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Inspection Management System

Inspection Management System (IMS)


IMS is a comprehensive software program for managing welding, non-destructive examination (NDE), system turnover data generated during fabrication of engineered piping systems. It is a project oriented program designed to provide assurances that all welding and NDE performed on piping lines conform to project specifications. A strong emphasis is placed on tracking the welding and non-destructive examination of fabricated piping systems as well as the Welders and Inspectors involved in Project fabrication. The Program is intended to follow design codes such as ANSI B31.1 and ANSI B31.3 as well as ASME Section IX.

Pre-loaded with Welder and Inspector qualifications, Drawing Lists, Project Specifications, Line Classifications and Material Specifications. This gives IMS the ability to cross reference fabrication information and NDE reports with known values and evaluate the data's validity. Data entry automation techniques are utilized anywhere possible to decrease the amount of data entry points and reduce the amount of data entry errors. Data entered into IMS automatically builds the inspection Lots(Line and Welder). