Local Branch News – Aberdeen Branch

Local Branch News – Aberdeen Branch

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New Sustaining Member – Paintel Ltd

New Sustaining Member – Paintel Ltd

Paintel Ltd has been specialising in industrial painting and maintenance of structures since 1999.   They are privileged to have partnered with clients, and cared for some of the most iconic bridges and structures in the South West UK.

Paintel applicators are fully ICATS trained, including Specialist and Supervisor modules. Their team have numerous years of experience between them and hold a raft of industry qualifications including; Rope Access (IRATA), MEWP (IPAF), Towers (PASMA) & Confined Spaces.

The trainers, both ICA & specialist, operate from the Paintel office & ICATS Approved Training Centre in Lee Mill, Devon.

They are proud to support Correx and be part of the ICorr/ICATS development team for creating courses.  Kevin Harold is the lead ICATS trainer, delivering the ICATS Company Trainer, Supervisor and Technical Manger courses. Kevin is also involved with writing courses for ICorr, ICATS, and the ICATS Apprenticeship scheme.

There is an experienced team of ICorr Painting Inspectors covering all three levels. Paint investigation work is carried out for various clients, including Highways, where the investigation is used to determine the existing paint system(s) and how best to prepare and re-paint with a new system.

Paintel are accredited to ISO 9000 and NHSS 19A, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, which demonstrates to customers that they are willing and able to take the extra steps to prove that they will be held accountable for what advice they give and work
they do.

Young ICorr joint meeting with IMechE Young Members

Young ICorr joint meeting with IMechE Young Members

Young ICorr held a joint meeting with the Greater London region IMechE Young members network on the 21st of November. The talk was held in the Council room of the IMechE on Birdcage walk followed by networking in a nearby hostelry. The evening brought together young engineers, professionals and students from across the country who are interested in corrosion, materials, metallurgy and welding. It was a great opportunity to meet like-minded peers from other industries and also provided many of the attendees enrolled on the 2020 Young Engineering Programme (YEP) to meet prior to the programme starting in January.

Guest speaker Roger Francis (RF Materials) gave a fascinating talk on “Corrosion Engineers (& Metallurgists) can save you money”. This covered a whirlwind tour of case studies from fertiliser production to deep sea diving, highlighting poor materials selection and the importance of working together to understand the operating environment for the mechanical equipment. Often mistakes are repeated without learning, emphasising the need to engage a corrosion engineer. Roger’s extensive knowledge on duplex and superduplex stainless steels, in conjunction with correct heat treatments, demonstrated how the corrosion problems could be solved, often with cost savings. He then emphasised the importance of corrosion engineers’ involvements in QA/QC activities to ensure the correct testing and support regimes were put in place at the procurement stage. The talk was very well received and definatly got people thinking about the importance of materials selection.

Sponsorship was kindly provided by the Institute of Corrosion and IMechE. To stay informed about future Young ICorr events please join the LinkedIn group by searching for ‘Young ICorr’ or alternatively email Caroline.Allanach@gmail.com

Institute Awards – call for nominations

Each year the Institute of Corrosion bestows a range of internationally-renowned awards in recognition of excellence in corrosion science and engineering and to reward outstanding service to the Institute and the wider corrosion community. Many of these awards are open to nomination by members of the Institute. Below is a brief description of each award together with details of how to nominate potential candidates.

U.R. Evans Award

The U.R. Evans Award is the premier scientific award of the Institute of Corrosion and is presented annually for outstanding international achievements in pure or applied corrosion science. The recipient is selected by a Corrosion Science Division panel and presented with a sword at the annual Corrosion Science Symposium. The symposium is one which seeks to encourage the participation of the junior members of the corrosion community who would appreciate the visit of, and address by, a corrosion scientist of international repute. The form of the award symbolizes the fight in which we are all engaged. The recipient is also granted Honorary Life Fellowship of the Institute. Nominations may be submitted at any time via email to the CSD Chair, Julian Wharton (J.A.Wharton@soton.ac.uk).

Paul McIntyre Award

The Paul McIntyre Award is presented to a senior corrosion engineer, who, as well as being a leading practitioner in his field, has advanced European collaboration and international standards development. The award consists of an engraved trophy, which is presented at the annual CED Working Day meeting. The recipient is requested to present a brief overview of their activities and encouraged to prepare an article for publication in Corrosion Management. Nominations should be submitted to the CED Chair, Nick Smart (nick.smart@woodplc.com), by
28 February 2020.

H.G. Cole Award

The H.G. Cole award is in the form of a poignard and is made in recognition of exceptional services to the development of the Institute. It is only awarded on an occasional basis, typically every 5 to 10 years, reflecting the highest possible level of commitment of the recipient to the activities of the Institute. Nomination and selection for this award is administered by the ICorr Awards Committee. Nominations may be made at any time to the Awards Committee Chair, Gareth Hinds (gareth.hinds@npl.co.uk).

Honorary Fellowship

Honorary Fellowship is awarded in recognition of outstanding service to the Institute over many years. The recipient is bestowed the suffix FICorr (Hon) and all future membership fees are waived. Nominations for Honorary Fellowship must be submitted via Council.

T.P. Hoar Award

The T.P. Hoar Award is presented to the authors of the best paper published in the scientific journal Corrosion Science during the previous calendar year. The winning paper is selected by a sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division and the authors receive a certificate and a cash sum of £400.  The recipient of the award in 2019 will be announced by the end of the year.

