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SEP 2018

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26 SEPTEMBER 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM writing the information down on paper, but now hundreds of readings can be gathered and saved or downloaded to a computer. Of course, the modernization of inspection equipment makes the job a little bit more technically challenging. It's a similar situation with the new technologies developing in the coating materials themselves and the surface preparation products. e inspector must learn how these new coatings should be applied, how the new abrasives should be used, what needs to be inspected, and how the new inspec- tion equipment works. e inspector is playing a larger and larger role on projects. e owner now wants the inspector to keep track of how much work was done each day, such as square footage or number of spans or sections. Owners are leaning on inspec- tors more and more for that information so they know they're paying the contrac- tor the proper percentage of completion for their biweekly or monthly estimates. Again, the inspector is the linchpin. He or she must work not only with the contractor in gathering this informa- tion but also with the resident engineer who must receive the information. at engineer, who might not have the knowledge in the coatings industry to do the work him- or herself, relies on feedback from the inspector. With all of those additional roles in mind, the modern coatings inspector must also keep in mind that the owner wants the job to be done on time and within budget — if not sooner. After all, the project may be impeding vehicular or pedestrian traffic, and if it's in a high-vis- ibility area, such as a city or major thruway, the owner will want the contrac- tor to complete the project as quickly as possible to avoid getting complaints from local politicians or the public. erefore, the inspector must continue to work with the contractor to get this done and finish the job in a timely manner. at being said, if the contractor's not meeting the project specifications, the inspector has to inform the contractor of the areas that need to be readdressed and inform the client on why the project may take longer to complete, knowing that this might cause stress on all parties involved. e contractors, on the other hand, are in it to make a profit, and although most contractors want to do a good job and build a good reputation, they still want to make money and get in and out as quickly as possible. So the inspectors have pressures coming from the owner Inspector's Corner NOV. 28 - 30, 2018 NEW ORLEANS Morial Convention Center Halls B, C, D, E & F SAVE $50! *Non-Exhibiting Suppliers Fee - $150 Pre-Show and Onsite. Produced by Presented by POWER FORWARD Register before the Show using promo code: COATINGS and receive FREE* admission to the exhibit hall and special events, plus discounts on the conference program. workboatshow.com Re ad e r In qui r y at co ati n g sp ro m a g.co m /i n q0918

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