Helvetica Technical Consulting’s vision is to safeguard the environment, the assets and the safety of people, and ensure a better and sustainable future. They deliver technical consulting to industries in terms of asset management, supply chain and quality control, from corrosion management to supplier qualification.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” and, for this reason, all their services are performed by certified, trained and qualified operators using in-house tools and covered by a liability insurance.
Coating is a technique used to prevent corrosion that creates a physical barrier to stop or slow the deterioration process. Thus, it Is very important that the entire coating process is carried out following strict parameters and rules, since corrosion affects the life cycle and fitness for purposes of equipment, tools or even structures, like bridges or high voltage pylons. It has been estimated that 75% of premature coating failure is due to poor surface preparation.
With their extensive experience, they can perform inspections during initial qualification, taking care of all the aspects involved in the process, or even perform condition monitoring of the coating on existing equipment, vessel or a structure and then make decisions for re-coating.
Their experience covers a range of topics including, pipes and fittings, coating qualification process, thermal spray ,concrete, galvanic protection, personnel qualification, and coating assessment surveys. They can carry out DFT measurements, surface cleanliness (Bresle test, CSN, amine blush), blasted surface profile (Testex replica tape, surface comparators, digital profiler), adhesion testing, pinhole and porosity measurement, and environmental monitoring and recording.
WELCOME to our 251 new members and 11 Sustaining Company Members who joined the Institute in 2018.
TOGETHER WITH THE CONGRATULATIONS of the Institute to all the following members who have attained Professional Status in 2018.
Jim C Galbraith
John B C Ritchie
Kumar Kolur Vadivelu
Siva Prakash Kulandaivel
Lian Ling Beh
Jeroen Joannes Maria Van der List
Muhammad Naveed Nawaz
Venkatesh Kundalagara Rajeshkar
Abdel Rahman Ahmed Mohamed Hendawy
Abdul Hakeem Olubayo Latinwo
Neil R Brown
Kamal Mohamed El-Sayed
Rahul Ashokbhai Panchal
Raja Sekhar Ganti
Bikku C John
Muhammad Asif Siddiqui
Robert J Allen
Firoz Ahmed Makrani
Mark J Waterfield
Nagendra Mahableshwar Nirvaneshwar
Awais Manzoor Malik
John Samuel Selvaraj
Arun Sudarshan Kiron Kannan
Okwuchukwu Ejikeme Nkem Nwosu
Mohamed Ibrahim Hegazy
Frederick Oritseweneye Pessu
Jaiprakash Narain Agrawal
Christopher J Everett
Chukwuma Candidus Onuoha
George William Mackenzie Hobbs
Syed Ibtesam Hasan Abidi
Arwind Kumar Dubey
Ahmed Ramadan Nassar
Zeeshan Farooq Lodhi
Itoro Lucky Akrasi
Kumar Kolur Vadivelu
Following the busy end to 2018 with the launch of the new ICATS course material, 2019 promises to be another successful year for the scheme as we prepare to introduce the new website and we will shortly be announcing two additional Approved Training Centres.
We held a final Seminar in Northampton in January to introduce the new course to our Trainers. These seminars were a great success and included an overview of the ICATS development plans and a detailed look at the new programme.
A Company Trainer Course is planned for 19/20 February, at Northampton, and a Supervisor Course was held in January, and the next will be announced soon
For further information on any of the above please contact the office at, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01604 438222.
The 2018 ICorr AGM was once again hosted by the Midlands branch of the Institute and held in the magnificent Birmingham Town Hall.
A festive mood was added by the presence of the continental street market outside, and the attendees enjoyed lunch and networking time before the excellent technical programme organised by Midland branch and the presentation of the U.R. Evans sword to Professor Anne Neville, Leeds University, by the new President.
The AGM itself was a well attended event at a time of many changes for the Institute. A new President was elected; the Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary continued in their posts, as did many of the existing Council members, all of whom will work to guide the Institute through the move into the building that we have purchased, and the many opportunities that this will allow for us to grow in 2019 and beyond.
