Protective Coatings in the Real World Technical Event | Melbourne | April 4

  • April 4, 2019
    8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Trips, Tips and Hits – Protective Coatings in the Real World

Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne | 8:30am – 5:30pm | Thursday 4 April

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The Coatings and Applicators  Technical Group of the ACA has produced a technical program that focuses on discussing pragmatic considerations and outlining practical and optimised solutions for Coatings and Applicators Industries.

Protective coatings are used across a multitude of industries including:  construction, infrastructure, oil and gas and mining.  Protective coatings are universal, can be budget sensitive and an extremely effective approach to controlling and preventing corrosion.  The longevity of protective coatings varies enormously with modern coatings capable of providing very high levels of corrosion protection, value for money and durability even in the most extreme environments.


This one day event will bring together all stakeholders to discuss various corrosion issues focusing on lessons learnt and exploring both successes and failures across the Coatings and Applicators Industries.

Networking drinks will follow presentations.

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Program (read the abstracts here)

8:30 - 9:00Registration   
9:00 - 9:10Welcome
9:10 - 9:40Rob FrancisRA FrancisPaint Coating Failures: Understanding Complex Causes
9:40 - 10:10Mike RutherfordConspectusFailures in Concrete Protection
10:10 - 10:40Geoff WhiteAkzonobelHypothetical - Can we design a coating system for 100 Year Durability?
10:40 - 11:00Morning Tea
11:00 - 11:30Justin RigbyRemedy Asset ProtectionUlladulla Lighthouse - A success story
11:30 - 12:00Keith McKenzieMirteqThe merits of vinyl esters as corrosion prevention coatings
12:00 - 12:30Daniel McKeowanDulux Protective CoatingsPhillip Island Bridge Guardrails - A 20 Year Case Study
12:30 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 1:30Matthew O'KeefeAkzonobelCoatings for Improved Performance Following Maintenance and Repair
1:30 - 2:00Fred SalomeCTI ConsultantsKeeping Coating Inspection Simple - Recurring Refurbishment of Sydney’s Olympic Sprinter Statue
2:00 - 2:30Michael O'MalleyPPGMeeting Market Needs – The Past and Future
2:30 - 2:50Afternoon Tea
2:50 - 3:20Peter GoldingGalvanizers AssociationThe NCC 2019 - risks for consumers with structural steel coatings
3:20 - 3:50Willie MandenoWSP OpusRusty Bottoms: A Case Study
3:50 - 4:30Forum
4:30 - 5:30Networking

Read the presentation abstracts here.

Trade Table Exhibitors:

Trade Table Exhibitor Opportunities

Price $600 –  2 available

A trestle table with power at the event where the exhibitor can display a company banner and company collateral, the tables are located in the room where food will be served.

  • One complimentary registration at the event
  • Company name or logo included in the delegate pre-arrival confirmation e-mail
  • 5 minute product or process innovation or technology presentation (non-commercial focus)

Please note that once the all trade exhibition tables have been sold, table locations will be awarded in order that applications were received.

Special Instructions

All breaks are fully catered, including canape’s and drinks to follow the technical presentations


A Wilsons Parking lot is located at 62a Latrobe St
Public Transport is highly recommended


Conveniently located on the corner of Exhibition and LaTrobe Streets
5 min walk from Parliament Station
Tram lines 30 and 35 stop right outside



  • Mike Rutherford
  • Rob Francis
  • Justin Rigby
  • Daniel Mckeown
    Senior Business Development Manager Dulux, will discuss preparing and coating Galvanised Steel.
  • Fred Salome
  • Willie Mandeno
  • Peter Golding
    Chief Executive Officer of the Galvanizers Association of Australia.  Peter joined the GAA in April 2011 as CEO.  Prior to joining the GAA, Peter worked for nearly 20 years in the Australian steel industry in various product engineering, manufacturing and management roles.  He has overall responsibility for the marketing and technical development of hot dip galvanized steel and represents the Association on various industry and Standards bodies.  Peter earned his MBA and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Adelaide, where he received an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Events name
    Geoff White
    Geoff works for International Paint as a Technical Specialist in the Protective Coatings Division.  Geoff has been working in the surface coatings industry for over 35 years.  He is a project manager with site experience in Coating Specification, Inspection, Sales, Failure Analysis, Materials Consulting and Surface Preparation and Coating Application Contracting within the Protective Coatings and Marine Coatings Industry. Geoff is a NACE Level 3 Certified Coating Inspector, FROSIO Level 3 Coating Inspector, ACA Certified Corrosion Technologist, ACA Hot Dip Galvanizing Inspector & Coating Inspector, SSPC Protective Coating Specialist and has a Painting Contractors Certification Program (PCCP) accreditation as a Responsible Person for Industrial Lead Paint Management.
  • Keith McKenzie


Venue Phone: 03 9663 5259

Venue Website:

8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia