Lee Wilson is a well known and experienced protective coating inspector, author of the Bestseller The Paint Inspector’s Field Guide. Lee holds a wide range of experience with coating inspection techniques and methods.

He is recognized by his Peers as one of the worlds leading figures within the corrosion control industry today with major industry contribution towards development and improvement of corrosion control via protective coatings. Lee is a highly qualified professional individual with a vast knowledge and a wealth of experience within Corrosion Control & Coating and Painting projects worldwide.

You’re invited to know a little bit more about him

First of all I want to officially welcome to INFOCORROSIÓN and to our Experts Network.

  • Tell us, how did your relationship with Surface Treatment Technology and Corrosion Control begins?

    I would like to also thank you for the invitation to INFOCORROSION and allowing me the opportunity to aid and assist with surface treatment and technology in Latin America.

    My Experience begun within the field of corrosion control as a surface preparator and protective coating applicator prior to entering Supervision, Inspection, Engineering and ultimately Management representing some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies as clients representative on corrosion control and corrosion mitigation projects. Working within the corrosion control industry has provided me vast familiarity with many varied types of Inspection and engineering techniques and asset inspection planning. My past experience has provided me with valuable knowledge enabling me to identify and concentrate on specific areas that may lead to asset failure enabling me to advise on corrective actions. I am also a fully registered chartered engineer and certified NACE senior corrosion technologist which supports my corrosion control and engineering technical abilities.

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  • Please tell us about Corrosion Control Solutions (your company) and your job?

    2Corrosion Control Solutions offers the very best in project management, Inspection and engineering for corrosion protection. We manage projects from FEED to EPC and are world leaders in leading project teams and managing projects from a coating/insulation perspective.

    Our engineers are well qualified and experienced and have exceptional technical qualification and vast experience with dynamic projects and applications particularly with Fabric Maintenance planning and project execution.

     

     

     

  • What do you like the most about the work you do?

    The thing I most enjoy about my job is when you finally complete a project particularly in the oil and gas sector and you know that you have engineered developed, and executed a corrosion control system which will protect the asset from corrosion safe guarding life and asset integrity. The catastrophic effects of corrosion are well known and being in a position to prevent such issue’s provides me with great personnel job satisfaction.

  • What technological advances you think that have been the most beneficial for the Corrosion Control Industry in the last 2 years?

    As always the main technological advances over the last 2 years have almost certainly been in regards to coating material development and advancements. Huge changes have occurred in coating formulation for the heavy-duty market in the past 25 years and there have been major developments with Nano- technology and subsea coatings. As exploration and production of oil moves into deeper more hostile environments coatings are being developed to withstand the impact from a corrosion perspective. There are also huge advancements in self-healing coatings and I believe there will be some more major breakthroughs in the near future.

  • What benefits UK has been achieved with the implementation of the ISO12944 standard for the Qualifications and Certification of coatings?

    The ISO 12944 standard is designed to assist anyone involved in the design and construction of steel structures and can certainly aid with engineering in my opinion it’s a more simplified version of Norsok M501. Its good in regards to the fact that the standard provides corrosivity categories C1 to C5M and also provides a durability time frame Low, Medium and High and provides a suspected length of durability (in years for each). This provides you with an idea until first maintenance. The standard is commonly referred to as the 3 easy step system i.e.

    1. Select the corrosive environment
    2. Determine the desired life span
    3. Select the suitable coating system Like any standard though it is only beneficial if used correctly.

  • Is there a project you are currently working (or are in the planning stage) that is particularly interesting or noteworthy? If so, can you tell us about this?

    We are currently working on fabric maintenance strategy’s for a major oil company’s assets this includes offshore installations and onshore refineries it’s a very challenging project as there are numerous issues in regards to maintenance which includes, CUI, Corrosion Under Insulation to high pressure pipework and vessels. Engineering the maintenance plan is very demanding however our skills and expertise in the maintenance areas are showing through and we are on our way to a successful completion of this project.

  • Can you describe a particular project in which you had to face a challenge of Corrosion Protection? Can you describe us how this situation was handled or the solution is raised?

    I think nearly every project I have faced has been challenging however a recent example was engineering the protective coating system for the Kashagan Development Project in Kazakhstan. Engineering and the selecting the correct systems for this project was extremely complicated due to the environment in which the offshore facility was situated. Temperatures fluctuate from -40°c in the winter to +40°c in the summer this led to a number of issues with coating selection suitability and durability. We had to work closely with coating manufacturers and carry out numerous cycling tests of potential systems before deciding upon the most adequate system for corrosion control within these types of environments. Flexibility due to expansion and contraction of the system was of major concern but with team work and research we again successfully engineered and executed the project.

  • What has been the highlight or proudest moment of your career so far?

    There have been many. I was the youngest ICorr level 3 inspector at the age of 23 and at that time there were only 35 ICorr level 3 Inspectors globally. Achieving NACE 3 and becoming a NACE 3 Instructor where also pivotal points in my career. This was then followed by becoming a NACE senior corrosion technologist and then being recognised as a Chartered Engineer by ICorr the institute of corrosion. These were all highlights however the publication of my Book the “Paint Inspectors Field Guide” and being awarded the Clive hare honors award as one of the world’s top 25 thinkers in regards to corrosion control by SSPC at the age of 33 was probably the biggest highlights to date.

  • What is the level of knowledge and information of the customers in the UK regarding the value of the protective coatings on the useful life of the assets?

