Lansing Community College Iron & Steel Preservation (ISP) Conference/Workshops have provided one of the leading experiences for hands-on participation, demonstrations and technical papers in the preservation of metal structures. A major topic for the 2019 conference/workshop is the Cut River Bridge rehabilitation as an example worthy of attention at a national level, with a focus on the shop-riveted bridge members, the on-site riveting of connections with the field rivet hammer, and the removal of pack rust.
New in ISP 2019: In addition to the preservation of historic metal structures, demonstrations for new riveted structures will be presented. New construction can be enhanced by incorporating new riveted elements in renovated or re-purposed buildings: riveted exterior structures that complement a park shelter or the entrance to a building; a pavilion fabricated with riveted trusses, etc.
Friday, October 18, 2019
Presentations on the rehabilitation work recently completed on Michigan’s Cut River Bridge on U.S. Highway 2 in the Upper Peninsula by Michigan Department of Transportation personnel who were directly involved in the rehabilitation work. (Lloyd Baldwin, cultural and historic resource coordinator for MDOT, will lead these sessions from the initial planning stages to the completion of the rehabilitation work.)
Presentations on issues related to riveted and bolted connections and on the damaging effects of pack rust on metal structures. Presentations on the role of riveting in new construction and design.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
The experienced staff of craftsmen at Lansing Community College will demonstrate electric arc welding processes, braze welding, and an introduction to the industrial rivet process (both field riveting and shop hydraulic riveting). Workshop participants will experience the use of these and other industrial processes during hands-on sessions and learn how these processes are used in the preservation of historic metals and new construction.
Registration details will be available in May 2019. Look for them in the ISP Newsletter.