CEng MIEE MICorrST, Cathodic Protection Engineer, June 1927 – November 2018
So many times we have heard the expression, ‘He was a Gentleman and a Scholar’, and that was exactly what Gordon Currer was.
A kindly man, very mild mannered, and thorough to the extreme, in his duties as a dedicated technologist, and always keen to pass on knowledge and learning (with patience) to those students that had an aptitude to learn the mysterious art of Cathodic Protection.
Gordon was a Chartered Engineer and held membership in the Institute of Electrical Engineers; the Institute of Corrosion Science and Technology, the forerunner of ICorr, as well as the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.
He published many papers and gave countless lectures and presentations; both throughout the UK and the rest of the world. With a career spanning over fifty years he once listed all the countries he had visited purely for business purposes – the tally was an impressive thirty seven.
Like many in the enigmatic world of Cathodic Protection he entered it by accident, joining MAPEL. During his pioneering days lot of the CP testing techniques (that are practised today) were trialled and refined by him and his colleagues of that time. It was refreshing to hear some of his humorous memories, which revealed that he too, in all his reverence, went through quite difficult practical learning curves as they built up procedures and routines that now form part of the CP standards of today.
After having worked for many years with MAPEL and as a senior team member, he played a great part in building the Company up to become one of the most respected in the NDT/CP industry. An extremely loyal team of stalwarts was the result of his leadership. There were no bosses unless the chips were down and a serious problem needed attendance and then Gordon would deal with the issue with clarity and a quiet firmness respected and appreciated by all.
With the close co-operation MAPEL had built up with British Gas, Gordon moved across, with some selected engineers, to the Gas Council offices in Hinckley. They helped form the corrosion division responsible for the production and implementation of Cathodic Protection systems for all the major high pressure gas feeder mains throughout the UK. Gordon stayed with British Gas for over 13 years before returning to MAPEL as their Chief Engineering Manager. Even now, crews working in the East Midlands have reported back that they are referring to drawings, drawn from the archives signed by GWC.
His true values and courage came to the fore at MAPEL when let down by two senior engineers he took on recovering a very serious project on the Kori Nuclear Power station in South Korea. He worked in the most arduous conditions without complaint; completing the venture for GEC spanning 1978/79. In 1987/88 his time was focussed on a feasibility study for Mobil Oil based around the Yanbu Oil Refinery on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, and in 1990 he developed a design for the Adnoc Oil Refinery in Abu Dhabi, then in 1993 as a retained consultant for MAPEL, he travelled a circuitous route into Libya to work on the Great Man Made River project for Brown and Root and the Turkish company STFA.
These are just snippets of the countless large projects he was involved with over the years, and on retirement he still maintained the interest and took on some private consultancy work representing the writer on a project in Trinidad and Barbados.
The memories of his work and travels remain on the sideboard at his home in Frisby–on-the-Wreake, enjoyed by his devoted wife Sheila, two daughters Jill and Deborah and their son Tim.
Rest in Peace Gordon… an Icon of your era.
Robin E, Bailey FICorr
Editor’s note: A more detailed description of Gordon’s life and career can be found on the Institute website at, www.icorr.org/respected-and-fond-memories-of-gordon-w-currer-c-eng-miee-micorrst-cathodic-protection-engineer-june-1927-november-2018/ g/
Imma has been working for the Institute for just over a year, maintaining and updating the website. Her background is in sales and marketing in the Protective Coating Industry and she has worked for over 10 years for International Paint in the Far East, and gained an excellent understanding of detailed specification work.
In her work for ICorr she initially carried out a benchmark study of all the other UK Professional Institutes’ websites to establish how ours performs in comparison, and what needed to be done to increase traffic. She has implemented a new look, and has reviewed every page and document on the website. This is a continuous process with news and updates from all sectors of the Institute being posted on a weekly basis.
The first phase of the revamp has increased traffic through the site and the plan through 2019 is to continue to review it and update its content to attract even more traffic.
We look forward to your continued support in sending news and other reports so that the website is a more valuable tool, and a showcase for the Institute. These should be sent to Imma (email@example.com).
By Imma Mobbs
For over 20 years ICorr has been providing training courses and competence assessment for Cathodic Protection Technicians. The early course, only for Buried applications, (buried onshore pipelines and tanks), was written for ICorr by John Thirkettle, and for may years presented by him and Chris Lynch through ICorr’s training partner, Argyll Ruane. During this time British Gas, later National Grid, offered parallel training in courses developed by John O’Shea (Past ICorr President) and John Dyson.
