115th Annual Meeting

May 5-7, 2019 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida USA


Join us in sunny Orlando, Florida, for what promises to be excellent technical and social programs! Come early to see the Orlando City Soccer Club play the Toronto Football Club. Or stay after the meeting and spend time in Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve or enjoy the local coffee shop scene. With over a dozen theme parks, thrill-seekers won’t be disappointed, but no matter what your interests are opportunities abound to find adventure in tropical Florida.

AWPA Meeting Registration
Register to attend the meeting by March 25 for early registration discounts, or pre-register before April 15. On-site registration will be available, but at higher rates and only if space is available.

Early Registration: Until March 25, 2019 (Members $580, Non-members $780)
Pre-Registration: March 26-April 15, 2019 (Members $650, Non-members $850)
On-site registration: May 5-7, 2019 (Members $695, Non-members $895)

Pre-registration has closed - please register on-site!

Getting to Orlando
Serving over 47 million passengers per year, Orlando is served by Orlando International Airport (MCO). With close to 40 commercial airlines providing hundreds of flights per day, it is no wonder that MCO is rated #1 in customer satisfaction. Rental cars, taxicabs, light rail, and other ground transportation options are available at the airport.

Hotel Reservations
The meeting will take place at the exotic Loews Royal Pacific Resort, located at 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, Florida. The deadline for hotel reservations at the group rate is April 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. For reservations by phone, please call 866-360-7395. If you’re planning to explore Universal Studios during your visit, please be sure to check out the benefits of staying at the Royal Pacific!

The room block has closed. Rooms at the hotel may still be available at higher rates, and there are also many other accommodations in the area.

Spouse/Guest Registration
Each person accompanying a registered attendee (a spouse or any guests) must be registered to attend the receptions. A badge is required for entry to all AWPA events.

The 115th Annual Meeting commences with the President’s Cosplay and Cocktails Reception. Come as you aren’t! You are invited to don your favorite creative character ensemble or feel free to dress in the Muggle manner! Connect with friends or make new ones while we enjoy magical Polynesian hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

On Monday, Guests selecting the Scavenger Hunt Adventure will meet at Universal Studios to explore both theme parks where imagination has no limits and Superheroes, Dinosaurs, and Dragons can be found right around the corner! This fun day will include a team scavenger hunt, lunch inside the park, and all-day park to park access.

A come-and-go Breakfast will be available in the hotel on Tuesday for registered spouses and guests. As always, we look forward to seeing you at the Awards Reception on Tuesday night.

 The 2019 Hacker's Classic Moves to The Golf Club at Walt Disney Palm Golf Course
We are very pleased to announce that the famed Walt Disney Palm Course in Orlando, Florida, has been selected to host the AWPA 2019 Hacker's Classic Golf Tournament. The Tournament will be held the morning of Sunday, May 5, 2019 just before the start of the AWPA 2019 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The Hacker's Classic will feature a scramble format, shot-gun start, with prize events on all 18 holes. For this year’s tournament, some exciting new events have been included that will provide participants an opportunity to win a brand-new set of Taylor Made irons, $5,000 in cash, and a new Mercedes-Benz!! A BBQ lunch and transportation to and from the course will be provided is included. Don’t forget to sign-up for the Hacker's Classic when you register for the AWPA Annual Meeting.

Pickler's Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk
The 2019 Pickler’s Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk will guide you through the sprawling Royal Pacific Resort and surrounding area in the morning of Sunday, May, 5th.

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:

Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science America, Inc.
Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc.
Eco Chemicals, Inc.

Student Travel Fellowship Fund Contributions and Silent Auction
There are two ways to support our Student Travel Fellowship Fund: Financial contributions and a donation to our Annual Meeting Silent Auction. Click here to make a financial contribution online. To donate an item for the Silent Auction, please give us a call at +1-205-733-4077 or send us a message so that we can determine the best way to ship the item or present the donation at the Annual Meeting. Thus far, an Alabama Quail Hunt and several other items have been donated. Ideally, all contributions should be confirmed by April 15, 2019. 

Things to See and Do in Orlando
The official Visit Orlando website is a wealth of information on all things Orlando ... visit their site now to begin planning your trip:

115th Annual Meeting Schedule of Events
Meeting General Chair: Grant Kirker
General Vice Chair: (TBA)
Program Chair: Peter Osborne

Saturday, May 4, 2019

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


Sunday, May 5, 2019

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

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

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase Setup

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Task Group Meetings (added as requests are received)

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm (open)

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - P-6 Minimum Retention Threshold Task Group

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm - T-1 Education Task Group

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm (open)

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - P-5 Precision & Bias Task Group

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - P-5 Standard Reference Materials Task Group

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Railway Tie Association R&D Committee Meeting

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Treated Wood Council Government Affairs (TWC members only, please)

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


Monday, May 6, 2019

8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase

8:00 am to 10:00 am - Opening Session

Welcome and recognition of sponsors and guests

Keynote: Handicap THIS! presented by Tim Wambach and Mike Berkson

Award of Merit Presentation to Les Lonning

General Committee Reports

Vice President's Address

President's Address

9:30 am until... Optional Scavenger Hunt Adventure and Theme Park Event

10:00 am to 10:15 am - Business Session

10:15 am to 10:30 am - Break

10:30 am to 12:00 noon - Technical Session 1: Innovations from Forest to Market
Session Coordinator: Eric Gee, Southern Forest Products Association

  • Market Trends in Treated Wood - Eric Gee, Southern Forest Products Association
  • BIDCO in the South - Brian Fehr, Bidco Construction
  • In-House Treating Plant Quality Control - Bill Buczek, Universal Forest Products
  • Mill Innovations in the Southeast: How to Successfully Build and Operate a Giant Narrow Band Thin Kerf Sawmill for Cutting Southern Live Oak for Wooden Ship Frames - Steve Cross* and Stephanie Cross, Cross Sawmill. Douglas Goldman, USDA-ARS. Richardo Lopes, Voyage Digital Media

