In 35+ years of working in the cathodic protection discipline. I have seen how the newer unethical management philosophy of pushing proprietary products on trusting unsuspecting customers to help the bottom line of the company has become the standard of some companies. I believe that when a client / customer pays for an evaluation of their structures that they should be presented with an honest unbiased report and presented options for remedial actions as needed. The presentation of proprietary options when alternatives may be better suited and less costly is wrong and thus the need for clients to seek and independent evaluation of their infrastructure or any situation where conflicts of interest are possible. I am not implying that all firms have this conflict, but as micro managing is on the rise for short term gains vs the long term positioning of a company, the client should be aware and seek the best information available.
In addition some companies bury advances in technology that could better serve their clients / customers because another division makes premium dollars reacting to a crisis (power outage) rather than the lesser amount if the customer was allowed the choice to evaluate its infrastructure and schedule detected problems for repair before the structure deteriorated to point of failure which requires emergency response and the associated costs involved.
The US Patents that I am a joint-inventor of with Craig D. Bass & Emer C. Flounders Jr. were obtained as a result of survey techniques specifically developed and refined to allow the survey to be performed while the structure remained in service. The utilization of selective frequency techniques to model the effects of steady state current in this manner had not previously been applied to these structures, and the resulting data extremely informative for analysis.
The US Patents for System and method of use for conducting a neutral corrosion survey are Nos. 5,347,212 / 5,451,862 / 5,498,967 & 5,654,642 and Henkels & McCoy positioned itself to control then restrict the usage of the technology. I have learned over the years to look at the financial benefits (follow the money) to understand the present philosophy of business. Besides not providing the best service to their customer, H&M choose to curtail a service that benefitted the client and the clients customers, by providing a service which would allow for repairs to be made prior to subjecting the client’s customers to a power outage, had repairs been scheduled and corrected. My point is that much of the deteriorization of our countries infrastructure (pipelines, bridges, roadways) could be mitigated if the technologies available were incorporated into current standards.
Richard D. Valenti Jr.
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