Galloway Award

The Galloway Award is presented to a student author for the best publication describing original research in corrosion science and engineering as judged by a sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division. A summary of the winning paper is published in Corrosion Management and the prize consists of a certificate and a cash sum of £300. The Institute does not retain copyright of the material, so this does not prevent separate publication of the work in a scientific journal. Submissions (in the form of papers published within the past 12 months or draft publications) may be sent via email at any time to the CSD Chair, Julian Wharton (J.A.Wharton@soton.ac.uk).  The decision on this year’s award will be made shortly.

Lionel Shreir Award

The Lionel Shreir Award is made to the best student presenter at the annual Corrosion Science Symposium. Selection of the recipient is carried out by a sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division. The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize of £125.

For further details on the Institute awards, including lists of past recipients, please visit https://www.icorr.org/icorr-awards/



ICATS is moving rapidly towards its 15th anniversary in March next year and continues to grow exponentially with such prestigious organisation supporting the programme as; Highways England, Network Rail, Transport for London, London Boroughs, Sellafield, Workplace Solutions and Devonport Dockyard to name a few

The business is packed with great stories where companies have been able to demonstrate improved workmanship and cost saving through the ICATS training programme;

K&M Group (London) have used the ICATS training programme as the basis to build the skills necessary to develop their industrial coatings division. They have been incredibly successful in winning work in this sector around London including; Battersea Power Station and Southwark Council.  They will be holding seminars in the New Year at Arsenal football club and inviting potential customers from the London area. Customers will be able to see the benefits of the ICATS programme and have the opportunity to talk to people who have benefited from the scheme.

Survivex (Aberdeen) have installed some of the best training equipment in the country and have started the task of training applicators in the north-east of Scotland.  They have won support from the Altrad Group and Bilfinger who they bring into the ICATS family.  They will also be holding seminars in the New Year at their facilities in Aberdeen, and inviting customers from both the offshore and onshore industries.

Paintel (Plymouth) continue to drive the excellent training programme, Work Place Solutions, at Babcock, and to the applicator community across the South West.  Rob Hurley has become a Senior Specialist Trainer allowing Kevin Harold more time to develop the ICATS programme even further; new modules will be introduced in the New Year which will assist specialist activity in our industry.

Livingstone Surface Treatments (Cumbria) continues to offer the ICATS programme with  the Managers Course held at Sellafield in October being a great success and ICorr are planning a joint evening with the Materials Society of Cumbria in March next year. There will be further ICATS training delivered by Livingston Surface Treatments, for the engineering community in Cumbria throughout 2020.

The Managers Course programme gives the specification writer and planning engineer a knowledge of protective coatings, standards, specifications and the complexity of their application. In addition to Sellafield the course has also be given at Babcocks.

There are two new Approved Training Centres in Aberdeen and London and additional companies to join the growing group in Birmingham and Southampton are being sought.

SMART Card – the work is virtually complete on the new SMART card which will be launched in the New Year. This complies with the CSCS requirement for the Partner Card scheme of which ICATS is proud to be a member.

The first apprenticeship programme, run by DN Colleges and driven by Jack Tighe Ltd, will be coming to a conclusion in mid2020 and the second apprenticeship cohort has recently started. It’s a great credit to JTL who have driven the whole programme and somewhat surprising other major applicators in the UK haven’t taken up the programme. Martin Hillyard at JTL said that it offers young people a new opportunity, improves skills and capabilities, and starts to redress the industry issue of an aging workforce who are retiring with those skills. Kevin Harold and John Whittaker have worked tirelessly to develop these ICATS apprenticeship modules.

We are pleased to announce that Skills Training UK will be adding the Industrial Coating Applicator training programme to its already successful NDT apprenticeship which is a perfect fit with the BINDT and IMechE in Sheffield.

ICATS training powers McLoughlin’s work at iconic London landmark

K&M McLoughlin has credited the ICATS training programme – which has trained 66% of its workforce – for not only the successful application of the high solids surface tolerant epoxy to girders in the turbine hall at the old Battersea Power Station, but also the smooth running of the project and the quality of the service.  A few of the employees were doing the course whilst working on the application at Battersea, which allowed them to learn practical skills on site to back up the theory being taught.

The London-based company has spent six months working in collaboration with tradesmen and scaffolders on Phase 2 of the £9bn project at the instantly recognisable landmark that will be transformed into housing, shops, offices, and over 19 acres of public space.  The scale of this phase of the project at the Grade-II listed building, was something that had to be closely managed by K&M McLoughlin on site with a vast network of birdcage scaffolding needed to accommodate the variety of trades.

Many of the team that worked on the Battersea project had been working on rail projects for London Underground, but now they have an industrial coatings qualification thanks to the in-house training programme, which is great for everyone.

According to Ross McLoughlan, head of the Industrial & Rail specialist coating division, “We invest in them. We pay the course for them, we pay them their wages while they’re here and it’s a mutually beneficial initiative for both the team and the company.”  The benefits aren’t limited to the emerging pool of talented applicators though, as the training programme has also opened doors for K&M McLoughlin, which will be using ICATS trained staff in the application of a sophisticated two-pack epoxy fire protection system at the new Google building.

“It increases our diversity as a company,” continued Ross. “Whereas some clients might outsource the job and not be able to complete the work themselves, we can offer it. We’re a £10 million company and one million of that is focused on protective coatings, which has helped reinforce the reputation of K&M McLoughlin, and we’ll be looking to grow that department by bringing as many people as we can through the ICATS training programme.”