Inspection Conference Program

Inspection Conference 2020

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9:00am – 5:00pm Arboretum 1-2 WELD CRACKING WORKSHOP
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7:30am Market Place Registration Open
7:30 – 11:00am Market Place Exhibitor Set Up
8:45 – 10:00am Regency Ballroom Keynote Address: Keni Thomas, Army Ranger
10-11:30am NACE International Window Box Corrosion and Coating Performance Concerns: Intro to Coatings Inspection and Weld Preparation for Coating
Presenter: Tom Higginbotham, PPG
AWS Regency Ballroom Starting a Successful Inspection Business
Presenter: Brent Boling, Arc-Tech Welding, Inc/Arc-Tech Inspections

If you’ve got the skills and knowledge to become a Certified Welding Inspector, you may be interested in being your own boss. How do you make the move from being an in-house welding inspector to be a third-party contracted inspector? What is required legally to go into business for yourself as a consultant? Come learn from successful entrepreneurs who made welding inspection work for them.

Who Should Attend: Welders, Certified Welding Inspectors, and those interested in transitioning into welding inspection.

A reoccurring theme in our inspections world today is inspectors wanting to be their own boss. Many are looking to be ‘INDEPENDENT’ and not answer to others. Others just think that they can make so much more money with their own business. But this is not a decision to be taken lightly.

There is a lot more to starting a business than people take the time to consider. In the Welding Inspections sector, it is definitely something that needs careful attention and a little bit of guidance from someone who has been there before.

This presentation will give you some insight and direction into what goes into starting a SUCCESSFUL Welding Inspections Business.

ASNT Arboreturm 1-4 Intro to NDT
Presenter: Ricky Morgan, FlawTech
11:30 – 1:00pm Market Place / Inspection Exhibit Hall ALL ATTENDEE LUNCH & OPENING OF EXHIBIT HALL
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Visual Inspections
1 – 3:00pm NACE International Window Box Topic 1: (1-2pm) Pipeline Girth Welds Inspection
Presenter: Eric Piotrowski, SSPCG

Topic 2: (2-3pm) Coating Inspection Plan Development
Presenter: Mike Melampy, PPG

AWS Regency Ballroom Topic 1: (1-2 PM): Visual Welding Inspection Procedures
Presenter: C.E. Pepper, Southeastern Louisiana University


In many industries and industry projects, welding inspectors charged with monitoring the quality of fabricators and contractors, as well as those charged with supervising weld procedure and welder/welding operator qualification, embark on their assignments without the aid of a documented (written) procedure.

This has long been evident in many industries, even though Codes invoked by contracts contain very explicit requirements that all inspections and tests be conducted in accordance with a documented procedure. Audits of inspection and testing operations continue to expose a general lack of understanding that any test – visual or other – must be conducted in a very predictable and regulated manner in order to assure both accuracy of the inspection/test, and the thoroughness.

Most sentiments regarding visual inspection procedures regard them as “unnecessary” to a fully trained and certified inspection professional who has likely conducted, “…untold hundreds of similar inspections…”. Those organizations who profess to “do it right”, generally regard the inspection and test report form as the “procedure”. While better than nothing, this practice brings into light the lack of understanding of many between the process of inspection and the collection of data resulting from that process.

In the rare event that a visual inspection procedure is part of a company or individual’s quality management system, the use of this tool is relegated to the book shelf rather than made a part of every-day practice. Similar to Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS), welding inspection procedures simply do not find their way into the hands of those individuals most effected and most reliant on them, and necessary to their day-to-day work activities.

The most effective visual weld inspection procedures are “living documents” that are revised for each assignment, and include detailed information relating to; the items to be inspected, contact information, contract/job references, materials used in fabrication, inspection tools needed, the inspection environment, scope of inspections, reference materials to be used (Code or specification with acceptance criteria), safety hazards anticipated, etc.

Employers and inspection personnel regularly engaged in visual weld inspection.

Using procedure formats developed over 40+ years of industry and inspection experience, the author will show the value of including visual inspection procedures for all inspection activities, and improve the training offered by employers to their inspectors in the development and application of project-specific inspection procedures.
As employers embrace the use of documented procedures for all inspections, there will need to be training established for employees to instruct them in the development and use of said procedures.

