The Australian Electrolysis Committee and Victorian Branch of the ACA are pleased to host a joint meeting all about Cathodic Protection – The May Corrosion Spectacular! This webinar, which took the place of the annual electrolysis committee meeting and include the AGM, featured a diverse range of presentations covering CP rectifiers, data monitoring and much more.

Opening session
Bruce Ackland ACA Cathodic Protection Technical Group Chair

“Stray Traction Current, Sydney versus Wellington – A Remote Monitoring Perspective”
Alan O’Connor, NZ Manager, CCE
Alan is CCE’s New Zealand Manager and Senior Corrosion Engineer based in New Plymouth. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University College, Dublin and has 14 years’ experience in Cathodic Protection. Alan started his corrosion career in 2006 when he joined CCE’s Sydney office as a Graduate Engineer. In 2013 he joined APA Group as their New South Wales Corrosion Engineer looking after CP on 4,000 kilometres of pipelines, including the 1,300 kilometre Moomba to Sydney Pipeline. It was with APA that Alan installed the first fully remotely surveyed pipeline cathodic protection system in Australia. Alan re-joined CCE in 2018 to take up the role of New Zealand Manager. Alan has been involved in all aspects of cathodic protection including design, installation, commissioning, troubleshooting, routine maintenance and integration with asset management.

“Permanent Reference Electrodes: Are they reliable?”
Ramon Salazar, SA Water

Ramon Salazar is a Senior Materials Engineer at South Australian Water Corporation. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the corrosion control field, focusing on cathodic protection, concrete degradation and non-metallic materials.  He is currently the chairman of the South Australian Electrolysis Committee. He has an Engineering degree from Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela and is a chartered professional member of Engineers Australia. He is also NACE CP4 Cathodic Protection Specialist.

“NSWEC Update”
Jim Hickey, Ausgrid

Jim Hickey is the Electrolysis Engineering Officer at Ausgrid. Jim has over 36 years’ experience with Energy Authorities covering electrical testing, earthing design and assessment and electrolysis corrosion fields. Jim is also the Chairperson for the NSW Electrolysis Committee and is an active member of the Australian Electrolysis Committee and the Australasian Corrosion Association NSW and Newcastle Branches. As Ausgrid’s ACA accredited Corrosion Technologist, Jim is responsible for managing the electrolysis corrosion aspects of Ausgrid’s electrical network.

12:00 pm General discussion and AGM for AEC

CP VIC branch talk – “Large Cathodic Protection System with Data Capabilities”
Richard Brodribb

Richard Brodribb is Managing Director of M. Brodribb Pty Ltd.  He is an electrical engineer with over 30 years specialist experience in the design and manufacture of impressed current rectifier systems.   He’s been responsible for providing cathodic protection systems for the Oil and Gas, Water and Infrastructure sectors around Australia and overseas, including recent projects in PNG, Sri Lanka, Russia and Malaysia and Indonesia. He’s presently Treasurer of the Victorian Branch of the ACA, a member of the Australian  Electrolysis Committee,  a Life Member of the IEEE and a 20 year + member of NACE

“Advances in Remote Monitoring for Remote Pipeline CP Systems”
Wayne Burns

Wayne Burns is Managing Director of Anode Engineering Pty Ltd. He is a metallurgist with 50 years of experience in the CP and related industries. His experience is across Pipelines, Petrochemical Plants, Above & Below-Ground Storage Tanks, Wharves & Jetties as well as all forms of ships, boats & marine structures. His is a life member of ACA, as well as an active member of NACE, APGA, Marine Surveyors Association and the World Corrosion Organization. He is an ACA & NACE accredited CP Lecturer, a member of the ACA Foundation Board. The Anode team identified the spiraling costs of conducting CP surveys in remote locations and have developed a GreenAmp Daisy Chain Data (DCD) monitoring system that also interfaces with their GreenAmp remote monitoring and control of remote CP Systems – where conventional mobile data does not reach and Satellite communications are expensive.


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