Training Courses

The Institute offers training courses in two formats, residential with its partner IMechE and online with its partner Corrodere.   In addition, The Corrosion Protection Association (CPA)  offers the full range of ICORR Cathodic Protection of Steel in Concrete Courses in accordance with BS EN 15257 (Levels 1-3).

Courses include, Painting Inspector (Levels 1, 2 and 3), various Cathodic Protection Technician levels, Pipeline Coatings Inspector, Insulation Inspector and Fire Proofing Inspector and the new Fundamentals of Corrosion Course for Engineers.

No one can expect to become an expert in all the possible fields of corrosion control, even those of with a lifetime of experience in corrosion have tended to focus in two or three main areas.  A course was therefore needed to present the basic principles that could underpin most common corrosion situations and show how the knowledge gained could be used in real life situations across a range of industries.  By passing a closed book exam, the candidates could demonstrate that they had learned that fundamentals and would be able to express a professional opinion at times when there was no internet signal for back up information.

The first new ICorr Fundamentals of Corrosion (FOC) course for Engineers was run in October 2017 in Manchester and the participants were presented with an intensive four days of modules including basic corrosion reactions, types of corrosion processes, different metals, concrete, water treatment, surface preparation, paint, testing, etc, etc.   The course was presented by Dr Jane Lomas, a corrosion engineer with 30 years’ experience of marine and industrial corrosion and coating problems, who also wrote the course, and which was co-presented by Dr Les Callow, a metallurgist
and corrosion engineer with over 40 years’ experience of corrosion.

Feedback received a few weeks later from the course participants tended to be “I see rust everywhere now” and “Now I can explain why our building is corroding”. It seems that there are definitely more “rust geeks” in the world now.

International Training Courses are also held through the year in various regions such as the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.

2018 CED Working Day

The 2018 CED working day meeting will be held at the Birchwood Park Conference Centre, Warrington, on Tuesday 24 April 2018 on the subject of ‘Atmospheric Corrosion in Industrial Applications’. An information and registration leaflet is included in this issue of Corrosion Management.  Exhibition space will be available for hire.

The Coatings Working group has prepared a series of guidance documents on the following topics:

• Inspection and testing of coatings

• Organic coating application methods

• Surface Preparation methods for coating application

• Paint: a definition and generic organic coating types

• Thermal metal spray coatings

• On-site and off-site application of intumescent fire and
  corrosion protection coatings for steel structures

These documents are now available through the members’ area of the Institute’s web site.  If you have any comments on them please send them to

The President Writes

The President Writes

The AGM was held in November in Birmingham after a very successful half-day technical meeting, and my thanks go to Midland Branch for once again organising these events in such a wonderful location.  Hence it has now been over 12 months since John kindly passed the chain of office over to me, and the time has flown by.  I am not sure if that is because of the fun I have been having or how busy we have been! 

During the year the ICORR and CORREX teams have continued to work hard on our behalf in our temporary home in Barrett House, and Trevor Osborne is continuing to search for a property which we can purchase to give us a more permanent home.  However in the meantime, the lease on Barrett House has been extended until July 2018.

During 2017 we ran the first “Fundamentals of Corrosion” and “Marine CP 2” courses both of which generated a lot of interest, and we will run a number of these courses again this year.   Part of our development plan for 2018 is the introduction of new courses to complement our existing portfolio and to meet the market and membership needs.  There are plenty of opportunities on the horizon for further increases in corrosion-related activity both in the UK and overseas, particularly in the field of training.

The Route to Chartership Initiative has been a major piece of work this past year and we are now in the process of running the first pilot. If this appeals to any of you, please contact David Mobbs via head office. 

As you will see later in the magazine, ICorr, through Correx Ltd, is hosting the CEOCOR Congress in May 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Stratford-on-Avon.  The congress programme is being prepared by CEOCOR and ICorr will host the event, and have already obtained sponsorship and arranged a supporting exhibition and an accompanying person’s programme

Individual membership of the Institute is up from last year and our Professional Members also continue to grow.  Our student members have also grown, but we are seeing a decline in ‘Young Engineers’, which reflects the smaller number of graduate recruits in many of the Engineering Houses.  However, during 2018 we will once again be running a Young Engineers course aimed at supporting and encouraging young graduates to flourish in the corrosion industry, and I attended the first evening session which was kindly hosted by CB&I in Paddington.

The level of volunteering within the Institute, which keeps it operating efficiently is very impressive, much of which is not publicised. However the pressure of day jobs is making volunteer work more difficult and ICorr is finding that it needs to pay for some of the tasks that need to be completed on its behalf if we are to continue to grow, as a result we have now appointed a part time Business Development Manager, David Mobbs, who started with us on 1st February.

Finally, It is with great pride that I get to visit our branches and see the strong and active organisation we are, and I hope to continue this in 2018, and thanks go to all the members who give us their time for these local events.

Sarah Vasey, ICorr President

Welcome to our 173 new members and 13 Sustaining Members

WELCOME to our 173 new members and 13 Sustaining Company Members who joined the Institute in 2017.

TOGETHER WITH THE CONGRATULATIONS of the Institute to all the following members who have attained Professional Status in 2017.


David A Wilson
Keith M Wagner
James A Ahern
Rahul Albert Stephenson
Chandresh Ellathuvalappil
Nilesh Panchal
David Kerr
Allen McGee
Thomas D Lamb


Rajasekaran Karthikeyan
Alistair Crichton
Christian A Lewis
Maria Arul Antony R
Simeon Nnamdi Okara
Ajay Kumar
Ricardo Filipe
Benjamin J Fellows
Neil J Munro
Asad Ali
Stewart W Gilchrist
Steven Brierley
Christopher J Everett
Amr El-Sayed Saleh Hussein
Shan Mohan Castelino
Adaikkalam Chidambaram
Robert W Burrows
Mohammad Hosseini
Stephen F Tate
Ankit Trivedi
Mark A Gough
Peter H Smithson
Ahmed Asad
Naveed Ul-Hassnan
Marc Childs
William J Smith
Mudjat Savran
Kamran Anjum
Thomas Whittleton
Azaz Mohammad Yunus Memon
Muhammad Hussain
Kausar Fatima Saifee
Shady Abdelsalam Abdelhamid Hassan
Nikhil Paliwal
Anthony Davidson


Edward J Boran
Lee Wilson
Mohsen Mazraeh
Amit Kumar
Jane P Lomas
Zia H Chaudhary
Muhammad Arsalan Khan Sherwani
Mobeen Hassan
Robert W Flannery
James A Seton
Muhammad Ejaz
Graeme Jones
Royden de Souza
Robert J K Wood
William Reid
Varghese Chakko Nettikaden

Technology Advancements in Integrity Management of Storage Tanks


John Lilley and Mark Stone

Sonomatic Ltd


The industry is well versed with Corrosion mapping of vessels and pipework but Corrosion Mapping of Storage Tanks has always relied on “dropping the tank” which has an impact on production and risk. The industry does not like working in confined spaces and there are moves towards zero-man entry over the lifetime of storage and process vessels.

Storage Tanks are susceptible to a range of internal and external corrosion processes. As such inspection plays a major role in effective integrity management of Storage Tanks. Historically, inspection of the floor has relied on emptying the tank and personnel entry for cleaning and inspection. Internal inspection for other mechanisms also takes place at this time. This means tanks can be out of service for significant periods of time.

Sonomatic have developed a range of methods for inspection of Storage Tanks while in-service. A key element is robotic cleaning and inspection of the floor. This forms part of a comprehensive inspection in which the tank shell is also inspected non-intrusively using ultrasonic corrosion mapping supported by statistical analysis. The presentation will give an overview of the technologies involved, how these link into more efficient integrity management of Storage Tanks and will also include a case study of field application.

A fascinating not to be missed presentation

Date:            8th March

Venue:         Imperial College, Skempton Building, London SW7 2BB

18.00  Doors Open – Networking

18:30  Presentation – Sonomatic Ltd

20.00  Buffet & Refreshments – Networking

21.00  Close


For further information please contact

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