A number of interesting and relevant questions were also raised regarding the future plans for the Institute, which were outlined to the attendeees. The current fortunate financial situation regarding surplus cash was also queried and it was explained that as ICorr is a charity, the Charities Commission encourages the retention of 2-3 years running costs as cash. This provision had been made by the Honorary Treasurer.
On behalf of the Institute, I wish you a Happy New Year and a successful 2019.
Dr Jane Lomas, Honorary Secretary
As usual, I would like to add my good wishes to that of the new President for a happy and prosperous new year to all members.
We start 2019 with degree of uncertainty as to the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, and how this will affect our industry. According to the British Coatings Federation (representing all the UK coating manufacturers), the industry could suffer severe disruption, a loss of millions of pounds and a drain on investment. The £4b “just-in-time” industry, has more than half of its suppliers based in the EU, and has been forced to activate “no deal” contingency planning which consists of stockpiling key raw materials and finished goods, hiring more warehouse space and setting up legal entities in the EU. Its members are also preparing to grapple with different sets of chemicals regulations, and face tariffs on both raw materials, half of which are sourced in the EU, and on finished products, costing the industry an estimated £150m.
However the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is offering help for coatings companies to stay in the British market while still fulfilling all necessary regulations, as not only UK companies will have to pay attention to changes after Brexit, it also affects companies in the EU-27 and EEA that are doing business with UK companies. However potentially the most prominent change will probably be that there will no longer be a REACH registration for UK-companies after Britain leaves the European Union, and thus could prevent the introduction of new materials and products to the EU.
Enough of politics and back to this issue, there are two technical articles covering corrosion protection and monitoring of oil and gas production systems, including those operating at elevated temperature. Hassan Malik discusses the use and positioning of corrosion monitoring points to ensure effective protection of assets, and Dik Bestzig explains how coatings are tested for performance at high temperature operation.
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Happy New Year! I trust you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break. As incoming President this is my first bash at this column so please excuse me if I ramble on a bit!
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an electrochemist based at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, southwest London. Over the years my involvement with the Institute has mainly been through the Corrosion Science Division, although I have picked up a reasonable understanding of the broader range of ICorr activities during my 10+ years on Council.
Our esteemed editor, Brian Goldie, was keen to include a photo of me so that you will be able to recognise me – or more likely cross to the other side of the road when you see me coming! The only thing vaguely suitable that I could find was this promotional shot taken recently by the NPL photographer. I feel I must point out that the item I am holding is a reference electrode…and not a pregnancy test as some wags have suggested.
I would like to thank our outgoing President, Sarah Vasey, for the excellent job she has done over the past two years. Sarah has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Institute to oversee a number of important initiatives, most notably the ongoing improvements to our training courses, the appointment of a new Business Development Manager, the increase in our student membership and (with significant input from Trevor Osborne) the successful purchase of our new home at Saxon Court in Northampton. All this on top of one of the busiest day jobs I have ever seen!
It is an honour to assume the role of President and I am very much looking forward to the challenge of building on the achievements of Sarah and previous Presidents. Completing the overhaul of our training course offering will obviously be a major priority. This is by no means a trivial task but is critical to our financial sustainability. Equally important will be the continued drive to recruit younger members, who after all represent the future of the Institute. As Young ICorr Chair, Chris Bridge has done an outstanding job in growing student members (over 100 at the latest count) and I will be working closely with his successor, Simon Bowcock, to maintain this upward momentum.
Right now the Institute is in pretty good shape, thanks mainly to the unstinting efforts of enthusiastic volunteers and committees. However, there is always room for improvement and we as Trustees and Council members are continually looking for new ways to enhance our offering to members. I am keen to meet as many of you as possible during my two year term to hear your views and am looking forward to attending a wide range of local branch activities and events. If you have any ideas for future initiatives I would love to hear them. The key thing is to get involved!