Monday, May 23, 2011

Overloading, corrosion behind faulty bridges in India

Business Line : Industry & Economy / Logistics : ‘Overloading, corrosion behind faulty bridges'

Bangalore, May 22:


Good and bad bridges in Karnataka are in the ratio of 50:50 and most of the RCC bridges constructed now do not last long due to corrosion or overloading, said Dr C. S. Viswanatha, Chairman, Civil-Aid Techno Clinic, Bangalore.



Saturday, May 21, 2011

Do you feel that the Integrity Assurance initiatives taken by the Public Sector Companies in India support using the national resources for corrosion control in India?

Expression of Interest (EOI) - Integrity study of BPCL-KR Cross Country Pipelines floated by Bharat Petroleum Corporation - Kochi Refinery http://www.bharatpetroleum.in/EnergisingBusiness/Tenders.aspx?TenderId=T000003012

Qualification Requirements for DA Engineer in Page 12: He shall be either a Professional Member of the Institute of Corrosion (UK) or a NACE International (USA) Certificated Corrosion specialist.

Do you feel that this kind of prescription will limit the opportunities for participation to certain sections? Is there a good number of certified people available with service companies in India to carry out this job announced by a public sector?

Visit http://bit.ly/jLQxDc to have more information on the EOI.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Collaboration of three nations US-South Korea-Japan for monitoring of Jindo Bridge in South Korea

Keeping Tabs on the Infrastructure, Wirelessly


ENGINEERS routinely inspect bridges and other structures for cracks and corrosion. But because they can’t always be there in person, one highly intelligent bridge knows what to do when trouble arises: send them an e-mail.

The long spans and slender cables of the Jindo Bridge in South Korea are dotted with a small army of electronic sentinels — tiny wireless sensors and microprocessors that monitor the bridge’s structural health. The network constantly analyzes factors like vibration, wind and humidity, and promptly reports anomalies to a computer that then passes along the news. (As of last week, the bridge said it was just fine.)

The Jindo Bridge network has 663 wireless sensors, each providing a channel of information at an installation cost of about $100, far less than the thousands of dollars typically needed to install each wired channel, said Dr. B.F. Spencer Jr., a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Spencer directs the American-based arm of the bridge project, which also includes the University of Tokyo and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Batteries on the bridge network are expected to last about three years before they need replacement.

Article Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/business/13novel.html?_r=1&ref=technology
Publication Date: 13 March 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Regulators' Use of Standards, Report No. 426, March 2010, International Association of Oil and Gas Producers

This report reflects the current situation of selected national regulators’ reference and use of national, regional, international and industry standards in their regulatory documents, with a particular focus on standards for materials, equipment, systems and structures for the offshore petroleum industry. This report attempts to analyze the documents prepared by national and provincial lawmakers and the regulators themselves.

http://www.ogp.org.uk/pubs/426.pdf


9.1 Oil Industry Safety Directorate
Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD) is a technical directorate under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas that formulates and coordinates the implementation of a series of self regulatory measures aimed at enhancing the safety in the oil & gas industry in India.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Expertise from Nuclear Industry for Corrosion Management in India: Present Chairman of CII Corrosion Management Committee

The Hindu : News / National : Chetal takes charge as IGCAR Director

Dr Baldev Raj retired as Director of IGCAR, Kalpakkam, India. He is the Chairman of CII Corrosion Management Committee. It is good to see that CII Corrosion Management Committee is headed by Dr Baldev Raj, a leading expert in the Indian nuclear industry.

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Quote from "India’s Offshore Integrity – Learn and Use Global Offshore Experience" published in Offshore World, 2010: http://corrosionmanagementsurvey.in/our-publications/

Lord Cullen, commissioned by the Department of Energy, UK to investigate the accident of Piper Alpha, recommends that hazards should be assessed from the earliest stages of design in the same way the nuclear industry does. The new safety directorate for offshore installation in the HSE may draw on the expertise of the nuclear industry (Source: The Public Inquiry into the Piper Alpha Disaster, Cullen, The Honourable Lord, HM Stationery Office, 1990).
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S.C. Chetal took over as Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) at Kalpakkam on Saturday. The IGCAR is the architect of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) programme and it has designed and developed the 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) under construction at Kalpakkam.

Our Discussion in OIFC Network: CII asks Government to introduce Corrosion Prevention Act - Contributions from Indian Diaspora

Excerpts from our technical paper on "India’s Offshore Integrity – Learn and Use Global Offshore Experience" published in Offshore World, 2010 http://corrosionmanagementsurvey.in/our-publications/: Lord Cullen, commissioned by the Department of Energy, UK to investigate the accident of Piper Alpha, recommends that hazards should be assessed from the earliest stages of design in the same way the nuclear industry does. The new safety directorate for offshore installation in the HSE may draw on the expertise of the nuclear industry (Source: The Public Inquiry into the Piper Alpha Disaster, Cullen, The Honourable Lord, HM Stationery Office, 1990).
Note on Piper Alpha: It was a North Sea oil production platform. This platform began production in 1976, first as an oil platform and then later converted to gas production. An explosion and resulting fire destroyed it on July 6, 1988, killing 167 men, with only 59 survivors.

Do we have an established asset integrity assurance system to handle the mixed bag of State-owned enterprises and Private Ventures in India? Collaborative Efforts – A Sign of Success for Joint Responsibilities to ensure Integrity of Assets:
It is recognised that there are many ways to organise and operate successful corrosion management systems, each of which is asset specific depending on factors such as Design, Stage in life cycle, Process conditions and Operational history. All the standards and regulations put forward by various agencies across the world are the outcome of joint efforts of Government-Asset Owners-Technology Providers-Safety Agencies-Inspection Authorities-Academia-Research Institutions.

Our country is yet to develop programs like Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) to address the materials and corrosion concerns with specific reference to our Indian operating conditions. Experience gathered from outside sources could be taken as valuable guidelines to enumerate the importance of such studies and initiate JIPs. A school of thought continues to live with our Indian industries that Research community, especially the government owned scientific and industrial research laboratories, do not effectively utilize the research and technical capabilities to deal with the real world conditions.
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It is good to know that CII Corrosion Management Committee is headed by Dr Baldev Raj, a leading expert in the Indian nuclear industry.

There is a greater dependency on a variety of resources. Knowledge Transfer from Indian Diaspora in this domain can help the national efforts in a great way. National agencies/research institutions should keep their policies open for receiving such collaborative efforts and encouraging the Indian Diaspora to show interest in the development of a national policy for Corrosion Management.

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