This year 14 students, with a cross section of the people having varying experience and from a number of locations, have been accepted for the course. The first session was held on 17 January, when Jane Lomas presented on basic corrosion.
The lecture was hosted by Sadegh Parvizi of CB&I in Paddington (the organisers are very grateful to him), and the evening chaired by George Winning of Clariant.
Bill Hedges of BP opened the meeting with a introduction about the YEP programme and the benefits that the attendees will enjoy from it, meeting industry experts at the top of their field who will share their knowledge, and most importantly networking. Bill went on to explain that the course depended upon engagement and encouraged the delegates to ask questions.
The President Sarah Vasey also addressed the delegates to thank the various people involved in the programme, including the lecturers who give up their time on a voluntary basis to share their knowledge and experience. Sarah went on to say that if you look around the room you already have a wealth of experience here and involved in this programme.
Jane Lomas then presented the lecture on Corrosion which was followed by a detailed Q&A session.
The event finished with a network session in Paddington where the delegates enjoyed something to eat and drink along with valuable time to meet the other delegates in person.
It is hoped that the November meeting of London branch (the sponsoring branch) will be dedicated to the presentations of the Case Studies undertaken by the students.
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 email@example.com
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