Technology Committees

Project & Construction Management Technology Committee Activities

The PCMTC toured Big River Steel on 14 September 2017.

The PCMTC met 14 September 2017, Memphis, Tenn., USA. This meeting was co-located with and held following the Managing Technology — Big River Steel training course. Fifteen PCMTC members were in attendance.
The PCMTC reviewed its AISTech 2018 technical session development. Ten abstracts had been selected and reviewed by the group, and session chairs were solicited. Each year, the PCMTC develops a “special subject” session and ideas for future topics were solicited.
The AISTech 2019 Call for Papers topics were reviewed, and three new topics were suggested: constructability review, contract management and site materials management.
The group discussed the Project Excellence Award selection and candidate solicitation. The PCTMC also discussed the Managing Technology course held earlier that week, as well as planning for future conferences.
Hans Steif gave a presentation covering the new Young Professional recruitment initiative within the PCMTC.

Terry Charters (left) presented Ted Vrehas (right) with the PCMTC service plaque.

The PCMTC met 8 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Terry Charters, Stelco

  • Vice chair: Barry Felton, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor

  • Papers chair: Don Salsbury, R.E. Warner & Associates

The PCMTC met 18–19 January 2017, Pascagoula, Miss., USA. The PCMTC discussed its attendance at meetings and how to engage more members from mini-mills, from the south and Young Professional members. It was proposed to issue a survey to the PCMTC membership to gain insight on what drives meeting attendance and provide useful content for future meetings.
The committee reviewed the technical program development for AISTech 2017. The PCMTC has arranged three sessions total, one of which will be a panel discussion. Session titles and chairs were finalized.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the PCMTC meeting at AISTech 2017.
There was discussion regarding the development and marketing of a new Managing Technology Specialty Training Conference. It will be held 12–14 September 2017 in Memphis, Tenn., USA, and will feature the construction and commissioning of the new Big River Steel plant.
The 2017 Project Excellence Award winner was announced. The committee is currently reviewing and revising the scoring criteria for this award process in an attempt to simplify it and encourage more submissions.

The following technical presentations were given:

  • “Achieving Production Excellence While Postponing Major Maintenance Outages,” by David Marshall, Performance Improvement Online.

  • “ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Ore Stacker/Reclaimer Replacement,” by Barry Felton, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.​

Ted Vrehas (right), PCMTC chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Church Dixon (left) for hosting the PCMTC’s tour of Ingalls Shipbuilding.
Joanne Zaraliakos (right), SHTC chair, presented Elizabeth Shaw (center) and Shannon Clark (left) with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the SHTC’s and PCMTC’s tour of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. No. 6 galvanizing line.

The PCMTC and SHTC met 21–22 September 2016, Burlington, Ont., Canada. The group reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Each committee reviewed its technical session development for AISTech 2017. The PCMTC and SHTC each have three sessions planned. The roles of session chairs and papers chair were reviewed.
An update was given on the Project Excellence Award, as well as the Managing Technology training conference, which will be held on 12–14 September 2017 at Big River Steel in Osceola, Ark., USA.
The Safety and Health Conference was also discussed. Those interested in participating should contact Brad Bray, SHTC education chair.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Drone Technology and Uses in the Industry,” by Kurt Schmiegel and Steve Jones, DLZ Industrial.

  • “Innovations with Machine and Conveyor Guarding,” by Chris Allen of Guardsmart.

  • “Gas Odorization Process,” by Pierre Braud and Marta Santorroman of ARKEMA.

  • “Executing a Major Maintenance Outage,” by David Marshall, Performance Improvement Online; Andrea Kuciak, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.; and Carlo Odoardi, COCO Net Inc.

Ted Vrehas (right) presented the PCMTC service plaque to
Andy Sarat (left).

The PCMTC met 16 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Ted Vrehas, Graycor Industrial Constructors Inc.

  • Vice chair: Terry Charters, U. S. Steel Canada – Hamilton Works

  • Papers chair: Barry Felton, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor

  • Program chair: Don Salsbury, R.E. Warner & Associates Inc.

