Conference Program

Conference Program

Atmospheric ice accumulation on structures is a serious and costly problem affecting a wide variety of human activities such as electric power transmission and distribution, transportation, wind energy, oil and gas production/exploration, telecommunications, Arctic and sub-Arctic operations, etc. The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate scientific and technical information exchanges among utilities and other industries operating in icing-prone environments, as well as meteorological services, technology companies, research centres, laboratories, and universities.

The IWAIS 2013 program will include over 55 presentations covering all the above conference topics, as well as a large poster session and exhibition. These technical sessions will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about the latest research, development, and newly acquired knowledge in areas such as:

  • Methods for protection against atmospheric and spray icing and reduction of risk and damage, such as anti-icing methods and hydrophobic coatings
  • Theoretical studies and verification testing for in-cloud icing, wet snow accretion and freezing rain, accumulation and shedding mechanisms
  • Mapping and assessing the climatic risks affecting various types of structures
  • Techniques for icing forecasting and alerting systems
  • Field observations and storm analyses for various types of atmospheric and spray icing
  • Basic research and laboratory measurements associated with the dynamics of ice accretion
  • Analyses of the mechanical effects of ice accumulation on structures
  • The effects of storms and icing on telecommunications, electrical distribution, wind energy production
  • The electrical properties and flashover of iced insulators
  • Catastrophic ice storms, analysis of meteorological situations, damage incurred, and possibilities for forecasting such events


This conference will bring together research and technology leaders in icing on structures from 13 different countries in Asia, Europe, and North  America. You can expect over 70 presentations in more than a dozen scientific and technical areas, along with an enjoyable social schedule.

Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the most challenging climates in North America and, in fact, the world. Extremes of ice accretion from freezing precipitation, wet snow, rime, and ocean spray have occurred over the centuries. Despite this, our area of Canada has new and expanding developments in the areas of electrical power transmission, such as the new Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project in Labrador, many offshore oil production fields, wind energy farms, and more. In addition, Newfoundland and Labrador is a gateway to the Arctic. Here, future developments and the associated demands of icing prone environments will require advanced knowledge and technology to deal with icing on structures.

Come and share the best in technical information and a yaffle full of fun in the in the oldest city in North America and the newest province of Canada!

Historical Background

This Workshop is the fifteenth in the series, the fifth time to be held in Canada, but first time to be held in Newfoundland and Labrador. The first IWAIS was held in Hanover, USA (1982). It was followed by other workshops listed below:


Thank you for your participation

Compusult would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in IWAIS 2013 and helped make this workshop a success!

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Important Dates

Registration open June 1, 2013
Deadline for discounted hotel rates August 9, 2013
Deadline for submission of Presentation Files August 31, 2013
Hotel reservation deadline September, 2013



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