Achieve a better understanding and greater sensitivity toward existing metal structures and fabrication technologies through rare hands-on experience in the repair, rehabilitation and restoration of metal structures. Participants will gain knowledge through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on instruction.
This conference intends to increase the number of engineers, designers, builders and contractors who can confidently specify industrial processes for the repair, rehabilitation and restoration of metals using both contemporary steel fabrication methods and historic technologies.
Attendees will be introduced to industrial processes used in the repair and preservation of metals, including Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Oxygen Fuel Welding (OFW), Oxygen Fuel Brazing, and flame straightening of wrought iron and steel. Shop riveting and field riveting used in the fabrication and erection of bridges and buildings will also be featured, as these methods are promoted for the preservation of riveted metal structures.
Upon completion of the conference, attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation.
Conference would be of interest to:
- State and Federal Departments of Transportation (DOTs, FHWA)
- State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs)
- Steel fabricators
- General Contractors
DAY 1 FORUM ONLY: $240
FULL CONFERENCE: $445
Attendees may register for the Day 1 Speakers' Forum only or for both days of the conference. The full conference registration fills quickly as space is limited for the hands-on demonstrations in Day 2.
Registration closes Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m.
- Daily check-in is from 7:30 - 8 a.m.
- Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided each day.
- Those attending Day 2 workshops, please wear long sleeve shirts and long pants as well as sturdy shoes (no open toe).
Friday, October 18
Presentations from the experts of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Purdue University, Ballard Forge and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
DAY 1 – Speakers' Forum
Check-in and refreshments
David Simmons, emcee
"Director, Society for Industrial Archeology
Senior Editor, Ohio Historical Society"
Welcome and Introduction
Lansing Community College
Lloyd Baldwin, Cultural and Historic Resource Coordinator (MDOT)
"Cut River Bridge Rehabilitation"
Andrew Zevchak & Mario Quagliata (MDOT)
"Bridge Rehabilitation Design Overview"
Frank Boston (MDOT)
"Remote Sensing for Bridge Management"
Peter Jansson, PE, Chief Bridge Construction Engineer (MDOT)
John Belcher, PE, Bridge Construction Engineer (MDOT)
"MDOT Pack Rust Removal Standard"
Luncheon and Presentations
Scholarship awards presentation starts at 12:45 pm, immediately followed by luncheon speaker
Christopher Garrell, PE (AISC)
"Exploiting the Resiliency of Built-up Steel Members"
Robert J. Connor, PhD (Purdue University)
"Research and Evaluation of Pack-out Corrosion in Steel Built-up Members at Purdue University"
Steve Howell, Ballard Forge
"Hydraulic riveting introduction"
Steve Howell and Lansing Community College Staff
"Hydraulic Rivet Lab Demonstration"
Saturday, October 19
Hands-on instruction with industrial tools for the repair, rehabilitation and restoration of metals, using processes both contemporary and historic. These include hot riveting with a field rivet hammer, various welding processes, cast iron repair, flame straightening of steel, and cutting. In addition, hydraulic riveting and pneumatic riveting will be demonstrated. Participants will be divided into smaller groups for hands-on instruction, carrying out each process under the guidance of expert instructors.
Day 2 - Hands-on Instruction & Demonstrations
7:30 - 8:00 am
Check-in, waivers, refreshments
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
- Pack rust removal, flame straightening, cutting
- Riveting with hydraulic rivet equipment
Hands-on instruction (concurrent sessions)
- OFW (Oxygen Welding and Brazing)
- SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
- Riveting with field rivet hammer
12:30 – 1:30 pm
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Hands-on instruction (concurrent sessions repeated)
4:30 – 5:00 pm
Certificates distributed, evaluations collected
Hotel & Transportation
Country Inn & Suites will offer group rates using code 101819ISPC; please call the hotel directly and mention the LCC Iron & Steel Preservation Conference to obtain a discounted rate.
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
6511 Centurion Drive, Lansing, MI 48917 | 517-827-7000
See more Lansing area hotels at lansing.org/hotels.
The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) route 12 runs from Downtown Lansing to LCC’s West Campus; this route runs Monday through Friday. Visit lcc.edu/cata for more information.
Amtrak East Lansing
The Amtrak train station is located at 1240 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823. Please visit Amtrak.com for tickets and schedules.
Capital Region International Airport
Located in North Lansing, the airport is about a 15 minute drive to LCC’s West Campus; book your flight at flylansing.com.
The Michigan Flyer is a bus that transports passengers to and from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. For more information on schedules and fares, please visit michiganflyer.com.