110th Annual Meeting

May 4-6, 2014 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, California USA


Join us in Newport Beach, California for what promises to be excellent technical and guest programs. Come early or stay after the meeting and enjoy the pristine beaches, luxury shopping, fine dining and outdoor activities. Plan your visit today.

AWPA Meeting Registration
Pre-registration for the meeting is open until April 14. Register now to maximize your savings. Members are able to pre-register at a significant discount. Non-members may consider applying for membership in AWPA to take advantage of members-only discounts if their membership is approved.

Getting to Newport Beach
Newport beach is served by John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA), but can also be accessed by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) to the north, San Diego International Airport (SAN) to the south and Ontario International Airport (ONT) to the southeast. John Wayne Airport is served by 11 commercial airlines and 3 commuter airlines, providing more than 280 flights per day. Rental cars, taxicabs, and other ground transportation options are available at the airport. For those driving to Newport Beach, you can get there via I-5, I-10, I-15 or I-40.

Hotel Reservations
The meeting will take place at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa, located at 900 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, California.

Spouse/Guest Program
On Monday morning, you'll be transported to Dana Point for the adventure of a lifetime. We have reserved a private whale and dolphin watching charter aboard the Manute'a (pronounced mah noo teh ah), which offers the most unique dolphin and whale watching in the world. Her features include exclusive Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods, research hydrophone to hear dolphin and whale vocalizations, three Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets, and micro dolphin and whale museum.

This area has the largest concentration of dolphins and Blue Whales on Earth. During May, you can see Gray Whales on their migration between Alaska and the lagoons of Baja. You can also see Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales and occasionally Killer Whales. Additionally, you can see up to five different species of wild dolphins, including mega-pods that can number up to 10,000.

After whale watching, you'll be treated to a private tour of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. See the world-famous swallows, visit Serra Chapel, the oldest church in California, hear the historic bells and explore the beautiful grounds.

Based on boat capacity, this trip is limited to 49 passengers so please register early to reserve your place.

On Tuesday morning, we'll treat you to a leisurely breakfast. Get together and plan a day on your own to shop Fashion Island, enjoy the activities of the breath-taking harbor or visit enchanting Balboa Island. As always, you are invited to the closing reception and award presentation Tuesday evening.

The 2014 Hacker's Classic Moves to Tijeras Creek
Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, California has been chosen to host the AWPA 2014 Hackers Classic Golf Tournament. Located just a few miles from the Marriott Newport Beach, the Ted Robinson-designed Tijeras Creek Golf Club offers a contrasting, but exciting, pair of nine holes. The demanding front nine is highlighted with shimmering water features that come into play in four out of the first nine holes. The back nine holes are legendary for their breathtaking scenery, and awe-inspiring elevation changes that wind through old growth sycamores, oaks and native chaparral. Hole #16 was voted one of Orange County's Best 18 Holes by members of the Southern California PGA. The AWPA 2014 Hackers Classic promises fun and excitement for golfers of all skill levels, ladies and men alike. Of course, there will be prizes!! And contests on every hole!! A shotgun start and scramble format gives everyone a chance to win. Put it on your calendars for Sunday morning, May 4, 2014, and don’t forget to check off the box on your AWPA 2014 Annual Meeting registration form when registration opens.

Pickler's Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk
The 2014 Pickler’s Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk will take participants on a tour of Newport Beach. The event will begin on the morning of Sunday, May 4. 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:

Ametek Process Instruments

Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc.

C.S. Industries

Graftek Imaging

Oxford Instruments

Poles, Inc.

Wood Care Systems


General Chair: Mark Manning

Program Chair: David D'Hooge


Saturday, May 3, 2014

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

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open


Sunday, May 4, 2014

8:00 am - Golfers meet at Tijeras Creek Golf Club for 2014 Hackers Classic

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

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

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - T-7 Residential Products Quality Control Task Group

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


Monday, May 5, 2014

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

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

8:00 am to 8:15 am - Business Session

8:15 am to 9:45 am - Opening Session

  • Welcome
  • Recognition of Sponsors
  • General Chairs Reports
  • President and Vice President's Addresses
  • EPA Regulatory Update - Lance Wormell, Chief, Regulatory Management Branch II, Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

