The 3rd Technical Meeting of the 2019/2020 Aberdeen Branch Session, was held on 29 October. This was a double header event with Dr Gareth Hinds, the current ICorr President speaking about “Growing the Institute Membership, and the ICorr Awards”, and later on, Matt Streets of RAWWATER: presenting “An understanding of Reservoir Souring and Mitigation”.
Dr Gareth Hinds started his presentation by posing the question: How can the Institute of Corrosion adapt to thrive in a rapidly changing world? He reminisced that he had first attended an Aberdeen Branch meeting 13 years ago and complimented the branch for being one of the strongest and most active of the regional branches. He went on to say that since then he has learned a lot about what its members can give to the Institute and what they can expect to get from it in return.
He described the history of the Institute and the benefits of Membership, and stated his belief that the more one puts in, the more one will get out of being a member.
Gareth reminded the audience of the history from when ICorr started as the British Association of Corrosion Engineers in 1959 and the many name changes and location changes that it went through up to present day, when the Institute recently purchased its own headquarters building in Northampton.
The President went on to explain the different types of ICorr Membership touching on the plans to change individual membership to “Affiliate” and other planned changes. He also touched on the challenge to get student members to stay, and by empowering younger members, for example to take part in the young engineers programme which has as a prize a free trip to the NACE conference in the USA, and free ICorr and NACE memberships.
Gareth continued by highlighting key Membership benefits which he stated were networking, career development, visibility and financial rewards. He also gave the audience an update on the situation with the Engineering Council caused by the sudden failure of the Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE) in that the Institute hopes to combine with the Society of Operational Engineers (SOE) to continue to award Chartership (CEng) status through the Engineering Council.
It is expected that a new agreement will proceed next year with SOE and ICorr head office will be in touch with all ICorr chartered engineers affected to confirm this.
He described the brand refresh which will be taking place at the start of next year 2020 when the ICorr website and all paperwork etc. will be revised to make the image of the Institute more modern. Pictures of rust and corrosion will largely be replaced by pictures of gleaming new infrastructure (of natural metallic colours / alloys) and similar modern metallic hardware. Gareth told how the Institute had undergone digital modernisation and members can now pay their subscription online on the website.
The visiting President said that the Institute of Corrosion was once again looking to influence governing bodies as they had in the 70s, when they had been very influential in getting CAPCIS in Manchester and the National Physical laboratory setup.
Gareth’s most comprehensive presentation was both enlightening and uplifting, showing his clear vision for the future of the Institute of Corrosion under his leadership.
In the second (technical) presentation of the evening Matt Streets of RAWWATER discussed to the large audience how, as all oilfield reservoirs have different souring propensities, operators must view all injector/producer (I/P) pairs as unique in regard to H2S gas production, as well as control and mitigation strategies.
The following and very detailed RAWWATER presentation by Matt Streets described how a predictive oilfield souring model can be used to help forecast if, when, and to what extent, an oilfield will sour.
He explained how the model describes the cooling of an oilfield due to water-flooding and the subsequent growth of sulphate-reducing microorganisms, resulting in sulphide production at the topsides facilities.
Outputs from the model can be used to inform and influence key operational decisions and have provided huge cost savings for operators through cost-effective material selection and chemical dosing.
Matt’s presentation included a detailed review of the science that was used to produce the model and how the output from it can be used by Oil and Gas operators to plan to minimising costly problems caused by reservoir souring and thereby maximise their operating profits
At the end of his presentation Matt answered questions from the Audience on topics such as where the model input data came from, how critical seawater breakthrough was to the modelling, how many core samples were required to confirm that they had not been contaminated, the viability of injecting alternative food stock to the reservoir and about re-educating Oil and Gas operational personnel after several recent ownership changes.
At the close of the meeting, the Aberdeen branch chairman, presented both of the speakers with a Certificate of Appreciation from ICorr Aberdeen Branch.
UK ICorr President Dr Gareth Hinds and Matt Streets (of RAWWATER) receive their Certificates of Appreciation
Activities continued afterwards at the Norwood Hall Hotel nearby, with further fruitful discussions on Aberdeen Branch Development, improved HQ integration and many other issues.
The Branch is very grateful to Gareth for making the long journey north and for his great enthusiasm and interest in our Branch Activities.
Full details of all future branch events can be found on the diary page of Corrosion Management Magazine and on the ICorr Website, or on this link:
Discussions with the New President continued late into the Night at Norwood Hall nearby. Seated Left to Right are: (New Committee Member), Dr Olubayo Latinwo, Hooman Takhtechian, (Internal Secretary), (Event Co-ordinator), Stephen Tate, (2019-2020 Session Chair), UK ICorr President Dr Gareth Hinds, Alistair Seton, (Past Chair / New External Secretary), Zahra Lotfi, (University Liaison and CPD Officer), Mei Ling Cheah, (New Committee Member), Dr. Yunnan Gao, (Immediate Past Chair / New Website Officer).
The branch opened its 2019-2020 session on 27 August with two linked events on MIC – Microbiologically Induced Corrosion. The well-attended Annual Corrosion Awareness Day (CAD) had a full day teaching programme on MIC risks, mitigations, modelling and bacterial analysis, complimented by an evening visit the following week, to NCIMB Laboratories in Bucksburn and the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria.
The CAD event featured some excellent talks by Dr Carol Devine (ICR), Drs Laura Tiano and Lone Tang (Danish Technological Institute), Mabel Ntim (Shell), and Drs Ian Laing, Daniel Sandana and Mr Steven Loftus (CAD Co-ordinator), from key Sponsor ROSEN.
Microbiologically influenced corrosion can have a major impact on operators’ CAPEX and OPEX and cause severe environmental damage. A key aim of the CAD workshop was therefore to improve understanding of complex MIC processes, detection of microbiological activity in pipeline systems and management of MIC in the pipeline industry in particular, which has seen many pipelines lost due to internal corrosion in the North Sea sector.
Many analytical techniques were discussed in detail, including qPCR analysis (amplification and quantification of bacterial DNA), traditional culture-based MPN (most probable number), NGS, (next-generation sequencing which has revolutionised biological sciences), Metagenomics (the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples), along with pipeline in-line inspection tools, (deploying a wide range of NDT methods), internal cleaning, chemical treatment and MIC modelling tools for corrosion rate determination.
A lively discussion followed with many valuable viewpoints expressed and with great inputs from the four participating Microbiologists.
The need for an integrated approach to microbial monitoring combining data from multiple techniques, together with taking a fully holistic approach to pipeline integrity management was emphasized to all CAD delegates.
The NCIMB visit on 3rd September built on the previous discussions, with a most informative evening led by Dr Daniel Swan, who was previously Head of Platforms and Pipelines, (now the Genomics Pipelines Group) at the Earlham Institute in Norwich, (formerly The Genome Analysis Centre – TGAC).
NCIMB have 68 years’ experience of preserving, storing, distributing, analysing and exploiting micro-organisms, and are the only privately owned, publicly viewable collection of bacteria in the UK.
A very comprehensive tour of the NCIMB Laboratories followed Daniel’s presentation and recommendations for effective bacterial monitoring strategies, with everyone kitted out in protective clothing to view a wide range of practical demonstrations of bacterial sampling. archiving and determination.
This most interesting industrial visit to NCIMB, (the first of two in the 2019-2020 programme), generated many questions, so many in fact the event overran by nearly 90 minutes!
At the close of both meetings, the new Aberdeen Chair, Mr Stephen Tate presented all speakers and organisers with Certificates of Appreciation.
Full details of future Aberdeen events can be found on the diary page of the magazine and on the website, or by contacting: ICorrABZ@gmail.com, and all past branch presentations can be found on: https://sites.google.com/site/icorrabz/resource-center
The Aberdeen ICorr Branch is very pleased to announce the addition of 3 New Members to its Committee:
- Jonathan Segynola, MSc, Senior Integrity Engineer – Offshore West Africa, (CNR International UK Ltd, Aberdeen).
- Mei Ling Cheah, MSc, Corrosion Engineer, (LR – Lloyd’s Register, Aberdeen).
- Dr Olubayo Latinwo, Corrosion Engineer, (Fairfield Energy Ltd, Aberdeen).
Their combined experience will help strengthen the Aberdeen Technical Programme and its contacts with Local Industries.
We wish them every success in their Terms of Office.
This celebration follows a very successful year for Aberdeen in 2018/2019 Session, with a very well-attended Technical Programme and Summer CAD Event.
The ICorr Induction presentation was performed in September 26th at Aberdeen University by Zahra Lotfi, who is currently Aberdeen ICorr Branch (University Liaison and CPD Officer). This event was excellently organised and the related flyers were circulated well in advance with the support of Aberdeen University, with 35 Students attending on the day.
Dr. M. Amir Siddiq of the School of Engineering, kindly supported ICorr to schedule the Induction Talk just after his Subsea Integrity lecture. This co-operation between ICorr and Aberdeen University resulted in a brilliant turn out of new MSc students, as well as many returning students.
The presentation commenced with introduction to corrosion, corrosion cost, the importance of corrosion control/ mitigate/ monitor, consequents of corrosion with several real life examples of catastrophic failure due to corrosion in oil and gas and transportation, common corrosion degradation mechanisms in oil and gas and the co-operation of different engineering disciplines who can provide the integrity of an asset.
Photo: Presentation by Zahra Lotfi, (University Liaison and CPD Officer) to Aberdeen University Students on 26/09/2019.
The students were introduced to the Institute of Corrosion, its objectives, technical divisions, regional branches, trainings and qualifications provided by ICorr and the many benefits of ICorr membership (e.g. ICorr mentoring program to assist its members to achieve their Chartered Status) and how to apply for ICorr membership.
In addition, the students were familiarised with the work of Aberdeen ICorr branch, the activities calendar, its website and how the institute can assist students greatly in their continuous Professional Development (CPD).
At the Finale, questions on ICorr membership, chartered engineering requirements and local events were discussed in detail. It later continued with a further Q&A session while the students were enjoying eating Pizza provided by Aberdeen ICorr Branch.
Photo: Students enjoy ICorr Catering at Aberdeen University Presentation of 26/09/2019.
Future collaboration events between Aberdeen University School of Engineering and ICorr were also discussed with Dr. M. Amir Siddiq and Dr.Henry Tan.
Great ideas and thoughts were offered by Dr. Yunnan Gao (Immediate Past Chair) on how the students can involve themselves in ICorr activities e.g. by way of a poster presentation or to present their research project in greater detail, at upcoming Aberdeen ICorr Events.
Further details may be found at:
Past Technical Presentation Slides: https://sites.google.com/site/icorrabz/resource-center
Photo Gallery for the Past Events: https://sites.google.com/site/icorrabz/event-gallery
Aberdeen Branch – Opening Events 2019/2020 on MIC – Microbiologically Induced Corrosion & Annual Corrosion Awareness Day
The New Aberdeen Chair Stephen Tate welcomed attendees to its Annual Corrosion Awareness Event
The Aberdeen Branch opened its 2019-2020 session on 27/08/2019, with 2 linked events on MIC – Microbiologically Induced Corrosion.
Its well-attended Annual Corrosion Awareness Day (CAD) had a full day teaching programme on MIC Risks, Mitigations, Modelling and Bacterial Analysis, complimented by an evening visit the following week, to NCIMB Laboratories in Bucksburn and the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria.
The CAD Event featured some excellent talks by ICR – Dr Carol Devine, the DTI – Danish Technological Institute – Dr Laura Tiano and Dr Lone Tang, from Shell – Mabel Ntim and from Key Sponsor ROSEN – Dr Ian Laing, Dr Daniel Sandana and Steven Loftus, (CAD Co-ordinator).
