Importance of Mapping

Digital soil mapping allows one to analyze the relationships between soil corrosion properties and ancillary data (e.g. topographic attributes and remote/proximal sensing data) through several techniques.

Our corrosion maps can be used for corrosion risk assessment, DC/AC interference risk and mitigation, identifying areas where shielding/coating dis-bondment can potentially cause localized corrosion, leaks, and possible explosions. 

Why Matergenics?

Resolution is Important

Unlike our competitors, Matergenics uses the highest level of resolution available for soil properties (10 m). We are able to spot details that no other company can.

Corrosion Parameters for Steel are Considered

Matergenics considers soil parameters important for the corrosion of steel. Such parameters include, but are not limited to, soil pH, conductivity, and soil type. We do not include parameters that have no relevance to underground corrosion rates. 

Stray Current is Taken into Consideration

Stray current is important when structures fall into zones near protected assets. Matergenics is the only mapping company to take stray current risk into consideration when constructing a final risk assessment map.

Certified NACE professionals

Our team of NACE certified, PhD-level engineers, corrosion experts, and GIS professionals allow us to create maps where underground corrosion is the main focus. Matergenics understands the specific mechanisms for corrosion, and we display it in maps so you, too, can understand the soil of your service territory.

The Technical Approach to Constructing A Below-Grade Corrosion Risk Map

Matergenics’ unique approach to soil mapping considers the following:

1) Examination of spatial patterns associated with the physical and chemical properties of soil. This evaluation leads to insights on overall corrosion risk, and answers questions on where to locate a new pipeline and substation infrastructure.

2) Identification of the least or most corrosive sites and possible sources of stray current for corrosion mitigation

Sources of Data

1) Matergenics Soil Database

2) Client’s Database (if available)

3) United States Department of Agriculture

4) Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) – the most detailed level of information for resource management, county planning, etc.

5) National Resource Conservation Service

Soil Data Layers

Soil properties contributing to corrosion are individually mapped and a proprietary weighting system is used to compare the layers and develop an overall corrosion risk assessment map identifying areas of high, medium and low corrosion. A few of the properties are listed below. Field surveys are then made to confirm the accuracy of the map. The key to this technology is finding accurate data and the development of an accurate weighting system.

Matergenics will also include maps for gas pipelines and transmission towers (if available), either of which may be a source for stray current corrosion.

Corrosion Risk Assessment Map

A proprietary method is utilized by Matergenics to create a final corrosion risk assessment map for the area of interest. The method includes an algorithm to assign a corrosivity index to each location on the map based on soil properties, geological data, and external corrosion factors. The accuracy of this algorithm has been field tested and proven in several projects.

Some Layers Incorporated into Corrosion Maps

Soil properties play a crucial role in the overall corrosivity of soil. Physio-chemical properties describe the corrosivity of liquid phase in soil while the geological properties estimate moisture content and the ability of the soil to retain that moisture. Matergenics considers both to estimate corrosion risk. A few of the properties that are included in our corrosion maps are listed below.

Soil Resistivity
Electrical Conductivity
Soil Types, including clay content
drainage characteristics
Soil Salinity
soil ph
Bulk density
Stray currents from nearby gas pipelines or protected areas

Corrosion Risk Assessment Map

A proprietary method is utilized by Matergenics to create a final corrosion risk assessment map for the area of interest. Each soil data layer used in the analysis is assigned a weighting factor that corresponds to the level of importance in determining soil corrosivity. A final risk assessment map is produced, outlining areas of low, medium, and high corrosion risk potential. The accuracy of this algorithm has been field tested and proven in multiple projects.

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