Educational Boot Camp Sessions

The WJTA Conference & Expo is known as a key source of education for contractors, facility/asset owners, and others involved in waterblasting, industrial cleaning and vacuuming, and related services.

The sessions below are open to all participants.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, November 12

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Shutdowns/Turnarounds - It's Not Rocket Science! (session details)
Bill Holladay, Jetech, Inc.

10:10 a.m.–10:40 a.m.

Well Abandonment Abrasive Water Cutting with 40k psi (session details)
Gary Manack, Terydon, Inc.

10:50 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Physics of Waterjets Applied to Applications (session details)
Doug Wright, StoneAge, Inc.

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Fall Protection Best Practices (session details)
Guy Rogers, Falltech

Wednesday, November 13

9:20 a.m.–9:50 a.m.

Revisions to the WJTA Orange Book (session details)
Rick Pitman, HydroChemPSC

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Power of Vacuum (session details)
Phil Stein

12:10 p.m.–12:40 p.m.

Proper Bonding and Grounding Practices in Mobile and Vacuum Truck Operations (session details)
Richard Puig, Newson Gale


Session Details

Shutdowns/Turnarounds - It's Not Rocket Science! - Bill Holladay
November 12, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

This session will show how shutdowns/turnarounds can be as easy as your everyday routine maintenance work…if you follow a few easy rules:

  1. Planning (post bid) – Get some insight on a few simple tools to help you plan for success.
  2. Execution – Learn a few tricks that every project manager and supervisor can accomplish without needing a college degree to make happen.
  3. Post Turnaround – Don’t just leave! See follow-up protocols that are a must and don’t have to require an all-day meeting to accomplish.
Speaker Bio

Bill Holladay is a Vice President of Business Development who is currently employed with Jetech Inc. out of Battle Creek, Michigan, and Jetech Rentals LLC of La Porte, Texas, and Sulphur, Louisiana. Bill believes in the basic core values that holds our industrial cleaning trade to a higher standard than what is perceived.

Bill has worked in industrial cleaning since 1991 and has held numerous positions during his 28 years of service. Bill Served in the United States Army from 1985 to 1990 and received an Honorable Discharge as a Combat Engineer along with several Army Achievement Awards and an end of tour Army Commendation Award. Bill has been married to his wonderful wife for 27 years and has two outstanding children, 22 and 15 years of age.

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Well Abandonment Abrasive Water Cutting with 40k - Gary Manack
November 12, 10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

This presentation will discuss the history and evolution of abandoned well pipe cutting. It will cover types of procedures used before high pressure capabilities as well as the challenges manufacturers and companies have faced while performing internal and external well pipe cutting. Some obstacles, prevalent in both Canada and the USA, include: impaired line of sight while cutting, and cutting head configurations for small pipe diameters. Finally, the presentation will point out potential productivity increases when using high pressure abrasive cutting and the environmental impacts associated with abandoned wells.

Speaker Bio

Gary Manack began his career as an apprentice at Crown Cork and Seal in Massillon, Ohio. During his fourteen years of employment, he became a certified machinist and achieved journeyman status as a specialized Tool and Die Maker. He ran and programmed all CNC machinery and was responsible for the continued production of die repair and design.

Gary has been employed at Terydon Inc. for over twenty years. He has served as Operations Manager, Project Manager, and Cutting Specialist. He has been directly involved with the engineering department and the development of special products, from the beginning conceptual stages to final completion. His extensive knowledge with cutting systems qualifies him as Terydon's Cutting Specialist, responsible for training and product support regarding relative matters. His involvement in the everyday operations of Terydon keeps him in touch with the company's newest developments, customers, and production processes. Being involved in numerous on-site solutions spanning over two decades, he has acquired an extensive knowledge of high pressure tooling applications and hands-free operations.

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Physics of Waterjets Applied to Applications - Doug Wright
November 12, 10:50 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

The reaction forces produced by high pressure waterjets can be utilized to aid in a cleaning process, such as rotating a nozzle head and pulling a nozzle up a pipe. However, they can also result in reaction forces and unbalanced thrust components that must be managed. There are also perceptions about waterjet reaction forces and their interaction with the surrounding structures being cleaned. This session covers the basics of calculating reaction forces, the applications utilizing these forces, demonstrations of unbalanced thrust reactions and the interaction of jets with surrounding structures. Key takeaways:

  1. Calculation of reaction force and the variables affecting it
  2. Applications of reaction force
    1. Pulling force and travel distance horizontally and vertically
    2. Rotating nozzle head example
  3. Unbalanced reaction forces
    1. What creates unbalanced reaction forces
    2. Means of managing unbalanced reaction forces
  4. “Mythbuster” Demonstration (video) of reaction of jets with surrounding structures
Speaker Bio

Doug Wright began working with waterjets in 1990 for Dr. David Summers, excavating rock under the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He then went on to attend school at the University of Missouri-Rolla for graduate research in applying waterjets to rock drilling and excavation. In 1995, he began work at StoneAge, Inc., a manufacturer of waterblast tools specializing in rotary nozzles and mechanized waterjet equipment. John Wolgamott and Jerry Zink started StoneAge in 1981.

