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Thanks for the compliment, Tom.
Since you are struggling with welding procedures, may I suggest you take a look at a new software program - WPS Designer. It was developed by IWE - Consulting, and SSTC handles the distribution. I worked with Jorge Puchaicela, the developer, in putting together a program that is easy to use and very comprehensive, and does a lot of tedious tasks (such a weld volumes, heat input calculations) and has a built-in set of operating parameters for many filler metal classifications. Also, it works under the prequalification limits of AWS D1.1, unless you do an override. Jorge has a Masters in Welding Engineering, and spent 10 years with Lincoln in technical support services, including writing WPSs for Lincoln customers. Website for more info is, which describes version 1.0 ($195).
Version 2.0 is in final checking now (and being shown at the AISC's Steel Conference in Baltimore this week), and will be released the week of April 21. Price for this greatly enhanced version is $295. Much less than competing programs, and does a lot more. This is not just a database management program. If I did not believe in its value to the industry, I would not be working with it.
Bob Shaw
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From: THunt(--nospam--at) [mailto:THunt(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2003 12:01 PM
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Subject: Re: Steel seminars in California

In my opinion this is one of those must attend seminars if you have anything to do with structural steel.  I am currently reviewing a pack of welding procedures and would be hopelessly lost had I not attended this seminar last year.  The scary part is that we have found numerous and in some cases serious errors in the submitted WPSs.  The seminar notes are a great resource and as always Bob provides a detailed and interesting presentation.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

"Bob Shaw" <rshaw(--nospam--at)>

04/02/2003 06:19 PM
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        Subject:        Steel seminars in California

We're getting phone calls from California that our flyers are just now getting into your mailboxes. Next week, Steel Structures Tech Center will have three steel seminars in Walnut Creek. On Monday, we are offering our Structural Welding: Design and Specification seminar (afternoon / evening). On Tuesday, we have Steel Connections: Seismic Applications (morning / afternoon). Wednesday and Thursday will be our two-day seminar Structural Steel Inspection (afternoon / evening on Wednesday and morning / afternoon on Thursday). All seminars are at the Embassy Suites - Walnut Creek, right by the BART station.
Also, these three seminars will be in Buena Park, at the Holiday Inn on Beach Blvd., the following week - Monday through Thursday, same schedule.
There is still room for all. More seminar info is at
Bob Shaw
Steel Structures Tech Center