Corrosion Management – The IMPACT Approach
Corrosion Management – The IMPACT Approach
[abstract] NACE International has tasked DNV GL and APQC to carry out the IMPACT （International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion Technologies） study with the goal of examining the role of corrosion management in industry best practices.
The study concluded that substantially reducing corrosion costs （both direct and consequential） requires more than technology alone; it also requires integrating corrosion decisions with an organizational management system. Most corrosion professionals currently work within an environment of procedures and working practices, which are mostly in a technical language （i.e., not that of financial or operational decision-makers）。 In some cases, corrosion is included in operating plans （e.g., asset integrity management plans）， which integrates corrosion with other structural integrity threats. However, few organizations link these technical activities and plans to broader organizational management systems elements （e.g., policy, strategy, controls, and measures）。 Without this link, systematically effective and efficient business decisions cannot be made. This possibly explains why the cost of corrosion has not change over the past few decades, despite technical improvements and increased awareness in corrosion control.
To realize the link between corrosion technology and management systems, the following approach has been recommended:
·Broaden the scope of corrosion professionals to include competence in financial optimization of corrosion control investments; this includes use of risk assessment to monetize the return on investment （ROI） of a control activity. This shift in competence can be achieved through training and education.
·Broaden the scope of awareness activities targeted at business-leaders and policy-makers so that recommended changes within/to management systems elements are communicated in a language that facilitates business improvement. This ranges from justifying a single corrosion control activity to recommending policy changes.
·Provide a template for how to weave corrosion control into an organizational management system.
Benchmarking was used as a way to measure improvement in corrosion management. The benchmarking of the IMPACT study was conducted globally and across industries. It identified some best practices and showed a wide range of corrosion management maturity and self-awareness. Differences between industries and geographies are shown to have wide variation.
Gerhardus Koch, Ph.D., FNACE
·B.S., M.S.,Aerospace Engineering （1969, 1971）， University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.
·Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering （1976） University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
·Presidential Achievement Award, NACE International, 2007
·NACE Fellow, NACE International, 2012
Dr. Koch is Senior Principal Engineer – Material Advisory. He is currently charged with developing and implementing strategic business plans at DNV GL in Columbus, with an emphasis on corrosion and risk/integrity management of onshore and offshore pipelines both in North America and outside. He is project manager of a number of projects on corrosion and pipeline risk/integrity management. He has conducted and managed large engineering and laboratory projects to assess corrosion conditions in upstream oil and gas facilities.
From 2000 through 2002, Dr. Koch led a team of experts to assess the impact of corrosion on the U.S. economy. This project, which was mandated by Congress in the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century （TEA-21）， was a joint venture between the Department of Transportation （DOT）， CC Technologies, and NACE International （NACE）。 The conclusion of this study – that the annual cost of corrosion in the U. S. is $276 billion – surprised many in government and industry and has led to a change in focus of several NACE initiatives.
Dr. Koch was project manager and principal author of the International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion Technologies （IMPACT） study that examined the role of corrosion management across industries and governments across the globe. The results of this study were rolled out during the 2016 NACE conference and can be found a dedicated website: impact.nace.org