EVENTS

The 17th China Xiamen International Stone Fair 2017

Visit MIA+BSI in Booth A3266 at the Xiamen Stone Fair March 6-9. Members are invited to attend a Networking Reception March 7. 

Be sure to review the list of educational opportunities presented by MIA+BSI. For more information about the show, visit www.stonefair.org.cn.

 

Education Schedule

Monday, March 6

Sustainable Natural Stone

Learn about the ANSI approved Standard for the Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone (developed by the Natural Stone Council, this standard is also known as NSC 373). This session will provide general knowledge on the objectives and principles of the NSC 373 Standard. Gain an understanding of the sustainable production practices and benefits of natural stone, and how to differentiate these practices among different companies and products when choosing natural stone products for projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the objectives and development process of the Sustainability Assessment Standard for Dimension Stone to understand the basic principles of the standard.
  2. Understand more about why natural stone is a leading sustainable building material.
  3. Examine the benefits of the standard and sustainable business practices to natural stone specifiers and users.

Speakers:

  1. Daniel Wood, Lurvey Landscape Supply
  2. Jim Hieb, MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute

Time: 14:00-15:00

Room: 402

 

Doing Business in the U.S.: Dimensional Tolerances

This session will assist the attendee gain an understanding of critical tolerances that directly affect visual appearance and structural integrity of stone installations. This knowledge is important because tolerances are established to protect both the buyer and seller of a product or service. Learn about the balance between prescribed tolerances and unattainable expectations by buyers and sellers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to reduce the time needed to obtain published tolerance standards
  2. Gain an understanding of critical dimensions that directly affect visual appearance and structural integrity of stone installations
  3. Learn about the types of tolerances: bilateral (symmetrical and asymmetrical), unilateral, limit, and percentage

Speakers:

  1. Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director, MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute
  2. David Castellucci, Kenneth Castellucci & Associates

Time: 15:15-16:15

Room: 402

 

Panel Discussion: Commercial Installation

This open discussion forum for commercial contractors is an excellent opportunity to discuss many of the challenges involved in the commercial installations market.  The session will cover everything from fabrication methods, equipment needs and materials to customer expectations, personnel and sales strategies.  Attendees should come prepared to share ideas and discuss opportunities and common challenges and are encouraged to participate by presenting a problem or sharing a solution. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the differences, contractually and technically, between the Residential and Commercial markets.
  2. Explain how other contractors deal with the myriad of issues involved in the stone industry.
  3. Discuss fabrication methods, equipment needs, materials, customer service, personnel and sales strategies.

Speakers:

  1. David Castellucci, Kenneth Castellucci & Associates
  2. GK Naquin, Stone Interiors
  3. Buddy Ontra, Ontra Stone
  4. Herwig Callewier, Beltrami
  5. Jim Hieb, MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute

Time: 16:30-17:30

Room: 402

 

Tuesday, March 7th

Stone Exterior Wall Cladding & Adhered Veneer Systems

This session will detail several varieties of exterior cladding, as well as adhered veneer stone systems. It covers best practices and techniques, as well as outline the required minimum skills, education and experience that should be achieved before attempting the installation of different stone materials.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Overview of the variety of exterior wall cladding attachment and adhered veneer systems available
  2. Understand the required minimum resources for competent participation in the exterior market
  3. Develop an awareness of the risks specific to the contracting sector of the industry
  4. Learn what resources are available to ensure the right level of education for the competent provision of cladding and adhered veneer systems

Speaker:

  1. Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director, MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute

Time: 10:00-11:00

Room: 401

 

Natural Stone Promotional Campaign

MIA+BSI is leading an effort to expand the promotion of natural stone with the assistance of several stone associations including Centrorochas (Brazil), Benelux Federation of Natural Stone Wholesalers (FEBENAT), the Belgian Fabricators & Stone Masons Federation, and others. This effort includes the online distribution of positive articles, blogs, and social media outreach about natural stone. The goal is to reach the millions of readers who are looking for products for their home improvement or construction projects. Gain insight into this new campaign and how your company can become involved.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about how current trends and marketing efforts of competing products contributed to why a promotional campaign is necessary.
  2. Learn about usenaturalstone.com and how the articles and videos posted on that website and others can be used in your company’s marketing efforts.
  3. Understand why leading stone companies are getting involved with this initiative and how you too can support the promotional campaign.

Speakers:

  1. Daniel Wood, Lurvey Landscape Supply
  2. Herwig Callewier, Beltrami
  3. Duane Naquin, Stone Interiors
  4. Jim Hieb, MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute

Time: 11:15-12:15

Room: 401

 

Doing Business in the United States

This session will cover what stone standards and testing requirements that govern commerce when supplying stone in North America. The session will also introduce information about a new ‘supplier-to-buyer’ manual intended to help make the commerce of supplying stone easier (outlines for purchase orders, progress reports, customs, claims, insurance, arbitration and more). This information should be used to strengthen your relationships with suppliers and buyers from around the world.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what stone standards are most widely used to supply stone to the U.S. market.
  2. Learn about the new “supplier-to-buyer” manual and how it can become a guide for commerce with clients around the world.
  3. Gain information to strengthen your relationship with U.S. customers.

Speakers:

  1. Evan Cohan, Quality Marble & Granite
  2. David Castellucci, Kenneth Castellucci & Associates
  3. Duane Naquin, Stone Interiors
  4. Jim Hieb, MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute

Time: 14:00-15:00

Room: 401

 

Understanding ASTM Standards & Stone Testing for Projects in the U.S.

Most architectural specifications require that stone meet certain specified ASTM or other testing standards before it will be accepted for use. If you are doing business in the U.S., then you will want to attend this session. Be aware of the requirements of performance that will be placed on the stone at the time of installation, and in the future. Learn about how these standards also serve as benchmarks for quality limits of products.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be aware of the requirements of performance that will be placed on the stone at the time of installation, and in the future
  2. Learn about options for having a stone tested if no testing data is available
  3. Gain insight into which tests should be performed
  4. Learn how materials standards help to prevent the use of stone products for unsuitable applications

Speakers:

  1. Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director, MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute
  2. YJ Zhang, Indiana Limestone Company

Time: 16:30-17:30

Room: 401

 

 

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