In 2006, BS EN 15257, in which ICorr participated in the preparation, provided a standardised framework and levels of competence for CP personnel throughout Europe, bringing together the strengths of disparate national schemes in UK, France and Italy. This Standard defined the competence requirements for CP Technician, Senior Technician and Design Engineer levels in the Buried, Marine, Steel in Concrete and Internal application sectors. At the time of its implementation ICorr significantly improved the “Buried sector” courses and, in conjunction with the Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA), developed the Steel in Concrete courses. In 2015 ICorr also introduced courses in Marine CP.
In 2017, the International Standard, BS EN ISO 15257 ‘Cathodic protection – Competence levels of cathodic protection persons – Basis for certification scheme’ was published. This Standard established equivalence between CP Competence Certification worldwide, including the transitional equivalence between the many European schemes complying with EN 15257, the Australian scheme and the NACE scheme from the USA.
This new ISO Standard established international requirements for Training, Examination, Experience Assessment and Competence Certification for FIVE levels of competence in the same four Sectors as the EN 15257.
Extract from BS EN ISO 15257:2017 showing equivalence with existing certification schemes during the transition period.
Since the publication of the new Standard, ICorr has been working to both restructure its procedures and courses to meet these new internationally recognised requirements, and also to further improve the quality and professionalism of the ICorr CP courses and their delivery. These improvements are now being rolled out initially in the UK, but then, through the international partnership with IMechE, overseas. The major changes to the ICorr CP Training and Certification Scheme are summarised below:
• New Level 1 CP Data Collector (or Tester) Level (equivalent to the NACE CP 1, a level not previously within the EN 15257), typically intended for asset owner company staff who need to collect accurate CP data as only part of their weekly activity. ICorr are about to start ISO 15257 Level 1 Buried CP courses closely tailored to the needs of National Grid and the various gas distribution companies, leading to Certification of Competence to ISO 15257, viz.
• New ISO Level 2 CP Technician courses; these are to the equivalent level as the old EN Level 1 courses, but with improved courses, training and assessment, leading to Certification.
• New ISO Level 3 Senior CP Technician courses; these are to the equivalent level as the old EN Level 2 courses, but with improved courses, training and assessment, leading to Certification.
• New ISO Level 4 CP Specialist; this is to the equivalent level as the old EN Level 3 Certification for Specialists and Engineers, with demonstrated Certificated Competence to undertake CP designs and complex data interpretation, with a more rigorous assessment process.
• An entirely new ISO Level 5 Expert Certification for those meeting all of the requirements of Levels 1-4 but who also have advanced the state of the art of CP by scientific work and peer-reviewed publications and have made a marked and original contribution to the science or practice of corrosion control
Courses will be run at Level 1 in the Buried Sector and at Level 2, Technician and 3, Senor Technician Level in Buried, Marine and Steel in Concrete Sectors. As is established practice, the Steel in Concrete Sector courses will be run in conjunction with the CPA.
Over the period of the next few months all ICorr Certificated CP Personnel with valid Certificates for EN Levels 1-3 will be issued with new Certification for ISO Levels 2-4 respectively, and the certificates will terminate (for re-Certification) at the same dates as the old EN certification.
Over the same period all the new courses will begin to be delivered and ICorr have now approved 12 tutors to deliver them, all are highly experienced specialists in the Sector being taught, and have been selected for their ability to teach effectively at the particular Level in their Sectors.
We are pleased to announce that National Grid and some of the gas distribution companies have committed to all of their CP staff and those of their contractors being trained and Certificated by ICorr.
ICorr Buried Training and Testing Facility at IMechE Argyll Ruane, Sheffield.
In order to further improve the quality of the courses, ICorr have:
• In conjunction with IMechE Argyll Ruane, our training partner, established a Buried pipeline training and testing facility at the IMechE Training and Examination Centre at Sheffield. This includes galvanic and impressed CP systems, a range of coupon and reference electrode options, coating defects and an interference source.
• Determined that all Marine CP courses will be undertaken with practical training on real CP systems, and real corroding assets in real marine environments. This has already started with two courses having been held on the River Clyde in Glasgow. The courses were held at the Riverside Museum and site work included the “Tall Ship” Glenlee moored alongside (which is also shown on the cover of this issue). Seaforce Glasgow provided logistic support, and Swain Meter Co, Cygnus Instruments Ltd and Buckleys (URVAL) Ltd supplied the instruments. Other locations have also been used and more are planned.
n In conjunction with the CPA and IMechE, will soon have an equivalent Steel in Concrete training and testing facility to the Buried facility, at Sheffield.