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

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Technical Session 2: Colley/Hartford Memorial Research Symposium.
Session Coordinators: Beth Stokes, Mississippi State University (Chair) and Mojgan Nejad, Michigan State University (Vice Chair)

  • Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture: Emerging Options for End-Of-Life Treated Wood Products - Henry W. Brandhorst, Jr.*, Charles T. Ludwig, Ullrich H. Engel, and Ernest J. Zavoral
  • Student Travel Fellowship Award Presentation: Control of Mold Growth on Kiln-Dried Lumber - Gabrielly dos Santos Bobadilha*, C. Elizabeth Stokes, Mississippi State University
  • KDS-B as a Wood Preservative System- Min Chen, Troy Chemical
  • The Use of Boron Rods as a Source for Dual Treated Timber - Mark Mankowski*, USDA Forest Products Laboratory. Jeffrey J. Morrell, University of the Sunshine Coast. Jim Renfroe, Wood Care Systems. Stan Lebow and Grant Kirker, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • Effect of Solvent Characteristics on Performance of Copper Naphthenate and Pentachlorophenol in Douglas-fir Sapwood Stakes - Jed Cappellazzi* and M.J. Konkler, Oregon State University. Jeffrey Morrell, National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life
  • Machine Vision in a Commercial Wood Treating Plant - Jacob McBrayer*, Jake Meisner Koppers
  • Durability of Wood Plastic Composites Exposed to Formosan Subterranean Termites - Kathryn Kahil* and Jay Curole, Qinglin Wu, Louisiana State University. Mike Freeman, Consultant
  • Application of Coatings to Protect CLT from Water Intrusion - Gabrielly dos Santos Bobadilha, Mississippi State University

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm - Break

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm - Technical Session 3: B B Q & Q C
(Click here for abstracts)

  • The Art and Science of BBQ: What Wood You Like to Know? - Tim Carey, Pit Master, Kansas City Barbecue Society
  • Pathways to Continuous Improvement in Wood Treating Quality Control - Butch Bernhardt*, Western Wood Preservers Institute. Kyle Cassidy, McFarland Cascade. Jacob McBrayer, Koppers. Kimberly Merritt, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau. Dennis Morgan, Analytical Laboratory & Consultants. Kelley Spence, Timber Products Inspection

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

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

8:00 am to 10:00 am - Technical Session 4: Bruce Johnson Memorial Symposium - Marine Testing of Wood Preservatives.
Session Coordinator: Grant Kirker, USDA-FS FPL

  • The Life and Work of Bruce Johnson at FPL and AWPA - Grant Kirker* and Rebecca Ibach - USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • Performance of Select Modified Wood Systems in Marine Exposures - Andrew Zahora*, Viance. Christoph Schauwecker, Arclin. Huseyin Sivrikaya, Bartin University
  • Long Term Performance of Water-Shedding Caps on Douglas-Fir Pilings -Jeffrey Morrell*, National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life. Jed Cappellazzi and Matthew Konkler, Oregon State University
  • Performance Evaluation of Copper Preservative Systems for Marine Applications in Northeastern U.S. Salt Waters - Xinfeng Xie*, Michigan Technological University. Harold Bumby* and John Bumby, Maine Wood Treaters. Richard Ziobro and Douglas Herdman, Osmose. Nicholas Knight, SBK. Jun Zhang, Todd Greer and Chris Barber, Koppers

10:00 am to 10:15 am - Break

10:15 am to 12:00 pm - Technical Session 5: Service Prediction of Wood Protectants
Session Coordinator: James Hurley, Lonza

  • Kinetic Modeling of Fire Retardant Treated Wood Torrefaction and Pyrolysis- James Hurley*, Olivera Zivkovic and Adegoke Adekunle, Lonza
  • Non-Linear Regression of Preservative Performance Using Multivariate Probit or Weibull Distribution Models: an Extension of the Classical Hartford and Colley Approach - Ed Nichenko and James Hurley, Lonza. Darrel Nicholas, Mississippi State University
  • Outdoor and Accelerated Weathering of Wood - Xing Yang* and Kevin Archer, Viance
  • A Review of the Proposed ASTM Test Method for In-Service Wood Utility Poles Exposed to Simulated Wildland Fires - Douglas Herdman, Osmose

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

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm - Technical Session 6: Wood Protection and the Environment
Session Coordinator: Stacey McKinney, Koppers

  • Strategies for Approaching EH&S Compliance with Limited Resources and Tools - Bruce Martin*, Amy Bauer, and Maureen Hodson, EHS Support
  • EPA Antimicrobials Division Update - Rose Kyprianou, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Treated Wood Laws: A California State Case Study. Dallin Brooks - Western Wood Preservers Institute
  • DCOI and its Favorable Environmental Profile During Treatment and In-Service Use - Ian Watt*, Christine Lehman. David Laganella, Dow DuPont

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm - Break

2:45 pm to 4:30 pm - Technical Session 7: Cross-Laminated Timber
Session Coordinator: Mark Mankowski, USDA-FS FPL

  • The Current State of Mass Timber and the Future of Tall Wood - Melissa Kroskey, WoodWorks
  • Update for Ongoing Termite Study on Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Panels - Elizabeth Stokes* and Tamara Franca, Mississippi State University. Juliet Tang, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • Performance of Mass Timber Elements: The Roles of Moisture Intrusion and Decay - Jed Cappellazzi* Oregon State niversity. Jeffrey Morrell, National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - Closing Reception and Award Presentations

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