Technology Committees

Project & Construction Management Technology Committee Activities

The PCMTC held a virtual meeting 25 March 2021.
The group discussed the Steel Industry Fatalities Report for 2021 and had a roundtable discussion about safety and travel within attendees’ companies at this time.
The PCMTC’s AISTech 2021 sessions were reviewed and the panel discussion title and topics were confirmed.
The committee officers have decided to stay on for 2021–2022 term.
The committee discussed a Technology Training Conference, and the Project Excellence Award and the need for more nominations.

The PCMTC held a virtual meeting 13 October 2020.
The PCMTC discussed their AISTech 2021 session planning along with digital transformation strategies.
The group is planning a Managing Technology conference for September 2021. 
Al Varga gave an update on a proposed project with evaluations based on safety and travel restrictions at Nucor Steel–Arkansas. 
Ryan Throckmorton was appointed to the position of Young Professional chair after a vacancy was created. 
A roundtable discussion followed, during which attendees discussed how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic, how their projects are keeping to their timelines and the current status of these projects.  

The PCMTC held a virtual meeting 29 April 2020.
The PCMTC began their meeting with a review of their mission statement and the AISTech 2021 Call for Papers. The group also discussed the committee’s objectives for the upcoming year. A roundtable discussion followed in which attendees discussed how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic, how their projects are keeping to their timelines and the current status of these projects.
The following officers were elected for 2020–2021:

  • Chair: Richard E. Dugan, AK Steel – Mansfield Works.

  • Vice chair: Neil Tannyan, Hatch.

  • Papers chair: Jagannathan Rajagopalan, Pesmel South Asia.

  • Education chair: Richard E. Trzcinski, Process Plus LLC.

  • Project Excellence Award chair: Clay Piper, Middough Inc.

  • Young Professional chair: Mark van Staalduinen, AK Steel – Middletown Works.

The PCMTC met 18 February 2020, Marina Del Ray, Calif., USA.
The PCMTC met for a very informative meeting. The meeting began with a review and discussion of the AIST Steel Industry Fatalities Report. The committee then finalized their slate of officers for the 2020–2021 term and added a Young Professional chair. The final vote will take place at AISTech 2020.
Discussion was held on how to solicit more projects for the Project Excellence Award. New site locations were also discussed for the next Managing Technology training conference.
The committee also held a roundtable discussion on upcoming construction projects and newest trends in the industry. Kiewit Corp. had representatives in attendance to give a presentation titled “Evolution of Rams Stadium Project,” which went through the entire process on the construction of SoFi Stadium, the future home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. This was a big undertaking due to many constraints in the Inglewood/Los Angeles Area. The group was then driven over to SoFi Stadium for a hard-hat tour.

The PCMTC met 5 November 2019, Hamilton, Ont., Canada
The PCMTC began its meeting with a review of its AISTech 2020 session. Volunteers were taken for session chairs.
The committee previewed the Managing Technology conference, which took place immediately following the meeting at ArcelorMittal Dofasco. Plant locations for future Managing Technology conferences were discussed.
Finally, the PCMTC had an open discussion on future meetings, steel industry fatalities and safety, and current events within the industry.

The PCMTC met 6 May 2019, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

Chair: Don Salsbury, Middough Inc.

Vice chair: Rich Dugan, AK Steel – Mansfield Works

Papers chair: Neil Tannyan, Hatch Ltd.

The PCMTC met 10 October 2018, East Chicago, Ind., USA.
The meeting kicked off with a tour of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor. A significant amount of time was spent at the caster, since it won the 2018 AIST Project Excellence Award.
The PCMTC then conducted its business meeting, which began with a review of the 2018 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a discussion.
The committee discussed abstracts for AISTech 2019 and capital projects going on in North America for a possible Managing Technology Conference. A new training  conference was also discussed, which would be titled Project Management 101.

Don Salsbury presented Love Kalra with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the PCMTC’s tour of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor (left to right): Kevin Deliman, Steve Bohm, Hans Stief, Ron England, Kalra, Salsbury, Russell Sindrey, Joe Ostrowski and Nate Kelly.
Barry Felton (left) and Don Salsbury (right) presented Terry Charters (center) with the PCMTC service plaque at AISTech 2018.

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

  • Chair: Barry Felton, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor

  • Vice chair: Don Salsbury, Middough Inc.

  • Papers chair: Brian Brecheisen, Charter Steel – Saukville

  • Project Excellence Award chair: Clay Piper, DMM Technical Services LLC

  • Education co-chairs: Steve Bohm, JNE Consulting Ltd., and Kevin Deliman, Baltimore Aircoil Co.

  • Young Professional chair: Hans Stief, ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.

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.