An Introduction to Asset Corrosion Management in both Hydrocarbon and Non-Hydrocarbon Industries

Corrosion Management (CM) is a rather new concept and process whose international advent could be traced back to the publication of the UK Energy Institute’s book on the subject in May 2008 and the NACE International’s four books since 2012.

Beginning with the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry in early 2000’s it became evident that the corrosion engineering discipline by itself could not efficiently control and mitigate corrosion and that another tool or process was crucially required to complement the existing corrosion engineering measures. Thus, corrosion management was born and has gradually become an indispensable constituent of an increasing number of asset integrity management systems (AIMS) worldwide.

Corrosion management applications render an existing AIMS more effective, efficient and risk-based. Simultaneously, such applications enhance asset integrity, personnel safety, environmental protection, teamwork, communication and personnel competency. However, their two most important benefits are the enhancement of the corrosion failure pre-emption capability of an organisation and the optimisation of the associated corrosion and integrity costs.

Such significant application benefits has rendered corrosion management a fundamental component of any existing AIMS; thus, demands for corrosion management services such as training and consultancy has been increasing constantly over the recent years within both the hydrocarbon and the non-hydrocarbon industries. 

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Disciplines Benefiting from the CM Course

Successful and efficient asset corrosion management is the outcome of proper teamwork and effective cooperation among various disciplines. Such disciplines contribute to and participate in an asset corrosion management system, whose focal point is the asset corrosion or integrity engineer. 

Disciplines which benefit the most from this training course include:

·       Corrosion & Integrity Engineers

·       Inspection Engineers

·       Process Engineers

·       Pipeline Engineers

·       Production & Operation Engineers

·       Repair & Maintenance Engineers

·       Coating & CP Engineers

·       Asset Project Engineers & Asset (Integrity) Managers

Industries Targeted

While this course has been designed for the hydrocarbon industry (upstream, midstream and downstream); nevertheless, the concepts, parameters and tools introduced throughout are almost equally applicable in any other industry where corrosion is a major integrity threat. Tools such as: corrosion control matrices, corrosion key performance indicators and the asset corrosion control document are widely used in both hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon industries.


In general, industries which greatly benefit from such a training course include, but are not limited to:

  • Hydrocarbon (Upstream, Midstream and Downstream)
  • Marine
  • Military
  • Nuclear
  • Water and Waste Water Management
  • Power & Utilities
  • Chemicals

Corrosion management application benefits

The organisation, in general, will gain a new knowledge and set of skills which will help it to significantly enhance its corrosion mitigation and control and further optimise its pertinent integrity costs. The organisation gains will include:

1.     Enhances asset integrity and extended asset and equipment design life

2.     Improved (site) personnel safety and environmental protection.

3.     Enhanced teamwork, communication and reporting.

4.     Increased corrosion failure pre-emption capability across the organisation.

5.     Optimised corrosion and integrity costs.

6.  Increased production and operation times and reduced number of unplanned shutdowns.

Personal impacts

Participants will learn to mitigate and control corrosion within their own assets more efficiently through improved understanding of premier root causes behind the majority of corrosion issues and failures. Attending the course will help them to:

1.  View asset integrity management more broadly and from the viewpoints of both corrosion engineering and corrosion management disciplines

2.     Learn how to apply corrosion management tools across their assets

3.     Reduce corrosion failures and optimise the associated integrity costs

4. Understand how various non-corrosion engineering-based integrity measures could also significantly enhance corrosion control often at no or very little costs.

Corrosion Management Misconceptions and Misunderstanding

Due to its freshness, the term and concept of ‘Corrosion Management’ is still often mistaken for ‘Corrosion Engineering’. As such, many of the training courses and books with the title ‘Corrosion Management’ are actually ‘Corrosion Engineering’ training courses and books. Such misconception and misunderstand are sometimes inadvertent, but in many occasions intentional. Therefore, anybody or any organisation interested in receiving CM training and services should be careful to distinguish between the two. This if often done by reviewing the course or the book contents. It they focus on design, materials selection, deterioration mechanisms, basics of electrochemistry, corrosion monitoring techniques and CP basics then they are corrosion engineering courses or books. Otherwise, they could be regarded as corrosion management content and material.