  • Award co-chairs: Clay Piper, DMM Technical Services LLC, and Kevin Deliman, Baltimore Aircoil Co.

The PCMTC met 20–21 January 2016, San Antonio, Texas, USA. The group is working on a poster to promote PCMTC membership by highlighting its activities and the benefits of membership. Once complete, this poster may be displayed at various Member Chapter meetings and other AIST events. 
The PCMTC reviewed its technical sessions for AISTech 2016 and addressed some remaining issues. 
There was an extensive discussion on revamping the Project Excellence Award scoring criteria and deadlines.
Chairpersons for the upcoming term were nominated and will be approved at AISTech 2016.
There was a general discussion on potential ways to improve committee activities in the future.
In the afternoon, the PCMTC met with the Safety & Health Technology Committee (SHTC) for presentations on owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIP) by Scott Belamy and Ed Davis of Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

Andy Sarat, PCMTC chair (left), and Barry Momyer, SHTC chair (right), presented a plaque of appreciation to CMC Steel Texas for hosting a tour of its facility.

The PCMTC met 14–15 October 2015, Portage, Ind., USA. 
The first day of the meeting began with a tour of the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor coke battery and presentations by project operations/maintenance personnel who were involved in the top replacement and collector main project.
The group reconvened that afternoon for a discussion led by Dave Marshall on planning a special case study session for AISTech 2016. The topic is “Execution of a Major Maintenance Outage: Safety, Quality, Budget and Schedule” and will highlight lessons learned from the 2015 Project Excellence Award winner, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor’s “No. 1 Battery Collecting Main Replacement and Roof Repair Project.”
The following day started with a technical presentation titled “Building Information Modeling (BIM),” by Bill Derence of Mascaro Construction. The presentation was informative and well received, and the group decided to include a session devoted to this topic at AISTech 2016. Additional sessions were laid out, with titles and chairs identified.
The 2016 Project Excellence Award selection was reviewed. It was agreed that the application criteria should be simplified to help attract more entries.
The day concluded with an open discussion on ways to expand the outreach of the PCMTC and recruit more (particularly younger) members.

Andy Sarat (left) presented a plaque of appreciation to Tim Candiano (right) for hosting the PCMTC’s tour of the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor coke battery.

  Andy Sarat (left) presented the PCMTC service plaque to Steve Bohm (right).

The PCMTC met 4 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Andy Sarat, CMC Steel Arizona

  • Vice Chair: Ted Vrehas, Graycor Industrial Constructors Inc.

  • Papers Chair: Terry Charters, U. S. Steel Canada – Hamilton Works

  • Program Chair: Barry Felton, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor

Meeting Highlights:
Steve Bohm discussed the PCMTC’s previous meeting in Mobile, Ala., USA, and the plant tour of AM/NS Calvert LLC. The Project Excellence Award was presented to ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor at the Midwest Member Chapter dinner on 14 April 2015.