Documented inspection procedures are applicable wherever visual inspection is conducted, and, if properly developed and implemented, can be used as a selling tool for small contractors and individual inspectors to improve and expand their business base.

The author anticipates a generally positive impact to the inspection industry as employers and individual inspection consultants adopt the process of producing detailed inspection procedures. This action would improve the quality of inspections, demonstrate a high level of commitment to conducting highest quality inspections, and ensuring that inspections are adequately researched prior to being conducted.

Another anticipated improvement in inspection quality would result from inclusion of the “scope of work” within project-specific procedures. This practice would help eliminate follow-up inspections necessitated by poor communication between the inspector and employer resulting in incomplete inspections, additional costs, and schedule impacts.

Topics 2: Visual Welding Inspection – Our Most Cost Effective Method
Presenter: Richard Holdren, Arc Specialties / Welding Consultants LLC


When we discuss visual welding inspection (VWI), we are really describing much more than visual examination (VE) of finished welds. The AWS Certified Welding Inspector program is intended to prepare individuals to perform welding inspection, primarily through the use of natural or aided vision. The important feature of this method is that it is most effective when applied throughout the fabrication process, including before, during and after welding. As such, the capability exists to detect conditions that could lead to an unacceptable weld before the weld is made. Additionally, during the fabrication process, VE performed by a trained and experienced inspector could detect irregularities at the time when they occur making their correction much easier and, therefore, more cost-effective compared to their detection once the weld is complete.

Another factor affecting the overall cost of a product has to do with the applicable acceptance criteria specified by the design authority. Specification of acceptance criteria more critical than the design warrants only adds cost. Then, if an inspector applies these criteria in an overzealous manner, the cost escalates even further. The bain of the inspector is the “borderline indication”. Since the acceptance criteria is already considered conservative, rejection of the borderline indication adds even more cost.

AWS D14.4, Specification for the Design of Welded Joints in Machinery and Equipment, is one of the best standards produced by AWS. It integrates the design, fabrication, and inspection of components according to the design criteria for a weld joint, or structural component. The design authority specifies a Class of weld joint, which then dictates fabrication requirements, inspection method(s) and frequency, and the applicable acceptance criteria. This presentation will describe this unique approach and some of the inherent benefits. As part of this approach, the visual examination acceptance criteria is greatly simplified, providing an opportunity to improve the consistency and effectiveness of the inspection, thereby reducing the overall cost.

ASNT Arboreturm 1-4 Topic 1 (1-2PM): Remote Visual Inspection 1
Presenter: Brandon Tigges, Gecko Robotics
Topics 2 (2-3PM): Remote Visual Inspection 2
Presenter: Johnny Gonzalez, Quest Integrity USA, LLC


The talk will be about NDT applications for robotics and the process for identifying whether or not a robot could/should be used for an application and identifying whether or not a project is feasible as well as the right technology/delivery system. Robots should not be used for the sake of using robots. There has to be a specific need and business case where the additional mobility and access advantages of the robotic solution and/or the additional data the robotic platform is able to provide needs to add value that doing the inspection manually otherwise would not. Managing the costs associated with developing a new robotic platform is also important because, as a manufacturer, we can’t invest $2million in R&D on a new project only to find out it has no commercial value. The best primary objective of any robotics company or NDT technology company looking to successfully provide robotic solutions for this industry is to speak with more end users, learn about their problems, and find create new ways to solve them. Start with a big problem and solve it instead of building a solution and trying to find where it fits. Start with the customer.

3:00 – 3:30pm Market Place / Inspection Exhibit Hall REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITOR NETWORKING
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Drawings and Documentations
3:30-5:00Pm NACE International Window Box Project Specific Coating Inspection Planning
Presenters: Ramon E. Pelaez, Greenman Pedersen Inc
AWS Regency Ballroom The Art of Realistic Flawed Specimens – Beyond Notches & Side Drilled Holes
Presenter: Ricky L. Morgan, FlawTech America


The concept of making flawed specimens seems simple at first thought. Anyone can make a bad weld or product. This is true in concept but making a flawed specimen with accurate dimensions with no distractors other than the intended flaws to gauge an NDT Technicians’ or the CWIs’ performance or ability to properly locate, size and dispatch said specimen to a specific code, procedure or industry standard is another thing all together.