Course Duration & Outline

The training course comprises an introductory section followed by nine modules or a total of ten sections as follows:

  • Introduction Section: Course Objectives, Attribute, Scope, etc
  • Module 01: Corrosion, Corrosion Engineering and Integrity Management in the Hydrocarbon and Non-Hydrocarbon Industries
    • Unit 01: Corrosion and Corrosion Engineering in the Hydrocarbon and Non-Hydrocarbon Industries
    • Unit 02: The Two Current Corrosion Management Models
  •  Module 02: The Corrosion Management Concept and Its Implementation
    • Unit 01: The Corrosion Management Concept Definition
    • Unit 02: The Integrity Review, Performance Monitoring and Assessing Effectiveness Processes
    • Unit 03: The Corrosion Management Implementation Process
  •  Module 03: A Brief Introduction to Risk-Based Inspection
    • Unit 01: The Inspection Basics
    • Unit 02: The RBI (or FRA) Basics
  • Module 04: The 12 Management Requirements
    • Unit 01: Management Requirements Part 01 (Registers, Strategies, Procedures, Databases, Data Management and Documentation)
    • Unit 02: Management Requirements Part 02 (Asset CMS, Corrosion Control Matrices, Corrosion Key Performance Indicators, Communication, Competency, Team Structure & Roles and Responsibilities)
  •  Module 05: Corrosion Management Shortcomings
    • Unit 01: Corrosion Management Shortcoming Categories & Possible Signs of CM Shortcomings
  •  Module 06: Corrosion Failure Pre-emption and Corrosion Cost Optimisation
    • Unit 01: Corrosion Failure Pre-emption
    • Unit 02: Corrosion Cost Optimisation
  • Module 07: Other Important Corrosion Management Requirements
    • Unit 01: The Corrosion Management Audit; The Management of Change Process; Anomalies and Their Management; Leak Register, Failure Investigations and Learning
  • Module 08: Corrosion Management Application Benefits and Implementation Options
    • Unit 01: Benefits of Corrosion Management Applications; Recommendations for Optimised Corrosion Management Implementation
  •  Module 09: Conclusions and Recommendations
    • Conclusions
    • Remarks

The Course Instructor

The course author is Ali Morshed (PhD, MSc, DIC, CEng) who is an international expert and authority in the areas of corrosion management implementation, training and writing.

He has so far worked on numerous asset integrity management, corrosion engineering and corrosion management projects both with engineering and operating companies in the UK’s North Sea, North Africa, Middle East and South Asia with companies such as: Aramco, BG, BP, Cairn Energy, Chevron, Dana, IOOC, NIGC, POGC, Talisman and Total.

Ali is the author of the NACE international bestselling book ‘An Introduction to Asset Corrosion Management in the Oil and Gas Industry’ (2012), whose 2nd edition was out in 2016. Due to the growing demand for the corrosion management expertise in both the hydrocarbon and the non-hydrocarbon industries, Ali has also authored two more books on this subject for such industries. The first one was out in July 2017 and the latter May 2018.

He has also been providing corrosion management training for the hydrocarbon industry since 2005 and for the non-hydrocarbon industry since 2016. Ali has also taught the same topic to post-graduate students in Robert Gordon University in UK.

The Course Organisers

Surajit Kanakam                                      Sridhara Aghalaya

nC Cure Technologies                                 nC Cure Technologies 

Prof K V Gangadharan                               Dr Shashi Bhushan Arya

Prof & Head Centre for System Design     Assistant Professor, Metalurgy Dept

NITK, Surathkal                                             NITK, Surathkal  

International Book References

  • Energy Institute, Guidance for Corrosion Management in Oil and Gas Production and Processing, 2nd Edition, March 2019,  May 2008, ISBN 9781787250635
  • Ali Morshed, An Introduction to Asset Corrosion Management in the Oil and Gas Industry, NACE International, May 2012, ISBN 1-57590-246-X (An international bestseller!)
  • Ali Morshed, An Introduction to Asset Corrosion Management in the Oil and Gas Industry, 2nd Edition, NACE International, Oct. 2016, ISBN 978-1-57590-338-5
  • Ali Morshed, An Introduction to Asset Corrosion Management in Industry, NACE International, Jul. 2017, ISBN 978-1-57590-364-4
  • Ali Morshed, A Complete Guide to Corrosion Management Implementation in Industry, NACE International, May 2018, ISBN 978-1-57590-371-2