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Freese and Nichols recently hired Ron Deal as a senior designer. Submitted photo

Freese and Nichols strengthen corrosion protection

Thursday, February 14, 2019

 Freese and Nichols, Inc., has strengthened its corrosion protection services with the addition of corrosion specialist Ron Deal as a senior designer. Deal will leverage his expertise to develop cathodic protection programs for clients in the water/wastewater, transportation and energy industries.

Deal, who is based in the firm’s Austin office, has more than 15 years of experience managing and designing large-scale corrosion control projects in Texas and nationally. In addition to overseeing major projects, he has handled detailed work from conceptual design through construction and commissioning and ongoing operations. His expertise includes collecting and interpreting test data and preparing recommendations based on National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) standards and best practices. He understands the corrosion mitigation process across a variety of applications, including water storage tanks, water transmission pipelines, wastewater facilities, oil pipelines and reservoirs, coastal facilities and bridges. His diverse skill set and deep level of technical knowledge will add value to all of the firm’s infrastructure projects.

“With Ron’s all-encompassing background, particularly in water and wastewater projects, he will complement the majority of our firm’s practices,” Rusty Gibson, P.E., a Freese and Nichols vice president, said. “He will allow us to provide enhanced services that emphasize reliability and resiliency in every project and reduce the overall life-cycle cost of a project for our clients.”

Deal has worked with municipalities, public entities, water districts and military bases spanning the United States, including North Fort Bend Water District, Colorado River Municipal Water District and the Cities of San Angelo, San Diego and Los Angeles, along with numerous others in Texas and California. He recently managed the cathodic protection program for more than 100 ground and elevated water storage tanks in the Houston area.

Deal is a certified Cathodic Protection Technologist (CP3) by NACE, where he has served as an active member for many years and has been invited to give presentations for the organization. He completed the Fundamentals of Protective Coatings for Industrial Structures (C1) course through the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC).

Deal received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from San Jose State University.

Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a professional consulting firm serving clients across the Southeast and Southwest United States. With sustainability in mind, Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects. It is the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Learn more at Freese and Nichols' website.