PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free Transmission Pipeline Coating Systems eResource Book

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


DOD Targets ‘Culture’ of Corrosion

Thursday, February 13, 2014

More items for Program/Project Management

Comment | More

ORLANDO—It will take more than protective coatings to make a dent in the U.S. military's $23 billion-a-year campaign against corrosion.

It will take an entirely new national attitude—one trained to "prevent, treat and control" corrosion rather than "wait, find and fix" it.

So says the Defense Department's Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight, which contends that the real cause of corrosion is not oxidation—but indifference and lack of awareness.

DOD's Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight showed this trailer of the upcoming sixth installment in its professionally produced video series, starring actor LeVar Burton. Each video cost about $100,000.

That was the premise of "Changing the Corrosion Culture through Education and Training," a presentation Tuesday (Feb. 11) at SSPC 2014 by Daniel J. Dunmire, Director of Corrosion Policy and Oversight.

Who needs culture change, according to Dunmire? Just about everybody:  designers and engineers, policy makers and the public, trainers and standards writers, suppliers and academia, procurers and project managers.

What's at Stake

Each of those parties is a piece of the overall corrosion puzzle. And Dunmire says his office is working on many fronts to show each party what his/her role is—and what's at stake when corrosion spreads and materials degrade.

The toll is not just economic, although corrosion does consume a full 25 percent of DOD's annual maintenance budget. The greater toll, says Dunmire, is corrosion's impact on military readiness.

SSPC2014-CorrosionCulture UAkron Students
Technology Publishing Co. / Mary E. Chollet

"We want to develop a constituency that leverages positive change," DOD's Dan Dunmire told attendees (left) at SSPC 2014. Afterward, he met with students from the University of Akron, whose corrosion engineering program he hailed as a "crowning achievement" in DOD's corrosion efforts.

"We have a sacred focus," he told the session. "We’re there for one reason and one reason only: to support the warrior in our area of responsibility."

Culture of Assumptions

What entrenched faulty assumptions and perceptions underlie the current corrosion culture? Dunmire sees three:

  • Corrosion is inevitable and can’t be prevented;
  • Corrosion control means “wait, find and fix”; and
  • Up-front attempts to stop corrosion are too costly.

Correcting these mistaken beliefs is now the job of seven working integrated product teams (WIPTs), staffed by volunteers from every service branch. Those WIPTs ("whippets") are engaged in:

  • Outreach and Communications;
  • Training and Certification;
  • Science and Technology; and
  • Specifications,  Standards  and  Qualification  Process.
Science Exhibit
DOD CPO

A corrosion exhibit at the Orlando Science Center is part of DOD's public outreach effort.

Other teams in the effort include the University of Akron, the first university in the western hemisphere to offer a bachelor's degree in corrosion engineering. That curriculum is a Corrosion Office-supported initiative that Dunmire called "perhaps the crowning achievement to date in changing the corrosion culture."

Sims and Schools

Communications involves reaching and educating as many corrosion stakeholders in as many ways as possible, Dunmire said, including:

  • Science exhibits aimed at middle schoolers;
  • Handbooks, guidebooks and web tools on the Corrosion Office's www.corrdefense.org and www.corrconnect.org sites;
  • A seven-part, professionally produced video series on corrosion narrated by actor LeVar Burton (Dunmire showed a trailer of the next installment at the session); and
  • Interactive corrosion-related video simulations and games.
TCC map
DOD CPO

DOD's Corrosion Office leads the Technical Corrosion Collaboration (TCC), a nationwide partnership by universities, academies and research laboratories engaged in corrosion R&D.

The seventh WIPT is the Corrosion Office-led Technical Corrosion Collaboration (TCC), a nationwide partnership by universities, academies and research laboratories engaged in corrosion-related research and development.

Building a Corrosion Constituency

"We need more training and education for every individual associated with corrosion prevention and control," said Dunmire. "We want to develop a constituency that leverages positive change."

One other group that sorely needs a new mindset, Dunmire noted: all of those who are profiting handsomely from the Pentagon's corrosion problems, rather than joining the search for better solutions.

“Don’t make the Department of Defense a profit center," Dunmire told his audience. "Charge us a fair price, and give us something that lasts.”

He added: "We're not saying the sky is falling. We're saying you can do something about this."

   

Tagged categories: Corrosion protection; Department of Defense (DOD); Marketing; Project Management; Research; SSPC 2014

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
Bringing innovation to the surface.™

PPG Protective & Marine Coatings is widely recognized as a world leader in protective and marine coatings, developing innovative, cutting-edge products and services.


Safway Services
Suspended Access Made Easy With QuikDeck™

The smart choice for suspended access, QuikDeck’s interchangeable, lightweight components make them easy to set up and reassemble when you need to move.


Nationwide Overspray
Profession Overspray Removal Services

The Finest Name in Safe Overspray Removal. We specialize in removing all contaminants from any surface. Family Owned and Operated for 33 years! Fully insured. Satisfaction is guaranteed.


Novetas Solutions
Number 1 Crushed Glass Abrasive in America!

Manufactured from 100% Recycled Glass.
NO Crystalline Silica,
Beryllium & Arsenic
Great White Metal Finish!
4 plants on Navy QPL
Call us at 866-775-6226


Avalotis Corporation
Choose experience. Choose quality. Choose safety.

Avalotis Corporation has been meeting and exceeding clients’ specifications and expectations for almost 50 years. The first name in painting and protective coatings: Avalotis.


US Minerals
US Minerals -
Black Magnum

With nationwide production and distribution capabilities, U.S. Minerals supplies a complete range of coal slag and other abrasives to meet all of your blasting needs.


Commercial Sand Blasting & Painting Ltd.
Reliable Service & Superior Workmanship

We’re ready to meet any of your protective coating and lining needs. We can work on your site or in our facilities, with large shops (60,000 sq ft), 40 acres of yard space, and cranes and forklifts on site.


NACE International, The Corrosion Society
Get the Basics Anytime, Anywhere!

Take this online training to eliminate juggling your work schedule with continuous education. Learn corrosion causes, types, and how it can be controlled.


HoldTight Solutions Inc.
NO FLASH RUST -
NO CONTAMINANTS

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2016, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com