Mike Ames Promoted to Vice President of Chapman Engineering

William M. “Mike” Ames, with more than 40 years in corrosion control engineering, asset integrity management, and AC mitigation projects, has been promoted to Vice President of Technical Operations for Chapman Engineering, Inc., based in Boerne, Texas.  The company provides corrosion control and environmental services with large operation bases in Texas and the American Midwest. 

Eric P. Frechette, P. E. joins Chapman Engineering

Eric F. Chapman Engineering

Eric P. Frechette, P. E. joins Chapman Engineering, as Director of Business Development & Corrosion Control Operations. Eric brings more than 22 years of experience in all phases of corrosion engineering including pre-design, cathodic protection design, field testing, failure analysis, construction inspection services, and construction management. He will continue to perform business development, management of engineering staff, and marketing functions, all of which Eric has successfully performed over the last 15 years.

What Chapman Engineering Does

Chapman Engineering offers several broad categories of services:

• Corrosion Protection including Coatings and Cathodic Protection Systems/ Specifications For Tanks and Pipelines, Oil & Gas Systems, Water and Wastewater Utilities, and Power Generation Infrastructure

• Internal Corrosion Control Consulting, to include review of maintenance and intelligent pigging programs and data sets, planning and review of chemical program operations, goals and performance evaluations

• Corrosion and Coatings Failure Analysis, Coating System Specification and Assessment, Third Party Coating Inspection, “Anomaly Dig” Investigations of External Pipeline Concerns,  and Technical Expertise for legal matters

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29th Annual Corrosion Control Seminar

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Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas will host the 29th Annual Corrosion Control Seminar. Classes entitled Basic Cathodic Protection Rectifier Training and Techniques for Field Applied Pipeline Coatings on April 12.  Two tracks on basic cathodic protection instruction & testing technical sessions will be offered including basic electricity for cathodic protection, fundamentals of CP, line locator theory and principles instruction.

See innovative corrosion monitoring equipment, holiday and short detection using ACVG, corrosion protection for tank bottoms and Atmospheric Inspection of Piping.

Mike Ames, of Chapman Engineering, will speak about A/C Interference Mitigation process on the 13th and 14th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Pipelines - How Deeply Should They be Buried?

One thing we’re doing more of these days is studying older pipelines, and trying to figure out how deeply they are buried.  Some companies have no records of this type of measurement, and need to create good files that tell the story.
 
How deep below the ground surface should a pipeline be buried?
 
The first answer, as in many things with asset integrity management and corrosion control, is often, “It depends.”  But there are some “minimums” that certainly must be met.

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Remote Anode Bed Installs

Remote Anode Bed Installs

We have field crews that install cathodic protection systems on oil and gas pipelines, like the one seen above, as well as other metal structures at risk of corrosion.  Basically our crews install anode beds to minimize corrosion on the pipe.  They customize each job based on soil type and other considerations.  Some of these pipelines are in very remote areas of south Texas and our crews have no access to electricity, which is required for the system to function properly.

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