The PCMTC met 27–28 January 2015, Mobile, Ala., USADave Marshal presented, “Planning Major Maintenance Outages.” In addition, a case study was presented by Terry Charters depicting the recent Z line project upgrade at U. S. Steel Canada. 
The AIST Project Excellence Award candidates were reviewed by Clay Piper. Ted Vrehas reviewed the current AISTech technical session status with the group.
Russell Sindrey reviewed the results of the membership survey that was conducted by the PCMTC.
Volunteers were solicited to form an organizing committee for a new training conference on project management that will be offered by the PCMTC.
The group toured AM/NS Calvert LLC, specifically the hot strip mill, cold strip mill and the galvanizing facility.
Next PCMTC Meeting: Monday, 4 May 2015 during AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The PCMTC met on 7–8 October 2014, Merrillville, Ind., USA. The two-day meeting was hosted by John Seaman, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor. 
Ted Vrehas, Graycor Industrial Constructors Inc., discussed the three PCMTC sessions for AISTech 2015, including a session titled “Project Management Success” and two panel discussions, “Project Excellence Award (PEA)” and “Planning Major Maintenance Outages.” Session chairs and moderators were identified. PCMTC chair Steve Bohm, JNE Consulting Ltd., led the discussion in the development of a panel session based on a presentation created by David Marshall, Performance Improvement Inc. 
Three applications were submitted for the PEA, with scoring targeted for the end of October 2014. Clay Piper, DMM Technical Services LLC, will provide the final results of this year’s Project Excellence Award to the PCMTC. 
A presentation was given by Nick Morris, GP Strategies, using simulation models for training. 
The attendees toured ArcelorMittal USA, which was the recipient of last year’s Project Excellence Award. The facility’s blast furnace gas flare capture project utilizes blast furnace waste gas for electricity generation and received a matching grant by the U.S. Department of Energy from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The PCMTC met on 7–8 November 2013, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA, with a tour of U. S. Steel Clairton “C” Coke Battery.
The PCMTC currently has 82 members, of which 24 were in attendance.
Clay Piper provided an update on the status of the 2014 Project Excellence Award selection. PCMTC members in attendance reviewed the list of potential candidates for next year’s award and added several new projects.
Dave Marshall led a discussion on the development of a “special topic” case study session for AISTech 2014. The session will focus on project scope development and feature a panel discussion, using the previous year’s Project Excellence Award winner as a case study.
The PCMTC will host a second AISTech session, featuring another panel discussion with the current year’s Project Excellence Award candidates, along with three additional project-oriented presentations.

The PCMTC met on 15–16 January in Mesa, Ariz. The meeting’s agenda included a review and discussion of the Project Excellence Award. PCMTC members were encouraged to include potential nominations for next year’s Project Excellence Award. Nominations for the 2013–2014 officers were discussed and finalized. The PCMTC Call for Papers text was reviewed and finalized. An outline of the panel discussion on scheduling envisioned for AISTech 2013 was reviewed. Future plant tour locations were discussed. A plant tour of the CMC Steel Arizona micro-mill was held on Tuesday. Scott Henderson gave a presentation regarding the challenges of the plant construction project, followed by a plant facility tour directed by Andy Sarat and other members of the CMC team.

The PCMTC met on Tuesday, 9 October. Tom Sloan welcomed the attendees to the meeting and noted the good attendance, which included several new members. At the start of the meeting, the committee’s working agenda for 2012–2013 was reviewed. The PCMTC sessions for AISTech 2013 were formed after a review of the submitted abstracts. The new guidelines for the papers chair and session chairs were discussed with positive comments.
David Marshal explained the current nominations for the Project Excellence Award. He reviewed the current list of nominees and indicated that the subcommittee’s choice was forthcoming.
The committee’s mission statement was revised to read: “To improve the implementation, safety, and start-up of steel industry projects via improved project and construction management techniques. The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee shall provide opportunities for publication, training, best practices, and networking to personnel serving the steel industry as producers, suppliers, contractors, and consultants.”
The final discussion focused on topics for future meeting presentations. It is the committee’s intent to select a small group of people to lead the discussions at future meetings.

