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Field Guide to Internal Corrosion Mitigation and Monitoring for Pipelines released

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World Pipelines,

Rick Eckert’s career in corrosion engineering has presented him with a wide array of experiences, from analysing metals in a laboratory to crawling on the inside of a pipe on the North Slope of Alaska to search for corrosion. He is also an instructor for NACE International, and has been involved with certification development for the NACE International Institute.

Eckert draws on these experiences in his newest book, Field Guide to Internal Corrosion Mitigation and Monitoring for Pipelines. This book is intended to help oil and gas pipeline operators, corrosion professionals, integrity experts and risk management practitioners assess, control, and manage the effects of internal corrosion on pipeline systems, thus improving the safety, reliability and integrity of their operations. While the focus of this book is on pipelines, the content is broadly applicable to upstream equipment, processing facilities, mid-stream pipelines, liquid and gas storage assets, and delivery/distribution assets.

Eckert designed the book to not only provide technical information about internal corrosion control, but also to provide suggestions and potential strategies for applying this information. The fundamental process of managing internal corrosion consists of threat assessment, mitigation selection and implementation, and monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation. This book is divided into these three main sections to help emphasize the point that corrosion management is a process, not a one-time event.

Regardless of one’s background in corrosion or level of knowledge or experience, this organized approach will help the reader visualize where all of the pieces of the corrosion management puzzle fit together.

“There are always new things to learn in a corrosion engineering career, and that is what makes it to interesting,” says Eckert. The 368-page book is available as a downloadable e-book and in print at NACE International’s online bookstore for $110 (NACE members receive a 25% discount):

Read an exclusive excerpt from Field Guide to Internal Corrosion Mitigation and Monitoring for Pipelines:

In my career as a corrosion and materials engineer in the oil and gas industry, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside and learning from many industry experts. In my first real job fresh out of college, I was thrust into a totally unfamiliar role as an inspector of various pipeline commodities, such as large ball valves, pressure vessels, gas processing equipment, etc. While there was much to learn about the fabrication, engineering and quality control of these commodities, my mentor explained the essence of the job as having four main roles. He said, “To be an inspector, you need to be a politician, a detective, a good-will ambassador and a (expletive omitted= not a nice guy).” The point was that sometimes an inspector needs to be the bearer of bad news or make decisions that were not viewed warmly by vendors. In assuming the various roles of an inspector as described by my mentor, I essentially became the “owner” of whatever valve or vessel I was inspecting. It was my equipment, and I needed to do whatever was needed to ensure it was built properly to all codes and design specifications, and tested to ensure it was safe and functional. My experience has been that successful corrosion engineers take on a similar role; they take ownership of managing corrosion in the pipelines or assets to which they have been entrusted. As “owners” they seek to understand how those assets were designed, how they function, the potential internal corrosion threats, and how to manage those threats. Thus, in this book, I invite the reader to assume the highly respected, yet seldom appreciated, role of corrosion engineer.

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