The branch held a half-day networking event for sustaining members at the Severn Valley preserved steam railway on 26 September.
It was a well-attended event by members from all ICorr disciplines, with all members expressing thanks to ICorr for sponsoring the event in return for being a sustaining member. All members thought the day severed them well in terms of networking with other corrosion professionals. Following a 30min train ride on a steam train, lunch was severed within the Severn Valley museum, ICorr members then enjoyed the offerings at the museum followed by a train ride back to Kidderminster.
The feeling of the day was that ICorr should be organising more events like this up and down the UK as it is a real member benefit.
The preparations are well advanced for the AGM on the 31st Oct 2019 at Birmingham, which promises to be an interesting event. Prior to this, the branch meeting has presentations from four world leading corrosion professionals, including Dr Markus Büchler who is presenting on CP criteria. Other presentations include:
Trevor Osborne, ICorr: 50 years of Offshore Corrosion Control Experience
Brian Wyat, ICorr: Cathodic Protection of Offshore Renewable Energy Infrastructure
Chris Wozencroft, Corrosion Engineering UK: Differences between CP for Pipeline, Marine and Civil Structures
Full details of the presentations and the AGM are on the ICorr website
Just to remind readers, on Thursday 26th Sept, the branch will be hosting a half day networking event for sustaining members, with a steam train ride, tour of the railway engine house and buffet lunch, at the Severn Valley Steam railway. The cost of attending for sustaining members is covered by the branch, please contact Bill Whittaker, firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve your place ASAP.
The 2019 Institute AGM will again be held in Birmingham. The date is 31st October and this is earlier than normal to avoid clashing with the London branch Xmas Luncheon. A large event is planned with many interesting and technical papers being presented prior to the AGM. Full event details will be sent to all members via email, however please add this date to your diary.
The May meeting was a very interesting presentation on the future of ICorr, by the President, with lots of input and discussions from the branch members. Whilst the meeting was well attended there is always room for more, especially during a presentation by the institute’s President. The role of the Institute in the day to day corporate environment was discussed, with many far reaching improvements being tabled by Gareth.
In September, the branch is hosting a half day event on the Severn Valley Steam Railway, with tours of the engine house and a ride out on a private ICorr carriage, with food and drinks provided. The event is open to all branch sponsoring companies initially as it is being held to thank them for supporting Midlands branch, but tickets will be available to purchase for individuals. This promises to be a great networking event, and more details will be available in
November meeting was a joint meeting with the Institute AGM, and was held at the Council Chambers in Birmingham. As with previous joint Midland Branch / ICorr AGM meetings it was very well attended with approx. 50 attendees, although adverse weather affected rail travel and prevented a number of members attending. The theme of the meeting was pipeline integrity, with presentations from Malcolm Morris of Sherwin Williams, Leo Richards of Intertek, and Kristian Hampson of IMechE. Malcolm provided a detailed review of the coating systems commonly used on pipeline systems, typical application techniques together with examples of common rehabilitation methods, which for buried long pipelines can be very costly and challenging. Leo delivered a presentation on pipeline integrity and the importance of chemical treatment during pre-commissioning of a new pipeline system and its long term operation and provided case studies from each stage in the process, together with the simulation systems available and examples of typical problems when the process was not applied or applied incorrectly. Kristian gave a very thorough review of non-destructive-testing methods for corrosion under insulation on pipework, with many examples of what not to do, and photographs of some rather horrible corrosion examples. He also explained that CUI is a wide-spread problem accounting for over 50% of oil and gas pipeline leaks
in the industry (see technical article on this topic later in this issue).
The chair thanked all the speakers for their very informative presentations, and following this there was the presentation of the U.R. Evans award, and the AGM, which are reported on page 5.
The September meeting was very well attended. This was hosted by Amey, at their Birmingham offices, with the food kindly sponsored by Impalloy.
The September meeting was very well attended and hosted by Amey, at their Birmingham offices.
Iqbal Johal from the Galvanizers Association (GA) gave a very informative overview of galvanising. He discussed the process itself and its limitations. Iqbal also presented details of a very interesting building which had been specially engineered around the use of galvanising, and its aesthetic appearance. It was also very interesting to learn of the HDG business model, which GA members are very supportive of. Discussions about closer links between GA and ICorr followed, due to what was seen as a common aim of the Institute and Association.
The branch hosted the Institute AGM on 29 November, preceded by a series of technical presentations on pipeline integrity, and a report on both will be included in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of Corrosion Management.