Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM CDT
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Govalle Park 
5200 Bolm Rd
Austin, TX 78721

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John Giedraitis 
Texas Chapter International Society of Arboriculture 


Your Instructor
Phillip Kelley

  • North American Training Solutions Lead Instructor/ Operation Manager since 2009
  • Contract climber and owner of Samara Tree Preservation and Training Since 2014
  • 25 years in the Industry
  • Head Judge North American Tree Climbing Championship 2014 - 2016
  • Head Technician North American Tree Climbing Championship 2017- 2020
  • Head Judge Aerial Rescue International Tree Climbing Championship 2013 - present
  • Head Technician Georgia Arborist Association Tree Climbing Championship 2009-2013
  • Past President of the Georgia Arborist Association
  • Certified Arborist since 2000
  • ASTI/ TCIA certified instructor for all TCIA training topics



Advanced Rigging Course With Phillip Kelley 

Online registration is now closed.
Please register at the door.

A one day workshop that will make you safer
and maybe even save your life?

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Advanced Rigging Techniques
By Phillip Kelly

8:30am - 3:30pm
Registration opens at 7:30am
Registration $125.00 includes lunch

6 CEU's

Workshop Topics:

Safety and Risk Management

  • Integrated risk assessment, tree dynamics and prescribed work risk
  • Communication system
  • Establishment of work zones and drop zones
  • Emergency response and readiness

Physics and Dynamics

  • Dynamic load vectors, angles of incidence, force, mass, and impact
  • Reactive forces and system load analysis and interpretation
  • Tree Dynamics, System Dynamics, Force Management

Lines Slings and Rope Tools

  • Line selection, care and maintenance
  • Elasticity, tensile strengths, bend radius, working load, factor of safety
  • Slings for lowering, balancing and lifting
  • Compliant interface, terminations and attachments

Knots, hitches, prussics and terminology

  • Bight, bend, loop, turn & round turn, tail, lead, fall, standing parts,working & running end
  • Rigging knots and hitches; figure 8, slip knot, cow hitch, timber hitch,running bowline, half hitch, clove hitch, single/double sheet bend, girth hitch,English prussics, French prussics kleimheist and krutzelkleim
  • Select and match sling size and construction to rope diameter

Rigging equipment

  • Fiddle blocks, blocks, pulleys, connecting links, selection, care and use
  • Ratcheting or winching lowering/lifting devices features and benefits
  • Rigging Bone and knotless rigging
  • Specialized devices, tools, and equipment

Compound rigging techniques and planning

  • Planning work and working plan, teamwork and communication
  • Cutting techniques, bore/plunge cut, mis-match, lift notch and v-notch
  • Rigging systems, balancing, lifting, drifting, sliding and travelling, multi block rigging and benefits
  • Rigging equipment set-up, stowage, and operation

We are fortunate to have Mr. Phillip Kelley of North American Training Solutions coming to the Texas to present our educational seminar on Thursday, May 18th. Registration will open at 7:30am and will begin at 8:30. Join us for this informative and necessary educational opportunity.