Before You Begin

Judging Process Overview

2013 Excellence Award Logo

The Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards is independently judged by architects, engineers, and other specifiers each year. Pre-approved judges login to the online portal, select a category (Bridge & Highway, Building & Architecture, etc.) from the navigation menu to the left, and then view photos and a description of each project. All project members (galvanizer, fabricator, specifier, etc.) are hidden during the judging process to avoid bias. There are approximately 40 projects to evaluate which will take approximately one hour to complete. Judges are able to review their scores side-by-side within specific categories, as well as save their progress and return to scoring at a later date or time. Please use the latest version of Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser while judging.

The Criteria

Each project submitted to the Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards will receive five ratings (each from 1-10, with 10 being good and 1 being bad) from each judge. The ratings include four criteria scores and an overall impression score. Criteria areas are assigned based on the category (artistic, industrial, transportation, etc.) in which the project is judged. Each category's criteria will include four of the following:

  • Complexity of Design - intricacy of connections/elements and/or difficulty in handling or challenges for successful galvanizing
  • Corrosion Control over Design Life - difficulty or inconvenience of maintaining structure was key in decision to galvanize
  • Cost-Effectiveness - initial cost savings, construction schedule savings, savings during use, life-cycle cost savings, and/or indirect cost savings
  • Creativity - unique use of galvanizing and/or intriguing design elements or function
  • Final Appearance - compliment to the environment and overall appeal of the project
  • Galvanizer Involvement - critical in converting the project to HDG, helped with the design process, proactive stance
  • Harshness of Environment - corrosivity to the environment and galvanized steel’s performance over other systems in decision process
  • Impact to HDG Market - new use for hot-dip galvanizing (HDG), visible project and/or innovative use that creates potential for market growth
  • Ingenuity -  innovation in design/application and/or use of galvanizing
  • Project Enhancement - value added, competitive edge, enhanced effectiveness of project/product because of galvanizing
  • Sustainability - greenness of galvanizing was key to use and/or added to overall sustainability of project
  • Zinc Integral to Aesthetics - visible zinc finish that adds to the overall beauty/appeal or is key design element of the project

Qualifications for Judging

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) relies on architects, engineers, and other specifiers to volunteer their expertise and opinion as a judge for the Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. The AGA encourages any interested specifiers to sign up to judge the awards. Previous experience with hot-dip galvanized steel is not required, but a familiarity with the product and its benefits facilitates the judging process. If you are interested in becoming a judge for the Excellence Awards, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Current or retired architect, civil or structural engineer, or other specifier 
  • OR professor or student within one of these disciplines or a related field
  • Willingness to score ALL projects fairly and completely
  • Prior experience or interest in hot-dip galvanizing is encouraged, but not required

If you are interested in becoming a judge, please contact AGA Digital Marketing Manager Laura Hanson.

Best Practices When Judging

Judging the Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards will likely take approximately one hour. However, judging does not have to be done in one sitting, as your progress will be saved as you work your way through the categories. Judges are able to score categories and projects in any order they choose, but the following suggestions can facilitate the process:

  • Before you begin, review the judging criteria (left) you will be using, you may even prefer to print for quick reference
  • Make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser
  • Login to the judging portal
  • Select a category and score all projects within before moving to another category
  • Once in the project page, read the description and browse through the photos before assigning scores
  • Use the "Review Ratings" link to see final scores of all projects within a category and filter rated vs. unrated projects