By Kathy Larsen
As NACE International wraps up its 73rd annual conference and continues
to celebrate its 75th anniversary, corrosion professionals from
around the world continued the momentum started by the 11 founding members in
1943 when more than 5,600 attendees from nearly 70 countries worldwide came
together at the Phoenix Convention Center and other area venues for CORROSION
For five days, the city was home to the largest meeting of corrosion
professionals, vendors, and educators, which focuses on preventing and
mitigating worldwide corrosion.
The technical strides made by corrosion professionals over the past 73
years were apparent during the hundreds of events—technical symposia, committee
meetings, seminars and lectures, training opportunities, and social
gatherings—that offered a multitude of cutting-edge technical and educational
resources, public awareness activities, and networking opportunities that the
corrosion industry has come to expect.
All areas of corrosion control and mitigation
were covered by symposia, technical meetings, forums, and student poster
sessions, including oil and gas corrosion inhibitors, coatings, practical field
application of cathodic protection, pipeline integrity, materials, testing and
instrumentation, maritime corrosion, water and wastewater corrosion, and corrosion
in nuclear systems.
The Opening Night Reception on Sunday evening—a
conference kick-off tradition—marked the ending of CORROSION 2018’s opening day
in Phoenix as attendees and exhibitors interacted over drinks and hors
d’oeuvres in the Phoenix Convention Center, and had the opportunity to catch up
with old friends and make new contacts after a day of administrative and
Highlights during the week included the
presentation by CORROSION 2018 Keynote Speaker Commander Mike Abrashoff, who
discussed The Leadership Roadmap, a practice that empowers every individual to
share the responsibility of achieving excellence. Once again, the Corrosion
Chronicles Theaters in the Exhibit Hall hosted experienced corrosion
professionals who presented interactive forums on a variety of
corrosion-related topics. The interactive Leadership Forum, featured a panel of
corrosion industry leaders, along with Abrashoff, who shared stories and
presented tools to help attendees enhance their own leadership skills and take
the next step in their careers. During the third annual University Student
Design and Applied Solutions Competition, team entries for autonomous systems
built for corrosion inspection and detection in hard-to-access areas were
presented and evaluated.
The conference’s technical program featured
488 technical papers presented in 39 technical symposia—one of the largest
offerings of symposia since 2000. This year, 12 forums highlighted a wide array
of topics that included managing coating assets as well as an overview of
coatings and related technology systems used or developed by the U.S. Navy’s
for corrosion control; fighting the corrosion war in the Middle East and Africa
and also in Latin America; a discussion
with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety
Administration (PHMSA) on corrosion and pipeline safety; best practices and
lessons learned in the water and wastewater industries; and an update on the
work done regarding an update of NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 as well as a discussion
for a path forward.
More than 200 technical and administrative
meetings were held throughout the week as NACE members worked on standards and
reports, exchanged technical information, and managed association business.
Attendees also had the opportunity to visit
the largest corrosion exhibition in the world, with over 680 booths and close
to 420 exhibiting companies, including 77 new exhibitors. The popular Cathodic
Protection (CP) Field training exhibit created by NACE International was again
available for visitors to get an up-close experience in CP. During the
week, visitors experienced CP first-hand by conducting field experiments,
testing the most up-to-date equipment, and discussing the concepts and science
of cathodic protection with a team of NACE CP instructors and experts.
The Exhibit Hall was also home to more than 145
student poster presentation displays, where members and students had the
opportunity to discuss corrosion concepts and developments. Outreach to the
next generation continued as the NACE Foundation held its GenNEXT Bash at the
Van Buren and distributed 45 student scholarships on Tuesday, and hosted the
CORROSION: Opportunities Realized day-long mini-camp on Wednesday for local
high school students. Other opportunities for the next generation of corrosion
professionals included the NACE U Student Meeting, and the 30 Below—For Students and Young Professionals Under 30
event at the Valley Bar.
Many attendees spent time networking with
colleagues through a series of social events, including the Opening Reception, the
Expo Grand Opening and Composites Pavilion Reception in the Exhibit Hall, and the
Wednesday night Awards Banquet.
It was a busy week and successful by every measure. NACE thanks the attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors for making this year’s event a huge success! We look forward to seeing you next year at CORROSION 2019 (March 24-28, 2019) in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.