For many years I have heard from inspectors how they fear taking practical exams and how hard it is to get practical experience. In this day and age, we are still experiencing only 50% passing rate on some of the standardized Industry Performance Demonstration Exams. Why is that?

I believe it is most likely linked to lack of adequate preparation. Just because you do it day in and day out doesn’t mean you don’t need a refresher prior to taking an exam.

I will discuss the advantages of having and using realistic flawed specimens to both train on and test with for a variety of industry sectors.

AISC Arboreturm 1-4 Demystifying Chapter N and the Building Code: What You Need to Know
Presenter: Larry Kruth, AISC


This session will offer an explanation of Chapter N in the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, including quality requirements for fabrication and erection, the difference between Quality Control and Quality Assurance, and the relation to the International Building Code. We’ll also cover structural steel tolerances and how they relate to inspection.

5:00 – 6:30pm Market Place / Inspection Exhibit Hall HAPPY HOUR IN THE EXHIBIT HALL






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7:30am Market Place Registration Open
7:15 – 8:00am Market Place Coffee and Exhibitor Networking
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Non Destructive Testing
8-10:00am NACE International Window Box Topic 1: (8-9am) Holiday Testing and Visual Inspection Welds
Presenters: Mark Byerley, Tinker and Rasor
Topic 2: (9-10am) Introducing the Benefits of Digitalization: How to Start Now and What to Expect
Presenteres: Aaron Boyll, TruQC
AWS Regency Ballroom (8:00 – 8:45am) In-Line Inspection fundamentals, how to prioritize selective seam weld corrosion anomalies.
Presenter: Bernardo Cuervo


Bernardo Cuervo is a Senior Pipeline Integrity Consultant for G2 Integrated Solutions with 30 years of experience in pipeline design, construction, and in-line inspection (ILI). Cuervo graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1989 and is a Master Trainer of the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research (NCCER). He is co-chair of the Corrosion Control Course of the University of Oklahoma and a PHMSA associate instructor for the ‘Safety Evaluation of In-line Inspection Programs’. Cuervo has co-presented the workshop ‘Practical Pigging Operations’ for Clarion Technical Conference and has trained and certified analysts and pipeline operators in various ILI technologies in the USA and Canada.

There are two main technologies to perform an in-line inspection (ILI) of a pipeline to detect and measurecorrosion: magnetic flux leakage (MFL) and ultrasonic testing (UT). MFL technology has been in use to detect corrosion in pipelines for almost 55 years, UT for about 35 years. These two technologies are matureand well understood, both haslimitations, advantages, and some drawbacks.

In this paper, two case studies will be used to illustrate the use of MFL and UT to identify pitting corrosionand selective seam weld corrosion (SSWC).In addition, the paper describes a supplemental screening process of the collected ILI data that pipeline operators can perform as part of their due diligence to identify and prioritize potential seam weld anomalies like SSWCin low frequency ERWpre-1970s, and susceptible high frequency ERW pre-1980spipe.This screening process generates a prioritized anomaly identification list that optimizesthe number of investigated excavations to increase the safety and profitability of a pipeline system.

(8:45 – 10:00am) Inspection of Crack Repairs in Large Castings and Forgings
Presenter: George Fairbanks, Fairbanks Inspection & Testing

ASNT Arboreturm 1-4 Topic 1 (8:00-9:00am): Why develop a standard procedure?
Presenter: Michael Taylor, Phoenix LLC
Topic 2 (9:00-10:00am): How are Standards Started?
Presenter: Michael Taylor, Phoenix LLC
10 – 10:30am Market Place / Inspection Exhibit Hall REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITOR NETWORKING
10:30-11:30am NACE International Window Box Coating Procedure Development
Presenter: Dave Pittman, Consultant
AWS Regency Ballroom Topic 1: (10:30 – 11:00am) Recommended Best Practices for Developing Alternative Flaw Criteria for AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Welds
Presenter: S. Altstadt and R. Warke
Topic 2: (11:00 – 11:30am): How to Readily Access Accurate Data in Pipeline Integrity Management
Presenter: Randall Stremmel, Metegrity


