Unlike industries such as Oil and Gas or Chemical Processing, which face severe corrosion issues and have therefore developed comprehensive approaches to address it, the civil construction sector has something of a blind spot when it comes to corrosion. Even though it is a real and present issue, the codes and standards intended to address corrosion take only a minimalist approach and are viewed as inadequate. Given that effective corrosion management cannot only reduce the severity of the problem and cut costs, but importantly also improve the sustainability of construction projects, this state of affairs represents an opportunity lost.
What then is the most effective approach to corrosion management? What processes and methods should be undertaken to minimise the threat of corrosion at the design stage? And what can be done to alleviate the problem when it occurs?
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Key Learning Outcomes
At the end of this presentation you should be able to -
- Explain the prevalence of corrosion in the built environment and identify its impacts in terms of cost and sustainability.
- Identify the legislative framework surrounding corrosion and assess its effectiveness.
- Outline the common characteristics of comprehensive, effective corrosion management strategies.
- Identify the potential benefits (financial and environmental) of adopting best practice in this area.
- Having considered all relevant factors (including location and building materials), use your professional judgement to implement an effective corrosion minimisation strategy.
AACA Competency Standards
Design: Project Briefing 1.4
Design: Pre Design 2.1
Design: Conceptual Design 3.3, 3.4, 3.7
Design: Schematic Design 4.4, 4.6
Documentation: Detailed Design 5.3, 5.5
Documentation: Documentation 6.2
Justin Rigby. Managing Director, Remedy Asset Production
Remedy Asset Protection is a NATA accredited consultancy for Clients that require specialists in protection or refurbishment of concrete and steel assets to provide expert assistance within their own team structures, including; condition assessment, project advisory and independent auditing including corrosion survey and coating inspection services.
Justin has extensive experience in the Protective Coatings industry developed over 25 years and is a NACE CIP lecturer, Icorr Level 3 inspector, Level 2 Bridge Inspector and serves as Chairperson of two of the Australasian Corrosion Association’s Technical Groups.
Justin has authored a number of papers for publication in prestigious journals and has presented at international conferences and in Australia with regard to concrete protection and coatings technologies.
John Barker. Senior Account Manager, HBT Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd
John Barker has over 35 years of insurance broking and financial services experience. He has also worked with international and national brokers as well as owned his own broking business for many years giving him a keen insight into the needs of businesses and their myriad requirements. Tailoring programs to each client. He and his business is dedicated to clients—helping to clarify needs as well as negotiating the best outcomes in both terms of insurance programs and claims settlement across many different class of insurance. John has a Diploma in Financial Services – Insurance Broking and a BA Llb from Monash University.
Troy Walters. Registered Building Surveyor, TWC Group Pty Ltd
As the founding Director of TWC, Troy has over 22 years’ professional experience in building certification, technical due diligence and property development across a large range of commercial, industrial, residential and public developments. Recently he has been instrumental in founding the BSIG Building Surveyors Industry group in Victoria and as Vice President.is dedicated to educating the Building Surveying and Inspection profession within Victoria.
His experience in alternative, performance-based design solutions as well as his qualifications to review and certify alternative solutions has decreased certification time frames, reduced construction costs and increased the financial viability of countless projects.
Troy has built a comprehensive background in building certification and property development working on some of Melbourne’s tallest, most expensive and oldest buildings, capitalising on his qualifications and experience in performance-based building approvals. He also consults to multiple local government agencies and is has also appeared as an expert witness VCAT cases.