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Ethics for the Corrosion Professional (English Version)

Product Number: Ethics eCourse

The corrosion profession, and the certified professionals who work in the industry, are committed to protecting people, assets and the environment from the effects of corrosion. Those tasked with delivering the technical expertise to society must conduct their work with the knowledge and understanding of the ethical principles expected and required of those professionals.

The NACE International Code of Ethics is discussed in conjunction with case studies and features real-life ethical violations of the NACE International Institute attestations. Frameworks for making ethical decisions are reviewed in this course along with the factors in the corrosion industry that can lead to unethical behavior.

The course is an online, self-paced course which should take no longer than 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Purchase of this course includes a one-year subscription. Students will have access to all course materials for a period of one year from the date of registration.

Learning Objectives

Section 1 | Introduction

  • Recognize the importance of upholding ethical standards across the Corrosion Prevention and Control industry.

Section 2 | Professional Ethics

  • Differentiate between ethics, morals and values.
  • Discuss how the Six Pillars of Character embody the ethical values of a professional.
  • Explain why ethics is important within professional settings.

Section 3 | Factors that Lead to Unethical Decision Making

  • Describe what an unethical decision is.
  • Describe how rationalizations are used to justify unethical decisions in a professional setting.
  • Recognize the factors that can lead an individual to make an unethical decision.

Section 4 | Types of Unethical Behavior

  • Identify types of unethical behavior seen when working in the corrosion industry.
  • Describe the consequences of engaging in unethical behavior.

Section 5 | A Framework for Ethical Decision Making

  • Explain what ethical dilemmas are and why they occur within professional environments.
  • Apply an ethical decision-making framework to solve ethical dilemmas.
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Remediation of Microbially Contaminated Horizontal Wells with Acrolein

Product Number: 51320-14992-SG
Author: Jodi B. Wrangham, Adam Bounds, Jerry L. Conaway, Jim Ott, Mason Long, and Corey Stevens
Publication Date: 2020

The lengthy laterals of horizontal wells often pose microbiological challenges, as they provide more area to become microbially contaminated and require larger volumes of fluid and biocide for treatment. A Permian Basin oilfield has been experiencing MIC-related failures in its horizontal wells, which is of concern due to the associated high workover cost.   

Laboratory biocide challenge testing identified several common oilfield chemistries and combinations thereof as being effective against this field’s population of microbes.  However, aggressive applications of these products in the field neither delivered an effective microbial kill nor prevented the treated wells from experiencing further MIC and failures. 

An acrolein field trial was conducted on a set of problematic, microbially contaminated horizontal wells over a time period of approximately one year.  During this timeframe, these wells experienced microbial control for the first time, defined as meeting and maintaining microbial KPIs.  Additional benefits were realized as a result of acrolein, including a dramatic improvement in water quality evident as a decrease in iron sulfide and suspended solids, a clean-out of the wells inferred by an initial increase of solids post-acrolein, a decrease in the corrosion rate as indicated by a significant reduction in iron and manganese counts, a decrease in the well failure rate, an increase in production, and an overall cost savings associated with the application of acrolein.