Monday, April 26, 2010

NACE survey of TG 360 non-voters

To All;

Below is a survey that was sent out to those eligible to vote on the TG 360 committee’s recent effort to revise the SP0169-2007 document. Those who voted on the document may not have gotten this e-mail. If you are not on the original July 2009 voting ballot list you would (probably) have not gotten the message. I did not get the message since I did vote. Someone else who did vote actually got this message by mistake or I would not have a copy.

It is interesting as to how the survey is phrased. Personally, I think there should have been a few more questions, such as:

___ I thought my Negative vote from the September 2009 ballot would still count.
___ I am tired of the whole debate.
___ I did not vote because I wanted to vote Negative, but was not sure how much information was required to prove my Negative to the committee.
___ I have seen some of the members of the committee mistreated because they did not agree with some of the “experts” on the committee, therefore I feel intimidated trying to explain my Negative to some on this committee.
___ My Company does not want me to get involved in a document this controversial since it may reflect on our business if some do not agree with my stance.

Yes, I know there is an “other” column, but asking the wrong questions can lead to a false sense of what the problems really are. We as NACE need to have a better understanding of how to better serve our membership as a whole, not a select group that has the most influence.

Not sure how much response NACE got back, but I hope they publish the results so we can all see what those who did respond had to say.

NACE International is our organization and we need to participate. I hope they got a great response from this survey that will help on this and other documents and votes in the future. I am sure they would even like to hear from you if you would like to answer any of the questions above. You can send those to Daniela Matthews at so they can be passed along to the committee.

I am not NACE International, so this is not a formal request from NACE! I just want to keep everyone informed as to what is going on with this very important document. Please stay up with the process and I encourage you to send your comments on this survey to NACE even if it is late. Also, continue to gather your information to prove your position (for or against) any future revisions and upcoming votes.

Again, if this information is not valuable to you or you wish to be deleted from the list, please let me know at If you know someone who would like to be added to the list of contacts for the blog, please let me know.

Thanks to all of you for your support, not only of the Blog site, but also to the committee for all the hard work and commitment to completing this document.

Richard Norsworthy
Polyguard Products, Inc.
“We believe” in non-shielding coatings used with CP!


Dear Members,

In July 2009, you indicated that you would like to join the balloting list for TG 360’s proposed revision to NACE SP0169-2007, “Control of External Corrosion on Underground or Submerged Metallic Piping Systems.”

NACE records indicate that you did not reply to the ballot that was recently sent out to provide you with the opportunity to review the document and vote between February 12, 2010 and March 12, 2010.

We only received a response from 53% of members who are eligible to vote on this document. This message is being sent to you as a follow-up, and it is extremely important that you respond and let us know why you did not reply to the ballot so that we can work to maximize the participation of those who have joined the ballot list. Please check all that apply:

___ I was traveling during this period.
___ My workload was very heavy during this period, and I did not have time.
___ I meant to cast my vote, but forgot.
___ I did not understand what I was supposed to do (i.e., the instructions on how to respond were unclear).
___ I thought my affirmative vote with no comment from the September 2009 ballot would still count.
___ Other (please specify):_________________________________________

Please reply back and let us know by April 16, 2010.

Thank you,