Corporate Interview 360integrity

Our MD was recently interviewed by a technical reporter from a Corporate In-House Magazine of a Production Facility in UK. It is reproduced here with some edits for brevity and their copyright permission. The 360integrity concepts are well formed and already deployed in a number of locations, however the 360integrity package is not yet launched. We felt our clients and followers would appreciate reading the interview to get a glimpse of what 360integrity is all about.

An Interview with Ian RJ Cordingley – Managing Director of Strategic Corrosion Management (SCM) and developer of 360integrity.

Interviewer: Strategic Corrosion Management appears to be ‘the new kid on the block’ in the UK corrosion world – where did the company spring from?

IRJC: Well, in many respects we could be the best kept secret in the corrosion world (chuckle). In fact, as TCI Services and TCI Worldwide, we have been delivering services to the Energy sectors here in UK and overseas for more than 30 years. We rebranded to SCM last year to make our name more representative of what we do!

We actually first deployed Inspection personnel in 1985, and our first incarnation of the Fabric Management system ‘TCI Project Paint’ on Shell Southern platforms in 1987 – so we have been around a long time.

Interviewer: Why is it you seem to be new to the market then?

IRJC: In addition to rebranding, which in some ways means we need to broadcast our name again, the main reason is that we have been very focused on remaining small and specialist, which in turn meant limiting our business focus to a select number of clients and maximising what we do for them.

Interviewer: What sort of Clients are you currently servicing?

IRJC: Right now we have a major client in the Danish sector for which we deploy the RISCm system on more than 60 offshore assets; similarly we deploy the Fabric Management Systems for Centrica on their Irish Sea platforms and onshore processing facilities at Barrow. Another major deployment is on 18+ offshore assets in the Middle East. Others clients include BP and Maersk.

In short, around 80+ on and offshore assets currently deploy our management systems and more than 300+ are operating using our tools and techniques. Not quite as small an operation as some would expect!

Interviewer: For sure, that’s more than we would have anticipated based on industry knowledge of your company. You mentioned RISCm, what is that exactly and more importantly what is this 360integrity we are hearing more and more about lately?

IRJC: Well, first off 360intergity is a term we have coined to describe the mechanisms that allow us to completely integrate Integrity and Fabric Maintenance Management. To date these two essential aspects of managing energy sector facilities have been disparate and difficult to either reconcile (the data between them) or combine.

The problem has been one of differing data formats, differing aims and objectives of either aspect so tying the two together has been difficult at best or hugely error prone at worst.

Most operators stop trying to combine them after a while and let separate contracting organisations deal with each ‘hoping’ they would integrate; it’s never happened effectively anywhere in the world as far as we know!

RISCm is the flagship tool-set we have developed to make 360integrity possible.

The basis of 360integrity is ‘Information-Integration-Intelligence’, that means through the structure of RISCm all necessary information regarding facility Components, Corrosion and Fabric are logged and maintained in an ‘associated format’. This format allows the complete integration of all aspects of the system, so that, for the first time, a user can search-and-interrogate his entire management system in one place, using the same tools, and develop Planning, Maintenance, Corrosion, Threat and Analysis intelligence directly from his keyboard.

Interviewer: When you say intelligence, that could mean almost anything – what do you mean by that term?

IRJC: The best way to describe that would be through an example scenario. Imagine the head of maintenance for a large company (who have RISCm deployed) has a problem at home and will be out of the office for the next week. You are charged with taking over for the week and he’s left little in the way of handover notes. Where would you start?

With RISCm, you’d immediately go to your ‘dashboards’ and within minutes have a complete picture of all aspects of your plant or facility’s ‘condition and status’ at that point in ‘real time’.

What alarms are firing now, which are due in the next 48 hours, next week etc?

How do the KPI figures stand on ‘Inspection’ and ‘Corrosion Trending’?

Where there are challenges alarming use the drill down facilities to immediately see what the data refers to and what the base situation is on it.

In short, you’d get a complete handle on what the current situation is, where your attention should flow and about what you should be concerned; right now, tomorrow and in the future!

Interviewer: WOW, that sounds very comprehensive, but there must be a lot of data involved in that; how does it all get in there and kept up to date?

IRJC: Lots of data that’s for sure. But RISCm is designed to maintain the traditional roles I mentioned above, of Integrity and Fabric as separate entities. Because of this no-one needs to ‘know it all’, and the Integrity and Inspection personnel can carry on pretty much as before, looking after their own aspects of the facility, and the Fabric personnel can look after theirs. The integration tools in RISCm do all of the linking and presentation, so that from a management standpoint it’s all one useable box of data.

Interviewer: So where does the 360integrity concept come in?

IRJC: Well, RISCm is really a box of tools ordered in a specific way, to manage integrity and fabric maintenance as a base. With 360integrity we can add two huge benefits to the management process:

First; we are able to add many other aspects of plant that might otherwise be considered separate or difficult for maintenance or inspection tasks. For example, Transits & Penetrations, Temporary Repair Solutions, Flanges & Bolting, Valves, Pipe and Spring Hangers, Pipe Saddles etc. are all often either not properly understood in terms of the ‘big-maintenance-picture’, are not even considered or are managed as a ‘tack-on’ to some other activity. In 360integrity these can all part of the entire management programme, handled as an integrated system.

Second; 360integrity allows outside suppliers to operate a specialist area of RISCm as their own in-house tool. This means where they are a supplier and their client is an operator say, and that operator has deployed RISCm as their HUB system, the specialist supplier can ‘plug-in’ directly to the HUB and deliver their service, often in ‘real-time’.

Interviewer: 360integrity and RISCm combined certainly seem like a useable approach to getting better facility corrosion management, but these systems are really expensive to deploy, are they not?

IRJC: They can be, and where the operator is deploying two or more separate systems the costs can be prohibitive; unfortunately some operators are only now coming to that conclusion after 5 or more years working with them.

If 360integrity and RISCm were not financially viable they would have no place in the industry but fortunately the tools are incredibly flexible and start-up costs can be very low indeed.

Some clients have specified a slow build-up, where they continue to deploy their current integrity management systems and allow RISCm to simply share that data through the built in data translation-engines.

That can offer the best of both worlds short term, and allow a test and trial period. Add to that a slow deployment, say over high criticality process first, and a build up to the rest of the plant over years and the deployment costs can be less than those of a basic Inspection regimen.

Interviewer: So clients can crossover from their current systems to RISCm or deploy it as a new system? If so does that mean they can take advantage of the obvious benefits available through 360integrity?

IRJC: Yes, there are multiple levels of deployment of the systems, but whichever the client chooses he will be able to expand at any time to gain all of the benefits of 360integrity.

Interviewer: One last question, I have heard that SCM may be offering RISCm to some clients for free – how can that work?

IRJC: You are right, there are some clients, particularly overseas, who are currently at serious risk from corrosion challenges, and as yet don’t have the necessary technology to manage it effectively – and in some cases even understand it.

We decided to make available a ‘Lite’ version of RISCm to those clients. This will offer them some low level tools to manage criticality, inspection and maintenance projects immediately. It sounds rather altruistic of us, but its only partially so as we anticipate they will be back to us for other services and the full RISCm tool-set as their business and level of sophistication increases!

Interviewer: Thanks for your explanation Ian, I hope the readers take as much from this as I have.

IRJC: You are welcome and I appreciate your interest in SCM.

SCM in the News

Strategic Corrosion Management were highlighted with a front page spread in the NE UK Jourenal business section on Tueday 28th February 2012.

Having moved to new office accommodation SCM were interviewed by the Business Section Editor as a timely piece for his local business page. The copy reads;

Ian Cordingley, Shibir Miah and McCourt Cordingley of SCM

A FIRM which helps companies to protect their plants and offshore facilities from corrosion is hoping for a quick expansion at its new base in Blyth.

