Volume 39, Issue 8,
Fall Conference Kicks Off the Fall Season
by Ashley M. Charest
As the summer months wind down, it is time to finalize your quickly filling fall calendar. Consider attending the GANA Fall Conference, taking place September 18-21, 2004, in Nashville, Tenn.
The first two days of the four-day event will be filled with division meetings that will focus on important technical and membership issues. The mirror division will begin the event with promotions and technical committee meetings, as well as its membership meeting. The promotions committee will discuss its first annual Mirrorlink.org Design Awards. Winners will be announced in early 2005 at Glass Week and the American Society of Interior Designers annual conference. The technical committee will continue its work on updating the Mirrors: Handle with Extreme Care document, which is valuable to consumers and installers. This work comes on the heels of the technical committee’s successful drive to get the ASTM International C 1503 Mirror Standard approved.
The flat glass manufacturing division will hold its website, education and executive committee meetings during the first afternoon as well. The website committee will discuss the continuing enhancement of its section of the GANA website, with plans to offer educational material to the industry and higher institutions of learning in North America. The education committee will work to finalize its educational presentation on the float glass manufacturing process, as well as the uses and applications of glass in the commercial architectural industry.
Rounding out the first day is the insulating division meeting. The division will continue solidifying its activities and future efforts, and will also receive an update from the Insulating Glass Certification Council.
Laminating and Tempering
The second day of the conference begins with the laminating division technical task group and committee meetings. The division’s full slate also includes discussion on hole and notch quality standards, continued work on updating the Laminated Glazing Reference Manual and the continued development process for two Glass Informational Bulletins on product labeling and point supported glass. The division will also launch a new effort to develop an in-plant test procedure for evaluating laminated glass products.
A joint technical update will take place in the afternoon, as an enhancement to the normal GANA committee process. This session will update all divisions on ASTM and international standards, the ANSI Z97.1 safety glazing standard and the activities of the Safety Glazing Certification Council.
Following the joint technical update, the tempering division will hold various subcommittee meetings, as well as a meeting of the standards and engineering committee. Topics of discussion will include future Glass Informational Bulletins, hole and notch quality standards, post fabrication of heat-treated glass, thermal stresses in today’s architectural glass as well as a review of the laminating division’s draft point supported glass bulletin.
The last two days of the event will make way for holistic business and industry discussions on a variety
of general session topics, including an update on the United States
General Services Administration ingress/egress research and testing that is attempting to create a comprehensive training program for rescue workers with a need to enter or exit a building that incorporates a protective glazing technology. Other session highlights include an International Building Code update, an economic forecast for the glazing industry, a presentation on glass in non-architectural applications, software for evaluating glass strength, a session on understanding the numerous product choices in fire-rated glazing applications and more.
With the transition from summer to fall being a traditionally busy time, GANA has included a little bit of Nashville fun in the schedule. The Fall Conference will include networking receptions for industry members, a tour of the local Belle Meade Plantation and the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as the annual golf tournament. For additional information about the Fall Conference or to register, visit the GANA website at www.glasswebsite.com or contact GANA headquarters at 785/271-0208.
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