Technology Committees


Project & Construction Management

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.

The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) met on 2 May 2011 at AISTech in Indianapolis, Ind. There were 19 committee members in attendance. The election of committee officers for 2012 resulted in George Atlija, chair; Tom Sloan, vice chair; David Brace, program chair; and Steve Bohm, papers chair. Dave Marshall provided an update on the status of the 2011 Project Excellence Award (PEA). The cutoff date for 2011 submittals was in July. The committee is planning for two meetings/plant tours this year, in addition to the officers’ transition meeting and the AISTech 2012 meeting. Project Estimating Best Practices was suggested as a topic for a future meeting. The next meeting is planned to include a plant tour at Latrobe Specialty Steel, Latrobe, Pa., 2009 winner of the PEA for its VIM/VAR Project. The meeting date will be 28–29 September 2011 (location details will be forthcoming). The committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 28 September, with the plant tour on Thursday morning, 29 September. Al Riebel received a plaque in commemoration of his valuable service as the outgoing chair of the PCMTC.

The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) meeting was held on 11 March 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. Al Riebel welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Don Salsbury and Middough for hosting. Mr. Riebel also acknowledged and congratulated Tom Zacharewicz, the committee’s past chairman, who was elected to the 2011 AIST Board of Directors. Ken Buker volunteered to take the minutes. The minutes from 23–24 September 2010 were reviewed and approved. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed along with the current AIST staff announcements. The highlights of AISTech 2011 were discussed, and the AIST website and areas of committee access were reviewed by Ken Landau. Mark Rosi was introduced as the new AIST representative to the committee. The latest Steel Mill Fatality statistics were reviewed and discussed, along with AISTech 2011 session planning. Tom Sloan volunteered to present PDRI as a co-author with Bill Pinkerton for the last paper of the Tuesday morning session.
The AISTech 2012 Call for Papers topics include: capital effectiveness, project safety performance, project planning, best practices and implementation approaches for new installations, retrofits and maintenance projects, project team alignment/team building, new technologies to aid the project team, risk assessment, commissioning and project closeout. The 2011–2012 committee leadership nominations included: George Atlija, chair; Tom Sloan, vice chair; and David Brace, program chair. The  papers chair is open at this time. Kevin Moore noted that, with the sale of Sparrows Point to RG Steel, some of the engineering staff may be interested in joining the committee. He will contact them to solicit members. Tom Sloan noted that there have been no submittals for the 2011 Project Excellence Award, even with an extended deadline. The two interested companies will be urged to submit their projects for 2012. Dave Marshall has agreed to take Mr. Sloan’s place as the chair of the PEA subcommittee. The subcommittee currently consists of the following individuals: Dave Marshall, chair; Greg Saul; Steve Bohm; and Tom Zacharewicz. Dave Marshall will contact Greg Saul to see if he wants to continue with the committee. Kevin Moore volunteered to participate if Greg is no longer interested.
The afternoon session included a presentation, “Key Performance Indicators Drive Best Practices,” prepared by Don Osterhout, who was unable to attend the meeting. Al Riebel gave the presentation and a group discussion was held on the topic. The next morning, Middough and Arcelor Mittal hosted a presentation and tour of the No. 1 Power House 20 MW Turbine Generator. The presentation was given by Mike Ritz of ArcelorMittal and Ed Manning of Middough with the help of Wayne Powell of Middough. The committee would like to thank Middough and ArcelorMittal for the excellent presentation and tour.

The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) met 23–24 Sep near Detroit, Mich. The committee chair, Al Riebel from JNE Consulting, opened the meeting by welcoming everyone there. Ken Buker from CDMG volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed and agreed to. The meeting minutes from the 4 May 2010, meeting were approved as written. The 2010 Steel Mill Fatality Statistics were discussed in detail. The available abstracts for AISTech 2011 were reviewed in detail, with 14 abstracts being selected. The abstracts were sorted into topics and laid out into the Monday afternoon session, as well as both Tuesday sessions. Tom Sloan of General Dynamics updated the committee on the progress of selecting the 2010 Project Excellence Award winner. The PCMTC mission statement was reviewed, and it was agreed that no change would be made. Therefore, it still reads: “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, technology exchange, and networking to personnel serving the steel industry as producers, suppliers, contractors, and consultants.” Mr. Riebel led a lively discussion on “Execution Strategies for Capital Projects.” Severstal Dearborn hosted a tour of both their pickle line temper cold mill and hot-dip galvanizing line projects for the PCMTC. The next PCMTC meeting will be scheduled in the spring of 2011.

The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) met on 3 May during AISTech 2010 in Pittsburgh. Tom Zacharewicz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking them for their attendance. Ken Buker of CDMG volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed and agreed to. The attendees were asked to introduce themselves. The minutes from the 25–26 Mar PCMTC meeting were reviewed and approved as written. The PCMTC expressed their appreciation to V&M Star for hosting a tour of their facility. The consensus for future meetings is to have a half-day of specialized technical material to help educate the committee on specific subjects and also attract younger professionals. Tom Sloan of General Physics Corp. reported on the status of nominations for the 2010 Project Excellence Award. The committee elected their officers for the 2010–2011 term as: Al Riebel of JNE Consulting, chair; Tom Sloan, vice chair; George Atlija of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., papers chair; and Dave Brace of Paul Wurth, program chair. The PCMTC mission statement was reviewed and accepted as written: “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, technology exchange, and networking to personnel serving the steel industry as producers, suppliers, contractors, and consultants.” The officers will meet during the summer to decide when and where the fall and spring meetings will be, drawing from a number of suggestions given during this meeting.

