Monday, March 27, 2017
David H. Kroon, Aegion Corporation
The last 50 years have brought tremendous changes in protective coatings and cathodic protection technologies for external corrosion protection of pipelines. Improvements in materials, equipment, and methods of application are illustrated. Changes in main line pipeline coatings, field joint coatings, and coating inspection have been dramatic. Cathodic protection has evolved from a little known science to an integral part of pipeline integrity management programs. Safety is now a number one area of focus. Regulations have changed the way we operate. Corrosion management systems are a priority for corporate management as documented in the NACE IMPACT Study. And NACE has truly evolved into a worldwide technical community of corrosion control professionals. What’s next?