It’s almost Spring and our industry is gearing up for the busy maintenance period. This involves a lot of inspection work and testing against standards, which are the themes of this issue. Firstly there is an up-date of the important protective coatings standard, ISO 12944 from Trevor Fielding of the British Coatings Federation, and Malcolm Morris of Sherwin Williams. Several of the parts were revised and these are highlighted in the article. There is also an article on the non-destructive test methods available to assess corrosion under insulation, by Kristian Hampson of IMechE Argyll Ruane, to complement the article in 
the previous issue on the testing of coatings for use 
under insulation. Finally, Ian Patterson of Paint Technology Solutions discusses the development of digital/paperless reporting of site data from painting contractors and inspectors.

The issue also has, as usual, reports from the various sections of the Institute, and what’s been happening within our industry.

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Brian Goldie, Consulting Editor