AWS D1.1 allows for using modern fracture mechanics as a basis for justifying alternative flaw acceptance criteria in structural steel welds, but it does not provide any recommendations for executing this practice. The intent of this presentation is to provide recommended best practices for planning and implementing
alternative flaw acceptance criteria programs. The emphasis is placed on the interaction of different technical specialists, workflow, material procurement requirements, and schedule. Consensus fracture mechanics procedures, fracture toughness testing standards, non‐standard fracture mechanics tests,
other necessary material testing, and inspection capabilities are reviewed. Similar to any other engineering method, there are multiple options for level of effort and technical sophistication.

The multiple options, each with its respective pros and cons, are provided. Current and anticipated future research and development trends for fracture mechanics in alternative flaw criteria are briefly discussed.


Pipelines are among the most complex and critical assets to manage in the world. As evidenced by a recent study into pipeline incidents over the past nine years, the stakes with pipeline failure are high: on average each day in the US alone, 1.7 incidents are reported, requiring 9 people to be evacuated and causing almost $1.3 billion in property damage. In fact, a pipeline catches fire every four days and results in an explosion every 11 days –resulting in injury every five days on average, and a fatality every 26.

[1]With the plethora of leaks and explosions that have been occurring recently, and the increased emphasis on pipeline regulations with the new laws and standards coming out, you are likely all too aware of the stakes. The question is: How can you get ahead of them? The answer lies in digital data. With the recent surge in digitalization, critical and accurate information about pipeline health is more readily accessible than ever. Tools now exist that deliver real data in real time at all stages of the pipeline’s lifecycle –from construction through to operations. In fact, even inspection work can be reported immediately from the field via mobile tablet. Allot this can translate into substantial productivity gains, risk mitigation, and reduced likelihood of failure –but the real game changer is the access to readily accurate data from your asset at any time. Let’s examine how.

AISC Arboreturm 1-4 Understanding Demand Critical Welding for Seismic Applications – and Other Fun Welding Facts!
Presenter: Duane Miller, Lincoln Electric
What do buildings and earthquakes have in common? Demand critical welds! This session will dive into the requirements of AWS D1.8 Seismic Supplement, prequalified connections, and Chapter J – Quality Control and Quality Assurance of the Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC 341).
11:30-12:30pm NACE International Window Box Coating Best Practices – CWI welds vs pass for coating, etc
Presenter: Steven Wadsworth, Wadsworth Inspection Services, Inc.
AWS Regency Ballroom Quality Auditing vs Inspecting
Presenter: Lee A. Pielaet of Pioneer Steel Services, Inc.


Quality Auditing vs Inspecting, Can they work hand-in-hand? Identifying types of audits, possible conflicts, and misconceptions about auditing as we explore some practical methods used and hoping to allow time for questions and answers. The target audience for QA/QC and executive management.

ASNT Arboreturm 1-4 The Operational Value of Digitization
Presenter: Bruce Breeden, Floodlight Software
12:30 – 1:30pm Market Place / Inspection Exhibit Hall ALL ATTENDEE LUNCH & TED TALKS
1:30-4:30pm NACE International Window Box Passive Fire Protection and Intumescent Paint: Class B Coatings and Slip Critical Connections
Presenters: Russell Norris, Sherwin Williams
AWS Regency Ballroom Topic 1 (1:30 – 2:00pm): Current Practices and Technology for Amusement Ride Inspections
Presenter: David S. Pacacha & Chris Small
Topic 2 (2:00 – 2:30pm): Cutting Edge Inspection Technology That Will Enhance Your Welding Processes
Presenter: Jeff Noruk, Servo Robot Corporation
Topic 3 (2:30 – 3:15pm): Drone Inspections
Presenter: Dan Ward, Director of Technical Engagement, Airobotics
Topic 4 (3:30 – 4:30pm): Understanding K-Areas
Presenter: Brent Boling, Arc-Tech Welding, Inc/Arc-Tech Inspections


