NACE attendees from several
countries in Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina, gathered on Tuesday
afternoon to learn about the
challenges and solutions for corrosion control projects in varying environments
that include mountains, rivers, and forests. Moderated by Jorge Canto (Corrosion Y Proteccion), the forum
featured sessions that included information about NACE section activities and
partnerships in Latin America, and specific corrosion experiences in Mexico,
Brazil, and Argentina.
Prior to the technical portion of the forum, guest Past
President Sandy Williamson was invited to address the audience. He expressed
appreciation for his travel opportunities to Latin America and the growth in
corrosion control activities. He emphasized the importance of materials
sustainability and how organizations need to make the right technical and
economic decisions to achieve corrosion management goals. “During my travels I
have talked about how the NACE IMPACT Study and IMPACT PLUS are engaging
decision makers around the world to use best corrosion management practices,”
NACE Past President Elaine Bowman, manager of IMPACT,
presented results from a case study conducted at the company IEnova in Mexico.
The study utilized the 70-question survey used in the global IMPACT Study. The
results were then compared to the rest of the world. Measured across nine
business domains, IEnova revealed strong performance. “IEnova scored higher
across all nine domain areas with a small exception on communication
improvements,” said Bowman. She also commended the company for releasing its
case study results for others to review and learn from.
The well-attended forum included a networking session, with participants sharing professional and cultural perspectives involved with their work in corrosion.