffrey Gazarek

 
Presentation Overview

Moffatt & Nichol has embraced the responsibility to establish an internal NDT certification program for our employees. The SNT-TC-1A was chosen as the foundation for our various operations. We will invite you on our journey of improving our practices, our people, and our products.

 

10:30am
Break

 

11:00am
Flawed Specimens – Industry and Project Specific
Ricky Morgan
FlawTech

 
Presentation Overview

The manufacturing of flawed specimens for a specific industry or project can be imperative to developing NDT procedures, Probability of Detection Studies and new equipment or technology verification. Making realistic flawed specimen is an art in itself. But making these specialized specimens requires exceptional collaboration with the End User, Subject Matter Experts, Project Engineers and sometimes even Code Committees. This can require NDAs with the organization that they being developed for to protect their intellectual property and ours as well. These also include some interesting Research and Development too.

I will discuss these projects and their associated specimens, the challenges, the successes and few learning experiences as well.

12:00pm
CONFERENCE ENDS


registration & Pricing

Registration


Includes:
• Morning & Afternoon Breaks
• 2 Lunches
• 2 Drink Tickets to Exhibitor Happy Hour


Technical Program
• Advanced program by August 2021
• 20 PDHs Earned

Pricing
Member
Nonmember
Early Bird (before Aug 1, 2021) $375 $450
Regular $475 $550
Student $75 $75

 
All cancellations MUST BE IN WRITING. If you cancel 35 DAYS PRIOR to the school 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.

Registrations are non-transferable. After February 18, 2022, registrations will be only accepted on-site.


 

for exhibitors

Welding Summit Sponsorship
 

Exhibit Space (*Limit of 65)

$990 per Exhibit Space
 

Includes:
8 x 10′ Exhibit Space (1 table + 2 chairs)
One Booth Attendant with full conference registration
One tent card displaying your company name
Company logo listed on conference website
Company name in final program
Recognition on exhibit “Thank You” sign prominently displayed at event
Electrical outlets
One waste basket


Exhibition Resources

View IEC Floorplan >

Why Exhibit with AWS?

Exhibiting with the American Welding Society allows for increased exposure of your company among vendors in the welding industry. Through exhibition, you’re able to establish name recognition and product identity amongst competitors. Our events bring in qualified professionals interested in welding trade right to you. This provides a valuable enabling your business to increase sales and forge new partnerships. Participating in AWS conferences allows you to network with industry peers, find the best solutions for business growth, and obtain broader access to lenders within different fields in the welding industry.


For More Info on Exhibiting
Martica Ventura



SPONSORSHIPS

*Sponsorships Subject to Change


Keynote
$5,500
(*Limit of 4)
Benefits Include:

  • Includes 8 x 10 exhibit space
  • Recognition on sponsor “Thank You” sign prominently displayed at event
  • Company logo and link on the conference website Welcome page and in promotional e-mails
  • Acknowledgement as the event sponsor during networking reception

Each booth will receive:

  • Includes 8 x 10 exhibit space
  • Tabletop to display promotional materials
  • Two chairs
  • One waste basket
  • One tent card with company name

* Sponsor responsible for providing giveaway items. Giveaway items must be approved by AWS. Sponsor may choose to ship giveaway items to AWS HQ by January 1, 2022, or sponsor can bring items to conference for distribution.


Lanyard
$1,000
(*Exclusive)
Benefits Include:

  • Company name on lanyard 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 January 1, 2022)
  • Company name and link displayed on conference website

* Sponsor responsible for providing 600 lanyards. Sponsor may choose to ship lanyards to AWS HQ by January 1, 2022, or sponsor can bring items to conference for distribution.


Registration
$1,200
(*Exclusive)
Benefits Include:

  • Exclusive sponsor of registration with signage recognition throughout duration of 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 final program
  • Company name and link displayed on conference website
  • Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by January 1, 2022)

* Sponsor responsible for providing giveaway items. Giveaway items must be approved by AWS. Sponsor may choose to ship giveaway item to AWS HQ by January 1, 2022, or sponsor can bring item to conference for distribution.


Happy Hour
$1,500
(*Limit of 2)
Benefits Include:

  • Company logo on drink tickets given to each attendee
  • Acknowledgement during the Happy Hour as the sponsor(s) of the event (sponsor’s choice of days available on a first come, first served basis)
  • Company name and logo on signage at the Happy Hour
  • Recognition as sponsor on “Thank You” signage at event and Final Program (confirmation by January 1, 2022)
  • Company name displayed included on all promotional e-mails

* Sponsorship must be sold by January 1, 2022.

 


Break
$1,500
(*Limit of 4)
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 final program
  • Company name and link displayed on conference website

* Sponsor responsible for providing giveaway items. Giveaway items must be approved by AWS. Sponsor may choose to ship giveaway items to AWS HQ by January 1, 2022, or sponsor can bring items to conference for distribution.


Pen
$500
(*Limit of 2)
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 January 1, 2022)
  • Company name and link displayed on conference website

* Sponsor responsible for 600 providing pens. Sponsor may choose to ship Pens to AWS HQ by January 1, 2022, or sponsor can bring items to conference for distribution.


Notebook
$750
(*Limit of 2)
Benefits Include:

  • Company name on Notebook distributed to all attendees. * Production is not included
  • Company recognition on “Thank You” signage at the conference
  • Company name displayed on conference website
  • Company recognition in the Final Program (confirmation by January 1, 2022)
  • Company name and link displayed on conference website

* Sponsor responsible for providing 600 notebooks. Sponsor may choose to ship Notebooks to AWS HQ by January 1, 2022, or sponsor can bring items to conference for distribution.


Final Program
$800
(*Limit of 2)
Benefits Include:

  • Company recognition on “Thank You” signage at the conference
  • Option to choose back over or front inside cover ad position of the final program. Sponsor is responsible for providing artwork by January 1, 2022 (Full page color ad)
  • Company name and link displayed on conference website
  • Company logo in the printed final program to be distributed to all attendees.

* Placement of ad is on first come, first serve basis.




Koozies
$500
(*Limit of 2)
Benefits Include:

  • Company name on koozies 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 January 1, 2022)
  • Company name and link displayed on conference website

* Sponsor responsible for providing 600 koozies. Sponsor may choose to ship koozies to AWS HQ by January 1, 2022, or sponsor can bring items to conference for distribution.


For More Info on Sponsorships
Pedro Cevallos

 
Codes and Standards

HOTEL & VENUE

Hotel Drover

Fort Worth Stock Yards

Hotel Drover Logo
Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection
817 353.2896
200 Mule Alley
Fort Worth, TX 76164


Inspired by the pioneering spirit of the West, Hotel Drover delivers true Texas hospitality. Named to honor the legendary cowboys who drove cattle to market across the plains, Hotel Drover is an Autograph Collection® hotel, offering a rustic-luxe guest experience in the heart of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

*Cutoff date: 02/01/22

American Welding Society Learning
^