Technology Committees

Project & Construction Management Technology Committee Activities

►Past Activities
  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.