Inspectioneering Journal

NDE Record Keeping- Past Headache Now Powerful Tool

By Dennis Smythe at Fluor Daniel, Inc., and Cathy Shargay at Fluor Daniel, Inc. This article appears in the January/February 1997 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.

Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EP&C) companies have a monumental task to maintain accurate Nondestructive Examination (NDE) records on major new construction projects. Fluor Daniel has developed and put in use over the last several years a database program for tracking pipe welds and the NDE associated with them. The database is called Nondestructive Examination and Welding System or "NEWS". Its primary functions are to help ensure that the inspection requirements are met, to display summary information in a way that enables easy decision making, to focus in on the causes of welding problems, and to provide a fast, accurate method of reviewing the status of welds that are in for hydrotest clearance.

The program has advanced steadily since its first introduction, going beyond its original charter as simply an NDE tracking tool. The latest DOS PC version contains features aiding activities from material control to quantity surveying. The question is often asked, "why put all those features into a quality control software?" The answer is, "Because the information is already there". It always has been. Except in the past, it was on paper in a bunch of files that no one could ever dream of getting their arms around.

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