Current Practices and Technology for Amusement Ride Inspection
The themed park entertainment industry continues to grow in the United States and abroad. The drive to entertain the public with the latest technology and ride systems continues to challenge the ability to perform continuing inspections of mechanical components. Roller coasters are being developed that are faster, go higher, invert and corkscrew at higher frequencies than those currently in use. Mechanical systems providing enhanced ride and show experiences are more complex and must be designed with inspect ability in mind. Existing and new adaptable nondestructive testing processes must be employed to meet the need for increased reliability, safety, fatigue life monitoring, and extended operation hours.

This paper provides an overview of the existing federal and state legislation regulating the themed park industry and the means, methods, and technologies existing and being developed to effectively inspect amusement rides. Actual ride components with examples of existing inspection methods are described.


Cutting Edge Inspection Technology That Will Enhance Your Welding Process
Inspection of welds has always been a crucial part of the welding quality management process, but using traditional manual gauges can be unreliable, subjective, time consuming, and they cannot be connected to the digital world. Thankfully, there is a new laser weld inspection tool that can inspect your welds quickly, consistently, and accurately. With its state-of-the-art technology, this laser inspection device allows for remote collaboration, real time data diagnostics, and can measure features that are nearly impossible to measure with gauges (i.e. toe angle, over-welding, theoretical throat, etc.). It has also been used by companies for remote inspection which allows for greater safety for the inspector, more reliable measurements, and easier sharing of digital data visit and Industry 4.0


Drone Inspections
Drones are becoming an integral tool on site, replacing manual inspections in the most hazardous areas and collecting critical information, while drastically reducing the time and manpower required. Physical inspections of assets such as the top of tanks tend to be conducted manually, and maintenance decisions such as visual inspections, which are oftentimes made subjectively, can be affected by many factors including weather, lighting and time of day. With added automation capabilities, the operational advantages brought on by drones are further augmented with consistent and reliable data capture, download, processing and collaboration.

With Airobotics’ ability to deliver regular aerial visuals and data, physical risk to employees can be minimized without the need for them to climb up the tanks. Activities do not have to be halted as personnel are not physically required to inspect and take measurements of critical assets. The frequency of measurements and inspections can be significantly increased whilst human risks are minimized to the absolute lowest possible rate.

Airobotics’ VP Sales, Brenton Welford, will discuss the era of Digital Data Delivery, and share benefits that automated drone operations entail. This presentation will focus on the efficiency of automated aerial data capture, data management and analytics. Furthermore, during his talk, Brenton will share an overview of the digital revolution and the reality of automation in oil & gas and other industrial facilities.

Supported with real-life case studies, he will identify where the data value truly lies for industrial operations, how we extract this value and transform it into business-critical insights to justify investments for digitalization.

During the presentation, he will also discuss the implementation of new technology and how change-management principles must be applied to create behavioral-shifts. Standard decision-making processes will need to be streamlined as the value of digitalization is derived from the ability to react rapidly to near real-time data at each operation. Decision-making will transition from the basis of subjective opinions to leveraging objective data and measurements.

About Airobotics:
Airobotics, a global leader in fully automated industrial drones. Airobotics has developed a pilotless drone solution, the first of its kind in the global market. Airobotics provides an end-to-end, fully automatic solution for collecting aerial data and gaining invaluable insights. The industrial grade platform is available on-site and on-demand, enabling industrial facilities to access premium aerial data in a faster, safer, more efficient way. Airobotics is the world’s first and only regulatory compliant commercial UAV solution that can be operated remotely in BVLOS mode.


Understanding K-Areas
Once you become a Certified Welding Inspector, you may be exposed to factors and details that you had no exposure to previously. How do you learn about items not included in all the applicable codes? What is the K-area? Where is it located? Why is it a concern?

Key words: K-area, K-section, rotary straightening, W-shapes, D1.8 Seismic Supplement, and AISC.

