Respected Aberdeen Based Consultant Joins Strategic Corrosion Management

We are incredibly pleased to announce that Donald Smith has recently joined us as a Senior Specialist Consultant. Many of you will already know Don, having been a principal in the development of NECE (North East Corrosion Engineers) up until 2005, and he has been responsible for the professional development and mentoring of more than 100 of the Corrosion Engineers operating in our industry today.

This is a very exciting appointment, Don has joined us to support the implementation of the SCM 360integrity framework and to work with Clients deploying the RISCm technologies.

Based in Turriff just north of Aberdeen Don supports our business developments primarily in North East Scotland but he has already been instrumental in our appointment as the ‘Corrosion System Developers’ for a major gas processing plant in Northern Africa.

Bringing huge management skills as well as his ‘Senior Corrosion Engineer’ status Don is the perfect fit to demonstrate to Clients how the SCM technologies can benefit them, from Integrity and Fabric Maintenance Management through to our unique Effectiveness Audits, our skill sets are completely complimentary.

Don’s contact details are on our About, Contact Us page on the SCM website.

Press Release:

Strategic Corrosion Management (SCM) has enhanced its presence in the North East Scotland energy sector with the support of respected industry specialist Donald Smith.

As an independent ‘Specialist Technical Consultant’, Donald will represent SCM, primarily in the Aberdeen market and will be based at the Darra Centre in Turrriff.

Donald will support the integration of the company’s technologies and its 360integrity framework into clients’ risk management and plant maintenance systems. Donald will also undertake a number of specialist Corrosion and Integrity Consultancy roles for SCM Clients around the world.

Having been a principal of NE Group (North East Corrosion Engineers) through to 2005, and a primary mover in the early development of Risk Based Inspection (RBI) and Risk Based Fabric Maintenance (RBFM) technologies, Donald has mentored more than 100 of the Corrosion and Integrity Management Engineers currently operating in industry.

Donald has more than 30 years academic and practical experience in UK and international energy-related businesses with expertise in leadership & management, technical consultancy in corrosion, inspection and integrity engineering for oil & gas production, refining and petrochemical process.

He has also published a number of technical and management papers covering the issues of pipeline corrosion risk assessment.

Donald joins SCM shortly after the company established a satellite office in the region to service clients in North East Scotland. The company, which has operations in East Anglia, Gwent and in North East England, delivers a suite of specialist corrosion mitigation and control services.

Through the SCM flagship specialist toolset ‘RISCm’ (Risk, Integrity & Strategic Corrosion Management), underpinned by extensive knowledge of material corrosion and degradation in harsh industrial environments, SCM supports clients’ asset management programmes and safety protocols around the world.

Teams of SCM surveyors provide detailed analysis across a plant or offshore installation, which generates an on-going corrosion management and maintenance programme monitored and managed through the cloud-based RISCm software package.

RISCm enables the delivery of SCM’s 360integrity framework, which encourages organisations to take a more holistic approach to integrated plant operations and infrastructure to deliver a more comprehensive approach to integrity management, maintenance and monitoring.

Donald will supply technical support in ensuring the full compliance of SCM’s technologies with the upcoming ISO 55000 standard and the Health and Safety Executive’s KP4 strategies. His target of the dissemination of the 360integrity approach is crucial to SCM ongoing developments.

Ian Cordingley, Managing Director of SCM, said: “Don’s expertise will be invaluable in helping operators and corporate clients understand how compliance with existing and new standards in a simple and cost-effective manner can be hugely beneficial to every aspect of their business, from production and marketing to safety and stakeholder KPI performance.

“I am delighted to welcome Donald to our team as there are few people with the depth and breadth of skill, knowledge and expertise that he has developed over many years and it bodes well for the future take up of our technologies that we have such a respected advocate as Donald supporting us.”

Donald Smith said: “SCM is bringing a fresh approach to corrosion management and I am keen to be part of their future plans. It’s an innovative organisation in that all of its systems and technologies are designed to progress the concepts of fully integrated management systems and I am looking forward to helping clients in North East Scotland and beyond adopt the concept.”

