Inspectioneering Journal

Committee Reports, Recommended Practices (RP's) & Standards of Benefit to Inspectors, Engineers & Managers

By Greg Alvarado, Chief Editor at Inspectioneering. This article appears in the September/October 1996 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.

Inspection and testing procedures shall follow recognized and generally accepted good engineering practice," can mean many things to many people. Fortunately, organizations like API, NACE, ASME, etc. have taken the initiative in establishing many of these practices for decades. As is the case with life, most of these practices have evolved over time to better suit their intended purposes, usually to safeguard human life and the environment while attempting to improve equipment reliability and availability. In fact, many of the early RPs, etc. spawned supporting documents, valuable in themselves, even leading to risk-based management paradigms.

It is encouraging to see the industries admit that "we never arrive." There are always ways to improve our situation, whatever that may be. Originally, most were inspecting and making repair/replacement decisions based upon new fabrication requirements. It took some years, but finally organizations like those referenced above made up of industry leaders and representing owner/users, insurers, jurisdictional agencies, technologists, scientists and service providers began creating documents more suitable for their intended purposes. We are now even beginning to synergize or communicate and cooperate, leveraging our assets across the industry and organizational boundaries in attempts to vastly improve our effectiveness.

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