The 2019 new ISO 15257 course programme has been agreed,
• Buried Data Collector, Level 1: IMechE AR, Sheffield, monthly starting July, to be confirmed.
• Buried Technician, Level 2: IMechE AR, Sheffield, weeks starting, 20 May, 29 July, 9 September, and 11 November.
• Buried Senior Technician, Level 3: IMechE AR, Sheffield, weeks starting, 24 June, 26 August, and 28 October.
• Steel in Concrete Technician, Lever 2: IMechE AR, Sheffield, week starting 2 October.
• Marine Technician Level 2: Port of Dover, week starting 17 June.
• Marine Technician Level 3: venues to be arranged, expected start July onwards.
The planned venues for the Marine Technician courses, in addition to the Port of Dover, are East Coast and South Coast of England and Scotland.
Remember TO BOOK EARLY, to avoid missing these courses. Contact IMechE AR, https://argyllruane.imeche.org
Riverside Museum and Tall Ship, Glenlee. Courtsey of Glasgowlife.org.uk
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C.I.S. has the expertise and the technology to carry out a comprehensive assessment of coatings, insulation and PFP conditions and deliver an in-depth analysis, with all the answers a client needs.
The technical survey reporting system is unique to C.l.S Ltd, and coupled with a registered database of quality control and quality assessment templates, they gather information that forms the analysis and advice to their clients.
They can offer destructive and non-destructive tests to determine the condition of coatings, measuring adhesion strength and overall thickness, holiday testing, salt tests and surface profile readings amongst others, and they can also provide in-depth corrosion surveys, each component, whether structural or pipework, is measured and then its condition determined using the RI scale. Passive Fire Prevention (PFP) is a vital part of keeping any working environment safe, and detailed PFP surveys to either verify existing surveys, or establish that an area meets the required standard, can
Without knowing why something works, it can be hard to determine why it might fail. Their experienced investigators can provide a comprehensive failure analysis service, considering conditions, application and other factors to deliver an unbiased diagnostic report that can also help prevent future failures.
C.l.S Ltd is driven by quality, their experienced investigators and qualified inspectors can provide a comprehensive failure analysis service, and are dedicated to delivering their customers ‘ desired outcome, from third party inspection of coating conditions to assessing PFP standards and personal safety. As the industry is ever changing and evolving, they only use the latest technology and equipment to ensure their commitment to quality.
The Institute started to implement its bold new development plans in January 2018.
The aims were in essence simple, and based on the growth of two of its three revenue streams, Membership and Training.
Over the past 12 month period we have made great progress with a renewed relationship with IMechE ARL leading to the ability to market ICorr training programmes globally through the IMechE network.
Chris Kirby the General Manager of IMechE ARL said “we are delighted with the new arrangement and the ability to link our Corrosion and NDT training through approved training centres in key locations to meet our global customer’s needs. Our current focus is North Asia, SE Asia, Middle East and CIS countries with other options being considered”.
The Institute has people in place to review and rewrite all of the training programmes, and IMechE have employed a new team to market and deliver the courses.
The potential is huge with expected growth in the UK through Highways, Rail and Nuclear sectors, and overseas with developments on the NW Shelf of Australia, China, SEA, ME, CIS and Russia.
In terms of membership development, the main drive has been to recruit and retain younger members. The Young ICorr initiative has been invigorated initially by the work done by Chris Bridge and more recently by Simon Bowcock , who is in the process of enlisting more help as the workload to reach out to Young ICorr members at all levels is time consuming and demanding.
Simon and his team are also driving the Route to Chartered Status, and supporting the Young Engineer programme which has just finished its second round.
We also have a policy to support members though all states of their professional development from apprenticeship to chartered status. The addition of the Industrial Coating Applicator Apprenticeship scheme completes this strategy to deliver training and mentoring programmes.
David Horrocks, a member of the NHSS19a Sector Scheme Advisory committee for Highways England, and the Sector Scheme Chairman of the Training Committee, recently visited North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe, to see the start of Industrial Coating Applicator (ICA) apprenticeship course, to meet the first cohort of candidates who have already started their training, and to personally offer support to them throughout their apprenticeship training. A more detailed report on this scheme will feature in a future issue of Corrosion Management.