The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) met in Boardman, Ohio, on 25–26 Mar 2010. The committee chair, Tom Zacharewicz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for their time. Mr. Zacharewicz reviewed the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines, and everyone agreed to abide by them. Ken Buker from CDMG agreed to take the meeting minutes. Gary Hauck, performance manager of V&M Star Youngstown, gave a presentation on their multi-stand pipe mill (MPM) project. The MPM project was a complete replacement of the 6-stand block with a new hydraulic-controlled generation. The close-coupled pipe mill block includes three large and three small MPM housings, complete with hydraulic gap control capsules. The committee was then treated to a complete tour of V&M Star’s facility. The second day of the meeting began with a very informative presentation by Dave Giancola, maintenance manager of V&M Star Youngstown, on the upgrade to their continuous caster machine. The continuous caster upgrade included: structural repairs, increased casting tower floor space, engineered utility and service routings, automation, operating pulpit and casting technological equipment replacement. The PCMTC session layout for AISTech was reviewed. The need for an entry-level-type training seminar was discussed. The consensus was to have each subsequent meeting focus on a specific topic or aspect of project management. The PCMTC members could then market the meeting to those most interested in the topic. The committee reviewed the Project Excellence Award, which was presented to Neal Fenton of Latrobe Specialty Steel for their VIM/VAR project during the Pittsburgh Member Chapter meeting on March 1. The PCMTC discussed the nominations for leadership for the coming year. The elections took place at the AISTech meeting in May.

The Project & Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) held a meeting in Burlington, Ont., Canada, on 26–27 Oct 2009. The committee chair, Tom Zacharewicz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to the meeting and asked all the attendees to introduce themselves. Ken Buker of CDMG volunteered to take the meeting minutes. Mr. Zacharewicz reviewed the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines. The 2009 Steel Mill Fatality Report was reviewed. The PCMTC chose abstracts for AISTech 2010 and arranged them into sessions. Tom Sloan of General Physics Corp. reviewed the selection process and nominated a project for the 2009 Project Excellence Award. The committee approved the recommendation. The next PCMTC meeting, which will focus on contract strategies and training, is scheduled for 25 Mar 2010, in Boardman, Ohio, with a tour of V&M Star’s facility.

The Project and Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) met on 5 May at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. Tom Zacharewicz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco started the meeting by welcoming everyone. Ken Buker of Continental Design volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The previous meeting minutes from the teleconference on March 10 were reviewed and approved. The meeting attendees noted that a good Project Management 101 training session is still a need in the industry. The session should focus on topics that a young employee with little PM experience needs to know to successfully manage a project. It was suggested that the training session should focus more on project execution as opposed to project planning. It was agreed that the meeting attendees will each develop a tentative outline for the training session. Once developed, the training session could coincide with AISTech 2010 in Pittsburgh as part of the technical sessions or as a standalone Specialty Training Conference. Tom Sloan of General Physics Corp. explained that three submissions have been received for the Project Excellence Award. A subcommittee was selected to review the submissions, with the goal of selecting the winner and presenting the award at a Member Chapter meeting this fall. The PCMTC mission statement was reviewed and approved by those in attendance. The statement reads, “To improve the implementation, safety, and start-up of steel industry projects via improved project and construction management techniques. The Project and Construction Management Technology Committee shall provide opportunities for publication, training, technology exchange, and networking to personnel serving the steel industry as producers, suppliers, contractors, and consultants.” The PCMTC established the following objectives for the coming year: develop a training session for young project managers and increase PCMTC membership and activity, particularly among owners. A plaque was presented to Mr. Zacharewicz for his service as the committee chair for the previous year. A tentative fall meeting will be held at ArcelorMittal Dofasco in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, in October. A tour will be included. The meeting will be scheduled to coincide with a local Member Chapter meeting if possible. United Spiral Pipe in Pittsburg, Calif., is a potential site for the winter meeting in January or February 2010.

The Project and Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC) held a teleconference on 10 Mar. Tom Zacharewicz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. welcomed everyone to the call and thanked them for taking the time to meet. After introductions, the AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed. The AISTech 2009 PCMTC sessions were then discussed. The PCMTC will be sponsoring three sessions at AISTech 2009, with one of those being a round table discussion on “Managing Maintenance Projects” on Tuesday afternoon, May 5. The paper order and session chairs were reviewed and adjusted as needed. The session chairs were encouraged to contact the authors within their sessions and discuss with them their responsibilities and upcoming deadlines for participation. The PCMTC’s topics for the AISTech 2010 Call for Papers were reviewed and approved. The application deadline for the Project Excellence Award was extended to 15 Apr to allow potential applicants enough time to submit them. The committee decided to forgo a training seminar at this time. They have elected instead to have more round table discussions on various topics during their upcoming committee meetings. Mr. Zacharewicz offered to continue the duties of committee chair for the coming year, so the committee leadership will remain the same for 2009–2010. The next PCMTC meeting will be on Tuesday, 5 May during AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo.