in Vol. 10 - November Issue - Year 2009
NACE Releases Advanced Internal Corrosion Course for Pipelines
New week-long advanced training focuses on assessing, monitoring, managing, and mitigating internal corrosion in pipelines.
Houston, TX – NACE International, The Corrosion Society, has released its newest training course, Internal Corrosion for Pipelines – Advanced, designed for those who are responsible for the implementation, maintenance, and management of an internal corrosion control program for pipelines.
The Internal Corrosion for Pipelines – Advanced Course will provide students with techniques and strategies to implement, monitor, maintain, and manage an internal corrosion control program as part of an overall Pipeline Integrity Management program. Data interpretation, analysis, and integration, as well as criteria for determining corrective action for internal corrosion problems within pipelines, are covered in the 5-day course.
According to Tim Bieri of BP Exploration Alaska, one of several experts involved with the course’s development, "It became obvious some years ago that there was an industry gap with regards to internal corrosion management. Further, there was nowhere to turn for training."
Bieri continued, "We took a simple, holistic approach to a very complex issue. We broke it down into segments that make sense: Is there a problem? How bad is it? How can it be mitigated? How do we manage a long-term program to control it?"
With the release of this certified NACE training, corrosion professionals now have a path for choosing internal corrosion management as a focus, filling a key area in corrosion education. The course has been designed to dovetail into other integrity management programs, strengthening NACE’s long-term education plan related to corrosion mitigation and management, and asset preservation.
"This course is about taking the data – gathered using techniques taught in the Basic Internal Corrosion Course – and turning it into integrated programs to manage activities that all work together," said Bieri.
Recognizing the value of the training for the oil & gas industry, BP Exploration generously donated financial resources and expertise towards the development of the material. NACE acknowledges the participation of NACE Fellow Bill Hedges and other senior managers at BP who helped make the development of this course possible.
Details about the course may be found at: http://web.nace.org/departments/education/programs.aspx.
NACE International, The Corrosion Society, based in Houston, Texas, is recognized worldwide as the largest professional association dedicated to protecting people, assets, and the environment from the impact of corrosion. It was founded in 1943, and offers technical training and certification programs, sponsors conferences, and produces industry standards, reports, publications, and software to prevent and mitigate corrosion.
For Information: Cliff Johnson
Director of Public Affairs
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