Conferences & Exhibitions

US/European Welding Standards Conference

Registration Rates

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Member $575 $675
Non-Member $705 $805
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  * Discount valid until Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

The American Welding Society (AWS) and Germany's Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik International (GSI) have partnered to deliver a unique conference where U.S. and European welding standards on numerous topics will be presented, compared, and discussed. This conference will benefit engineers, inspectors, supervisors, and quality control personnel who are familiar with one set of standards. Among the topics to be discussed are welding standards covering structural fabrication, pressure vessels, railway vehicles, and heavy machinery. The format of the conference will be one expert presentation on the U.S. standards followed by an expert presentation on the comparable European standards for each topic. There will be open discussion allotted for each topic period.

Hotel Information

Staybridge Suites Miami Doral
3265 NW 87 Avenue
Miami, FL 33172
Phone: 305-500-9100
Hotel Rate: $139.00
Hotel Cutoff Date: December 26, 2013


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 Sunday, January 26, 2014

5:00 pm Welcome Reception
Bayside Dinner Cruise

 Monday, January 27, 2014

7:00 am - 7:45 am Continental Breakfast and Networking
7:45 am - 8:00 am Welcome Address
Dr. Dennis Harwig, The American Welding Society
8:00 am - 8:30 am Standards and how they relate to the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Gary Kushnier, American National Standards Institute
8:30 am - 9:30 am Philosophical Differences between U.S. and E.U. Standards
Walt Sperko (US)
9:30 am - 10:30 am Fundamental Differences between U.S. and E.U. Standards
Christian Ahrens (EU)
10:30 am - 10:40 am BREAK
10:40 am - 11:15 am ISO 3834 Qualification Scheme – Overview and Benefits
Jeff Hufsey (US)
11:15 am - 11:45 am European Perspective on ISO 3834
Christian Ahrens (UE)
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Industry Segment Overview
Dennis Harwig (US); Jörg Mährlein (EU)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm LUNCH

Industry Segment Standards – Comparisons and Differences

First Session – Structural Steel and Aluminum
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Joint AWS/GSI Lecture
Bob Shaw (US) and Jörg Mährlein (EU)
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm BREAK
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Joint Lecture and Panel Discussion on Key Differences
Panelists: Allen Sindel (US), Anthony Anderson (US)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Second Session – Pressure Vessels
7:30 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:00 am - 10:00 am Joint AWS/GSI Lecture
Walt Sperko (US) and Carsten Ruchhoeft (EU)
10:00 am - 10:30 am BREAK
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Joint Lecture and Panel Discussion on Key Difference
Panelists: Mike Lang (US), William Newell (US), Allen Sindel (US)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm LUNCH

Third Session – Rail, Equipment and Machinery Manufacturing
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Railway Vehicles - Joint AWS/GSI Lecture
Lyndsey Deckard (US) and Georg Wackerbauer (EU)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Heavy Equipment and Machinery
AWS Lecture - Dave Landon (US) and Peter Gerster (EU)
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm BREAK
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Joint Lecture and Panel Discussion on Key Differences
Panelists: Mike Untermeyer (US), Travis Nelson (US)

Note: the AWS/GSI joint lecture are proposed to use a "tag-team" approach, with one presentation. Both speakers should explain their standard's approach(es) to a specific area (materials, welder qualification, procedure qualification, quality criteria, inspection and NDT, etc). Could easily go three hours, and then spend last ½ hour in discussion.

Need additional information regarding conferences, conference exhibits, or registration?
Call (800) 443-9353 x 234 (U.S.) or (305) 443-9353 x 234 (outside the U.S.)
or email Belkys Riveron-Raimundez