Reprinted from SWR Institute.
EMSEAL Joint Systems Ltd., the company that stopped the expansion joint leaks at Oakland’s Clorox Center and Atlanta’s massive CONRAC deck, is now running AIA-accredited, SWRInstitute-validated training programs which demonstrate and teach expansion joint application and installation.
The initial launch of these comprehensive two-day workshops was held on June 5-6, 2012 at EMSEAL’s Westborough, MA headquarters and training facility. Both Valcourt Building Services and The George D. Alan Company sent employees for certification. The 8 ½ hour course, “Joint Protection and Firestopping”, educates and trains personnel around the issues affecting joint sealing from design and technology types to installation using hands-on training methods.
The program began with an Industry Orientation followed by sessions on Project Safety, Quality Assurance and a broad look at Expansion Joints with an emphasis on successful 3-D planning and design. The following day offered breakout workshops with training and actual installation of expansion joints in vertical walls, horizontal decks, and split slab construction as well as field cutting and welding. The groups also installed UL-certified fire-rated expansion joints with attention to firestopping continuity.
Valcourt representative, Ron Pilla, attended the course and commented that “The training sessions were extremely well prepared and presented. The sequences of the seminars and workshops made for an enjoyable and informative program. The course is perfect for everyone in the construction chain from architects, engineers and specifiers to installers and end-users.”
The program is registered with the American Institute of Architects. Participants who complete the course will earn 8 HSW learning units.
Both classroom and field-simulated teaching was stressed throughout the schedule. One participant remarked “I learned more about expansion joints in two days than I have in 25-years in the field.”
Doug Desilvio, Safety and Quality Manager from The George D. Alan Company, found value in “the opportunity to ask and find answers for technical questions regarding installation issues.” He particularly liked the sessions regarding fire-rated expansion joints and life-safety issues as well as the introduction of factory-fabricated transition and welds which eliminate costly errors in the field. He added that many construction professionals could attend including project managers who could better understand the labor-intensity involved in successful expansion joint installation.
The Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute screens and validates training programs. Validation includes peer review by a team of contractor, manufacturer and associate (architect or engineer) members. The course “Joint Protection and Firestopping” is available to architects, engineers and contractors and takes place over two days at EMSEAL’s Westborough, MA based headquarters and training center. As SWRInstute President, Ron Pilla attested, “These sessions serve as an educational model, and go above and beyond the expectations of an accredited course. They are a testament to the importance of training and continuing education.”
More information on scheduling your training at EMSEAL is available at www.emseal.com/Training/Training.htm or calling 508-836-0280.