Currently, Mr. Wright is the director of R&D at StoneAge and continues to be involved in tool design, research and development and fieldwork with contractors and plants to develop and test new equipment and advise on waterblast cleaning applications during turnarounds.

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Fall Protection Best Practices - Guy Rogers
November 12, 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

This presentation will offer a brief look at the fall clearances needed when working at heights with different types of fall protection equipment. Also included is a discussion on orthostatic intolerance otherwise known as suspension trauma.

Speaker Bio

Guy Rogers has over 24 years in the safety equipment industry with 11 years in industrial safety distribution and 13 years working for safety equipment manufacturers specializing in portable and fixed gas detection, respiratory protection, fall protection and confined spaces.  He also served 4 years active duty with the 82nd Airborne Division and served 9 months in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After leaving the military, he worked in various laborer positions in the oil and gas industry before making the transition into the safety equipment field.

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Revisions to the WJTA Orange Book - Rick Pitman
November 13, 9:20 a.m.–9:50 a.m.

The WJTA Industry Best Practices for the Use of High Pressure Waterjetting Equipment (Orange Book) is one of the industry’s primary references for waterblast operating recommendations. The orange book is regularly reviewed by a committee of experts from across industry and academia. The most recent edition of the orange book will publish in November/December 2019. Come see what changes were made, hear the reasoning and real-world incidents that let to some of the updates, and ask questions about the new best practices.

Speaker Bio

Rick began his career as a waterblast technician in with HydroChem in 1995 and joined PSC in 2007 where he currently serves as Senior Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Transportation.

Over his career Rick has been an advocate for improving the tooling and processes for Hydroblast and Vacuum service lines. He has spoken at International and National safety forums such as WJTA, AFPM, NAHAD, and continues to be a leading voice to encourage automation and stronger mechanical integrity programs. He has been a primary contributor to two industry white papers and is a long serving member of the WJTA High Pressure Safety Committee. He is currently a member of the Hose Safety Institute and a former Board Member of the Houston Area Safety Council.

Rick is a Certified Safety Professional, Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a B.A. degree in History from Texas Tech University.

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Power of Vacuum - Phil Stein
November 13, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The legendary Phil Stein, a consultant in the industrial vacuum industry, will present this "nuts and bolts science lab" for first-time users and experienced vacuum truck operators. Topics include basic types of trucks, how pressure works, measuring vacuum and pressure, why hose diameter and length is important, viscous materials, air mover configuration, special operations, when things go wrong and major safety concerns.

Speaker Bio

Phil Stein entered the industrial/municipal cleaning industry in 1969 working primarily in the sales and marketing of industrial vacuum and high pressure cleaning equipment. In 1993 Stein began working with Guzzler/Vactor products. During that time, he saw the necessity for more formal training for industrial vacuum equipment. Stein’s specialized “science lab” presentations have been given to over 2,000 individuals since the training programs started in 1996. Stein retired in 2009, but he continues to perform training sessions and he serves the industry as a consultant.

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Proper Bonding and Grounding Practices in Mobile and Vacuum Truck Operations - Richard Puig
November 13, 12:10 p.m.–12:40 p.m.

More customers and end users are requiring something better than a simple mechanical clamp and cable for grounding. Equipment options exist with the ability to detect a valid earth ground connection in a mobile scenario. Technology can monitor the bond and ensure the operator is doing the right thing by incorporating process control with interlocks to truck. This session will also cover proper use of mobile ground verification systems.

Speaker Bio

Richard Puig is regional manager for Newson Gale Inc with responsibility for the Gulf Coast and Latin America. Richard has been involved in Fire and Explosion protection for over 21 years. NICET Level III certified in Special Hazard Suppression Systems and a Technical Committee member of NFPA 77 – Recommended Practice for Static Electricity. Richard is a graduate of Texas Tech University with an MBA from the University of Missouri.

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