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Developments in Arc Welding - Afternoon Session

Webinars 30 June 2021

Developments in Arc Welding 

TWI’s roots lie in welding and joining technologies and this webinar will cover this core element of our business. The webinar, ‘Developments in Arc Welding’ will cover topics related to the support TWI can provide as well as offering a defined focus on current hot topics including New Technology Developments, Fume Extraction and EMF, and Welding Standards.

The webinar is open to all, but is particularly relevant for anyone with an interest or involvement in fabrication, regardless of your level of experience or the sector you work in.

Although this is a virtual event, we will do our utmost to ensure you get the maximum benefit from attending, by actively encouraging engagement, not only with the speakers but also each other, during the event. This will be through various means including live Q&As, live chat functions and polls.

Update on Welding Standards Session

To ensure that your question is answered during the Update on Welding Standards session, please submit  it beforehand via this form.

Morning Session on 29th June

We are also running this event on 29th June at 08.00 (BST) to cover our global audience. If that date and time is more convenient please register below.

Register here for the event on 29th June


Download programme for afternoon session on 30th June  



Meet the team

Dave Howse - Consultant Welding Engineer

Dave Howse

Consultant Welding Engineer

David Howse has more than 30 years’ experience in welding engineering, having worked on major projects relating to oil and gas, construction and infrastructure. He graduated in metallurgy from Leeds, later completing an EngD entitled ‘Improved productivity in fusion welding’ at Warwick, and has authored and contributed to more than 20 publications.

David joined TWI in 1994 as a senior project leader in the arcs section. He later spent time as section manager in lasers before, more recently, assuming a senior technical role in the Arc Processes, Fabrication and Welding Engineering section. David has provided technical support to many of TWI’s member companies and overseen a large number of research projects into various aspects of joining technology.

Geoff Melton - Technology Manager - Arc Processes and Welding Engineering

Geoff Melton

Technology Manager - Arc Processes and Welding Engineering

Geoff Melton is a Technology Manager at  TWI in the UK  and is the Chairman of IIW commission VIII, 'Health, Safety and the Environment.' Since graduating from the University of St Andrews in Scotland with a degree in Physics and Electronics, he has worked in welding research and development for nearly 40 years. As well as chairing IIW commission VIII he is also the chair of CENELEC TC26 on electric welding equipment. Geoff was the first convenor of a working group set up between IEC and ISO to write a new series of international standards for arc welding equipment ( IEC 60974). This lead to developing standards for electromagnetic compatibility ( EMC) and the health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) in welding.  At TWI, he leads a wide portfolio of research projects from welding fume to  automated welding process developments  for low/zero  emissions automotive applications. Geoff also has a MBA from Loughborough University and is a Chartered Engineer  and Chartered Physicist.

Rob Shaw - Project Leader

Rob Shaw

Project Leader

Rob joined TWI in February 2013 to work primarily on the development of software to calculate the magnetic fields generated around welding and related processes, and is currently a Project Leader in AFWE, working on a range of topics, currently tube to tubesheet welding in particular. Rob is also slowly getting his head round the intricacies of ASME and the various welder and procedure qualification aspects of BS EN.

Marcello Consonni - Principal Project Leader – Arcs Welding

Marcello Consonni

Principal Project Leader – Arcs Welding

Marcello joined TWI in 2006, working in the Fracture Integrity and Arc Welding sections, after a four-year experience as a metallurgist/welding engineer with a pressure vessel manufacturer. Marcello holds a MEng in Materials Engineering from Politecnico in Milan. He specialises in welding engineering consultancy, support with the application of welding codes and standards and welding of high-temperature materials. He has published over ten peer-reviewed publications and conference papers and actively participates in many national and international codes and standards committees, including those covering the ISO 15614 and ISO 9606 series, ASME BPVC Section and Afcen committees.

Andy Brightmore - Software Business Development Manager

Andy Brightmore

Software Business Development Manager

Andy joined TWI’s Arc Welding department in 1985 and was responsible for the original development of the following TWI software: Weldvol/Weldcost, Weldspec and Welderqual. He was manager of the Software Development Group at TWI for 10 years, during which the group continued to grow and develop/market the Crackwise software for structural integrity assessment, as well as three multimedia training systems in welding, metallurgy and NDT.

Now responsible for business development of TWI’s welding software products, Andy has specific responsibility for:

  • Welding code expertise (ASME IX, EN 15614/287/9606, AWS D1.1 etc) which is included in all of the welding software. This includes new developments and periodic code updates.
  • Assessment of user requirements for off-the-shelf and custom systems. This has included a number of large custom developments for power utilities.
  • Training of users. Andy has carried out many training courses on the welding software worldwide.
  • Specification of new software.
  • Sales and marketing.

Tom Bates - Membership Officer

Tom Bates

Membership Officer

Tom joined The Welding Institute in 2017 as a Membership Officer supporting applications for Professional Membership and Engineering Council registration. Although not an engineer himself, Tom's career has always involved engagement in some form with the engineering industry. Tom started out working for a start-up medical device development company, before moving on to work for a university as a Business Development Manager where he was responsible for managing business engagement activities, including engineering consultancy projects, with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the East of England.

Ian Froment - Sector Manager/Business Development

Ian Froment

Sector Manager/Business Development

Ian Froment is currently TWI's Industrial Membership Manager for the Power Generation Sector.

Ian is responsible for interfacing with TWI Industrial Members in the nuclear, fossil and renewable energy sectors.

Ian Froment can support direct technical enquiries as well as answer questions on TWI's membership services, ultimately maximising value for TWI.

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