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.