SCM Invest in Future Skills

Strategic Corrosion Management, the international corrosion management specialist, has continued its plans to develop a skilled North East-based workforce by recruiting its first apprentice since opening an operation in the region earlier this year.

The Cramlington-based company, which has already experienced strong growth and had to move into larger premises since it arrived in the region at the start of 2012, has started to meet its commitment to increase personnel with three new appointments in the last 12 months, supporting the delivery of its specialist corrosion management services, software and systems to industry.

The latest recruit is 22-year-old Michael Stokoe from Cramlington who has joined as an IT Support Technician. Alongside his work in the business supporting in-house software developments and assisting SCM’s offshore teams with technical issues, Michael will work towards a Level Three apprenticeship Diploma in Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals.

Michael, who attended Newcastle College, was recruited ahead of more than 20 other applicants and will be supported through his training by the Northumberland College.

SCM employs a team of 15 staff alongside a consultancy support network of 12 diverse Corrosion Specialists and an Engineer pool of more than 60. SCM supports the long-term integrity of off and onshore oil and gas installations, chemical process plants and manufacturing facilities.

Michael said: “There are a lot of opportunities in industry for IT professionals, particularly the energy sector, as technology and software systems become ever more integral to the operations of on and offshore facilities. SCM have given me a really good opportunity to develop my skills in this field and I am looking forward working with the team.”

Ian Cordingley, Managing Director of SCM, said: “We were always keen to utilise a local workforce when we established ourselves in the North East. The region has a strong mix of skilled personnel with industrial experience together with enthusiastic and motivated young people keen to build new careers.

“Michael is very talented and already has considerable IT and web development experience. He will be an asset to our business and we can play an important part in developing his future career prospects.”

SCM in the Energy Institute - Petroleum Review

Corrosion management in long-term focus

Strategic Corrosion Management featured in the Energy Institute

Petroleum Review

Brian Davis published an article in the Petroleum Review in August 2012, considering the focus and state of corrosion and integrity management on offshore structures and process plant.

"Faced with ageing infrastructure offshore and extended lifecycles, the oil and gas industry has seen stringent demands for improved planning, monitoring, inspection, maintenance, test and corrosion/erosion management".

Main contributors to the artcle were:

Dr Jonathan Marsh, Corrosion and Materials Technical Authority for Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Wood Group Integrity Management, and

Ian RJ Cordingley, Managing Director of Strategic Corrosion Management.

You can download the PDF of the article > here < or read it in the Petroleum Review if you are an Energy Institute Member.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Energy Institute.

New Head Office for SCM.

SCM have a new home

in Enterprise Court, Northumberland.

After a short spell in our Blyth office and training facility we have now completed the move to a new business centre at Enterprise Court in Cramlington, Northumberland.

The Blyth facility was created simply to cater for a short term Client demand for more specifically trained personnel, however over just 6 months business trebbled to the point where significant new space was required for both project personnel and training. Hence the move to Enterprise Court.

Ian Cordingley MD, said " We were reluctant to move again so quickly but we are always Client led, and this new complex will stand us well for the next 3 years at least, and where necessary we have the option of expansion here".

In addition to the new facility SCM have re-structured the business operation and the Enterprise location will now become the corporate head-office for SCM and the TCI Group. This allows us the opportunity to build more firm relationships with our suppliers in the North East as well as in Aberdeen.The branch offices in Lowestoft and Gwent will operate as usual with the significant portion of product design, development and manufacture continuing to be located in Lowestoft.

The Enterprise office is very well specified for our purposes with significant space for all of our daya to day operations and room for our project perssonnel - in fact we could probably grow 200% and still be comfortable here.

The trainings space is well appointed and allows us to be flexible in the trainings we can offer now - in addition to our own in-house training and skills development.

Our membership of several offhore and energy focused business development groups has also created quite a loud buzz around what we do, with the NOF Energy group being one of the biggest supporters of our expertise in the Oil & Gas Sector.