Facilities Overview:

The Department of Defense (DoD)acquires, operates, and maintains a vast array of physical assets that includevehicles, aircraft, ships, materiel and facilities such as wharves, buildings,and other stationary structures and infrastructure. All these assets aresusceptible to corrosion. Although, the word "corrosion" is most often associated with "rust" and the oxidation of other metals, the Congressional definition of corrosion is, "the deterioration of a material or its properties due to a reaction of that material with its chemical environment" and can be found in 10 U.S.C. § 2228 http://uscode.house.gov/browse/prelim@title10/subtitleA/part4/chapter131&edition=prelim. It is inclusive of the deterioration of all materials, which can be caused through sun exposure, mold and mildew, wind, and other environmental elements. Corrosion mitigation includes selecting the right materials in consideration of the environmental severity factors that exist at the facility's location. Facilities affected by corrosion include pipelines, fuel tanks, pavements, roofs, transformers, switchgear, electrical boxes, HVAC equipment, water towers, fire hydrants, motors, compressors, bridges, wharfs, piers, connectors, fencing, steam and water distribution lines, boilers, ladders, stairways, wash racks, fire sprinkler systems, fire hydrants, airfield pavements, and many other facilities types. Corrosion often effects remain unseen or unnoticed until failure occurs. In a facilities environment, selecting the correct surface treatment, type of wallboard, providing dehumidification, or HVAC system water-treatment will make a huge difference in facility durability and longevity.

The D, CPO has partnered with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to host the CPC Source on the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) where a large number of corrosion related criteria and Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPC) related resources are maintained. The WBDG is the “go to” location for government and private sector which hosts facilities criteria, standards and guidance. TheCPC Source is intended to help facility managers, Architects and Engineers getahead of those problems and make informed decisions to correct and address CPC requirements in new construction and repairs and deficiencies before they cause failure and increase sustainment costs.

The CPC Source contains a broad spectrum of CPC content related to the facilities life cycle as well as facilities related training, all of which is focused on increasing awareness and good decisions in planning, design, construction and sustainment. The diagram below provides subject areas that are linked to the CPC Source Sections:

CPC Training opportunity links are provided in the diagram below: