Mark Davidson, Eng.

Mark has worked more than 35 years in the corrosion protection industry mostly in the Oil and Gas sector. He started out on an operating oilfield and progressed to the engineering services industry specialising in protective coatings for steel structures as well as pipeline and subsea equipment coatings. His work took him to many fabrication yards and pipeline construction spreads where he learned the value in getting your hands dirty as well as the need for clarity and definition in specifications and project documents.

Mark was an active member of the Australian Standards committee that authored that country’s pipeline field joint coatings standard and was the Australian representative to the working group that developed ISO 12736, Wet thermal insulation coatings for pipelines, flow lines, equipment and subsea structures.

He recently completed an assignment as Company site coatings and insulation engineer, in the world’s biggest offshore construction yard, for the fabrication of two offshore platforms and one FPSO, all to be installed north of Scotland.

Mark is a staunch advocate of the need for asset owners to identify and document their required coating durability, as defined by ISO 12944-1, early in a project’s design. Once durability requirements are established requisite coating systems can be selected and maintenance coating intervals defined and monies allocated.

Articles by Mark Davidson, Eng.


Writing Safety Into Your Coating Specification Writing Safety Into Your Coating Specification Writing Safety Into Your Coating Specification Writing Safety Into Your Coating Specification


Safety should be a primary consideration in any coating specification, because everyone involved in a coating project has the right to...

Problems Caused by the Lack of Clarity & Definition in Coating Specifications Problems Caused by the Lack of Clarity & Definition in Coating Specifications Problems Caused by the Lack of Clarity & Definition in Coating Specifications Problems Caused by the Lack of Clarity & Definition in Coating Specifications


Common disputes on coating application projects often originate in the coating specification. When the specification is unclear, it can...

Tightrope: Identifying Limiting Conditions for Coatings Specification Tightrope: Identifying Limiting Conditions for Coatings Specification Tightrope: Identifying Limiting Conditions for Coatings Specification Tightrope: Identifying Limiting Conditions for Coatings Specification


In writing coating specifications, it is essential to understand and include all of the limiting conditions at a specific site where...

Defining Client Objectives for Coatings Specification Defining Client Objectives for Coatings Specification Defining Client Objectives for Coatings Specification Defining Client Objectives for Coatings Specification


A protective coatings and engineering expert discusses the importance of defining client objectives in a design basis document early in the...

Defining Service Requirements & Environmental Factors for Coating Specification Defining Service Requirements & Environmental Factors for Coating Specification Defining Service Requirements & Environmental Factors for Coating Specification Defining Service Requirements & Environmental Factors for Coating Specification


An expert coatings engineer describes the international standards and procedures necessary to define environmental factors and durability...

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