Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC): Causes and Preventive Methods and Technologies

Production and Operations Projects, Facilities and Construction

Course Description

This 2-day course will acquaint the participant with the latest in Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion.


  • Why are corrosion management techniques effective?
  • How can a system become vulnerable to MIC?
  • Prevention and mitigation methods: How effective are they in practice?
  • “Myths” and misunderstandings about MIC: How much truth is there?
  • How do systems become vulnerable to MIC?
  • What are the practical stages that need to be taken in recognition and treatment of MIC?

Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to:

  • Have a better understanding of the importance of routine
  • Understand corrosion (especially microbial corrosion) mitigation methods more efficiently
  • Learn the most sensible and trustful way of MIC treatment
  • Recognize MIC from other types of corrosion manifestations
  • Give advice on materials selection and biocide control
  • Differentiate “myths” from “realities” in MIC mitigation
  • Design/apply prevention/mitigation of MIC practices

Why Attend

  • To recognize microbial corrosion from other corrosion processes that demonstrate the same morphology (pitting)
  • Understand the conditions by which a system becomes susceptible to microbial corrosion
  • Learn the most feasible methods to recognize microbial corrosion (field and laboratory)
  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of common methods of treatment of MIC (physical-mechanical (pigging), chemical (biocide) and biological)
  • Differentiate myths from reality in dealing with  microbial corrosion (operation myths, engineering  myths)

Who Attends

The course is designed for asset managers, plant engineers, consulting engineers, specialist contractors, asset condition inspectors and overseers, pipeline, materials and corrosion engineers.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

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Reza Javaherdashti, BSc, MSc, PhD has extensive experiences in the field of corrosion both in Australia and overseas. He is a senior corrosion, metallurgy and material technologist with over 19 years of experience in oil & gas, mining, marine, chemical, food processing, and power industries. He is known to deliver front-line materials, corrosion prevention, and design strategy advice, leading and motivating by example. His vision and experience have resulted in new businesses and innovative technologies.

Javaherdashti has demonstrated strengths in technology management, human factor in corrosion management, structural integrity, microbial corrosion treatment, materials design, failure investigation, and materials optimization applicable to oil and gas production and petrochemical industries. His work has influenced areas of microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), biocide selection, corrosion technology and metallurgy. With advanced experience as a mentor, Javaherdashti has led multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists and technologists. Using his influence to build relationships, technical alliances, and negotiating strategic planning with third parties, he establishes fruitful dialogue with major industrial sectors among a diverse range of cultures.