The SEAA Board of Directors announces that its 48th Convention and Trade Show, previously scheduled for April 2021 in Orlando, Fla., will now take place Oct. 12-14, 2021. The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the entrance to Universal, in Orlando, Fla.
“In order to accommodate evolving recommendations for in-person gatherings related to the
coronavirus pandemic, the Convention Committee has set the new dates with high hopes that the
environment will be back on track by the third quarter,” said Carrie Gulajan, Convention Committee
Chairperson. “We made this decision based on travel industry projections and watching what other
trade organizations are doing. We feel strongly that the biggest value to be gained is from in-person
networking,” she said.
Details of the agenda are being finalized, but the tentative program is as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 12: Education and Training Fundraiser Golf Tournament
Wednesday, Oct. 13: Exhibitor Setup, Project of the Year Award Winners Panel Discussion, Welcome Reception
Thursday, Oct. 14: Trade Show and Indoor and Outdoor Exhibitor Demos, Education Sessions, Closing Night Awards and Reception
Hotel, meeting, and trade show registration links will open by February 15.
In addition, plans are underway for the 2021 George R. Pocock Memorial Golf Tournament and a tour of Universal Studios. Headlining the convention will be speaker Bob McCall, President of Inspire High Performance, LLC. He will draw on more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry to address leadership, culture, expectations, and behaviors that need to be changed. McCall will follow up his inspirational opening presentation, 5 Steps to Improving your Team’s Safety Performance, with a workshop later in the week.
The convention will include other sessions on management or field topics. Plus, winners of the annual Project of the Year competition will present case studies of their structural steel erection jobs.
Registration is now open online for exhibitors and attendees. Learn more at seaa.net/events.
How to become a SEAA/NCCER Training Unit/Assessment Site
Tim Eldridge, SEAA’s Craft Training and Assessment Administrator, will discuss how to become a
member of SEAA’s network of Craft Training providers. Participation in the program provides SEAA
member companies with access to nationally recognized credentials for ironworkers. Benefits include reduced costs and administrative requirements. Because of SEAA’s affiliation with NCCER, members also have access to the dozens of other construction craft training materials, assessments, and certifications.
Common Rigging Mistakes
Scott Seppers, a former rigger and ironworker, warns that employers should never assume those doing rigging have all the knowledge and training to account for the many variables affecting rigging scenarios. Drawing on 19 years of field experience and leadership as a general foreman and trainer for Trivent Safety Consulting, Seppers will identify some of the most common mistakes made in rigging.
Make Your Quality System Work for You
Continuous change to the AISC Certification program keeps erectors scrambling to keep up with Quality and Safety Management Systems. Lee Pielaet of Pioneer Steel Services, Inc., has conducted more than 1,000 AISC audits. He’ll share his experience to help erectors achieve, manage, and upgrade AISC certifications.
Structural Steel Field Fixes & Solutions
Problems encountered during construction and erection of structural steel buildings often requires field fixes. Dr. James Fisher, Ph.D., P.E., is Vice President Emeritus for CSD Structural Engineers. He will share case studies, common problems, and how to respond when they occur.
Workforce Development is a Team Effort
A panel discussion, moderated by Tracy Bennett, SEAA’s Managing Editor of Connector and marketing consultant, includes experts representing technical education, craft training, curriculum development, and apprenticeship. The discussion will include trends in CTE education, practical tips for establishing workforce development and how to get funding for training and apprenticeships.
Top Notch Networking
SEAA’s focused trade show offers erector and fabricator companies to see the latest products, services and innovations they need for safer, more productive work sites. Regularly rated as a favorite part of the meeting by attendees, exhibitors are encouraged to reserve booths early as space is limited.
November 11, 2019 (Winston-Salem, N.C.) The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA), will hold its 48th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charleston, S.C., April 1-3, 2020.
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