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IICRC Technical Conference Announces Program Schedule and Agenda

The IICRC’s Restoration Technical Conference and Symposium is right around the corner!

Held April 10-11 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta (the same location as the IICRC Spring Certification Council and Board meetings), the two-day conference and symposium will combine technical presentations based on new research or comprehensive research reviews, with panel presentations and discussions.

Jointly sponsored by the IICRC and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI), the conference features speakers hosting cutting-edge presentations based on original research and reviews of existing research. Some of the leading scientists presenting include: Ralph Moon, PhD.; Russell J. Pylkki, PhD.; James Ryan, PhD.; and Richard Shaughnessy, PhD.

Registration discounts are available for IICRC-approved instructors and schools, Certified Firms and Master Status holders, as well as CIRI members and K-12 Certified members. To register, visit the registration website.

IICRC & CIRI Technical Conference and Symposium Program and Schedule


April 9
5 - 9 p.m.
7 - 9 p.m.
Joint reception, snacks, beverages
April 10
7 - 10 a.m.
Registration Open
8 a.m.

Event Welcome & Opening by Honorary Chairpersons
Jim Harris, Sr., CIRI Executive Director & Pete Duncanson, IICRC Board Chair.

8:15 a.m.
Use of DNA Sequencing to Assess the Effectiveness of ATP Testing in Cleaning and Levels of Microbial Contamination in Water-Damaged Environments
Presented by Richard Shaughnessy, PhD. Dr. Shaughnessy is a world-renowned IAQ expert and director of the Indoor Air Quality Research Program at the University of Tulsa.
9:15 a.m.
Future Trends in Mold Sampling and Analysis
Presented by David Lark and James Ryan, PhD. Mr. Lark, a microbiologist and mycologist with over 45 years of relevant experience, is managing director of Mouldlab in Australia. Dr. Ryan works with ProGene DX, a company that specializes in diagnosing patients with chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS).
10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Application of Bulk Nanobubbles in Commercial and Industrial Cleaning
Presented by Russell J. Pylkki, PhD. Dr. Pylkki works in Advanced Product Development R&D, Tennant Company, Minneapolis, MN.
11:45 a.m.
1 p.m.
The Use of ATP Technology to Assess the Hygiene Standards in Clinical Workspaces in Hospital ICUs
Presented by Greg Whiteley. Mr. Whiteley is Managing Director of Whiteley Corp., Sydney NSW, Australia, global innovator in medical & industrial cleaning products.
1:45 p.m.
ANSI/IICRC S500-2015 Water Restoration Standard: Panel Presentation and Discussion
Presenters and panelists: Mickey Lee, Howard Wolf, and Mili Washington. Mr. Lee is chairman of the S500-2015 Consensus Body. Mr. Wolf is IICRC standards chairman. Ms. Washington is IICRC Standards Director.
3:15 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
ANSI/IICRC S520-2015 Mold Remediation Standard: Panel Presentation and Discussion
Presenters and panelists: Jim Pearson, Scott Armour, and Dave Dybdahl. Mr. Pearson is chairman of the S520-2015 Consensus Body. Mr. Armour is vice chair of the S520-2015 Consensus Body, Mr. Dybdahl is a member of the S520-2015 Consensus Body.
5 p.m.
Adjourn Day 1
6 - 10 p.m.
Conference dinner and entertainment
April 11
8 a.m.
Morning welcome
8:15 a.m.
The Effect of Restoration Processes on Building Structures and Furnishings: A Building Science Perspective
Presentations by Ralph Moon, PhD, Brad Kovar, Paul Pleshek, and Pete Consigli. Dr. Moon is principal scientist, HSA Engineers & Scientists, Tampa, FL. Mr. Kovar is president of Safeguard EnviroGroup, Glendora, CA. Mr. Pleshek is president of the National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors (NICFI). Mr. Consigli is Director of Education & Industry Advisor at Restoration Industry Association (RIA).
9:45 a.m.
Preview of “Characterizing and Documenting the Impact of Combustion Particles on Buildings and Personal Property,” the first in a series of new ANSI standards being developed by IAQA/ASHRAE
Presented by Lee King. Mr. King is president of AFTERDISASTER and a member of the Consensus Body of this soon-to-be-released standard.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
The Use of Hydroxyl Ion Technology in Restoration and Post-Fire Odor Control.
Presented by Michael Pinto. Mr. Pinto is CEO of Wonder Makers Environmental.
11:45 a.m.
1 p.m.
The ISSA Clean Standards: K-12 Schools and Institutional/Commercial Facilities
Presenters and panelists: Richard Shaughnessy, Greg Whiteley, Michael Pinto, and Bob Robinson, Sr.; moderated by Bill Balek. Dr. Shaughnessy is director of the Indoor Air Quality Research Program at the University of Tulsa. Mr. Whiteley is Managing Director of Whiteley Corp., Sydney, Australia, global innovator in medical and industrial cleaning products. Mr. Pinto is CEO of Wonder Makers Environmental. Mr. Robinson, Sr. is founder and president of Kaivak Cleaning Systems. Mr. Balek is ISSA’s Director of Legislative and Environmental Services.
2:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m.
Future Trends in Cleaning and Restoration Science
Presenters: Jim Harris Sr., John Downey, Steven Spivak, Pete Consigli, Bill Balek, Howard Wolf. Mr. Harris is president of the Cleaning, Industry Research Institute (CIRI). Mr. Downey is the editor and publisher of The Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection.
3:45 p.m.
Closing comments, appreciation and thanks to all
4 p.m.
Adjourn Conference and Symposium

For questions, please contact John Downey,, or Carole Onweller,

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