Corrosion and Protective Coatings for Water Resource Structures
International Hands-on Training
Denver, Colorado, USA
Introduction/Training Objectives -- The effects of corrosion upon an infrastructure can result in costly maintenance and repairs, extensive downtime of a structure, and hazardous conditions. The evaluation and research of protective coatings is vital in finding solutions to difficult corrosion and coating problems. It is important to use applications that will obtain the longest service life to reduce the cost of maintenance, while meeting all volatile organic compound/chemical limits and health and safety issues.
This 4-day course will familiarize participants with the issues relating to corrosion of metal and corrosion protection. Discussions and case histories will include: how corrosion occurs and methods to minimize and prevent corrosion to infrastructure; protective coatings; cathodic protection; new technologies; inspection and repair techniques relating to maintenance of infrastructure. The course will also include methods to control zebra and quagga mussels, with emphasis on the antifouling coatings control method.
The course will provide hands-on experience to participants who will prepare steel panels, apply coatings, perform both destructive and non-destructive testing, inspect coatings and corrosion, and test cathodic protection systems. A one-day site visit will be included.
Training is conducted by Reclamation’s Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory (MERL) technical specialists. Staff are experts in the various materials Reclamation uses to build and maintain its structures. Reclamation is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and structural safety of more than 400 dams and distribution systems throughout the American west. Reclamation has conducted similar training for its own staff, as well as for more than 5,000 technical and administrative officials from other domestic and international agencies.
Who Should Attend -- This training is designed for engineers, technicians, specification writers, technical project managers, and other staff associated with construction and repair of water resources structures. All presentations, discussions, and printed materials will be in the English language. Participants should have a good command of general and technical English usage.
Costs and Registration -- The registration fee is U.S. $2900 per person. Fee includes various printed and electronic materials, lodging for five nights (March 5 through 9), and transportation during the training. If applicable, it is recommended that individuals apply for visas and seek sponsorship as soon as possible. Funding is not available from the training organizers.
Payment -- Checks should be in U.S. dollars and made payable to the Bureau of Reclamation. Credit card payment, which is the preferred method of payment, and wire transfers/SWIFT are acceptable (see registration form). Registration forms must be received by February 21, 2012. Registration forms received after February 21, 2012, the cost increases to $3100.
Lodging and Transportation -- Hotel accommodations will be arranged by Reclamation for five nights from March 5 - 9, 2012. The lodging cost is included in the registration fee and participants are expected to stay in the selected hotels. Miscellaneous costs such as laundry, telephone and internet usage, etc. will be at the participant’s own expense. International travel should be arranged into Denver, Colorado, no later than March 5 and out of Denver, Colorado, no sooner than March 10. The training will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on March 9.
Climate/Clothing Suggestions -- Participants should expect cool weather. A coat/jacket will be necessary. Casual clothing and work boots/sturdy closed-toed shoes are required. Accidental injury/medical emergency insurance is strongly recommended and should be purchased prior to arrival in the United States. Reclamation is not financially responsible for any illnesses or injuries that may be incurred by participants. Please refer to the following website for reference. http://www.medexassist.com/Individuals/Products/travmedchoice.aspx
Further Information -- A confirmation letter will be sent by e-mail upon receipt of the registration form and payment.
For additional information, contact International Affairs - Denver, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 25007, Denver, Colorado 80225, telephone 1-303-445-2127, fax 1-303-445-6322, e-mail inquiries to Lprincipe@usbr.gov (Leanna Principe) or Amedina@usbr.gov (Angela Medina) or visit our website at www.usbr.gov/international.
NOTE: If you are attending “Concrete and Concrete Repair Training” from March 12-15, the lodging cost of $300 for the nights of March 10 and 11 will be added to your registration fee. Total registration fee for both courses, including weekend lodging, is $6100.
Last updated: 4/25/12