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DoD Corrosion Courses and CorrSim Game Available on Mobile Devices

Access Corrosion Apps on the iPad, iPhone, and Via Facebook

If you're looking for an easy way to access Web-based courses on the science of polymers and ceramics, the Defense Department's Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office may have just the right app for you.

A new DoD course, Corrosion Comprehension: Polymers, is now available as a mobile app at the Apple Store online.
Scenes from,CorrSim, tutorial can be played on CorrConnect.org and are also available for download on your iPad or accessible via Facebook. Photo courtesy of GSGI Systems.

Or, if you need to understand the corrosion control technologies on a cargo seaport or an oil rig, you can download CorrSimulator—also known as CorrSim—on your iPad or iPhone. Or you can access it via Facebook if you prefer.

Four mobile apps for the Corrosion Comprehension series feature actor LeVar Burton, and they are available offerings in a four-part tutorial series. Jointly developed by GSGI Systems, The University of Akron, and Bruno White Entertainment for DoD's Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, the courses can be downloaded from the Apple Store for free. From the store, users can also download the CorrSim training game free of charge.

Developers at GSGI Systems created the corrosion mobile apps after the military corrosion community expressed an interest in makings its existing training courses more portable. The Corrosion Comprehension tutorial series and the CorrSim training game are also housed at CorrConnect.org, the DoD Corrosion Office's e-learning portal.

The titles in the Corrosion Comprehension series include CC1 Combating the Pervasive Menace; CC2 Portraying Polymers, CC3 Specifically Ceramics; and CC4 Corrosion Environments. A fifth tutorial—CC5 Policy, Prevention, and Procedures in Combatting the Pervasive Menace—is expected to be released during the spring of 2013.

"Beginning in 2013, all DoD certification and training courses are being made available on the iOS (iPad), Android, and social networking platforms, as well as Windows 8 (PC-based), OS X (Mac-based), and Linux desktop operating systems," said Isabel Manalac, vice president of GSGI Systems. "All coursework sponsored by the Corrosion Office has been developed for each type of mobile application and will eventually be available on Facebook and Google+."

CorrSim, an instructional game about corrosion technologies on facilities, can be downloaded on your iPad or iPhone, or accessed via Facebook.
The first tutorial in DoD's four-part series, titled Corrosion Comprehension: Combating the Pervasive Menace, is now available as a mobile app at the Apple Store online. Photo courtesy of GSGI Systems.

The DoD corrosion community began working with GSGI Systems four years ago to foster a community of corrosion practitioners. Only now has technology caught up to allow collaboration by way of social networking.

"The Corrosion Office courses are significantly more powerful on these social networks than if they were to just hang passively on traditional stand-alone Web sites," Manalac said. "Social networking allows you to communicate with corrosion practitioners instantly. On Facebook, for example, you can post a question on a wall, it will go out to the world, and it can be answered quickly by an expert or someone with an interest similar to your own."

The dominant players in the social networking landscape are Facebook and Google+, Manalac said. "Between the two of them, they have 98 to 99 percent of the market. If a new one comes into play that is significant, we'll look into adapting DoD courseware for it as well, with the goal of casting as wide a net as possible.

Manalac's team began marketing CorrSim on Facebook during the last week of December 2011. In just 10 days, they attracted 1,300 users who downloaded the game.

"Such is the power of social networking—the uptake is so much faster than it is on a stand-alone Web site," said Manalac.

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