Roy O. Christensen: About the Author
Integrity Specialist, Christensen Qualityworks Inc.

Roy O. Christensen

Roy O. Christensen is an integrity specialist with Christensen Qualityworks Inc., who provides consulting services for developing and leading quality and integrity management (IM) programs.  His experience has included oil and gas, oil sands, pipeline, and infrastructure projects.  His technical writing includes many guidelines, instructions, plans, procedures, and specifications for engineering and procurement (EP) projects, and he has published several articles on the topics of factory acceptance testing (FAT), NDE, quality, and welding.  Roy is a Registered Engineering Technologist (RET) with CWB Level 3 welding inspector, API 510 pressure vessel inspector, and ABSA in-service pressure vessel inspector certifications.

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It is a commonly held belief with oil & gas (O&G), oil sands, and pipeline projects that material test reports (MTRs) are always required for turnover to the owner-user, but that is untrue. In this article I will describe what MTRs are, how these are used during manufacturing, and when these are mandatory for turnover in the manufacturing record book (MRB) or vendor data book (VDB) to the owner-user for retention as a permanent record. I will give specific examples from relevant Acts, Codes, Regulations, and Standards to prove that MTR turnover to the owner-user is usually not required and provide examples to clearly demonstrate how this increases costs but does not add value. I will also describe why this is a much bigger problem than wasted paper and recommend best practices that are easily implemented. With this information, projects and owner-users can reduce costs and eliminate headaches, while still maintaining all of their quality and technical requirements.

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