Managing the maintenance of structural assets and infrastructure is a continuing battle. All products deteriorate at different rates over time depending upon the materials used, the corrosivity of the environment and the mechanisms involved.
It is important that staff understand the risks associated with corrosion and the different preventative and remediation technologies available that help to minimise, or eliminate, those risks. Corrosion can be very expensive to repair and can pose a danger to workers, members of the public and adjacent structures.
As part of its on-going professional development training program, the Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) presents a range of technical seminars and training courses designed to provide attendees with information and guidance about ways to combat and manage corrosion effectively and efficiently in order to adapt to a changing economic climate.
In conjunction with the Australasian Concrete Repair Association (ACRA), the ACA is conducting a specialist Corrosion and Protection of Concrete Structures training course in Melbourne on 23-24 June 2016.
The two-day course provides a solid foundation of knowledge about the corrosion of both reinforcement materials and concrete and aims to benefit Asset Managers, Port Engineers, Bridge Maintenance Managers, Building Managers, Heritage Structure Engineers, Architects, Plant Engineers, Specialist Contractors, Consulting Engineers, Construction Material Suppliers, Asset Condition Inspectors and anyone who would like to gain an understanding of corrosion control within concrete.
The ACA is also offering the NACE Cathodic Protection Program 1 and 2 courses this year. CP1-Tester will take place in Brisbane from July 18 and in Melbourne from October 17.
CP2-Technician is being offered from July 25 in Brisbane and October 24 in Melbourne. Both courses are of six days duration. The NACE CP Certification courses form part of one of the world’s most recognised and specified certification programs. It is a comprehensive training regime for professionals working with pipelines and bridges, tanks and well casings, maritime and offshore structures, coated steel and concrete, water and wastewater systems.
The CP1-Tester course provides theoretical knowledge and practical fundamentals for testing on both galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection (CP) systems. Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures and hands-on training, using equipment and instruments used for CP testing.
The structure of CP2-Technician course is aimed at science and engineering degree holders and covers in-depth CP theory, data acquisition and analysis to provide theoretical knowledge and practical techniques for designing and testing and evaluating the effectiveness of both galvanic and impressed current CP systems.
Instruction comprises lectures and hands-on training, including the use and limitations of CP equipment and testing instruments. The material covers a high level of detail on corrosion and corrosion cells and includes other topics such as Faraday’s Law, effects of pH and anodic passivation. The course also examines some of the other testing criteria used when inspecting CP systems.
The ACA is also hosting a technical seminar in Melbourne on June 23.
The event is titled Maintaining Assets in a Challenged Economy Using Protective Coatings and will feature speakers from companies in a range of industries.
Protective coatings are used across a multitude of sectors and are an extremely effective approach to controlling and preventing corrosion. Modern coatings are capable of providing very high levels of corrosion protection, value for money and durability even in the most extreme environments.
The event will bring industry experts together to share their knowledge and explore the protective coatings industry by looking at case studies, new technologies, environmental considerations, industry qualifications, standards and training.