February 25, 2020
Philip Horsford (Regional Manager, Cortec® Southeast Asia) was honored by the invitation to speak at the November 2019 seminar on Galvanic Corrosion and Cathodic Protection. The event was organized by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), an organization formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is now the premier engineering institution in Singapore and is often called upon by the government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters. The seminar was an excellent opportunity for engineers to earn CPD credits while learning about a variety of corrosion related topics such as CP (cathodic protection), VCI (vapor corrosion inhibitors), and inspection methods.
Philip’s talk focused on the interaction of CP and VCI for mitigating soil-side corrosion on aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). Drawing on more than a decade of firsthand knowledge from working with or alongside CP, Philip was able to offer unique insight as he explored the synergy between the two technologies during the presentation.
“The audience was impressed to learn how VCIs can complement active CP systems or substitute deficient ones whilst ensuring structures and assets maintain operation and do not suffer significant corrosion issues during their installed service life,” noted Philip. “In the region it was discussed how VCIs are often more cost effective than proposed retrofit CP systems, whilst also mitigating deficiencies observed on occasion with CP.”
Philip was similarly impressed by the level of engagement and knowledgeability among the broad range of engineers and attendees from both the government and private sector, as evidenced by the high technical level of questions and discussions during the breakout sessions.
An exciting development from the seminar was the invitation by the National Agency for Science, Technology and Research for Cortec® to explore ways it may be able to support industries in Singapore who are facing corrosion challenges.
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