111th Annual Meeting

April 12-14, 2015 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina USA


Join us in Asheville, North Carolina for what promises to be excellent technical and guest programs. Come early or stay after the meeting and enjoy the panoramic vistas, burgeoning beer scene, thriving artistic community and outdoor adventure activities. Plan your visit today.

AWPA Meeting Registration
Pre-registration for the meeting has closed. Register on-site at the AWPA desk, located in the Vanderbilt Wing Registration Desk.

Getting to Asheville
Asheville is served by Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). Asheville is served by 4 commercial airlines (Delta, U.S. Airways/American, United, and Allegiant) providing numerous flights per day. Rental cars, taxicabs, and other ground transportation options are available at the airport.

Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) is approximately a one hour and 15 minute drive, and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is about 2 hours away.

Hotel Reservations
The meeting will take place at the Omni Grove Park Inn, located at 290 Macon Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina.

Spouse/Guest Program
On Monday, you will be transported to Biltmore, America’s largest privately owned home, to see the stunning house and the breath-taking gardens.

A self-guided tour of the 6 distinct gardens will amaze and delight you. Spring is the ideal time to view the landscape and the full, beautiful blooms. From the Italian Garden and Spring Garden to the Walled Garden and Conservatory, the lush landscape and artfully designed property are extraordinary. Expected to be flowering are dogwoods, tulips, forsythias, magnolia, flowering cherries and azaleas. You are in for a memorable experience.

Lunch will be served at the Stable Café, prepared from farm-fresh ingredients by world-renowned chefs.

After lunch, stroll at your leisure and view the magnificent Biltmore house. This 250-room French Renaissance Chateau-style house has been left much like it existed over a century ago. You’ll see original artwork, furniture, tapestries and so much more.

You’ll have time to visit the retail shops before boarding the bus. You’ll get a custom souvenir, a group photo in the front of Biltmore. A picture will be distributed upon departure to all the attendees.

On Tuesday morning, you’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast in the hotel. Then, board the shuttle to take you to the thriving downtown shopping district and the exciting River Arts District. The shuttle will operate in a continuous loop so shop, eat, peruse and enjoy the area at your own pace. As always, you are invited to the closing reception and award presentation Tuesday evening.

The 2015 Hacker's Classic Moves to Omni Grove Park Inn Golf Club
Imagine the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, elevated tee boxes with amazing views, tree-lined fairways and receptive greens. Oh, did we mention challenging bunkers and rolling landscape? Well, you can have it all at the historic Omni Grove Park Inn Golf Club, which will play host to the AWPA 2015 Hackers Classic Golf Tournament, on Sunday morning, April 12, 2015.

Built in 1926, designed by the legendary Donald Ross, this 6400 yard, par 70 course is listed by Golfweek magazine as one the 'must play' courses in the state of North Carolina. It has hosted many PGA tour events and several of golf's greatest stars - Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.

Our Hackers Classic has becomes 'the' golf event of the year for the treated wood industry. With prizes and contests on every hole, lunch and a commemorative golf shirt, you won't want to miss this heavily-competitive event. Our experts also tell us that the Grove Park Inn Golf Course is extremely friendly to our lady golfers. Make sure you sign-up for the Hackers Classic when you register to attend the AWPA 2015 Annual Meeting.

Pickler's Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk
The 2015 Pickler’s Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk will treat you to panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The event will be on the morning of Sunday, April 12. There is no charge for the event, but you must register to participate.

Suppliers Showcase
The Suppliers Showcase is a great way to make potential customers aware of your products and services at a very reasonable price. The Suppliers Showcase is normally held in conjunction with coffee breaks for a more comfortable, inviting interaction with potential sales contacts. We intentionally limit the number of spaces to maximize your opportunities to meet the people who need your products and/or services, so if you are interested, please be sure to inquire soon. Please note that registration includes full meeting registration for one person, member or non-member.

Current Suppliers Include:

American Wood Technology, LLC

Ametek Process Instruments

Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc.

CTA Products Group

Eco Chemical

Global Fireproof Solutions

Innovated Control Systems

Oxford Instruments

Poles, Inc.


