2018 Winter Technical Meeting

Preliminary Schedule of Events

SAT., March 17, 2018
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
SWR Institute Board Meeting

SUN., March 18, 2018
Committee Meetings - Click here to learn more about SWR Institute Committees
1 – 2:30 p.m.

- Membership
- Training Validation
- Product Validation

2:30 - 4 p.m.
- Technical Resources
- Safety
- Program Planning

5 – 6 p.m.
First Timers’ Reception

6 – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception

MON., March 19, 2018
7:30 – 8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8 – 8:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks & President’s Welcome

8:10 – 9:00 a.m.
The Evolution of Exterior and Deck Coatings on Amelia Island
Jeremy Blanchard, Blanchard Caulking & Coatings, Inc.
Amelia Island is a quant coastal community which has its own unique waterproofing challenges: seasonal high humidity and strong coastal winds, constant salt spray from the ocean and hurricanes, very poor access to building exteriors and vacationers who understandably don’t want to be bothered.  

 In our presentation, we will show you how we overcome Amelia Island’s unique challenges daily – highlighting some of Amelia Islands most interesting buildings and sharing how we manage to waterproof and maintain over 1 million square feet of building exterior year after year.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
HIGH-TECH CONCRETE – Avoiding a “Hot Mess”
Kelly McBride and Ryan Worth, Century Building Solutions, Inc.
Everything in today’s world has speeded up, including the placement and cure of concrete in building repair. The modern restoration contractor needs to be well-versed in the characteristics of modified and alternative concrete mixes to enable the faster schedules demanded in the remediation of occupied facilities including industrial and commercial buildings. Century Building Solutions will profile two projects that required “hot mixes” to enable faster cure regimes in order to solve complex placements and faster return to service. We will also review alternative concrete compositions include Calcium Silicate Aluminate formulations and other specialty mixes including flooring uses requiring feather finishing and innovative cork aggregate products.

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Trinity Award Ceremony

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Projects on Parade

10:45 – 11:00 am.
SWR Institute Foundation – A New Direction
A presentation on the status of the SWR Foundation and the new initiatives instituted by the board of directors.  The Foundation’s new vision and goal is to become a stronger resource for SWR Institute members.  Whether it is for academic scholarships, continuing education, development of training modules, the Foundation is striving to bolster the educational needs of our members and industry.

11:00 – Noon
Town Hall Meeting/Elections/Pass the Gavel Ceremony
Doug DeSilvio with the George D. Alan Company will accept the gavel from Cindy Raffio as he assumes the role of SWR Institute’s president.  This is an exciting time for Doug and the association and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate with him and hear about his plans for the association’s future.

6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Pass the Gavel Party - Havana Nights
Celebrate Doug DeSilvio’s presidency Havana nights style!  This festive event will take place at Walker’s Landing, located on the marsh side of the resort that offers a view of the wild, yet wonderful, salt marsh. A Cuban band and professional Cuban dancers will entertain us while we enjoy each other’s company and a Cuban style feast.  Cigar rolling, hair flowers for ladies and Havana hats for the men will also be provided.  

TUES., March 20, 2018
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.
Opening Remarks

8:35 – 9:35 a.m.
IT Trends in Construction: Making Good Decisions and the Most of Your IT Investments
Christian Burger, Burger ConsultingIn this presentation, we will be covering a variety of IT related topics from top trends in the industry and how to bring about positive change in your organization using technology as a lever. We will be viewing the results of the informal IT survey conducted earlier, interpreting the meaning, and applying some real-world advice to what we see.  We will also be covering critical success factors of how to selection and implement new solutions. Time will be provided at the conclusion of the presentation for questions.

9:35 – 10:20 a.m.
3-D Scanning and Robotic Milling of Stone
Laurie Wells, Old World Stone
Replicating complex geometry and sculpted stone detail on historic buildings requires infinite measuring and attention to detail.  Previously,  photographs, field templates, rubber molds and actual samples from buildings were used to copy missing or damaged units.  Today leading edge 3-D scanning is used to capture the finest detail in the field and transfer that information to CNC and robotic milling equipment.  The scanning and milling technology will be demonstrated through three innovative case studies. First, we return to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, CO to replicate carved French Gothic detail on the twin spires using Indiana limestone. Next we head to Packer Memorial Chapel at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA to scan and replicate the Collegiate Gothic tracery windows in Wallace sandstone.  Our latest venture is in Oklahoma City where a tracery window, on the brink of collapse, is scanned and a replacement limestone tracery is in the works.  This innovative technology is changing the way we do business.

10:20 – 10:50 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:50 – 11:00 a.m.
Technology on Parade

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Technical Clearinghouse
Moderator: Kelly McBride, Century Building Solutions, Inc.
This session offers attendees the opportunity to tap into the collective knowledge of the group.  If you are looking for a solution or have information you’d like to share with the group, this is the time and place to bring those issues to light.  

1:00 p.m. shotgun start
Red Simpson Memorial Golf Tournament
Golfers will enjoy this gorgeous and challenging course.  Whether you are an expert golfer or simply want to enjoy time with your fellow SWRI’ers, it promises to be a fun and lively event.  


WED., March 21, 2017

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Challenges and Choices: Preformed Silicone Shapes
Mark Schmidt & Peter Nelson, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Preformed silicone shapes can be used to address limited bond surface, aesthetic concerns, moving joints, and difficult sealant installations; however, not all shapes are aesthetically acceptable and some do not meet performance requirements. In this presentation, Mark Schmidt and Peter Nelson (both of WJE) will use two case studies to illustrate the challenges and choices associated with sealing troublesome spandrel components and lock-strip gasket systems. For each case study, they will describe the initial design considerations; the proposed repair methodologies; the performance of mock-up installations; and the subsequent development, selection, installation, and quality assurance of three dimensional preformed silicone shapes. Through these case studies, Mark and Peter will highlight that even straightforward installations do not always warrant the same preformed silicone solutions.

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
New Product Demonstrations

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.
Golf Awards

10:10 - 10:40 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:40– 11:25a.m.
Thermographic Systems Used to Identify Errors & Omissions in Placement of Structural Reinforcement in High Rise Buildings 
Joseph Ferrell, Building Engineering-Consultants, Inc.
This presentation will present findings discovered using Thermographic technology and during damage investigations on high rise buildings following  gulf coast hurricanes. The survey results revealed serious omissions and/or alignment errors within structurally reinforced walls and exterior assemblies, resulting in millions of dollars of repair. The presentation details how the damages to exterior walls, when compared to actual wind speeds recorded and structural designs, were in excess of what should have occurred. The presentation also describes the methodology & testing used to determine the cause of failures, limitations of using Thermographic equipment and best practices to avoid failures in exterior wall construction. 

11:25 - 11:55 a.m.
Projects on Parade

11:55 a.m. - Noon
Closing Remarks

Meeting Adjourns