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Iron & Steel Preservation Workshop

LCC Iron & Steel Preservation (ISP)

Iron & Steel Preservation Workshop

March 9 and 10, 2015

Register (517) 483-9853
Day one $200.00, Both days $325.00
After February 15th
Day one $225.00 Both days $375.00


Repair, Rehabilitation, and Restoration of Metals

This workshop has the goal of increasing the number of engineers, designers, builders and contractors who can confidently specify industrial processes for the repair, rehabilitation and preservation of metals using both current steel fabrication methods and historic technologies.

Repair - Repair of critical members of a bridge or building requires the knowledge of industrial processes, and the selection of the applicable process for a particular repair application. Two of the most popular arc welding processes used for onsite repairs are the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and the Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes, both processes will be demonstrated at the March ISP workshop with hands-on opportunities for workshop participants.

Rehabilitation - Replacing a metal truss bridge or building with a new structure can have a negative economic impact on a community, many of these structures can be brought up to current standards such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and the American Welding Society (AWS). With the careful selection, and application of industrial processes along with engineering innovation a rehabilitation project can extend the service life of a culturally significant bridge or building.

LCC Iron & Steel Preservation (ISP)

Restoration - If a bridge or building is declared historically significant than the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties often governs. Repair, rehabilitation, and restoration of original historic metals with current industrial tools such as arc welding process, flame straightening, brazing, and riveting can save and protect much of the original metal. ISP workshop participants will have a better understanding and greater sensitivity toward existing metal structures, and fabrication technologies.


LCC is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training as an IACET education provider and will issue Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants at the end of each conference day.


March 9 Speakers

Matt Hebdon,
Purdue University Ph.D., research assistant
"Member-level redundancy of riveted built-up steel girders"

Steve Howell,
Ballard Forge, Seattle, Washington
"Hydraulic Riveting"

Dan McCain,
President of the Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal Association
"Volunteers Make a Difference"

Vern Mesler,
Iron & Steel Preservation Workshop Coordinator
"Longfellow Bridge, Boston Massachusetts, Rehabilitation"

Heath Mitchell,
G.W.Y., Inc.
"The Transition from Riveting to Bolting"

Kim Nowack,
Chief Engineer of the Mackinac Bridge Authority
"Mackinac Bridge - Past, Present and Future"

Cherry Vujevich,
President of Chicago Fastener, Mokena, Illinois
"Making Rivets for the Longfellow Bridge"

March 10 Workshop Demonstrations

  • Hydraulic Riveting, Steve Howell
  • Heat Straightening Demonstration, Dan Garijo
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Brazing Welding
  • Field Riveting with the field rivet hammer

Workshop Demonstrators

Roy Bailiff Bill Eggleston Jeff Haynes
Cathie Lindquist Roger Morrison Jeff Seelye

Nels Raynor,
Bach Ornamental & Structural Steel
"Restoring Bridges: A Job and a Passion"


March 9th

Speakers will present on research and preservation projects for the repair, rehabilitation, and restoration of iron and steel.

March 10th

Demonstrations and hands-on activities of industrials tools used in the repair, rehabilitation, and restoration, of iron and steel will be led by LCC expert craftsmen and instructors.


Register at (517) 483-9853


Scholarships to attend the ISP workshop will awarded to undergraduate and graduate students in welding, engineering, historic preservation and related fields.

Welding Technology Program at Lansing Community College

Applied Manufacturing Technologies
West Campus Room 103
Phone: (517) 483-5338
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