Atlantic Consultants, Inc. was founded by Kerri Howell, P.E. in February 1998. Ms. Howell’s objective, in founding the firm, was to provide specialize consulting services in both Civil and Corrosion Engineering. With 27 years of experience, Ms. Howell has provided services in evaluation of existing facilities including pipelines, bridges, condominiums, water storage tanks, water and wastewater plant facilities, marine structures, transit facilities and equipment, fuel storage and other transportation facilities and equipment. She has also performed research and development of materials, equipment and systems for corrosion control. She has extensive experience in design of corrosion monitoring and control systems for pipelines, tanks, basins, atmospherically exposed structures, bridges, marine facilities and plant facilities and equipment, including coatings, linings and cathodic protection. She has developed standard specifications and details for corrosion monitoring and control as well as testing procedures for use in the preliminary design stage for a variety of water and wastewater agencies. Ms. Howell has overseen field testing and prepared reports for external corrosion direct assessment (ECDA) surveys for hundreds of miles of oil and gas pipelines.
Ms. Howell has over 27 years of civil and corrosion engineering experience including research, product development, planning, design and inspection, failure analysis and construction inspection in the transportation and corrosion control industries. Ms. Howell has extensive experience in corrosion evaluation, corrosion mitigation and cathodic protection of bridges, piers, docks, rail facilities and atmospherically exposed reinforced concrete structures, corrosion investigation of water and wastewater treatment facilities and piping, both for internal and external corrosion, steam, gas and fuel piping, design and evaluation of corrosion control systems for water and wastewater plants and pipelines, cathodic protection, material selection, coatings and linings, failure analysis, training and litigation/expert witness. Ms. Howell has served as the project manager for evaluation of hundreds of miles of existing water and fuel lines, utilizing ECDA testing procedures including CIS, DCVG, PCM and cell to cell surveys. She has provided detailed technical reports for these condition surveys including recommendations for mitigation of corrosion issues identified during the surveys and design of corrosion control and cathodic protection systems.
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Lowell, Massachusetts, 1980
Business Administration Studies, American River College, Sacramento, CA, 1981-85
State of Alaska, Registered Civil Engineer
State of California, Registered Civil Engineer CE 36603
State of California, Registered Corrosion Engineer CR 1017
State of Nevada, Registered Civil Engineer (inactive)
State of Pennsylvania, Registered Civil Engineer
State of Washington, Registered Civil Engineer
ATLANTIC CONSULTANTS, President, 1998 to Present
Ms. Howell is responsible for business development, marketing, project management, field inspection and testing, failure analysis, expert witness for litigation, construction management, preparation of reports and design of corrosion monitoring and control systems. Types of facilities for which services are provided include; transportation facilities, pipelines, water and wastewater pumping, storage and treatment facilities, reinforced concrete structures, fuel facilities, marine structures, and transit systems.
CONCECO/MATCOR ENGINEERING, President, 2003 to 2006
Responsible for design of corrosion monitoring and cathodic protection systems, preparation of plans and specifications, ECDA surveys for hundreds of miles of gas pipelines, report preparation, expert witness, preparation of proposals, administration and supervision of all administrative staff and engineers in offices in northern and southern California.
V & A CONSULTING ENGINEERS, Vice President, 1989 to 1998
Responsibilities include project management, review and preparation of proposals, technical reports, plans, specifications and cost estimates for Civil and Corrosion engineering projects.
EBONEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Corrosion Project Manager, 1987 to 1989
Responsible for all aspects of the cathodic protection business including establishment of laboratory testing programs, field trial installations, market development and financial analysis for new anode materials for use in cathodic protection applications.
HARCO CORPORATION, Special Project Coordinator, 1985 to 1987
Responsible for corrosion evaluation and design of corrosion control systems for buried and submerged structures with particular emphasis on corrosion surveys and cathodic protection systems for atmospherically exposed reinforced concrete structures.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, Associate Materials Research Engineer, 1980 to 1985
Responsibilities included project design, traffic engineering, construction inspection, materials testing and evaluation and research in the areas of corrosion and cathodic protection of bridges, culverts and reinforced concrete structures
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Expert Review Panel
U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Pipeline Safety
– Technical Advisory Committee for Standards for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines
National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
Steel Structures Painting Council (SSPC)
“Corrosion Assessment of Bridges”, Instructor at 8 hour class, sponsored by NACE Headquarters, Hartford, CT, October, 2007.
“External Corrosion Direct Assessment Surveys in the Urban Jungle”, NACE South Central Regional Conference, Houston, TX, October, 2006.
”Experiences with Unusual Corrosion Problems in Chile”, NACE San Francisco Section, Danville, CA, September, 2004.
“Corrosion and Corrosion Control”, Rotary International, Folsom, CA, October, 2001.