Who Should Attend: Welders, Lead personnel, Certified Welding Inspectors, Engineers, and those interested in transitioning into welding inspection or associated jobs.

Stresses in members can be a result of the manufacturing processes or fabrication procedures. One of the problem areas they leave us to contend with is the K-area. With all of its’ reputation it is a very misunderstood area of the members involved.

One of the reasons for this is the lack of mention in D1.1, WIT, A3.0, or other AWS reference materials and minimal mention in AISC 360. We need to remove the mystery surrounding the K-area to make sure it is properly observed during fabrication and eliminate catastrophic conditions that could result in injury or death.

This presentation will give you much needed insight and direction into finding and applying code provisions of K-areas.

AISC Arboreturm 1-4 Topic 1: Routine Observations for Bolting Inspection
Presenter: Bob Shaw, STS
Topic 2: Do You Have Bolting Questions? AISC’s Steel Solutions Center Has the Answers
Presenters: Carlo Lini, AISC & Heath Michell, GWY, Inc.


This session will illustrate and discuss the routine observations tasks for bolting materials, protected storage, faying surfaces, pre-installation verification testing, the snug tight condition, and pretensioning using the turn-of-nut, twist-off type tension control bolt, and direct tension indicator methods.


The Steel Solutions Center (SSC) is for anyone who needs technical assistance or tools to make structural steel easy! Today, the SSC will focus on the most common questions about bolting. Come for the all the answers and a live bolting demonstration.

5:00 – 6:30pm Market Place / Inspection Exhibit Hall HAPPY HOUR IN THE EXHIBIT HALL – ROUND TWO!






Function / Presentation

7:30am Market Place Registration Open
7:15 – 8:00am Market Place Coffee and Exhibitor Networking
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Higher Level Inspections
8-9:00am NACE International Window Box Coatings Under Insulation: Removing Insulation and Visual Inspection
Presenter: Mike Melampy, PPG
AWS Regency Ballroom Post Weld Heat Treat of Oilfield 13Cr Stainless Steels
Presenter: Sri Krishna Chimbli and Michael G. Burns, Stress Engineering Services


Although 13Cr martensitic stainless steels are widely used for threaded-and coupled oilfield casing and tubing because of their resistance to corrosion by dissolved carbon dioxide and their cost advantage over most other corrosion-resistant alloys, their use for welded downhole components requires careful planning. Their high hardenability creates a hard heat-affected zone whose hardness must be reduced by post-weld heat treatment in order to recover the alloy’s limited resistance to sulfide stress cracking.

At the same time, the relatively high strength of downhole 13Cr stainless steel grades (80-110 ksi specified minimum yield strength) requires tempering temperatures that limit how high the PWHT temperature can go without compromising strength. This article presents experimental work that was done to determine how post-weld heat treatment affects yield strength of 13Cr grades and establish a suitable post-weld heat treatment time and temperature for these alloys.

AISC Arboreturm 1-4 Construction Documents: The Wheres and Whats
Presenter: Andrea Reynolds, Smith Group
The phase “construction documents” covers all kinds of things: design drawings, shop drawings, project specifications, and others – but no single document contains all the information you need to do inspections. This session reviews these different document types to help you find the specific information you need for your inspections.
9-10:00am NACE International Window Box Advanced Visual Examination & Surface Defect Discrimination using 3D Imaging Technology
Presenter: Matt Bellis, Seikowave
AWS Regency Ballroom A Discussion of the Interdependence of NDE, Metallurgy and Weld Repair in Determining Fitness for Service of Critical Pressure Parts
Presenter: Jeff Henry, President and co-owner of ATC-Combustion Engineering Solutions, Inc.
In assessing the condition of major pressure parts following extended elevated temperature service, the engineer performing the assessment must rely heavily on the expertise of the NDE personnel performing inspections and the welding specialists performing repairs, if those are necessary, to insure final component integrity. Examples of the critical interactions will be discussed.
AISC Arboreturm 1-4 Fabricator’s/Erector’s Views on Inspection: Lessons Learned
Presenters: Tim Duke, Williams Erection, Chris Crosby, Cianbro Fabrication and Coating Corporation & Drew Heron, Empire Acero
Some fabricators/erectors are only responsible for QC, while others are responsible for both QC/QA. What are some of the challenges they’ve faced? How have they solved them? This lively panel discussion will share lessons learned and common sense solutions to issues we all run into, whether you’re in the shop or field.
10 – 10:30am Market Place / Inspection Exhibit Hall REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITOR NETWORKING
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Industry Standards
10:30-11:30am NACE International Window Box The Development of Steel Preparation Technology
Presenter: Ken Rossy, HoldTight
AWS Arboretum 1-2 / Regency Ballroom Industry Standards – Gulf Coast Region
Presenter: Calvin Pepper, Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana University


