The Chair Writes…

 In Issue 19

Firstly, on behalf of the board of the Structural Concrete Alliance, I hope everybody is keeping well. It’s been just under 12 months since I last wrote in the chair writes, how time passes us by,
I’d like to start with if I may remembering a couple of very good dear friends who are sadly no longer with us, Gary McKenzie – Freyssinet and Emma Brennan – AGM House, my thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends at this very sad time. In their honour, a memorial tree has been planted at the ICorr Test Centre in Telford and takes pride of place in ‘concrete corner’ and will allow their memories to live on with us.

In regards to other developments, CPA member company Corrosion Control Services Limited have formed a partnership with the Corrosion Prevention Association to deliver on behalf of the Institute of Corrosion all ISO 15257:2017 CP Courses at the newly opened Training and Examination centre in Telford at the premises of Freyssinet, the opening was held 10th May 2021 attended by the President of ICorr Bill Hedges, Chair of the ICorr PDTC David Horrocks, Pascal Mercier Managing Director of CCSL/Freyssinet, Craig Dinsley CCSL who managed the construction of the test centre, myself, Lauren Fairley and Chloe Chisholm from the CPA.

There has currently been 25 candidates trained and undertaken examinations at the centre in Levels 1 – 3 Reinforced Concrete, Levels 1 – 3 in On-Land Buried and Level 3 Marine Metallic.

BS EN ISO 15257 certification is now a requirement on most Cathodic Protection projects and required by major clients such as National Grid and Highways England.  We encourage anyone who works in CP to visit the website  book your training courses and progress your certification applications without delay.

I’d like to thank the speakers from all three associations who presented at the recent alliance ask the specialists,  it seems these are popular with the audience and were attended by many.

I’d like to finish with a few words, stay safe, be happy and most of all keep smiling in these still turbulent times…

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