The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) met on Tuesday, 8 May at AISTech 2012. George Atlija welcomed everyone to the meeting and noted the good attendance. There were several new members present, in addition to 20 committee members. The minutes from the last PCMTC meeting were reviewed and approved. The PCMTC sessions at AISTech 2012 were reviewed with positive comments. There was some discussion on developing a project management specialty training seminar. Several modules could be developed, starting with the current one developed on project estimating. It was suggested that the use of panel discussions was an effective way to begin training modules. Incentives such as Professional Development Hour credits or even Continuing Education Units (the latter being more difficult to obtain) would be associated with successful completion of the specialty conference. Future training topics that were discussed included contracting strategies, change management of projects and contracts including cost control, and project planning. The officers will review these topics at the officers’ transition meeting.
David Marshall has instituted a preliminary look at the upcoming Project Excellence Award projects, and has also revised the submittal process. He has requested that everyone on the PCMTC add one or two projects to the list of upcoming projects. Tom Sloan mentioned the PRO-TEC CAL project. Other candidates are to be emailed to Marshall. Preliminary submittals were to be completed by the end of June 2012. It was agreed that this committee should visit the winner’s facility the year following receipt of the award.
The following individuals were elected as PCMTC officers for 2012–2013: Tom Sloan, chair; George Atlija, vice chair; Steve Bohm, papers chair; and Clay Piper, program chair.
The PCMTC mission statement was revised to read: “To improve the implementation, safety, and start-up of steel industry projects via improved project and construction management techniques. The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee shall provide opportunities for publication, training, best practices, and networking to personnel serving the steel industry as producers, suppliers, contractors, and consultants.”

The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) held its winter meeting on 8–9 March 2012 in Southgate, Mich. The meeting’s agenda included the final review of the sessions for AISTech 2012. The committee’s mission statement was reviewed and accepted. Other discussions included the scheduled presentation of the Project Excellence Award, which will be awarded at the Northern Member Chapter Product Fair in Hamilton, Ont., Canada. The award will go to ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. for their improvements to transfer of hot metal resulting in increased production. This year, the Project Excellence Award submissions are due by 30 June 2012. The submission form has been simplified and should be more user-friendly. The committee has been asked to reach out to more project personnel and to have an array of submittals to be evaluated. The 2011 winners will be featured at AISTech 2012. The Project Excellence Award subcommittee comprises Dave Marshal, Steve Bohm, Tom Zachariewitz, Kevin Moore and Don Salisbury.
George Atlija presented, “Estimating Best Practices,” and gave a general plan for the panel discussion at AISTech. The presentation was well received and resulted in a brainstorming session for the final product. Comments on market development, product mix, environmental, permitting, levels of accuracy relative to firm equipment prices and design completion provided a good review of structure and content. Committee chairman, vice chairman and papers chair positions were reviewed. These will be voted on at the next PCMTC meeting. Nominations are Tom Sloan for chair, George Atlija for vice chair, Steve Bohm for papers chair and Clay Piper for program chair.
The meeting was adjourned and the group was given a tour of Severstal’s pickle line tandem cold mill (PLTCM) and hot-dip coating line (HDCL). The tour was conducted by the PLTCM project manager, Bill McNab, and the HDCL plant manager, Dave Brandau, with support from key engineering and commissioning personnel: Dave Stotz, John Caffenberger, Franz Sperner and Tim Lamb. The PCMTC thanks Severstal for the tour of their world-class facility.

The Project & Construction Management Committee (PCMTC) held their summer meeting on 28–29 September in Latrobe, Pa. The meeting was called to order by Al Riebel, acting chair. There were 12 committee attendees at the two-day session. The meeting focused on technical paper and session development for AISTech 2012. Steve Bohm reviewed the AISTech 2012 session plans. The committee established three paper sessions, which include a joint session with the Continuous Casting Technology Committee, a panel discussion session entitled, “Best Practices for Project Estimating,” and a session Tuesday afternoon featuring a presentation of the Project Excellence Award (PEA) winner and others. Dave Marshall provided an update on the status of the PEA. The PEA selection committee has developed a streamlined process for project submittals. This process will include candidates submitting a short, preliminary application, after which the candidates will be narrowed down to three, who will then be asked to fill out a more detailed form for the final evaluation. Marshall also asked that all PCMTC members submit one candidate project using a form which was sent to them via email. Tom Zacharewicz, Ted Vrehas and Ed Rimpley presented the preliminary “Best Practices for Project Estimating” PowerPoint presentation. The committee then discussed the best practices employed by each of their respective companies. It was agreed that the topic and presentation would work well as a panel discussion at AISTech 2012. The next day, the committee toured the Latrobe Specialty Steel VIM/VAR facility.