Inspectors in the Gulf Coast Region of the U.S. are constantly challenged to perform inspections to a myriad of standards that cover all manner of design and construction activities. This part of the United States is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, transportation infrastructure, and processing and manufacturing centers that dwarf other parts of the world in complexity and contribution to the GNP. This diversity contributes to the fact that an inspector working in this area may inspect pressure or power piping one day, vessels or tanks the next, and then finish the week inspecting structural steel fabrication intended for a process structure in a chemical plant or refinery the next.

A typical project requires the inspector to provide information to the Project Manager during site preparation, excavation, subsurface utility and drainage systems, foundations for pipe racks and equipment, as well as the piping and equipment to be placed on those foundations. Inspecting welding is only a small part of a “Welding Inspector’s” day.
Each of these areas of construction are guided by multiple standards with which the inspector must be familiar, if not expert. On a typical refinery or chemical plant project, the inspector of record may find more than 30 standards invoked as part of the contract. If that inspector is employed by the design engineer, there will be additional standards to be knowledgeable of that relate to design, fabrication, and construction.

At times, U.S.-based inspectors are asked to inspect projects in foreign countries (Europe, China, Southeast Asia, South America, etc.) where additional codes and standards will apply to the work being performed. On a project the author was assigned for a Client in Singapore, the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore insisted that mechanical systems (piping and pressure vessels) be designed, fabricated, and tested (NDE) to the Ministry of Manpower Standard. Engineers unfamiliar with the requirements of that standard failed to stipulate to the NDE requirements of the standard which cost the Owner significant money to have piping system insulation removed for additional NDE after delivery to Singapore.

This presentation will investigate the myriad codes and standards which an inspector must become familiar with in order to ensure proper compliance for their projects. At times, the inspector will have very little time with which to educate themselves in the new standards and to figure out how to apply unfamiliar requirements.

Inspection personnel regularly engaged in visual weld inspection in fabrication and construction of refineries, process, and other industries where multiple standards apply. Inspection personnel who are considering or could possibly find themselves assigned to projects where foreign standards are used in lieu of U.S. standards.

Using experiences developed over 40+ years of industry and inspection experience, the author will discuss the process of identifying relevant standards that apply to all aspects of projects, not only those that are most comfortable (familiar) for the inspector. Standards for all project activities are critical and having a strong knowledge of these is crucial to the success of any project inspector.

As inspectors begin to understand their responsibilities as it regards multiple standards, there will continue to be a need for training to instruct them in the application of unfamiliar standards.

Standards are applicable wherever design, fabrication, construction, and plant operations are conducted. If inspectors are properly trained in their content and use, this expertise can be used as a selling tool for small contractors and individual inspectors to improve and expand their business base.

AISC Arboreturm 3-4 Inspection: It’s More Than Welding And Bolting
Presenter, Larry Martof, Quality Management Company
When thinking of inspection, we tend to think of only welding and maybe bolting areas. But other aspects should be considered when thinking about “inspection.” What about paint and coatings, dimensional, tolerances, material storage, or even “inspection” of the quality system? So, broaden your world of inspection and be sure to attend this session!
Business Practices Panel Discussion
11am – 12:30pm All Regency Ballroom Topics to Include:
Starting a Business/Ethics and Conduct on the Job Site/Small Business Practices/Compliance and Common Sense!
10:30am – 1:00pm Exhibitor Break Down

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