How ACA con­trib­utes to re­silient in­fra­struc­ture

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

There is an in­creas­ing need for de­sign, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance com­pa­nies in New Zealand to have ca­pa­ble per­son­nel with the cor­rect skills backed by recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

This is es­pe­cially rel­e­vant with ma­jor con­struc­tion projects un­der­way in the coun­try, not least in Christchurch.

The phi­los­o­phy of build­ing and main­tain­ing in­fra­struc­ture in New Zealand is best summed up by Stronger Christchuch In­fra­struc­ture Re­build Plan’s (SCIRT) vi­sion “Cre­at­ing re­silient in­fra­struc­ture that gives peo­ple se­cu­rity and con­fi­dence in the fu­ture of Christchurch”.

The Aus­tralasian Cor­ro­sion As­so­ci­a­tion has its part to play in de­liv­er­ing re­silient in­fra­struc­ture that peo­ple have con­fi­dence in. At worst, poor de­sign, poor train­ing and in­ad­e­quate mon­i­tor­ing are be­ing found to have cost lives and liveli­hoods.

The ACA is an in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tion with around 2,700 mem­bers across Aus­tralia, New Zealand and beyond. Its vi­sion state­ment is to be “lead­ers in Aus­trala­sia in dis­sem­i­nat­ing knowl­edge to en­able best prac­tice in cor­ro­sion man­age­ment en­sur­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is pro­tected, pub­lic safety en­hanced and economies are im­proved”.

Mem­bers range from in­di­vid­u­als to multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions. The New Zealand branch con­sists of three di­vi­sions based in Auck­land, Wellington and New Ply­mouth. A di­vi­sion is also be­ing formed in Christchurch. The di­vi­sions hold reg­u­lar tech­ni­cal meet­ings and fel­low­ship events. It is an ideal op­por­tu­nity to net­work, learn and es­tab­lish a mar­ket pres­ence.

The ACA also holds reg­u­lar train­ing events, re­lat­ing to spe­cial­ist sub­jects such as cor­ro­sion man­age­ment in marine en­vi­ron­ments, con­crete cor­ro­sion man­age­ment and ma­te­rial selections to name a few.

The ACA works with sim­i­lar minded or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Gal­vanis­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and Sur­face Coat­ings As­so­ci­a­tions to en­hance New Zealand’s un­der­stand­ing of as­set in­tegrity man­age­ment.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides the tools to train and cer­tify peo­ple in the ma­jor as­set de­sign and man­age­ment dis­ci­pline - cor­ro­sion preven­tion. The ACA’s use of cer­ti­fied train­ing staff en­gen­ders the con­fi­dence that key per­son­nel have the knowl­edge re­quired to ex­tend the op­er­at­ing life of your as­sets and a qual­i­fi­ca­tion that is prac­ti­cal and is recog­nised through­out New Zealand and Aus­tralia, and fur­ther afield.

In­creas­ingly reg­u­la­tions are be­ing pub­lished re­quir­ing cer­ti­fied cor­ro­sion mon­i­tors and in­spec­tors for ma­jor as­sets. For ex­am­ple the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity re­quire bridge as­ses­sors to be cer­ti­fied by the ACA.

As­sets can be as var­ied as buried gas pipes, where acute cor­ro­sion re­sults in a gas leak, to re­in­forc­ing rods cor­rod­ing in a high rise build­ing, weak­en­ing the struc­ture of the build­ing, or just a rusted U bolt fail­ing and drop­ping an earth cable onto a power line (which hap­pened in Auck­land in 2006 caus­ing a black­out).

The ACA of­fers train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in: cor­ro­sion tech­nol­ogy, cor­ro­sion and pro­tec­tion of re­in­forced con­crete, pro­tec­tive coat­ings, ca­thodic pro­tec­tion and pro­fes­sional ac­cred­i­ta­tion. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the ACA or train­ing de­tails please visit the ACA web site www. cor­ro­ or con­tact Wayne Thom­son 021-2803551

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