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S c h e d u l e (tentative)

Wednesday, March 9

8:45 am 

Buses load for Michoud Assembly Facility Tour 


9:00 am   

Buses depart for Michoud


10:00 am - 12:00 pm  

Tour of Michoud Assembly Facility

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch with Speaker(s) 


3:00 pm  

Attendees return to Harrah's



7:00 am 

Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:00 am  

Welcome Arie Bregman, Chair, VMA Technical Committee and Vice President and General Manager of DFT Inc.


8:10 - 9:00 am  

Keynote Address: Regulations and Regulatory Initiatives of the Bureau Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Douglas Morris, Chief of Offshore Regulatory Programs, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement


9:00 - 9:45 am  

Beyond Certification; Modern Safety Management Systems, Mike Chaudron, Executive Director of Sales, DNV GL Business Assurance


9:00 - 11:30 am  

Exhibitor Set-up


9:45 - 10:00 am  

Morning Break


10:00 - 10:45 am  

Role of Valves in HAZOP Analysis, Safety and Environmental Risk Assessments, Li Li, Senior Health Safety Environmental Technical Specialist, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.


10:00 - 11:45 am

Valve Selection & Risk - An End-user’s Perspective, Stephen Treichler, Mechanical Services Manager, BASF Corporation


11:30 am - 1:00 pm  

Lunch/ Exhibits Open


1:00 - 1:45 pm  

Addressing Challenges in HIPPS Design and Implementation, Afton Coleman, FIELDVUE SIS Product Manager, Emerson Process Management


1:45 - 2:45 pm

Seismic Design and Qualification, Speakers: Dr. M.S. Kalsi, Founder, Kalsi Engineering & Nimish Jagtap, Senior Consultant, Kalsi Engineering


2:45 - 3:15 pm   

Afternoon Break with Exhibits Open


3:15 - 3:45 pm   

Fugitive Emission Testing and Certification of Valves, David Bayreuther, Vice President of Engineering for Metso Automation, USA, Flow Control.


3:45 - 4:15 pm  

Braided Packing – An Old Technology With a Modern Twist, Henri Azibert, Technical Director, Fluid Sealing Association


4:15 - 4:45 pm

Gasket Performance Standards and Application Toward Fugitive Emissions Reductions, Mike Shorts, Vice President and General Manager for Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. 


4:45 - 5:30 pm

Panel Discussion with Speakers 


5:30 - 6:30 pm   

VMA Welcome Reception with Exhibits Open





7:30 - 8:00 am    

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:00 - 8:45 am     

The ASME Code Process for a Code Case: Non-traditional Manufacturing Methods/Materials, Jay Cameron, P.E., HSB Global Standards, Codes & Standards, Home Office


8:45 - 9:30 am    

The European Union’s New Legislative Framework: It’s Impact on EU Directives, particularly the Pressure Equipment Directive, Mike Norman, Director of Product Assurance, DNV GL Business Assurance 


9:30 - 9:45 am  

Morning Break


9:45 - 10:30 am

Industry Standards Update, Carlos Davila, Product Manager-Americas, for Crane ChemPharma/Energy


10:30 - 11:15 am  

API Upstream Standard Development Update- Supply Chain Management, Rick Faircloth Sr, Technical Consultant-Engineering with, Cameron Valves and Measurement Houston, Texas. 


11:15 am - Noon  

Panel Discussion with Speakers



Meeting Adjourns

March 9-11, 2016


Focus on Safety AND THE Environment

hARRAH's HOTEL, New Orleans, LA


About the Program

At the upcoming 2016 Technical Seminar, open to the industry, the focus is on a topic of concern to everyone in the industry: Safety and the Environment. One of the featured speakers is Douglas Morris with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, who will talk about the new regulations impacting safety and the environment. Other topics include Seismic Design and Qualification, Actuator and Control Safety, and the latest Standards Update.


The theme and program for this educational event has been developed by members of the VMA Technical Committee: Arie Bregman, Chairman, DFT Inc.; Jim Barker, DeZurik APCO; David Escobar, Metso Automation USA, Inc.; Dale Friemoth, Crane Fluid Handling; Ken Juncewicz, GE Oil and Gas; Kevin Lamb, Technetics; Ron Manson, Cameron Valves and Measurement; and Stephane Meunier, Cowan Dynamics.

Who Should Attend?

Mid-to-senior level management, engineering and technical personal in valve manufacturing companies, suppliers to the industry, distributors, valve repair facilities and end-users. This meeting is open to members of VMA, as well as non-members.

Who Should Exhibit?

Companies that sell or provide services to valve manufacturers and end-users. This exhibit program is open to VMA members as well as non-member companies.

ATTENDEE Registration


Open to all VMA/VRC members and industry non-members. Registration fees are $645 for the first registrant and $545 for any additional registrants from the same company. Your registration fee covers the VMA Technical Seminar, speaker handouts' manual, and all food functions to include continental breakfasts, breaks, lunch and Welcome Reception as well as access to the exhibit area. A ticket to attend the Michoud Assembly Facility tour must be purchased separately and is not included in your registration.





You can register more than one attendee from your company for $545. There is no limit to the number of additional attendees that can be registered, however, in order to be eligible for the discount an attendee must be registered from your company who has paid the full registration fee. Discounted additional attendee registration fee includes the 1.5-day seminar, speaker handout materials and all food functions including continental breakfasts, breaks, lunch and Welcome Reception as well as access to exhibits. A ticket to attend the Michoud Assembly Facility tour must be purchased separately and is not included in your registration.



EXHIBIT REGISTRATION FEES (Exhibit Program on March 10 ONLY)


Registration fees are $495 for VMA/VRC members and $550 for non-members. All exhibits are tabletops. The exhibit fee includes registration for two from your company, your table, a sign, wastebasket, seminar attendees list, lunch, afternoon breaks and Welcome Reception. On March 10th the attendee lunch, afternoon break and Welcome Reception are held in the exhibit area giving you plenty of time for access to attendees for maximum exposure for your company. Electricity for powering lights and internet for computers can be purchased separately from Harrah’s.


Your exhibit registration does not include entrance to the Technical Seminar. If you wish to register your sales representatives to attend the technical seminar, an additional registration fee of $545 per person applies. A ticket to attend the Michoud Assembly Facility tour must be purchased separately and is not included in your registration.


**Last day to register as an attendee or exhibitor online is March 4th.**


Hotel Reservations  

The 2016 Technical Seminar is being held at Harrah’s Hotel New Orleans. Unfortunately, the discounted room block rate of $179 per night has expired, however, Harrah’s has been generously letting in last-minute reservations. If you wish to attend the Technical Seminar and want to try to get into Harrah’s at the discounted rate, please call Malena Malone-Blevins, Meetings Manager at 202-331-8105 or send her an email at Please be registered for the seminar before you call/email. If emailing, provide your arrival and departure date information in the email.


Registration Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% administration fee.

  • Cancellations received between 15 and 29 days before the event are 75% refundable.

  • Due to hotel and other event guarantees, cancellations received between 0 and 14 days prior to the day of the event are non-refundable. Substitutions may be made until March 4th.



Contact Malena Malone-Blevins at or by phone at 202-331-8105 ext. 310.

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