“Corrosion Control for Reinforced Concrete Viaducts in Cold Climates”, NACE Alaska/Canada Joint Region Conference, Anchorage, AK, February, 2001.
“Corrosion Investigation and Mitigation of Reinforced Concrete Viaducts”, NACE CORROSION 2000, Orlando, FL, March, 2000.
“Corrosion and Corrosion Control for Transportation Facilities”, Departments of Transportation, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island, October, 1999
“Corrosion and Corrosion Control for Water and Wastewater Plant Facilities”, California Water Environment Association, Sacramento Section, Sacramento, CA, December, 1998.
“Controlling Corrosion”, Training Seminar, Alaska Department of Transportation, Juneau, AK, November, 1998.
“Corrosion of Reinforced Concrete Structures”, Cold Regions Engineering Class, University of Alaska – Southeast, Juneau, AK, November 1998.
“Corrosion and Corrosion Control of Wastewater Facilities”, NACE Western Area Conference, Honolulu, HI, October, 1998.
“Corrosion and Corrosion Control of Water Wells”, AWWA Water Well Rehabilitation Workshop, Stockton, CA, May, 1998.
“Corrosion of Wastewater Facilities”, CWEA Sacramento Area Section, Operations and Maintenance Exchange, UC Davis, Davis, CA, March, 1998.
“Cornucopia of Corrosion Problems”, NACE-Los Angeles Section Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (1996).
“Coping With the Magnesium Shortage – Alternatives to Conventional Magnesium Anodes”, NACE Western Region Conference, Oxnard, CA (1996).
“Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Corrosion But Were Afraid To Ask”, Berkeley Yacht Club, Berkeley, CA (1996).
“Unusual Pipeline Corrosion Problems”, NACE Northeast Region Conference, Connecticut (1995).
“Corrosion Deterioration of Wastewater Facilities Due to Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure”, NACE Western Region Conference, San Diego, CA (1995).
“Coatings for Concrete – Wastewater Applications,” NACE Western Region Conference, Seattle, WA (1994).
“Corrosion of Steam Piping Systems,” AWWA/Cal-Neva Fall Meeting, San Diego, CA (1994).
“Corrosion Control Training and Certification,” American Gas Association, San Francisco, CA (1994).
“Corrosion Investigation of a Reinforced Concrete Transit Tunnel”, NACE Corrosion/93, New Orleans, LA (1993).
Presented seminars on Corrosion Control and Cathodic Protection for buried and atmospherically exposed structures – Massachusetts, California and Florida (1991-1993).
“Corrosion and Material Selection for Water Distribution and Service Piping”, AWWA/Cal Neva Fall Meeting, Burlingame, CA (1992).
“Evaluation of Bond Strength of Metal Coatings over Concrete Surfaces”, Materials Perf., July 1992.
“Evaluation of Bond Strength and Testing Equipment for Spray-Applied Coatings on Concrete Surfaces”, NACE Corrosion/92, Nashville, TN (1992).
“Investigation of Rebar Corrosion in a Reinforced Concrete Subway Tunnel”, ACI, Washington, D.C., Proceedings of the VII International Congress on Experimental Mechanics, Las Vegas, NV (1992).
“Evaluation of Adhesion Testing Equipment for Spray Applied Coatings”, NACE Western Region, Portland, OR (1991).
“CP Maintains House Foundations”, Corrosion Information for Facilities Design and Management – Quarterly, NACE (Fall 1991).
“Corrosion of Reinforcing Steel in Concrete”, Structural Engineers Association, Oakland, CA (1991).
“Galvanic Corrosion Dissimilar Metals in Concrete”, ACI Fall Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (1990).
“Corrosion of Reinforced Concrete Slab Foundations”, NACE Corrosion/90, Las Vegas, NV (1990).
“Impressed Current Anodes, Old and New”, Second Int’l Conf on CP, Stratford upon Avon, UK, (1989)
“Design Considerations for High Current Output Anode Groundbeds”, NACE Corrosion/89, New Orleans, LA (1989).
Corrosion of Reinforcing Steel in Concrete, Transp. Res. Conf., Caltrans, Sacramento, CA (1988).
Installation of Cathodic Protection Systems for Reinforced Concrete, Northwest Bridge Engineers Seminar, Portland, OR (1986).
“Corrosion Control for Atmospherically Exposed Reinforced Concrete”, NACE Southeast Region, Atlanta, GA (1986).
Presented seminars on Corrosion Control for Reinforced Concrete Structures to Federal and State employees, Civil Engineers and Contractors in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Washington (1985 86).
“Progress Report: Cathodic Protection Using a Metallic Sprayed Anode”, AASHTO/NACE/FHWA Symposium, San Antonio, TX (1985).
Corrosion and Cathodic Protection of Reinforced Concrete, NACE Los Angeles Section Mtg. (1985).
“Curve Warning Signs – A Study of Policy and Practice,” California DOT, Sacramento, CA (1981)