9:45 am to 4:00 pm - Setup for Technical Forum and Student Poster Competition

9:45 am to 10:15 am - Break

9:45 am to 4:00 pm - Spouse/Guest Tour (must be registered to participate - badge required)

10:15 am to 11:30 am - Technical Session 1: Preservative Treatment of Engineered Wood and Wood-Plastic Composites
(Session Chair - Paul Merrick) 

  • Engineered Wood Products and the Need for Preservative Treatment - Peter Laks, Michigan Tech
  • WPC's - A Review of Current and Potential Biocides for Protection - Mike Freeman, Consultant
  • Capped WPCs and the Durability Dilemma - Mark Manning, Rio Tinto Minerals

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

1:00 pm to 3:45 pm - Technical Session 2: Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture and Research Symposium
(Session Chair - Ed Nichenko, Vice Chair - Alan Ross)

  • The 2014 Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture - The Role of Fire-Retardant Treated Materials in Ignition Resistant Construction: Potential Benefits to Buildings Located in Wildfire Prone Areas - Dr. Steve Quarles, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
  • Research Symposium papers are as follows: (click here for abstracts)
  • Summary of the Leaky Building Problems and Subsequent Evaluation of On-site Remedial Treatments in New Zealand - Tripti Singh, Scion Research
  • Development of Accelerated Test Systems to Assess the Durability of Framing Timber in Leaky Buildings - Tripti Singh, Scion Research
  • Surface Water Regulation in Treating Plants in the Pacific Northwest - Anita Ragan, Jeffrey Morrell* and Christopher Knowles
  • Are the Copper Color Indicators Still Working after Copper Tolerant Fungal Attack? - Lehong Jin*, Andy Zahora, Kevin Brown, Viance
  • Permanence and Diffusion of a Borax-Copper Hydroxide Groundline Preservative: 20 Year Update - Stan Lebow* and Bessie Woodward, USDA Forest Products Laboratory - Bill Abbott, Copper Care Wood Preservatives, Inc - Mike West, chemist (retired)
  • A New Method for Preservative Penetration Determination - Jacob McBrayer, Omose
  • Estimating Within-Charge Variability in Wood Preservative Treatment Retention - Patricia Lebow, USDA Forest Products Laboratory - Adam M. Taylor* and Timothy M. Young, University of Tennessee


4:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Technical Forum Poster Session and Reception
(Session Chair - Christoph Schauwecker, Vice Chair - Jun Zhang)

Student Poster Competition Entries

  • Resistance of Fungal Derived Pigment to Ultraviolet Light Exposure - Greeley Beck
  • Role of Laccase in Enzyme in Wood Degradation by Copper Tolerant Brown Rot Fungus Fibroporia radiculosa - Ayfer Akgul
  • Use of Confocal Profilometry to Describe, Classify and Identify Profiled Decking - Kenny Cheng
  • Termite Resistance of Scots Pine Modified with Vinyl Acetate, Vinyl Benzoate or Phenol Formaldehyde Resin - George Chan
  • Assessment of Phytosanitation Methods in Preventing Walnut Twig Beetle Colonization of Black Walnut Wood Post-treatment - Jackson Audley
  • Natural Resistance of Fast Growth Eucalyptus Clones to Subterranean Termites Under Laboratory Conditions - Rachel Arango
  • Evaluating Decay of Copper-tolerant and Copper-intolerant Fungus on Untreated and Copper-treated Wood Amended with Oxalate - Katie Jenkins
  • Leaching of Copper from Different Copper Treated Woodwastes - Bradley Singleton


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

7:00 am to 10:00 am - Removal of Student Posters (must be removed by 10:00)

7:30 am to 9:00 am - Spouse/Guest breakfast (registered spouses/guests only)

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

8:00 am to 3:30 pm - Supplier Showcase

8:00 am to 11:30 am - Technical Session 3: International Wood Preservation
concurrent with session 4
(Session Chair - Mark Manning)