Things to See and Do in Asheville
The Asheville Convention and Visitor's Bureau website is a wealth of information on all things Asheville...visit their site now to begin planning your trip:

111th Annual Meeting Schedule of Events
General Chair: Jeff Morrell

Program Chair: Rick Bleskey


Saturday, April 11, 2015

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Executive Committee Meeting


Sunday, April 12, 2015

8:00 am - Golfers meet at Omni Grove Park Inn Golf Club for 2015 Hacker's Classic

8:00 am - Pickler's Prance 5k Fun Run/Walk

12:00 noon to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

1:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase Setup

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Task Group Meetings


2:00 PM to 3:00 pm - P-8 Surface Applied Fire Retardants

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - P-3 Copper Naphthenate

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - P-6 Above Ground Depletion Field Test Methods


3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - P-5 Standard A40

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - P-5 Standardization of Solution Calibration for Wood Analysis

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - President's Reception


Monday, April 13, 2015

8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Supplier Showcase

8:15 am to 8:30 am - Business Session

8:30 am to 10:30 am - Opening Session

  • Welcome
  • Keynote Address, Cindy Carpenter, Education and Interpretation Program Manager, Pisgah National Forest
  • Recognition of Sponsors
  • Award of Merit Presentation to Dr. Jeffrey J. Morrell
  • General Technical Committee Reports
  • President's and Vice President's Addresses

10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break

10:45 am to 12:00 noon - Technical Session 1: Environmental Issues
Session Chair - Kevin Archer

  • Overview of EPA Pesticide Regulation and Risk Assessment - Lance Wormell, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs, Antimicrobials Division
  • The AEATF II and Developing Exposure Data for Wood Pressure Treatment - Bryce Landenberger, The Dow Chemical Company

12:00 noon to 1:30 pm - Lunch Break (on your own)

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Poster Session Setup

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm - Technical Session 2: Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture and Research Symposium
Session Chair - Alan Ross, Vice Chair - Lehong Jin

  • The 2015 Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture: "Keeping up Appearances? Aesthetic Failure of Treated Wood Products Used Outdoors" - presented by Dr. Phil Evans, University of British Columbia
  • Research Symposium Papers:
  • An Inexpensive Method to Simultaneously Measure the Swelling, Shrinkage and Checking of Treated Wood - Vinicius Lube* and Philip Evans, University of British Columbia
  • Use of a Resistance-Type Moisture Meter to Measure Moisture Contents above the Fiber Saturation Point - Stan Lebow* and Patricia Lebow, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • Field and Laboratory Study of Decayed WPC - Grace Sun*, Marek Gnatowski, Matthew Leung, Polymer Engineering Company, Rebecca Ibach, Jessie Glaeser, and and John Haight, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • Evaluation of Deformation in Commercially Treated Stabilized and Non-Stabilized Lumber During Open Storage - Kevin Brown*, Kevin Archer, and Andy Zahora, Viance LLC
  • Towards the Development of Methods for Assessing Resistance of Utility Poles to Fire - Jeff Morrell and Matthew Konkler, Oregon State University
  • Analysis of Treated Wood Samples for Moldicide by Chromatographic Methods - Deepak Doshi* and David Laganella, Dow Microbial Control
  • Analysis of Fire Retardant Solutions and Treated Wood by UV-Vis Spectroscopy - Ryan Sturdivant* and Aaron M. DeVries, Viance LLC
  • The Quantification of a Fluorescent Tracer Dye in Treated Southern Yellow Pine Cross Sections - Peter Eastman*, Christoph Schauwecker, Kevin Archer, David Laganella
  • The Use of Buffered Amine Oxides to Penetrate Douglas-fir and Eucalypt Wood Products - Hans Ward, Kop-Coat
  • The Use of Buffered Amine Oxides to Penetrate Engineered Wood Products - Ron Clawson, Kop-Coat
  • Efficacy of imidacloprid and bifenthrin as a repellent to Formosan termites - Todd Shupe, Louisiana State University
  • Potential for Issues Impacting the Durability of Capped Wood Plastic Composites - Mark Mankowski*, USDA Forest Products Lab, Mark Manning and Damien Slowik, Rio Tinto Minerals
  • Development of a New Characterization Method to Analyze Pyrethroid Compounds Penetration in Wood Material by Immunolabelling - Sandra Tapin-Lingua*, Michel Petit-Conil, and Marc Jequel FCBA, Katia Ruel and Jean-Paul Joseleau, LINK-Conseil, Daouia Messaoudi and Oliver Fahy, Berkem Developpement


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

7:00 am to 11:00 am - Removal of Posters (posters not removed by 11:00 will be discarded)

