Weld Quality Management is seen by some as an absolute minimum requirement with all the documents and files in place, while others deem it an onerous and tedious requirement and filling out bits of paper gets in the way of doing the job. The latter view denotes that the quality is in the pieces of paper and therefore not in the job. While welding itself has been (mostly) successfully applied over more than half a century, it should be noted that it is high risk work, and therefore requires risk mitigation. Half a century ago, projects were not burdened with the time constraints comparable to delivery today. And for most of this time, Australia had top qualified trade welders, who were masters in their trade craft and therefore, while unrecognised, exercised control (weld quality management) over their outputs.
The reality today is that requirements around welding have increased significantly, mainly due to the favourite engineering learning tool called catastrophic failure. While most of these did not occur in Australia, they still influenced the standards set in place to mitigate the risk associated with welding. However, there still seems to be a significant lack of appreciation in industry, at most levels as to the requirements around a system to manage weld quality, and the associated pieces of paper, especially those generated by weld inspection. The welding inspector’s role, before, during and after welding is seen as another hindrance to completing the job.
The aim with this presentation is to show how Weld Quality Management provides a framework to deliver safe welds, and how a good weld inspector can save your butt.
About the Presenter
Mary Louise Petrick, Technology Manager, Welding Technology Institute of Australia
Louise studied Metallurgy at the University of Pretoria and Metallurgy and Welding at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is an International Welding Engineer, accredited through the International Institute of Welding and a Certified Materials Professional with Materials Australia. She has worked in materials and welding research and has provided welding engineering services to all aspects of power generation, structural and bridge design. She works for the Welding Technology Institute of Australia as the Technology Manager in Western Australia and resides in Perth.
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