Lansing Community College has announced that it will be holding its annual Iron & Steel Preservation Conference (ISPC) on March 4-5, 2012. Last year’s conference was attended by a range of professions including architects, conservators, historians, and trades people. The conference is a hands-on experience that gives the people responsible for the restoration of historic bridges and other metal structures the opportunity to handle a rivet hammer or work with wrought iron and actually experience historical construction techniques first-hand.

New for the 2013 ISPC are demonstrations of braze welding of heavy cast iron sections and the Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) process for wrought iron and historic steel. FCAW is a popular welding process in steel fabrication today and is easily adapted to the preservation of historic metals. It is a semi-automatic welding process where the wire is continuously fed and the operator controls the direction of travel.

Participant practices heat straightening of a damaged historic I-beam.

Iron & Steel Preservation Conference
March 4-5, 2013
Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan

To Register Call 517-483-9853
$175.00 for first day only, $300.00 for both days
After February 15 the conference cost are as follows: Day 1 only: $200.00 and $350.00 for both days

First Day, March 4, 2013

  • Thomas Boothby, Professor of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
    “Graphical analysis and Design of Iron Bridge and Building Structures”
  • Cynthia Brubaker, Cynthia Brubaker Instructor of Architecture Graduate Program in Historic Preservation Ball State University
    “Historic Indiana Bridge Companies”
  • Nathan Holth, Author of
    “Chicago’s Bridges”
  • Luncheon speaker, Michael E. Mort, a cinematographer for over 30 years owner of and executive producer at Equity Studios and author of the book “A Bridge Worth Saving.”
  • Frederick R. Rutz, PhD, PE, SE, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Denver
    “Shielded metal arc welding on historic wrought iron”
  • Dario Gasparini, Ph.D. The Department of Civil Engineering of the Case School of Engineering
  • Christopher H. Marston, NPS, Historic American Engineering Record
  • Kevin Whitford, retired craftsman, currently teaches welding for Eaton Intermediate School District (EISD) at Lansing Community College
    “New Hampshire’s Moose Brook Bridge, cast iron repairs”
  • Mark D. Bowman, Purdue University School of Civil Engineering
    “Evaluation and Repair of Wrought Iron and Steel Structures in Indiana”


Second Day, March 5, 2013


  • Pack rust removal
  • Heat straightening wrought iron and steel
  • Air arc gouging (ACA)
  • Oxygen fuel cutting (OFC)

Demonstrations and hands-on sessions

  • Driving rivets using field rivet equipment
  • Oxygen welding and brazing (OFW)
  • Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)
  • Flux core arc welding (FCAW)
  • Metallurgy/Tensile test of welded wrought iron samples

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