NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST IN OUR NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE
American infrastructure is crumbling. The IUPAT is dedicated to modernizing and repairing our roads, bridges, buildings, airports, water systems and the energy grid, all while providing good, high-paying union jobs to get the job done. We provide cutting edge skills and training to ensure our projects meet 21st century standards and beyond.
THE COST OF CORROSION
One common natural threat to our nation’s infrastructure, regardless of geographic location, is corrosion. Corrosion threatens the continuous operation of essential infrastructure, which in turn affects not only public safety but also local and regional economies receiving resources such as energy production and food supplies. Regardless of whether corrosion causes a major disaster to occur, such as a bridge collapse, the cost of doing nothing is too great.
THE COST OF CORROSION BY SECTOR
Americans cross deficient bridges 174 million times daily.
The primary causes of this astronomically high cost are rooted in delaying corrosion prevention projects and careless errors made on the ones that actually are carried out. Inadequate corrosion prevention inevitably increases the life-cycle operation and maintenance costs on bridge infrastructure.
What can be done to prevent corrosion?
Certification: Get the Job Done Right the First Time
A poorly executed a corrosion prevention project is as good as not doing anything because it leaves the structure unprotected from its damaging effects, increases costs to repair or replace all or parts of it, and specifically is an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars to fund operation and maintenance.
A Certification Case Study
The US Navy’s Naval Facilities department (NAVFAC) did a cost-benefit analysis regarding the use of certified or non-certified contractors on coatings projects for the US Navy in 2004. Two contracts were awarded in different locations. The primary difference between the two (contractors) was in the training and experience of the onsite personnel. San Diego, CA contractor personnel were trained and had experience with many different types of coating systems. The Pensacola non-certified contractor personnel had to receive extensive training on-site on the use of the equipment and coating application. The initial bid for Pensacola was actually lower, but the final project cost was more than twice as much and took more than twice as long to complete.
Currently, 38 State DOTs recognize and use corrosion prevention and control standards on their bridges, while (10) branches of the federal government, including the Army Corp, Navy, and the Departments of Defense and Transportation, also recognize or use them.
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