Edmonton

Welcome to the Edmonton Chapter page. Thank you for visiting our page, and on behalf of the Chapter we hope to see you at one of our events.

The Chapter centers itself in the city of Edmonton and includes the surrounding communities of Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan and Leduc among others.  Almost every nearby community has industrial parks and construction sites that employ many in the welding industry.  Much of the welding fabrication work supports the oil and gas exploration and development projects taking place in Northern Alberta, along with structural fabrication for plant site modules and commercial buildings.  Edmonton also has the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) offering engineering technology programs and apprenticeship training, the University of Alberta with the Canadian Centre of Welding and Joining, and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF). 

The Chapter has been in the region beginning with the Welding Institute of Canada (WIC) over thirty years ago and part of the CWB Association for nearly the past twenty years. We have over 5000 CWB Association members in the region. The growth of the CWB Association has been reflective within the Edmonton Chapter, and we intend to offer our members and non-members alike educational and networking opportunities. The Chapter plans on dinner meetings, usually at the University of Alberta Faculty Club monthly from January to May. We also like to have a site tour for either the fall or spring trying to avoid the early or late winter storms that are part of seasonal living in Edmonton! We also plan joint meetings with our fellow technical societies like AWS and ASM, among others, in hosting mutually interesting topics.  We usually charge $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.

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Chapter Executives:

Gentry Wood- Chair
Steve Borle- Past Chair
Ata Kamyabi- Vice Chair
Nairn Barnes- Treasurer
Mitchell Grams- Administrator
Syed Alam- Publicity Chair

Application of PTA in Rail Wheels Manufacturing: Welding of Steel Bridge Segment featuring videography of SMAW and GTAW

Zoom Meeting (meeting link via Eventbrite): Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
Time: Reception at 7:00PM and Presentations at 7:05 PM MDT

Presented By: Carter Trautmann and Wesley Lesburg.

The rail industry in Canada transports more than 300 Million tonnes of goods annually and only continues to grow year over year. One of the primary consumables for the rail transport industry is the wheel. Traditionally cast as a single piece, used until worn down, and removed from service. We hope that by applying the unique properties of Plasma Transferred Arc Welding (PTAW), additional steps can be introduced into this process.

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Journey of a Welder – Presented by AWOC

Zoom Meeting (meeting link via Eventbrite): Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT



Presented by: Matthew Yarmuch and Richard Walmsley
Join us for this “Lunch-n-Learn” presentation on industry updates from both Alberta Welding Optimization Committee (AWOC) and NAIT.

There are reports that the average age of a welder in Canada is 55+ years old. Industry, stakeholders, and government need to collaborate to ensure new Welders are drawn into the welding field and effectively retained – something easier said than done. This presentation will focus on discussing ways to ensure the welder – the individual person – is the focus of attention during their apprenticeship, shop-floor training, and certification to industry standards and regulations.

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What’s New in Welding Automation

Online Meeting via Zoom: Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
Time: 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM EDT



Presented by: Ken Van Dyk
This presentation will go over the various reasons why general industry companies are automating their welding today. We will all include a good overview of what has changed in the past 10 years helping Western Canada customers get the return on investment through productivity and quality needed.

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History of Submerged Arc Welding

Online Meeting via Zoom, Wednesday, December 2nd

Reception at 7:00 PM (MT)
Presentations at 7:05 PM

The cost is $10.00 Members, $15.00 Non-Members, $5.00 Student Members. All members of ASM, ASME, AWS, CWA, NACE, and SME will be charged as members.

Presenter: Vivek Sengupta. This talk presents a comprehensive literature review of experiments and theories addressing the physical phenomena in the weld zone of submerged arc welding (SAW). This review covers more than 100 years of research and literature in English, German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. Phenomena explored include metal transfer, arc length, the nature and chemical reactions in the arc cavity and slag shell, and the dynamics of the weld pool. Techniques described include general tools such as X-ray and optical imaging, radioactive tracers, and numerical simulations, and also creative experiments addressing particular questions such as the weather vane technique used to determine weld pool flows...

