A specialized consulting engineering firm providing design, quality control, quality assurance, condition evaluation, testing, failure investigation, and repair and rehabilitation engineering services to clients throughout the United States and Canada.
CPI is proud to announce that Mr. Russell Spotten has joined our staff as a Senior Consultant. He will lead CPI's service offerings on the west coast of the United States. Russell has over 30 years of experience in the industrial coatings and corrosion control business. Prior to joining CPI, he was the Engineering Sales Manager, West Region USA for International Paint LLC and Devoe Coatings. Previously he was the Water/Wastewater Market Manager for International Paint Region Americas. Russell has been an active member in NACE International since 1981; has previously served on the board of NACE Channel Islands Chapter, and is a NACE Certified Senior Corrosion Technologist and Protective Coatings Specialist (#6107). In addition, he is an individual member of both AWWA and SSPC, and has spoken at many national and regional conferences over the course of his career. Russell serves as a committee member for both AWWA D-102 and AWWA-C218, and is an active member of the AWWA Steel Water Pipe Manufacturers Technical Advisory Committee (SWPMTAC).
CPI will hold a Fixed Equipment Maintenance Optimization System Workshop in conjunction with the TAPPI PEERS Conference on Sunday, October 14 in Savannah, GA. Those attending the workshop will learn about fundamental practices and procedures and the sources of specialized knowledge required to implement FEMOS at their pulp and paper mill. They also can create their own preliminary inspection plans for pieces of fixed equipment from, and to obtain immediate benefits for, their mill. The workshop will include real case histories.
Randy Nixon, CPI's President and Senior Consultant, has received one of JPCL's 2012 Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors, given for significant contributions to the protective coatings industry over the past decade. JPCL [Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, the official journal of the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC)], is publishing a series of Top Thinker articles throughout 2012. Randy's article, "Issues That Do Not Meet The Eye: Design Considerations for Lining Concrete Sludge Mixing and Storage Tanks in Wastewater Treatment Plants, is featured in the March 2012 issue.
The team of CPI, CTL, RAE Engineering and Inspection, Ltd., and Tnemec Company has received NACE International's inaugural Materials Performance Readers Choice Award, which recognizes "organizations and individuals whose innovations make strides toward reducing the $2.2 trillion global cost of corrosion." The award-winning innovation is our Severe Wastewater Analysis Test a laboratory cabinet test that simulates a sewer head space environment for testing the performance of protective coatings and linings intended for use in severe waste-water environments. Results obtained with the test cabinet assist coating manufacturers and end users in rapidly evaluating candidate coating systems for accelerated waste-water head space conditions.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts awarded the team of CDM, CPI and Daniel O'Connell's Sons, Inc. the 2011 Grand Conceptor Award for the design of a hydropower tunnel surge tank for the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission. CPI's groundbreaking technological approach resulted in the first use of lean duplex stainless steel for a tank in the North American water industry. CPI also provided the welding and fabrication specifications for tank construction.
Read our short primer on this technology for protecting buried or submerged structures from corrosion.
As part of a huge renovation project in mid-town Manhattan, the Jacob K. Javits Center is undergoing roof and façade replacement, along with new paint for the roof frame and structural components. The Javits Center was completed in 1986, and had not undergone any renovation or expansion in 25 years. Working as a subcontractor to construction manager, Tishman Construction, CPI developed and oversaw a pilot project for the full-scale recoating program for the facility — a three-year, phased effort designed to keep the Center in continuous operation during the renovation. CPI also provided coating system selection for the roof frame and structural members, and is currently performing coating inspection and quality control services on the project.
RockTenn has contracted with CPI to assist with development of pressure vessel and tank inspection and integrity programs at several of their North American mills. Using our Systematic Inspection Design (SID) process, we are helping develop and implement corporate best practices and training for inventorying equipment; prioritizing inspections, setting initial inspection frequencies, and developing and updating inspection plans for each tank/vessel.<more>
Corrosion Probe has been helping customers in diverse industries determine what to do about service-related flaws in their equipment: operate the equipment as is, run and monitor, repair, alter or replace. Often the flaws are discovered during a scheduled equipment shutdown, so timely decision making is important for avoiding extended, costly shutdowns of equipment.<more>
CPI has partnered with numerous clients to augment owner staffing on project teams. Clients include the world's largest consumer products company, public utilities, and pulp & paper companies. CPI's involvement on these project teams takes many forms, including: