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MAR 2018

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COATINGSPRO MARCH 2018 15 T he NACE International Institute (NII) announced the release of its IMPACT PLUS corrosion manage- ment product, which it says is the world 's first platform designed to benchmark practices and improve corrosion management. is unique platform is designed to advance corrosion management perfor- mance across all industry sectors, from pipelines and bridges to maritime and defense systems, and more. Built as a tool for management professionals, the program balances technical and business solutions by utilizing process classification frameworks, maturity models, and benchmarking expertise. According to the group, IMPACT PLUS is the next step in improving safety and reducing the exorbitant cost of corrosion, which was outlined in the 2016 IMPACT study. e IMPACT study illuminated the necessity of maintain- ing a corrosion management plan and received broad support worldwide. "Soon after we released the IMPACT study, we began to hear from respondents and focus group partic- ipants that they needed tools to put the report's findings into practice," said Elaine Bowman, a former NACE president and IMPACT PLUS project manager. "ey couldn't find any products to facilitate improved practices and asked us to develop a process that would help their compa- nies manage, monitor, and improve their corrosion management activities." Working with the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) — the world 's foremost authority in benchmarking, best practices, process and performance improvement, and knowledge management — NACE developed IMPACT PLUS as an online network of tools. ese tools include a customized corrosion management process classification framework, corro- sion management maturity model, and an extensive reference library. "We built a team of proven indus- try experts to design the IMPACT PLUS portal and its associated product suite," said Chris M. Fowler, NII president. "From the start, we knew we were pioneering something that will have lasting effects on corrosion management worldwide, so we created a program that is capable of continuous advancement and customization." IMPACT PLUS users have the option to manage their own use of the product or use a trained navigator with corrosion management and consulting expertise. Navigators will help custom- ers evaluate and compare their current asset management strategies and advise them on future asset protection and corrosion management strategies. Features of the IMPACT PLUS portal include: An integrated platform for corro- sion management professionals seeking to move their company to higher levels of performance; A common language and structure needed to ensure commu- nication throughout all levels of an organization; A straightforward way for compa- nies to identify gaps in processes that could lead to the reduced lifecycle of assets due to mechanical, integrity, or human error; A Corrosion Management Maturity Model, which creates a roadmap of activities, investments, and best practices that lead to higher perfor- mance; and A reference library to manage knowledge and information collected through all components of the portal. e NII was formed in 2012 to focus on certification and activities to advance the corrosion profession. e NII supports the growth and quality of certification for the corrosion control field, improves the business conditions of the industry, and advances knowl- edge through certification programs that promote public safety, protect the environment, and reduce the economic impact of corrosion. To learn more about the institute, visit For more information on IMPACT PLUS, visit CP Did You Know? The earliest educational effort by NACE International was a short course conducted in September 1949 at the University of Texas at Austin. The course was designed for people who dealt with corrosion problems in the industry but did not have the background or experience to do so efficiently. The course was held in a time before the widespread use of air condi- tioning. According to an article in CORROSION, "The program was designed without lecture periods during the afternoon because of climatic conditions in Austin, which in the summer prevent close and effective attention by students." NACE INTERNATIONAL 75 NACE News NACE Institute Releases New Corrosion Management Platform

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