    1The level of knowledge in the UK regarding the value of protective coatings ranges some asset holders see that corrosion control and suitable maintenance planning is paramount for asset integrity saves money in the long run and of course saves life’s.

    Other customers are more relaxed in regards to corrosion control via protective coatings and ultimately this costs them dearly in the long term with huge maintenance bills, and plant shutdowns due to corrosion related leaks etc. This in turn results in large scale expensive fabric maintenance campaigns. Getting awareness out to your readers that corrosion control needs to be planned and introduced right through the assets life time is paramount as the money that can be saved if implemented correctly can range into $millions of dollars.

  • Which factors the customers consider when acquiring protective coatings both in new construction projects or Industrial Maintenance? For example, price, quality, service, etc

    That depends upon the project but let’s face facts everyone wants a cost effective system however we also want a cost effective system which is going to last. There is a famous saying you only get what you pay for in life and that’s exactly the same with corrosion control. Having a project management team focused on corrosion mitigation RBI (risk based inspection) plant surveys, breakdown of critical areas and executing fabric maintenance to rectify site corrosion issues is essential and customers are beginning to realise this.

  • Currently in Latin America there is not a full awareness of the Corrosion Protection. What solutions can you give us?

    AWARENESS is Key: Training seminars, Literature on the consequences of a lack of corrosion protection. Presentations of the costs implications of inadequate maintenance or coating failures. The introduction of specialist companies to consult and advise Latin American companies who really want to make a change. Corrosion Control Solutions would be glad to offer these services to any company’s in Latin American reducing maintenance costs and plant shutdowns whilst increasing times between plant maintenance.

  • Can you tell us your experience in associations such as NACE and ICORR?

    I am a professional member of ICorr holding MICorr status I am also an ICorr level 3 Painting Inspector, I hold ICorr level 2 Insulation inspection and recently became a fully chartered engineer through ICorr and SEE. I became a NACE CIP Inspector not long after completing the ICorr certification scheme and because of my high examination pass rates was offred the opertunity to become a NACE CIP Instructor. This followed by a number of lecturers across Europe and resulted in me obtaining a NACE Senior Corrosion Technologist.

  • What are some of the goals or achievements that you still want to achieve in your career and professional life?

    I am currently working with SSPC and will soon have the SSPC PCS (Protective Coating Specialist) certification I am also looking at obtaining the Frosio certification next year. I am currently doing a diploma in corrosion control via protective coatings and I am looking to complete that by next year also.

  • What would you say to the Infrastructure owners about the need of implement a Quality Assurance Plan in corrosion protection projects?

    I believe it’s vital to have a quality assurance plan in regards to corrosion protection projects. The Quality Assurance Plan describes the strategy and methods the project will deploy to ensure two things: That the project is being managed, developed, and deployed in a sound, reasonable way.

    That the project's deliverables are of acceptable quality before they are delivered to the project's clients.

    Why is this important?

    Quality doesn't happen by accident. It must be planned so there is agreement about how quality is measured, when quality checks occur and how corrective actions are determined and implemented. The Quality Assurance Plan is a tool that can help the project deliver the highest possible quality result within committed resources, schedule and budget.

  • What advice would you give to young professionals looking to enter the Corrosion Control Industry nowadays?

    Study, research and get hands on experience. Keep up to date with advancements and developments in technology and research current industry issues and trends. Knowing what problems are gives you a help in finding solutions to solve the problems. Also never be afraid to ask.

  • Please let us know more about your book: The Paint Inspector's Field Guide

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    The book was developed to aid protective coating inspection. Its simply an Inspection aid and guide produced for the inspector, by an inspector. This field guide was developed to offer simplified guidance, experience and assistance to protective coating inspectors, specifiers, owners, and painting contractors. The book is complemented by a wide range of inspection and experience notes, with additional photos of coatings issues.

    The book is a best seller in Europe and has recently been introduced into the USA. Its easy to understand and focus upon common issues which inspectors and engineers face upon a daily basis.

    The book is available from https://www.tqc.eu/en/products/article/the-paint-inspector-s-field-guide or http://www.ktagage.com/the-paint-inspectors-field-guide.html 

  • Have you thought writing another book? which topic will you talk about?

    I am in the process od the Paint Inspectors Field Guide 2 however I am also deeply involved in a new book on fabric maintenance strategy for corrosion control via protective coatings.

  • Your final comments

    It’s good to see that companies within Latin America are now beginning to focus upon corrosion control and maintenance planning and execution. The long term benefits to asset holders are significant as long as the quality and maintenance plans are engineered and executed correctly. Corrosion Control Solutions would be honoured to assist any Latin American company develop there maintenance and quality plans and assist with plant asset integrity upgrades from engineering to completion we offer a unique cost effective service to the industry.

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The ISO 12944 standard is designed to assist anyone involved in the design and construction of steel structures and can certainly aid with engineering in my opinion it’s a more simplified version of Norsok M501. Its good in regards to the fact that the standard provides corrosivity categories C1 to C5M and also provides a durability time frame Low, Medium and High and provides a suspected length of durability (in years for each). This provides you with an idea until first maintenance. The standard is commonly referred to as the 3 easy step system i.e.

1. Select the corrosive environment

2. Determine the desired life span

3. Select the suitable coating system

Like any standard though it is only beneficial if used correctly.

Ultima modificacion el Martes, 15 Diciembre 2015
Nelson De la Cruz G.

Director General de Infocorrosión International Program Specialist Coatings SSPC – C1/C2 Master en Marketing y Especialista en Marketing Estratégico Digital
Correo: info@infocorrosion.com

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