Experts Share Research in Latin America Forum

The forum, “Battle Against Corrosion in Latin America,” was held on Thursday, April 29, highlighting the influence of research institutes and universities on corrosion control activities in Latin America and throughout the world. Sponsored by Tinoco Anticorrosao, moderated by Romer Gil, senior manager, Global Operations at AMPP, and introduced by Leonardo Uller, Latin America Area director, the forum featured several presentations.

First, Marianella Ojeda of Promigas, Colombia, discussed corrosion of pipelines, including incidents compromising safety and the environment. She described a project between Promigas and the Universidad del Norte on repair method development for natural gas pipelines. Through this six-phase project, the team identified improvement opportunities and developed a reinforcing sleeve prototype designed to improve pipeline safety while being economically competitive.

Gustavo Romero Urdaneta of PENPEN Mexico then gave a presentation on the evolution of pipeline integrity management in Latin America. He described more than 20 years of regulatory history in the Americas and the importance of creating a culture of integrity assurance with a committed leadership. He also covered certification programs in the area of corrosion management and stressed the need for increased digital training to reach more professionals internationally.

Oladis Troconis de Rincon of the Centro de Estudios de Corrosion (CEC), Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, concluded the forum with a presentation on the synergy between universities, research institutions, and industry in the fight against corrosion. She described the organizational structure of the CEC, its programs and research areas, international projects, and publications, including books, journal articles, proceedings, technical reports, and theses.  

This virtual forum will be available on demand through October 31, 2021.

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