8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

8:00 am to 3:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase

8:00 am to 11:30 am - Technical Session 3: Railroad Session
concurrent with Session 4
Session Chair - Ken Laughlin

  • Reduced Creosote Retentions in the Dual Treatment Process to Encapsulate Borate-Treated Crossties - Terry L. Amburgey* and Shane C. Kitchens, Wood Protection Specialists LLC
  • Deterioration and Protection of Crossties Prior to Pressure Treatment - Adam Taylor, University of Tennessee
  • In-Track Inspection of Four Year Old ACZA Treated Hardwood Ties - Tim Carey, Arch Wood Protection, and Mike Sanders*, Mississippi State University
  • Accelerated Borate Diffusion: Protecting the Heart of Bridge Ties - Jeff Lloyd, Nisus Corp.
  • Railway Tie Association Alternative Wood Preservative Research Project Update - Mike Sanders, Mississippi State University
  • A Bridge NOT Too Far: Copper Naphthenate Treated Softwoods for Bridge Ties - Jim Brient, Nisus Corp.
  • Torrefaction Process to Offer Renewable Energy from Used Ties - Stephen Smith, Stephen Smith Consulting
  • Panel Discussion with Railroad Representatives

8:00 am to 11:30 am - Technical Session 4: Treated Wood Variability and Conformance
concurrent with Session 3
Session Chair - Scott Conklin 

  • Handling Wood Variability When Setting Strength Values for Southern Pine - Steve Singleton, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau
  • Do the Panel Industries Offer a Quality Control Solution - Eddie Price, Consultant
  • Strategic Dimensions of Standardization and Conformance - Lane Hallenbeck, American National Standards Institute
  • A Six-State Retail Survey on the Preservative Retention Conformance Rate of an AWPA/ALSC Treated Wood Product - Mike Freeman, Consultant
  • Variability and Conformance Derived from Treated Wood Industry Data - Craig McIntyre, McIntyre Associates, Inc.

11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Lunch Break (on your own)

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Technical Session 5: Regulatory Status of Heavy-Duty Wood Preservatives Concurrent with Session 6 Session Chair - Mike Freeman

  • Pentachlorophenol - Mike Freeman, Consultant and Michael Hoffman, KMG Chemicals
  • CCA and ACZA - Bob Gruber, Arch Wood Protection
  • Creosote - Stacey McKinney* and Leslie Hyde, Koppers
  • Copper Naphthenate - Jim Brient and Ken Laughlin, Nisus Corp.

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Technical Session 6: Workshop on Evaluating Preservative Penetration
concurrent with Session 5
Session Chair - Kim Merritt

  • Sampling Protocol for the Evaluation of Preservative Penetration - Gary Kellum, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau
  • 2015 AWPA Penetration Requirements Update - Jeremy Williams, Timber Products Inspection
  • An Update on the Use of Machine Vision to Analyze Preservative Penetration - Jacob McBrayer, Koppers Performance Chemicals

2:45 pm to 5:00 pm - Technical Session 7: General Topics
Session Chair - Jeff Morrell

  • Effect of Coating Film Mechanical Properties on Painted Wood Durability in Exterior Exposure - Marek Gnatowski*, Douglas Creelman and Matthew Leung
  • Choosing the Appropriate AWPA Use Category for your Application - Roger Babb, Babb Lumber Company
  • New Perspectives on Wood Preservation - Jeffrey R. Ellis, Consultant
  • Reaction of Micronized Copper in Pine Heartwood - John Ruddick, University of British Columbia
  • Within Charge Variability and its Potential Impact on Charge Retention Analyses - Andy Zahora, Viance LLC
  • An Update on WoodWorks - Bruce Lindsey
  • Performance of ACZA Treated Douglas-fir in a Stress-laminated Deck Bridge in Queensland, Australia - Jeff Morrell*, Oregon State University, Jack Norton, Timber Preservers' Association of Australia, Michael Powell, Biotica, Christoph Gerber, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Scott Kleinschmidt

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - Closing Reception and Awards Presentation


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Technical Committee Meetings

8:00 am to 8:30 am - P-3 Oilborne and Creosote-Based Preservative Systems

8:30 am to 9:00 am - P-4 Waterborne Preservative Systems

9:00 am to 10:30 am - T-2 Lumber and Timber

10:30 am to 11:30 am - T-7 Quality Control

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - T-1 Treatments Coordination

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Accredited Standards Committee O5

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