Hot dip galvanizing is a highly controlled factory led process and anything from small nuts and bolts up to large structural sections can be galvanized.
Whether it be for agriculture, horticulture, transport, construction, or the energy sectors both renewables and oil and gas – these are products for all spheres of life, even your garden gate.
Galvanizing companies the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland took part in the first Industry Open Day, shining a light on the impressive alchemy that is hot dip galvanizing. 34 sites ranging from Elgin in the far North, Devon in the South West and Galway in Ireland, held an open door event on September 12th.
3 key benefits of the RIBA approved plant tour
The coordinated site visits were aimed at giving specifiers and fabricators a valuable opportunity to learn how to extend and improve their use of galvanizing.
- Understand the hot dip galvanizing process
- Make more informed corrosion protection decisions
- Design better structures
Move beyond the textbook
Rob Hearne, Chartered Consultant Architect and CPD specialist, was approached by RIBA to assess the initiative. He says: “Galvanizing is a ubiquitous process that many take for granted without truly getting to grips with the detail. This open day has shown that the galvanizing industry across the board wants specifiers and contractors to move beyond the text book, and to design, develop and equally importantly, assess results, from a position of greater knowledge.”
Engagement with the galvanizer at an early design phase
As part of our RIBA CPD programme, Galvanizers Association is working with construction professionals to increase engagement with galvanizers within product development and at the early design phase of projects.
Don’t take our word for it
We thought the Industry Open Day was an excellent excuse to get hands-on experience from the people who do the job and have seen different structures coming out of their tanks. But don’t take our word for it, read below the feedback we received from some of our participants.
“Excellent Presentation. Obviously, he knew galvanizing inside out.” Alan Smith, Critall Windows
“A very informative tour packed with experience of the plant and product.” John Eynon, Kelvin Power Consultants
“Really enjoyed it, people were friendly and very knowledgeable.” Laura Dombrovska, AECOM
“(…) gave us an excellent tour on which I learnt a good deal, which will influence my specifications in future. I was highly impressed with the efficiency and organisation of your facility, as well as the work you turn out of course. ” Will Grime , William Grime Architect
“Timing was spot on and level of information adequate.” Gordon Strang, Royal HaskoningDHV
“The tour of the plant and the question and answer session at the end had been very informative.” Paul Fortune and Ben Adcock, John Sisk & Son