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Predicting Laser Cladding Characteristics and Hydrogen Testing

Online Meeting, Thursday, October 29th- 9:00-10:00 PM EDT

Meeting Presentation Topics:
1) Predicting Bead Size and Catchment Efficiency in Laser Cladding Processes
Laser cladding is an advanced repair technology that is seeing increased use in mining and downhole drilling applications. This state-of-the-art technology provides tailored surface modification for wear and corrosion protection as well as dimensional repairs for high-value industrial components.
2) Progress on Hydrogen Testing at the CCWJ
Hydrogen testing is a destructive test method to evaluate the content of diffusible hydrogen in a weld. The standardized protocol in codes for carrying out hydrogen test is sophisticated and requires immense accuracy and dexterity.

Presenters:
Syed Alam is currently completing his MSc in Welding Engineering with a focus in process automation of laser cladding at the University of Alberta. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering. Mackenzi Johnston is a Material engineering student who started her career with practical welding training from SAIT. Syed and Mackenzi are the recipients of CWBA Edmonton chapter graduate and undergraduate scholarships in 2020 for their excellence in research in the field of welding.

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Welding Procedures for New or Problematic Cases

Online Meeting Via ZOOM, Tuesday, July 14th- 12:00 MST

The CWB Association Edmonton Chapter and U of A Student Chapter would like to invite you to join us for our first online technical talk. Prof Mendez will be discussing work the CCWJ has been doing to help develop welding procedures for new and difficult materials. When welding procedures need to be developed, we use past experience. This past experience has been acquired painfully over time or might be compiled in lists of previous procedures, such as the Lincoln Procedure Handbook or AWS B2.1 standards. This approach works almost all the time… except when it doesn’t. In that case, we have very few tools at our disposal, mainly keep trying to change things intuitively until the procedure qualifies. 

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The advantages of true multi discipline Quality Inspectors and Quality Managers

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM MDT
University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G9

We have invited Mr Gordon Canning who is the Corporate Quality Manager (Western Canada) of DCM Integrated Solutions Inc. Gordon is a certified CSA W178.2 Level 3 Welding Inspector, AWS CWI and ABSA Welding Examiner and B-Pressure Welder/Structural Welder who has been working in the industry for over 33 years. He will give an overview of the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to quality inspection and management in the welding industry. 

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Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Workshop

Wednesday, March 11 2020, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM to
Thursday, March 12 2020, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Alberta Innovates, Millwoods Office, 250 Karl Clark Road Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6N 1H5

About this Event: The digitalization of manufacturing is changing how products are designed, fabricated, operated and serviced. Whether this industrial transformation is called “Industry 4.0”, “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)” or “smart manufacturing”, these new technologies enable the generation and flow of information to improve product design, production efficiency and equipment servicing.

This AMFI workshop aims to raise the awareness of these technologies with Albertan manufacturing companies. The two-day event will encompass a series of presentations and equipment demonstrations that will show how digital manufacturing technologies can save time and reduce costs while enhancing product and service quality.

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DESIGN FOR LIFE: SOLUTIONS TO COMBAT WEAR

Tuesday, January 21, 2020: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G9

This talk will give an overview of the options available for hardfacing, reviewing both the application processes and overlay types. This will include background information on the performance criteria requested in the current generation of qualification specifications. In addition, a review of new technologies, such as the 3D printing of large scale metallic components will also be presented.

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Determination of Temperature, Density, and Composition of Welding Arcs and Evaluating Methods for Preparing Charpy Samples

October 22nd, 2019
Faculty Club, 11435, Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G9

Presented By: Kyle Foster and Yingxin (Julie) Song
Determination of temperature, density and composition for an arc plasma can be a tool to assess the quality of a weld. An understanding of the welding arc is also a critical input to model the underlying physics of welding. Nonintrusive optical diagnostics of an arc plasma have become more popular as they can profile the temperature of the welding arc without disturbing the arc itself. New equipment and procedures are being developed to improve quality and ease of use with these methods.

• Reception at 5:30 PM
• Dinner at 6 PM
• Presentations at 7 PM

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