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JAN 2018

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COATINGSPRO JANUARY 2018 35 tasks performed and project difficul- ties. I recommend that every inspector be vigilant in providing a daily site diary of tasks performed and project difficulties, especially on projects where your authority or the specification is insufficient. Additionally, an inspector should describe good workmanship — without endorsing coating performance — and highlight practices used to provide high quality work. For example, I was engaged by a client who needed to improve the quality of the coating application in order to achieve increased durability. e asset is a network of buried mild steel oil transmission pipelines in Australia. e owner had endured a history of poor applications, including runs and inclusions because the field staff culture believed it would " just get buried anyway." Each dig required the removal of existing coatings, usually Coal Tar Enamel (CTE) or two-layer polyethylene (yellow jacket), followed by non-destructive material testing of the metal surface. Once the pipe was confirmed fit for AS 2885.3: Pipelines — gas and liquid petroleum operation and maintenance, it was prepared and re-coated in accordance with the owner's specification document. Over the course of two years, there have been 84 digs of this type, and we have been successful in provid- ing onsite inspection of hold points. Each report has a section for "Items of Excellence" and a section for "Items for Improvement." Items of excellence included: • Use of canopies for protection during inclement weather; • Use of ply-board panels for flooring in each dig to: » Keep either mud or dust from contaminating the surface; » Provide a cleaner work environ- ment for applicators; • Self-inspection by the applicator in between inspection points; • Completion of daily inspection forms by the applicator. Items for improvement included items of defect as well as any non-con- formance items. By providing this information, the client can provide positive feedback to the applicator or issue improve- ment notices. Remaining True Not all projects have difficulty, and even the ones that do have occurred sporadically throughout many years of work. Regardless of the level of authority that we as inspectors are given on a project, we should aim to be approach- able, forthcoming, and helpful when asked for solutions and deviations from the specification. We must gain the trust of the client, gain respect from the project manager, and have a working relation- ship with the applicator. Consider reviewing the documen- tation and standards before reacting. Try to avoid reacting quickly to situa- tions, and be thoughtful and measured in your responses. Refer to associations and their networks when necessary. An inspector's role has a great deal of responsibility that requires good people skills. W hen given little author- ity, even if you aren't a NACE inspector, it's a great goal to remain true to the NACE Attestation, especially, "to pursue your work with fairness, honesty, integrity, and courtesy, ever mindful of the best interests of the public, your employer, and your fellow workers." CP Justin Rigby is t he pr incipa l at Remedy A sset Protect ion (R A P). R A P is a consu ltanc y for c l ients who requ ire specia l ists in protect ive coat ings to prov ide e x per t assistance w it hin t heir ow n team st r uct ures, inc lud ing coat ings project adv isor y and coat ing inspect ion ser v ices. R igby has 20+ years' e x per ience and is a NACE Coat ings Inspector Prog ram (CIP) lect urer. He ser ves as cha ir person for t wo of t he Aust ra lasian Cor rosion A ssociat ion's (AC A) Technica l Groups. For more infor mat ion, contact: Just in R igby, info@remedyA P.com.au Re ad e r In qui r y at co ati n g sp ro m a g.co m /i n q0118

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