Supply Chain Challenges for the Welding Industry

– it’s more than just procurement!


November 9, 2021

Virtual Conference

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Bohler WeldingLincoln Electric
AirgasIPG Photonics LightWeld
HyperthermWire Wizard

Sponsors

Location
VIRTUAL


AWS Contact
Sarai Claveria
sclaveria@aws.org



Overview

Most individuals outside of purchasing do not necessarily consider “supply chain issues” in a more global sense. However, the term “supply chain” encompasses more than just procurement of “things.” Items include skilled trades, support trades & activities, special equipment, inspection, and raw materials. One way to look at it is to consider the question: “Why can it cost over $1M to repair a 2″ pipe weld?” AWS enlists subject matter experts and will address some of these questions to inform the audience on many of the key items that affect a job.

 

organizing committee


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

Conference Chair

Euroweld, Ltd.

 
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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.

Gary Lewis
Gary Lewis

Conference Co-Chair

Lewis Reliability Resources

 
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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.


Jeff Houtz, PMP
Jeff Houtz, PMP

Conference Co-Chair

Constructing Supply Change

 
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Jeff served 30 years at Fluor, in Supply Chain executive functional roles as well as leading teams on major projects worldwide. In early 2020, Jeff launched Constructing Supply Change LLC, a consultancy focused on Digital Supply Chain concepts, Material Management best practices, and elevating and amplifying the role and impact of the Supply Chain function. He is a contributor to AWS’ Welding Journal, Engineering News-Record, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Houston, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University. Jeff is a member of the Project Management Institute, the Association for Supply Chain Management, and the Institute for Supply Management, and is an active committee member for the Construction Industry Institute.

 
 
 
speakers

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

Euroweld, Ltd.

 
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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.

Mike Minivelle
Mike Minivelle

 
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Michael got his start in the industry as a field expediter for a small pipe fabrication and construction company. While working, he successfully completed the pipe fabrication and welding programs with the local Associated Builders and Contractors School. He later transitioned to the fabrication shop where he held multiple roles as a Journeyman Pipe Fabricator, Journeyman Combination Welder, Welding Supervisor, Quality Control Inspector and held American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (AWS CWI) and National Association of Corrosion Engineers Level 2 (NACE Level 2) certifications.
He ultimately moved into a Project Engineer role, where, in support of a large multi-billion-dollar refinery expansion project, was recruited to join an engineering procurement and construction firm as their Pipe Fabrication Manager/Subject Matter Expert. He later joined an Oil & Gas owner company to manage their pipe and steel program. With over 25 years in multiple roles, Michael has global procurement and contract management experience on domestic and international capital projects from fabricator, EPC and Owner perspectives. His diverse background in fabrication, welding, quality control, engineering, and supply chain operations have enabled him to serve as a key member on multi-discipline supply chain teams achieving optimized project execution.
Michael is a graduate of LSU (Bachelors of General Studies) and lives in Sugar Land, Texas with his wife. He is an avid golfer, equestrian trail rider, cyclist and kayaker.


Jeff Houtz, PMP
Jeff Houtz, PMP

Constructing Supply Change

 
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Jeff served 30 years at Fluor, in Supply Chain executive functional roles as well as leading teams on major projects worldwide. In early 2020, Jeff launched Constructing Supply Change LLC, a consultancy focused on Digital Supply Chain concepts, Material Management best practices, and elevating and amplifying the role and impact of the Supply Chain function. He is a contributor to AWS’ Welding Journal, Engineering News-Record, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Houston, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University. Jeff is a member of the Project Management Institute, the Association for Supply Chain Management, and the Institute for Supply Management, and is an active committee member for the Construction Industry Institute.

John Hark
John Hark

Director, North America

Bertling Logistics

 
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John has been in the Houston maritime/logistics industry for 30 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M. He is also an adjunct professor at Texas A&M. He started with Bertling in 2002 as Director of North America Vessel Operations. After moving to Bertling’s logistics division, he held various management roles within North and South America. He is currently the North America Director. He has also been an Adjunct Professor with Texas A&M University since 2002. Active in various industry and education initiatives, John is the current President of the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, chairs advisory councils for Lone Star College and Houston Community College, and is a board member of the Port Houston Partners in Maritime Education nonprofit organization. In April 2020, he founded the Houston Supply Chain/Logistics Education Collective to proactively minimize the logistics industry talent gap and foster industry relationships with educators and students in the Houston region.

 


SCHEDULE

NOV

9

Tuesday
Half Day Conference
1:00 – 5:30 pm (EDT)

1:00pm – 1:15pm
Welcome & Introductions

 

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Welding Supply Chain Interruptions, Now What do You Do?
William F. Newell, Jr. PE, Peng, IWE
Euroweld, Ltd.

 
Presentation Overview

Even before industry experienced downturns and supply interruptions from COVID-19, there were signs that some previously available commodity and specialty weld metals were beginning to become in short supply and minimum order quantities were escalating to absurd levels. Slow moving or “commercially insignificant” items were just discontinued. This is especially problematic where products do not have an AWS or international classification and even intelligent substitutions are not an option. The severity of the issue varies with industry and is compounded by interruption in shipping by sea, truck or air. Petrochemical is typically affected more than the power industry or other industries. This presentation examines the issues and offers examples and options to consider for minimizing the effect.

 

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Navigating the Current Logistics Market and Operational Challenges – How did we get here and where are we going?
John Hark
Director, North America, Bertling Logistics

 

3:15pm – 4:45pm
Project Pipe Shop Fabrication: Best Practices for Fabricators and Their Customers
Jeff Houtz, PMP
Constructing Supply Change

Mike Minivelle

 
Presentation Overview

The procurement and fabrication of shop fabricated pipe spools is many times an underestimated work process for capital projects, fraught with stubborn work process ineffiencies that affect both the buyer and the seller. Our two presenters will share perspectives from both the pipe fabricator’s point of view, and their customers’ point of view (typically the EPC Contractor), focusing on best practices, improvements, and collaborative steps that can be taken by projects to increase profitability and minimize disruption.

 

4:45pm – 5:00pm
15 min Break
 

5:00pm – 5:20pm
Panel Discussion
 

5:20pm
Wrap-up/Final Thoughts


*Conference Schedule Subject to Change

registration & Pricing

Registration


Open: July 2021

Deadline: Monday, November 8th at 5pm (EST)


Technical Program
4 PDHs Earned


Pricing
Member
Nonmember
Regular $60 $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.


 


SPONSORSHIPS

*Sponsorships Subject to Change


Logo Sponsorship
$500

Benefits Include:

  • One Complimentary Registration for Company Representative
  • Company Logo and Link to their Website on Conference Landing Page
  • Company Logo placements during Virtual Event break
  • Attendee List


Video or Ad Sponsorship*
$750

Benefits Include:

  • Company Video (2 min) or Ad during the Conference
  • Company Name and Link displayed on Conference Website
  • Company Recognition during Virtual Event Break
  • One Complimentary Registration for Company Representative
  • Attendee List

* Sponsorship must be sold by –, 2021 for fulfillment
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For More Info on Sponsorships
Sarai Claveria
sclaveria@aws.org

 

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