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AIST2017 – Nashville

This year the Association for Iron And Steel Technology main event is being held in Nashville, TN.

Rich will be presenting some research we have been working on, Oven Wall Pressure and Coke Tumbler Strength Predictions from Sapozhnikov Plastometry.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

Mackay Lab – Temporary Closure

Due to the impacts of Cyclone Debbie, which caused widespread damage to rail infrastructure, a decision was made to Temporarily Close the Mackay office.

Mackay Office Temporary Closure

The ports of Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay are undergoing seabed surveys checking for siltation in the shipping channels  and berths.  The worst damage reported has been to the railways, specifically the Goonyella rail line that connects a many of the Bowen Basin coalfields to the Mackay Ports.  A significant number of landslides were reported in this region, requiring engineering assessments that have been indicated to take as much as five weeks to repair.

Our staff will be on annual leave during this time, we aim to re-open May 15th, for any concerns, questions please contact us via email at: Mackay @

Further information on the impacts of Cyclone Debbie, Cyclone Debbie closes rail disrupting coal exports, and a statement from the Honourable Mark Bailey, Minister for Main Roads, Safety and Ports and Minster for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, All hands on deck at critical Northern Ports.


West Virginia Laboratory

Our lab in Catlettsburg, Kentucky has out grown its space.  We are happy to announce that we are moving to a larger South Charleston facility.

We should be operating back to normal by July 21

Pearson Petrographic Services Inc.
Suite #300 147 11th Ave,
South Charleston, WV

Phone: 304-746-1733

Email: crwlab @


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American Iron and Steel Technology Conference – 2016

This year the Association for Iron And Steel Technology main event is being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia, 16-19th of May.

Jackie Park and Rich Pearson are presenting papers of some research we have been working on. Jackie will present a paper on Forecasting Coke Quality using a CKIC Automated Sapozhnikov Plastometer, and Rich will present a paper on Porosity of Metallurgical Coke. Dave Pearson has just been accepted to present some details on exciting new research on High-pressure Encapsulites and the Suppression of Internal Gas Pressure in Industrial Metallurgical Cokes.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference and Exposition!

Global leaders in commercial petrographic services

Its no small feat that our clients are some of the biggest companies in the world, we focus on results that are timely, and most of all accurate. Our laboratories are geographically dispersed

Innovative Petrographic Analyses

We have developed some of the most sophisticated imaging systems available to the coal and steel industries. Bireflectance Image analysis aids in the determination of coke components based on optical properties.

New Laboratory

As of January 2015, our head office moved to a new location in downtown Victoria. Now close to the Victoria Inner Harbour and many hotels in the neighbourhood.