PGC Spring Meeting Underway Today
- The Protective Glazing Council (PGC) has gathered at the Chicago
City Center Hotel in Chicago this week for its annual spring meeting.
The event began last night with a general membership meeting and
reception, where it was announced that the group now has a total
of 61 members, 58 of them full members.
Also announced at the general membership meeting was that the PGC
website, www.protectiveglazing.org, has seen a recent increase in
unique visitors, mostly from the United States, with Canadian and
Chinese visitors also representing a significant number of the hits
on the website. PGC marketing director Brian Pitman told the assembled
members that the website will receive an updated look before the
Fall Symposium, which is scheduled to take place October 17 and
18, 2006, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
The Fall Symposium is expected to be the largest event to date
for the PGC. The group has reserved room for 17 exhibit booths (10
foot by 10 foot) and more than half of those have already been taken
by companies who intend to exhibit. There is a discount for booth
reservation and attendee registration until April 30, and any company
that registers for the show will receive 25 free attendee tickets;
government employees get in free. Attendee registration includes
a free lunch.
"We'd like everyone who is interested to attend," said
Kim Mann, general council for the PGC.
"Register early and stay late, that's what I'm recommending,"
chimed in Stan Smith, PGC executive director.
Seminars began this morning with opening remarks by PGC president,
Scott Haddock, who welcomed the more than 25 attendees gathered
in the Lasalle I Room.
"Welcome to Chicago for those of you who have traveled out
to visit us and for those of you from Chicago, thank you for having
us," Haddock said. "I think we've got a really good agenda
here, some very interesting talks. We have some speakers who typically
work with us and always give really great talks."
The first speaker was Joseph Smith with Applied Research Associates.
A popular and returning speaker, Smith's presentation Blast Hazard
Mitigation 101 provided AIA credit and focused on blast related
"When you're bidding a job, it's important to remember that
you need to have both pressure and impulse specified. If they don't
give you the impulse they're not giving you all the tools you need
to do your job. Whenever you see just the pressure, you know you
don't have everything you need to respond to that project. It happens
a lot more than you realize. They hear the pressure and stop there
and then don't take it a step further," he said.
Bob Ford, commercial market manager with Solutia, followed Smith
with a look at windstorms and hurricanes.
"Hurricane season is about two months away," Ford said
as he opened his presentation with a slide showing the "cone
of death" that the Weather Channel uses to track projected
Explaining how hurricanes form and how they are categorized, Ford
explained why a level 3 hurricane is more likely to cause the damage
that the industry is often called upon to mitigate.
"If you have anything coming in as a Category 1, the chance
of something being blown off the ground is pretty limited,"
Wrapping up the morning seminars, Ron Waranowski with ASTIC Signals
Defenses, took to the podium to deliver and elaborate on the subject
of an electromagnetic interference, electromagnetic pulse and the
vulnerability of the American public.
"If the LAN budget is upped so that people on cell phones inside
can get five bars of service, that's five bars of signal also being
emitted outside, up to 1,500 feet. Anything can ride those signals
right out of the structure. What's the answer? If I were in real
estate, I'd say buy as much real estate as possible and keep the
bad guys away," said Waranowski.
"I can't stress how vulnerable we are in this electromagnetic
world. I feel like I'm planting the apple seed anywhere I can to
let people know."
Stay tuned to USGNN for updates about the rest of the PGC Spring
Meeting and look for additional coverage in the next issue of USGlass.