Dr Carol Devine opened the Teaching Programme with a fascinating insight into her career as a Microbiologist entitled “My Life in MIC”
Microbiologically influenced corrosion can have a major impact on operators’ CAPEX, OPEX and cause severe environmental damage.
A key aim of the CAD Workshop was therefore to improve understanding of complex MIC processes, detection of microbiological activity in Pipeline systems and management of MIC in the Pipeline Industry in particular, which has seen many Pipelines lost due to Internal Corrosion in the North Sea Sector.
Many Analytical techniques were discussed in detail, including qPCR (molecular) analysis, traditional culture based MPN (most probable number), NGS, (next-generation sequencing which has revolutionized biological sciences), Metagenomics, (the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples), along with Pipeline In-Line Inspection Tools, (deploying a wide range of NDT methods), Internal Cleaning, Chemical Treatment and MIC Modelling Tools for corrosion rate determination.
A lively discussion followed with many valuable viewpoints expressed and with great inputs from the 4 participating Microbiologists.
It was emphasized to all CAD delegates, the need for an integrated approach to microbial monitoring, combining data from multiple techniques, together with taking a fully holistic approach to Pipeline Integrity Management.
Dr Ian Laing, Principal Corrosion Engineer of ROSEN discussed MIC Modelling / MIC Management and the vast range of specialist tools available for Cleaning and Intelligent Pigging
Advanced Intelligent Pigging and Cleaning Tools on Display from ROSEN – Key Event Sponsor
The NCIMB Event of 03/09/19, built on the previously weeks discussions, with a most informative Event led by Dr Daniel Swan who was previously Head of Platforms and Pipelines, (now the Genomics Pipelines Group) at the Earlham Institute in Norwich, (formerly The Genome Analysis Centre – TGAC).
NCIMB have 68 year’s experience of preserving, storing, distributing, analysing and exploiting micro-organisms and are the only privately owned, publicly viewable collection of bacteria in the UK.
A very comprehensive tour of the NCIMB Laboratories followed Daniel’s presentation and recommendations for effective Bacterial Monitoring Strategies, with everyone kitted out in protective clothing to view a wide range of practical demonstrations of Bacterial Sampling. Archiving and Determination.
Kyle Sim (Laboratory Assistant) of NCIMB explains the MPN Bacterial Sampling, Serial Dilution and Bacterial Counts to ICorr Attendees
A peek inside the NCIMB Vault – National Collection of Industrial Food and Marine Bacteria: with Samantha Law (Culture Collection Curator)
An example of collaboration between different Bacterial Data Sources and Counts that provides a more effective summary of Bacterial Contamination Status, (by Dr Daniel Swan).
The NCIMB Laboratories Team from L to R, Michelle Robertson (Analytical Services Manager), Dr Carol Phillips (CEO), Sheila Batchelor (Marketing Manager), Vikki Mitchell (Identification Services Manager), Julie Mackinnon (Senior Molecular Scientist), Maggie Bayliss (Inbound Sales Exec), Kyle Sim (Laboratory Assistant) and Dr Daniel Swan (NGS Services Manager)
This most interesting Industrial Visit to NCIMB, (the first of 2 in the 2019-2020 programme), generated very many questions, so many in fact the Event overran by nearly 90 minutes !
At the close of both Meetings, the new Aberdeen Chair, Mr Stephen Tate presented all speakers and organisers with Certificates of Appreciation from the Branch.
Looking ahead, the ICorr Aberdeen Branch will be hosting its annual joint event with TWI – The Welding Institute on 24/09/19 at RGU, which will discuss in detail Environmentally Related Cracking. This talk will cover the topic of SCC on Offshore assets with emphasis on Weldments and HISC issues.
Full details of future ICorr Aberdeen events can be found on the diary page of the magazine and on the website, or by contacting: ICorrABZ@gmail.com
Further photos of both Events may be found on the Aberdeen Branch Gallery:
CAD Event – 27/08/19
Industrial Visit – 03/09/19