Technology Committees


Environmental Committee Activities

Kevin Deliman (left) and Kyle Edwards (center) presented David Gilles (right) with the ETC service plaque at AISTech 2018.

The ETC met 7 May 2018, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Kyle Edwards, ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.

  • Vice chair: Kevin Deliman, Baltimore Aircoil Co.

  • Papers chair: Dejan Zrelec, Tenova Goodfellow Inc.

  • Technology Training chair: John Cioffi, NALCO Water, An Ecolab Company

The ETC met 5–6 March 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA. The ETC reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities report and held a safety roundtable discussion.
John Cioffi discussed the session layout and planning for AISTech 2018. It was noted that there may be difficulties for foreign authors due to the Section 232 decision.
Nominations for ETC officers for the 2018–2019 term were discussed, as well as the idea of alternating producers and suppliers for the chair position.
Discussion then focused on the Environmental Solutions: Water Management seminar, to be held on 15–17 October 2018 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. Planning for the conference is progressing well.
A Young Professional recruitment subcommittee was brought up. Ryan Wolfred, AIST staff engineer, discussed AIST’s initiative to recruit new young members to get involved in Technology Committee activities.
Another discussion item was attracting more producer participation in committee meetings. Perhaps a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency or other government agency could give a presentation at a future meeting.
The survey results from the Environmental Solutions: Meeting EPA Air Emission Requirements seminar were reviewed. Overall, attendees reported an 82% satisfaction rating. Air Pollution Control Equipment Maintenance could be a possible future session.
Kyle Edwards discussed the Engineering Solutions for Sustainability conference, which will be a joint effort between the ETC and representatives from the American Institute for Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). The course is slated for 2019.

ETC chair, David Gilles (left), presented a plaque to Michele Vachon (right) in appreciation for hosting a plant tour of Big River Steel.
 

The ETC met 18 October 2017, Indianapolis, Ind., USA. John Cioffi gave an overview of the ETC’s technical sessions for AISTech 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa., USA. Five sessions have been organized, comprised of 23 abstracts. Peter Petrov suggested that a sustainability session be created also. The request was made for session chairs, and nine members volunteered.
The ETC reviewed its Call for Papers topics. No changes were proposed for AISTech 2019.
Mike Allen announced the winner of the Environmental Best Paper Award. This award will be presented during the ETC meeting at AISTech 2018.         
There was also an open discussion to increase producer involvement with the ETC. The primary issue is the cost of travel, and comments were made concerning the value of remote meetings using videoconferencing capabilities. AIST has indicated in the past that it is concerned about the long-term impact if “face-to-face” discussions disappear. In the end, it was generally agreed that the best approach is a combination of face-to- face and remote meetings.
A Water Management training seminar is being planned for fall of 2018. John Cioffi provided an overview of the event and indicated that a survey had been sent out to establish any “hot-button issues.” A location has not yet been selected for this event.
The group discussed the Environmental Solutions training conference, which was held prior to the ETC meeting. Some of the comments included:

  • The quality of the graphics and the presentations were very good.

  • Attendance was up from the previous Environmental Solutions training course. It was believed that this was because of environmental regulation pressures. This resulted in additional attendees whose focus is in the foundry.

  • The audience was comprised of a good mix of those who deal with EAFs and those who work in integrated mills.

A general discussion was held concerning the value of surveys and what can be done to encourage a higher response rate. A suggestion was made to provide an incentive for completing them.
It was agreed by all in attendance that it was a good idea to include the committee meeting as part of the training course and to make it open for all attendees.
A recap of the Environmental Solutions conference appears on page 176 of this issue.
Next ETC Meeting: 6–7 March 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA, with a tour of Big River Steel

 
 
David Gilles (right) presented Conrad D’Costa (left) with the ETC service plaque.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: David Gilles, Sage Environmental

  • Vice chair: Kyle Edwards, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

  • Papers chair: John Cioffi, NALCO Water, An Ecolab Company

 
 
Robyn Dufresne (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to ETC chair Conrad D’Costa (left) for hosting the ETC’s tour of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

The ETC met 18–19 October 2016, Burlington, Ont., Canada, with a tour of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. The committee agreed to create a new subcommittee for ETC awards. Peter Petrov will chair this subcommittee, and participation is open for additional volunteers.
The ETC reviewed its AISTech 2017 abstracts and technical session layout. The ETC program will include 19 papers organized into four sessions, with one held jointly with the Energy & Utilities Technology Committee. Session chairs were selected, and the role of session chair was reviewed.
The winner of the 2017 AIST Environmental Technology Best Paper Award was selected. This award will be presented at the ETC meeting at AISTech 2017. The selection process and review criteria were discussed. A survey will be issued to the ETC for input on the evaluation criteria. Vern Martin will look into this feedback and propose an improved method for selection.
Kevin Deliman, education chair, led a discussion on the Environmental Technology Training Conference. Based on survey results, it was decided to hold separate conferences for air and water, with the next one focusing on air. A preliminary schedule was reviewed and modified. This conference will be held in fall 2017.

The following presentations were given:

  • “Air Emissions Capture — Equipment Design and Operation,” by Dejan Zrelec, Tenova Goodfellow.

  • “Water Treatment Presentation,” by Dave Gilles, Sage Environmental.

  • “Energy Projects at ArcelorMittal Dofasco,” by Ian Shaw, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

Mike Allen (left) presented the ETC service plaque to Conrad D’Costa (right).

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Conrad D’Costa, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

  • Vice chair: Dave Gilles, Sage Environmental

  • Papers chair: Mike Allen, CLARCOR Industrial Air

  • Training conference chair: Kevin Deliman, Baltimore Aircoil Co.

Conrad D’Costa (right), ETC chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Michelle Bunn (left) of CMC Steel Alabama for hosting a tour of its facility. 

The ETC met 8–9 March 2016, Birmingham, Ala., USA.
The ETC conducted an extensive review of new and existing features of AIST.org and offered suggestions for further improvement.
Committee chairpersons will continue in their current positions for the 2016–2017 term.
Kevin Deliman provided a summary of the attendee evaluations from the 2015 Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems conference.
The topic of selecting a Distinguished Member and Fellow was discussed, and a number of suggestions were offered to improve the nomination process.
Mike Allen led the discussion concerning the ETC’s AISTech 2016 technical sessions and addressed the remaining issues.
Extensive discussion was held on planning the committee’s next Technology Training Conference.
The day concluded with technical presentations by Joe Duckett and Peter Petrov.

 

 

Conrad D’Costa (right) presented the ETC service plaque to Dejan Zrelec (left).

The ETC met 6 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Conrad D’Costa, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

  • Vice chair — Dave Gilles, Sage Environmental

  • Paper chair — Mike Allen, CLARCOR Industrial Air | BHA

  • Conference chair — Kevin Deliman, Baltimore Aircoil Co.

Meeting Highlights:
The ETC discussed  the 2015 Environmental  Solutions: System Optimization Technology Training Conference, which will be held on 1–3 November 2015 in Charleston, S.C., USA.