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Glass Week focuses on technology, future

Glass Week 2007 began Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota in Florida and featured eight guest speakers during the first three days.

The Glass Association of North America of Topeka, Kan., held numerous general sessions Sunday and Monday, and more are scheduled today.

Chris Barry, director of technical services, building products, for Pilkington North America in Toledo, Ohio, spoke Monday about “The Visibility of Tempered Quench Marks.” He explained why quench spots and lines are sometimes seen in tempered glass when viewed in reflections.

A quench pattern proves the glass has been heat treated, Barry said. It does not indicate a defect or non-compliance with standard ASTM C 1048. Anti-reflective coatings can reduce, but not eliminate, quench patterns.

A pattern is more visible with thicker glass, higher transmission glass, multilayer glass and with reflective frits and coatings, Barry said.

Barry recommended supplying architectural samples to match final specifications. He also suggested viewing a full-size mock-up, on site, under blue sky conditions.

On Sunday, Barry discussed the development of five different methods of applying gold and gold colored coatings to architectural glass and energy efficient products.

The speakers

Rachel Long of Hospitality Design Magazine, Tampa; Jan Skeeter, chief executive officer of UltraGlas, Chatsworth, Calif.; and Mary MacDonald of Macci Design, Miami, zipped through about 500 images during their hour presentation on “Emerging Products in Decorative Glass.”  The resulting impression was the almost limitless potential of decorative glass in the built environment. 

Joseph Smith of Applied Research Associates, Vicksburg, Miss., presented “Hurricane and Blast Resistant Products – a Katrina Case Study and More.”

Smith pointed out that from 1994 to 2004, about 1,000 explosive incidents took place each year in the United States, resulting is losses totaling $430 million. Protective glazing technologies such as window films, catch systems and laminated glass have helped reduce the number of injuries and collateral damage from explosions, he said.

Smith used examples of two buildings in Gulfport, Miss., that were damaged after Hurricane Katrina. A bank building was considered a total loss, totaling $35 million in damage. Window replacement cost about $4 million alone.

The courthouse, which was built in 2003 and designed to meet ISC criteria, had only one interior window pane crack and exterior panes failed on less than 25 lites.  Water damage primarily from roof damage led to mold and a price tag of $8 million. A better roof design that kept water out would have lowered the damage estimate to about $100,000.

Michael Rogers, a futurist with the New York Times and former vice president at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, opened the event with a speech titled “Society, Technology and the Future.” Rogers focuses on five topics: customization, interactivity, telepresence, the extended Internet and the new new media.

Few people watch television in real time today as they customize their viewing, Rogers said. Meanwhile, the music industry has gone back to the time of singles as people buy individual songs to create their own playlistsplay lists.

Meaningful personal relationships are being made online, Rogers said. People also search for information and want action, looking to finish a transaction before leaving a Web site.

“Building a Brand 101” was the topic of a speech by Shawn Donovan of Donovan & Associates, Tampa, Fla.

Donovan said business to business branding has tremendous value. Businesses can control their own brand message and build the brand without spending millions of dollars.

The process has three steps: develop the plan for the marketplace, consistently communicate the plan and then deliver.
 
Economist Don Reynolds of 21st Century Forecasting, Forth Worth, Texas, spoke about “Tectonic Plates of Change.” Companies and individual need to become pro-active, anticipatory and inter-disciplinary to be successful.

The center of the world construction is in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and the United States is in the twilight of economic global dominance, Reynolds said. Annual debt-to-income ratio in the United States increased from 18 percent in 1950 to 86 percent in 1985 and then 114 percent in 2006. The U.S. economy grew 3.5 percent in 2005 and 2.8 percent this past year. China, however, grew at 10 percent and Indian 8 percent in 2006.

Reynolds said the global economic pie is getting larger, the U.S. piece is getting smaller, but there is still plenty to go around.

New committees

GANA’s Protective Glazing Committee met for the first time and agreed upon drafts for glass information bulletins on blast-resistant glazing and bullet-resistant glazing. The bulletins will be sent to full membership for ballot. The draft for a GIB on detention facility glazing also was introduced. Chairwoman Valerie Block, decorative glazing marketing manager of DuPont, Wilmington, Del., said the drafts are intended to be informational and do not include highly technical testing results.

During the inaugural meeting of the Fire-rated Glazing Council, six founding members voted Jerry Razwick, Technical Glass Products, Kirkland, Wash., as chair. They worked on a draft scope and objectives for their group and discussed the importance of promoting an awareness of the benefits of fire-rated glazing materials within the building supply chain and the public.

Both committees report to GANA’s board of directors.

New president

Julie Schimmelpenningh of Solutia, Laguna Hills, Calif., turned over the GANA president’s position to Andrew Gum, Thomas Glass Co., Columbus, Ohio.

Gum has been a board member for nine years and is the youngest person to serve as GANA president.

 

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