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July 16, 2019 Monthly Lunch & Meeting

**Beginning with our October meeting, we will have a “Social Half Hour” with appetizers and drinks (non alcoholic) served at 11.  Join us and chat a bit.  Lunch is served at 1130.  Doors open at 1045 for registration.

This Months Topic is:

AC Mitigation and Field Testing


Guest Speaker:

Mike Ames

Chapman Engineering

Mike Ames is the Vice President, Director of Technical Operations for Chapman Engineering. 

Mr. Ames has worked in pipeline operations, integrity management and corrosion control for 40 years, creating internal and external corrosion management programs for multiple operators over that time.  He served with Northern Natural Gas in the Liberal, Kansas area for more than 15 years, before joining a major Houston-based natural gas production, transmission and distribution company.  Mike has worked with the US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and many state agencies in rulemaking, guidance document preparation, and regulatory audit protocols since the early 1990’s.  Work areas have included internal and external corrosion control of pipeline and compressor station facilities, transmission and gathering lines, smart pigging interpretation and recommendations, risk assessment program implementation and analysis.


Mr. Ames has been an active NACE member for over 30 years. He served in several offices of NACE’s Gas Capitol Section from 1988-1992 and as the NACE Central Area Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chairman and Trustee from 2000-2006.  He has participated in numerous NACE technical committees for more than 25 years, mainly focusing on those committees promoting pipeline corrosion control.  Mr. Ames received the Eben Junkin Award from the Central Area in 1998, in recognition of his excellent work in promoting corrosion science.  He was then awarded the NACE 2014 Distinguished Service Award for his many-year efforts in promoting the organization and providing guidance to future NACE leaders.


Mr. Ames has been a crisis management member and field investigator of significant incidents for major energy companies to determine root cause, consequence management, and procedure and specification changes to assure no future repeat of the investigated failures. He is a Cathodic Protection Specialist, Senior Corrosion Technologist, and is accredited by NACE International.  Programs Mike has mastered include Bass CPDM, FERA, PILARS, IAP, PHD, RSTRNG2, KAPA, CI Surveys, as well as spreadsheet generation for analysis of problems.  He has provided project coordination in field operations and ISAT task forces.


Mike provides cathodic protection system design, troubleshooting and support.  He reviews CP survey data and makes recommendations for system improvements and remedies.  Mike regularly supports clients in their preparation for regulatory audits by state and federal agencies, and has helped clients through many such audits.  He is also expert in AC-power-induced safety and corrosion issues on pipelines, and in design/installation of mitigation for those issues.  In addition, Mike holds credentials and significant experience in internal corrosion control, in-line inspection (or “smart pigging”), maintenance pigging, and integrity management.  Mike is a fluent Spanish speaker and writer, and has performed corrosion control work across a lot of South America, Central America and Mexico, in addition to work across the United States and Canada.


Location: MCM Elegante Hotel 2355 I-10 South Beaumont, Texas 77705 Phone: (409) 842-3600

  Tuesday July 16, 2019

11 AM

Lunch served at 11:30


$25 Members, $20 Retirees


Payment and Reservations may be made online at Payment can be made by Credit Card via PayPal via the website or at the meeting via Square. You do not need a PayPal account to pay, just a credit card.  Due to guaranteed counts required by the meeting facility, we will require advance registration for our monthly meetings. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance.





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