The Institute is very pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Whittaker to the Chair of ICorr Midlands Branch.
Bill brings a wealth of experience to the role and will be a great asset to our Organisation.
Presently a Cathodic Protection Engineer with Cathodic Protection Engineering Ltd (CPEL), Bill started in the corrosion industry in 2005 as a technician and over time progressed into engineering.
Following a brief stint offshore, Bill’s expertise is with Cathodic Protection of onshore pipelines and near shore structures. He has an active involvement in ICORR CP training activities being a member of the CP governing board and the training CP scheme manager. Bill holds an MSc in Corrosion Control Engineering awarded by Manchester University, is ICorr Level 4 certified (buried and marine sectors) and is also AMPP (formally NACE) CP4 certified.
We welcome Bill to the role and express our thanks at this time to the Midlands branch committee and recent past chairs Ashley Ingram and Paul Segers, who have all given their time freely to ICorr.
The midlands branch has organised the following event, which is free and open to all members and guests. Meeting registration details to follow shortly.
Friday 27th November Starting at 12.00. Introduction to Mental Health – (MHFA England, Mental Health Aware Taster), Presenter – Russell Mott Lead Auditor & Trainer ATAS UK. Official Building Mental Health in Construction (BMH) toolbox talk and promoting both chat and poll questions in Zoom. In the interim, the following links maybe useful to members for support and help on mental health;
You are invited to register for the webinar meeting here.
The branch has the following two online talks planned. Tuesday 20th October, starting at 12.00 Social Media for Professional Growth – Tips and Best Practices, Presenter – Dr Dawid Hanak, Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University, and Friday 27th November, Introduction to Mental Health – (MHFA England, Mental Health Aware Taster), Presenter – Russell Mott Lead Auditor & Trainer ATAS UK. Official Building Mental Health in Construction (BMH) toolbox talk and promoting both chat and poll questions in Zoom, again starting at 12.00. In the interim, the following links maybe useful to members for support and help on mental help; https://www.samaritans.org/, https://www.mind.org.uk/, https://mhfaengland.org/, https://atas-uk.com/, and specifically for younger members, https://www.studentminds.org.uk/
Full details can be found on the events page of the ICorr website.
The February meeting was held at Impalloy’s new manufacturing facility in the West Midlands, with Impalloy also sponsoring the food for the event, and Prafull Sharma of CorrosionRADAR, gave a very interesting talk on the monitoring of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI), Latest Developments and Trends.
Prafull provided with an enlightening presentation into the trends of monitoring CUI and oil and gas inspections in general. Hidden corrosion such as CUI continues to be a big challenge for the asset integrity management of industrial facilities. Industry still spends a huge amount of their maintenance budget on routinely opening up the insulation to inspect the pipes and equipment. There is a growing trend to remotely monitor corrosion in accessible locations using the wireless connectivity and battery powered devices. A new innovative sensor system for monitoring CUI has been developed by CorrosionRADAR. The sensing principle uses Electromagnetic Guided Radar (EMGR), which uses a permanently embedded sensor into the insulation. The data is transmitted wirelessly onto a cloud or on-premises platform and visualization is performed using a remotely accessible dashboard.
The presentation also detailed the latest developments in remote monitoring technology for Corrosion and CUI.
The company have produced a very comprehensive monitoring database utilising 3D models of the plant requiring monitoring. Discussions followed about modification of the system to cover many other aspects of the corrosion dictionary, which Prafull said would be possible! Watch this space!
Following the presentation, a branch meeting was held, with Paul Segers taking on the chair. Detailed discussions followed about future events, membership etc. The branch is looking for new committee members from outside of the CP discipline, in coatings, research, monitoring, etc. If you would like to be involved please contact Paul via via the ICorr office.
Following a very successful half day event and AGM in 2019, the branch plans to start 2020 with a meeting at the end of Feb (date and venue to be confirmed), with Prafull Sharma from corrosion radar presenting ‘Corrosion Under Insulation online monitoring with Electro-Magnetic Guided Radar (EMGR)’. CUI is a big issue for the corrosion industry therefore any innovative monitoring system will be very beneficial in the goal to mitigate corrosion. It is therefore likely to be a well-attended meeting.
For any branch queries, please contact Bill Whittaker, email@example.com, or Paul Segers, firstname.lastname@example.org
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