Seminar Series expanded to include eight different learning tracks

Ranging from basic fundamentals to cutting-edge advance training the Education Conference Seminar Series of the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) has expanded to include eight different learning tracks during the 2019 show, taking place 1-3 October in Tampa, Florida.

“We continually update the format of our education program to give participants a more exciting and useful experience,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We’ve assembled a collection of world-class presenters and reorganized the space to include the hands-on Tool & Tech Lab to make this year’s program the most dynamic yet.”

Courses are offered in Design and Engineering, Composite Methods and Materials, Marine Electrical Systems, Marine Onboard Systems, Marina and Boatyard Operations, Survey and Repair, Manufacturing Management Policy, and the new IBEX Tech & Tool Lab, a dedicated room for seminars providing hands-on learning in topics such as vacuum bagging and 3D printing. There will also be live feeds from offsite work run by ABYC and NMEA called ‘Live from Annapolis.’

Outside of the Tech & Tool Lab, interactive kiosks will display images in which participants will be asked to identify flaws. Answers will be revealed and demonstrated in the IBEX Tech & Tool Lab on Thursday, 3 October at 11 a.m. Winners will receive a $500 gift card from ABYC.

Notable presenters will include world-renowned cruiser and author Nigel Calder; Steve D’Antonio, technical editor at Professional Boatbuilder; Richard Downs-Honey, president of The Landing School; John McKnight, senior vice president of environmental and safety compliance at NMMA; hydrofoiling engineer Harry Larsen; James Anderson, formerly of Hodgdon Yachts, now senior research and development program manager at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center; and Gary Loftis, principal at Maffett Loftis Engineering, speaking at IBEX for the first time in the Marina & Boatyard Operations track.

To attend the IBEX Seminars, visitors can register for an Individual, Three-Pack, or Full Conference seminar pass. Visitors select onsite which of the seminars they would like to attend, purchased seminar passes are valid for any course, except the IBEX Special Seminar: Return to Thunderboat Road, which requires a separate ticket purchase. Seminars are 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes long. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for paid and verified participation at IBEX seminars at one CEU per one hour.

The Thunderboat Row event will be a panel discussion including some of the legends who built and drove the boats during the so-called ‘Golden Age” of offshore powerboat racing. Drivers, throttlemen, and builders Odell Lewis, Alan “Brownie” Brown, Steve Curtis, Bob Saccenti, John Cosker and Val Jenkins are scheduled to participate.

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