How Stark is the Reality?
1Total number of U.S.
2Average designed bridge
3Current average age
4Average age of “structurally
that’s how far the structurally
deficient bridges in America would
run if lined up, end to end!5
* Structurally deficient means there are elements of the bridge that are
considered a “significant defect”, requiring monitoring and/or repair.
Estimated cost to replace
How Great is the Cost?
How Attainable is a Qualified Solution?
The solution is
Without a map,
any road will
get you there..
What is Corrosion?
The physical properties of metal
are constantly in flux.
This “disintegration” occurs through
unintentional or electrochemical
activity that starts on the metal’s
surface, as part of its natural
Causes of Corrosion
Water / moisture (humidity)
Within these bridge, highway and
overpass applications, the metallic
form will continually corrode due
to a variety of factors:
Some of the common coatings used on bridges: Ultra-High
Solids (Plural Component) Coatings, High Performance Alkyds,
Alkyd Esters and Acrylics, Epoxy Esters, Pre-Catalyzed Epoxies,
Moisture Cured Urethanes, VOC Compliant Coatings, Powder
Coatings, Metalizing, Vinyls, Radiation Cured Coatings,
Technological advancements in the formulation of coatings,
the expertise necessary to choose the appropriate coating
solution for each infrastructure asset, the proper inspection
by certified coatings inspectors and the proper surface
preparation and application by certified coatings applicators,
has increased the professionalism of the industry and
elongated the expected performance life-cycles.
It is an age-old problem… too great the number of
initiatives, too few the funding resources.
However, if we only focus on the short-term economics,
we may lose sight of the ”long-view” savings.
The Cost of Public Safety
A Deeper Look at the Numbers
A leveraged bridge, overpass and
highway infrastructure has a direct,
negative effect on the U.S. economy
of more than $500 billion per year…
that’s about $1,500 per citizen!
Of that total commitment, $13.4 billion (42.2%) was
dedicated towards items such as road reconstruction /
resurfacing, bridge replacement and bridge repairs. 10
Prior to the Highway Bill of 2011, $31.8 billion in federal
dollars was committed for new projects – approximately
126,000 miles of highway and over 4,500 bridges. 9
The Department of Transportation currently estimates
highways and bridges face a “backlog” of investment
needs to the tune of $808.2 billion, including $479.1
billion in critical repair work. 11
Stringent Training Program
enacted in 2004.
Training Modules: Environmental Safety
and Health; Process Control; Materials;
Surface Preparation; and Coating
What is the “NACE 13/SSPC ACS-1 Standard?”
The CIP and PCS Programs
The Protective Coatings Specialist Program (PCS)
- introduction to coatings and linings used to
control corrosion… defines and examines
common coatings, addressing when, how and
why they should be used.
NACE Coating Inspector Program (CIP) - for over
30 years, the “gold standard” for inspections in
the protective coatings industry.
US Navy’s Naval Facilities department
(NAVFAC) did a cost-beneﬁt analysis
regarding the use of certiﬁed or non-
certiﬁed contractors on coatings
The results showed that utilizing
certified contractors and trained
personnel has proven an overwhelming
Independent Cost-Benefit Analysis
Final Contract Cost
San Diego, CA
$ 320 K
$ 320 K
$ 30 K
$ 40 K
$ 390 K
$ 320 K
$ 600 K
$ 30 K
$ 240 K
$ 870 K
The NACE 13/SSPC ACS-1
Standard was firmly in place
to execute the massive Capitol
Dome Restoration Project.
American workforce, well versed
in the up-to-date techniques
and equipment to truly make
a difference in fighting corrosion.
The Coating Application Specialist
1 NACE® International
2 Transportation for America
3 Transportation for America
4 Transportation for America
5 Transportation for America
6 The United States Corrosion Study / NACE® International
7 The United States Corrosion Study / NACE® International
8 NACE® International
9 NACE® International
10 NACE® International
11 NACE® International
12 NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Engineering Command)
13 NACE® International
14 NACE® International