March 28, 2019
By Gretchen Jacobson, MP Managing Editor-in-Chief
Released in 2018 by the NACE International Institute, IMPACT PLUS enables asset owners to validate corrosion control actions by business impact and maintain a successful corrosion management plan. An outcome of the 2016 IMPACT (International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion Technologies) study,IMPACT PLUS does this through a robust suite of technical and business tools housed in a single online portal.
“To put it simply, IMPACT PLUS is a method to measure the good and bad news about your asset management practices,” said NACE Past President and IMPACT PLUS Manager Elaine Bowman during the first of three Wednesday morning sessions.
Bowman then took attendees through the steps and details of the program, explaining that it balances technical and business solutions by using process classification frameworks, maturity models, and benchmarking expertise.
She explained that the online network of tools includes a customized Corrosion Management Maturity Model (CMMM), Corrosion Management Process Classification Framework (CMPCF), and an extensive reference library with more than 2,000 pieces of content. Companies can assess their corrosion control programs and processes and learn how to improve them with the use of these tools.
“The assessment can be done on their own or with the use of a navigator,” Bowman explained. “Navigators help companies build a road map to improve their corrosion management practices.” She noted that IMPACT PLUS navigators receive several days of training and an exam to prepare for assisting companies as they go through the program.
The value proposition of IMPACT PLUS covers multiple areas that ensure not only the use of best corrosion control practices, but incorporate business decisions and processes throughout organizations that result in a higher return on investment.
“IMPACT PLUS is a product suite of tools to enable asset owners to measure and improve their corrosion management practices,” Bowman concluded. “This structured framework enables corrosion professionals to communicate with business managers, decision makers, and policy makers, and justify corrosion control actions by business impact.”
For more information, visit www.nace-impact.org.
Even the foremost corrosion control experts of today had to start somewhere in learning about their chosen field. With that in mind, the NACE Foundation hosted a mini-camp for high school students in the Nashville,Tennessee area to increase their knowledge and awareness of corrosion-based topics.
A special social media demonstration for scientists and researchers will be held today in the Blue Theater (booth 2108). From 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., NACE International’s Social Media Manager, Janna Schulze, will be showing authors how to quickly and effectively promote their work through the use of tools available through CORROSION journal’s partner Kudos.
As NACE International wraps up its 74th annual conference, corrosion professionals from around the world continued the momentum started by the 11 founding members in 1943 when almost 6,000 attendees from nearly 70 countries worldwide came together at the Nashville Music City Center and other area venues for CORROSION 2019.