The greatest thing about my trip to Dubai was a chance to learn lots of new things. With so many talented industry professionals working in one place there were a lot of techniques at play. Often watching someone else work was affirming, that we have been doing things in an efficient way for all these years, despite being largely self taught. Often I saw something that opened my eyes to a whole new way of doing things. And occasionally I saw something that seemed to be a little backwards. In all cases talking with these professionals allowed me to both learn and sometimes share our way of doing things with those interested.
One of my 'AHA' moments came when I saw one of the welders working with a tool I had never seen before. It was used for bending pencil rod that was already welded in place. I grabbed my camera and with permission snapped a photo. the business card beside the bending tool is to provide a reference of scale. We'll whip up a few of these in the next few days and give them a try.