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ACA organising new seminar on durability planning for corrosion limitation

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The Australasian Corrosion Association Inc (ACA) is hosting a seminar at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland on 14 May. The event aims to inform, educate and guide organisations and practitioners about the benefits of incorporating durability assessment into project planning towards limiting corrosion.

Factors such as type and quality of material used, presence of corrosive agents in the environment, and various physical processes and mechanisms all contribute to structural deterioration at varying rates over time. It is estimated that corrosion costs between 3 and 5 per cent of GDP each year; to the New Zealand economy, this represents an annual cost of many billions of dollars.

From a structural point of view, modern constructions have a planned design life of 50 to 100 years. Durability assessment is often a misunderstood or under-appreciated component of the design and planning phase of a project but provides a realistic expectation on the performance and maintenance cost over the life of the structure.

Raed El Sarraf, Structural Materials and Corrosion Engineer with Opus International Consultants Ltd explains that durability planning undertaken on a structure made from concrete, steel, or timber during the early design stage minimises the risk of premature material related failures.

The Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) is hosting the Durability Planning seminar at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland on 14 May.

Delegates will discuss the selection of the appropriate corrosion protection system for a particular environment as well as the merits of concrete, steel and other types of metals, plastics, and protective coatings, given the importance of material selection in construction.

Seminar topics will also include durability design philosophy, the current provisions given in Clause B2 of the NZ Building Code, development of a maintenance plan, and case studies.

Places are still available for the seminar and bookings can be made via the ACA web site.

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