Lansing Community College

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.

Iron & Steel Preservation Conference 2019

Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2019
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lansing Community College, West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing 48917

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Conference would be of interest to:

  • State and Federal Departments of Transportation (DOTs, FHWA)
  • State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs)
  • Engineers
  • Preservationists
  • Historians
  • Ironworkers
  • Steel fabricators
  • Craftsmen
  • General Contractors
  • Students
  • Educators



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).

Day 1 Registration Only Full Conference Registration

Conference Schedule

  • 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"

    8:00 am

    Welcome and Introduction
    Lansing Community College

    8:15 am

    Lloyd Baldwin, Cultural and Historic Resource Coordinator (MDOT)
    "Cut River Bridge Rehabilitation"

    9:00 am

    Andrew Zevchak & Mario Quagliata (MDOT)
    "Bridge Rehabilitation Design Overview"

    9:45 am


    10:00 am


    10:15 am

    Frank Boston (MDOT)
    "Remote Sensing for Bridge Management"

    11:00 am

    Peter Jansson, PE, Chief Bridge Construction Engineer (MDOT)
    John Belcher, PE, Bridge Construction Engineer (MDOT)
    "MDOT Pack Rust Removal Standard"

    12:00 pm

    Luncheon and Presentations
    Scholarship awards presentation starts at 12:45 pm, immediately followed by luncheon speaker

    2:00 pm

    Christopher Garrell, PE (AISC)
    "Exploiting the Resiliency of Built-up Steel Members"

    2:45 pm

    Robert J. Connor, PhD (Purdue University)
    "Research and Evaluation of Pack-out Corrosion in Steel Built-up Members at Purdue University"

    3:30 pm


    3:45 pm

    Steve Howell, Ballard Forge
    "Hydraulic riveting introduction"

    4:00 pm


    4:30 pm

    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


Contact Information

For event or registration questions, please contact the Lansing Community College Business and Community Institute (BCI).

Phone: 517-483-1857

LCC West Campus Room M105
5708 Cornerstone Drive
Lansing, MI 48917