Strategic Corrosion Management opened its Northumberland base three months ago to offer support and training to its international customers.

Now it says it is already approaching full capacity on site.

The company – which has been providing software, systems and products to help manage corrosion for over 30 years – has built up a customer base in locations such as the North Sea, Europe, Middle East and the Americas.

It was initially established as the TCI Group back in 1980, and provides services to the oil and gas industry, as well as other manufacturing and process firms.

Its North East-raised founder Ian Cordingley previously set up facilities in East Anglia and Gwent, but has added the Blyth site to provide specialist support for customers. It has also set up a satellite office in Aberdeen.

Cordingley said: “Historically, the North East has been a hub for corrosion prevention, because of all the ship building on the Tyne.

“The way things are going right now for us, the facility we’ve got now is getting a bit small already, so we’ll be looking to expand that in the next few months.

“We’ve got 12 staff in the UK right now, and we’ll be looking to expand so we’ll have 12 permanent staff, including myself, working in the Blyth centre alone in the near future.” SCM management systems are currently deployed on more than 80 facilities, and it has worked with companies including Shell, Centrica, Conoco, BP, Maersk and Total.

Over more than three decades, it has established a worldwide reputation for corrosion management and control systems.

Cordingley said the company usually works in a couple of ways.

Sometimes it gives the client its cloud-based RISCm software package, deploys its staff to the site to help input the relevant readings and measurements, and allows this client to monitor corrosion and integrity from there.

Alternatively, it can also be approached for a larger role, which can involve building a bespoke system and handling the management of that system itself.

He added: “We’ve created a management system for them that’s specifically tied to corrosion.

“We can enable them to plan and budget for how they carry out external corrosion management.”

SCM Achilles Registered

Along with most other professional organisations in the Oil & Gas industry Strategic Corrosion Management recognise the value of Supplier Chain Management tools. It's a great way for our Clients to both cut the costs of supplier management but also a fantastic showcase for organisations like ours to be recognised for the great services we deploy and the Safe and Quality manner in which we deliver them.

We selected Achilles JQS registration as the most appropriate Supplier Chain registration for us since the majority of other registration tools and systems are 'Empowered by Achilles' services.

Our New and Current Clients can now review our services, record and projects using the worlds most recognised supplier Chain management process.

SCM - ISO 9001:2008 Award

After many years deploying Quality Management Systems on behlf of Clients around the world, Strategic Corrosion Management have made the leap and become certificated to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 to demonstrate to current and future customers our dedication and committment to delivery of the highest specification systems and support services.

SCM selected QMS International PLC as the accreddited auditing body to support us in the installation and qualification of our own quality system. Their knowledgeable and dedicated team of experienced auditors worked with us to deploy the system and were instrumental in helping us streamline a number of our business procedures.

Together with our Achilles registration we at SCM are now poised for the New Year with significant projects 'on the stocks'.

TCI are now SCM...

As TCI Services and TCI Worldwide we have enjoyed great support from our Clients and Customers. It recently became very apparent that most people we work with on a dialy baiss did not usnderstand what TCI stoood for or the kinds of products and services we supply into industry. So, we decided we should select a corporate identity that says exactly what we do and begin to use that for the furture development of our business.

TCI is now Strategic Corrosion Management Ltd. or SCM for ease of use. You can find more information about the change over to SCM elsewhere in our documentation but be assured we are still delivering the great services and products we always have, just we are being a bit more upfront about what and how we do it now.

The web site and email addresses will change too, with being the most appropriate address to reach our sites and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a sample email address you can reach us on. For a period of time however we will all still be reachable on the TCI website links and email addresses - you may just find our reply-to's will have been modified when you respond to one of our emails.

TCI Contracts & Agreements: Strategic Corrosion Management is a trading name of TCI Worldwide and is part of the TCI Group, therefore many of our current and future contracts will continue to be with TCI Worldwide - so there is no need to be concerned about documentation or commercial agreements already in place. Everything will work as it did before.