  • International Wood Preservation: Past, Present and Future - Alan Preston, Apterus Consulting
  • Service Life Concept for Wood Products Used in Exterior Out of Ground Contact Conditions - Joris van Acker
  • European Wood Preservation Overview - Joran Jermer
  • Use of Wood in Outdoor Applications in Norway - Lone Ross Gobakken
  • The New Zealand Building Code and the Timber Treatment Standard: Reflections on Developments over the last 10 Years Since the Leaky Building Crisis - Jeanette Drysdale
  • The Wood Preservation Industry in Australia - An Overview - Harry Greaves
  • Australian Test Methods for Evaluating the Resistance of Materials to Attack by Subterranean Termites - J. W. Creffield, D. K. Scown, K. J. McCarthy & J. R. B. Hague
  • Overview of the Ongoing Activities of European Standardization Committee on Wood Protection - Magdalena Kutnik

8:00 am to 11:30 am - Technical Session 4: Wood Preservative Penetration Workshop
concurrent with session 3
(Session Chair - Chris Barber)

  • Penetration vs. Performance - Paul Morris, FPInnovations
  • Update on AWPA Standard M22 Regarding Penetration Requirements - Jeremy Williams, Timber Products Inspection
  • Best Methods for Penetration Determination for Western Species Dimensional Lumber - Jeff Reith, Timber Products Inspection
  • A New Device for Objective Preservative Penetration Determination - Todd Greer and Jacob McBrayer*, Osmose, Inc.
  • Preservative Penetration in Utility Products - Jeff Morrell, Oregon State University

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

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Technical Session 5: Utility and Industrial Wood Protection
concurrent with sessions 6 and 7
(Session Chair - Jeff Morrell) 

  • Development of a Test Procedure to Assess Moisture Resistance of Treated Wood Products Intended for Railroad Application - H.G. Beck* and J. J. Morrell, Oregon State University and David Webb, Creosote Council
  • Western Red Cedar: An Overall Examination of the Species and Comments on its Use Patterns for Wood Poles - Mike Freeman, Consultant and Rod Stirling, FPInnovations
  • Verification of ANSI O5.1 Strength Values for Southern Yellow Pine Poles Through Current Full-Sized Destructive Testing - Martin Rollins, H.M. Rollins Co.
  • The Performance of Distribution Utility Poles in Wildland Fire Hazard Areas - What We Know and Don't Know - Stephen Smith, Stephen Smith Consulting
  • Fire Retardant Treatments for Wooden Utility Poles - Mike Freeman, Consultant

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Technical Session 6: General Topics
concurrent with session 5
(Session Chair - Kevin Archer) 

  • Observations on the Influence of Wood Density on Preservative Retention Calculations, Performance in AWPA Field Tests and the Significance of Retention Variability in Commercial Production - Andy Zahora, Viance
  • Geochemical Fixation of CCA Components by Nano-scale Ferrous Sulfide - Jim Rouse, Acuity Environmental Solutions
  • The Chemistry of Micronized Copper Preservatives - Wei Xue, Pierre Kennepohl, and John Ruddick*, University of British Columbia
  • Quality Control of an AWPA Standardized Non-Metallic Wood Preservative System: A Case Study Using EL2 - Kevin Archer*, Christoph Schauwecker, Barry McLaughlin, Ryan Sturdivant and Lehong Jin, Viance; Peter Eastman*, Bola Ajayi and David Laganella, Dow Chemical

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm - Break

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm - Technical Session 7: Surface-Applied Protectants
concurrent with session 5
(Session Coordinator - Jim Brient) 

  • Spray-on Treatments for Mold, Decay and Fire Protection - Dan Hume
  • The Use of Surface Treatments for the Protection of Residential Construction - Mark Manning, Rio Tinto Minerals
  • New Developments in Surface Applied Treatments for the Protection of Freshly Sawn Lumber - Alan Ross* and Ronald W. Clawson, Kop-Coat

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm - Closing Reception and Awards Presentation, Sponsored by Viance


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

8:00 am to 11:00 am - ANSI Accredited Standards Committee O5 Meeting

AWPA Committee Meetings: All proposals received have been withdrawn and deferred until the Fall 2014 standardization cycle. No committees are required to meet for the purpose of considering proposals, but committees may choose to meet to discuss other business. (Meetings are posted upon request.)

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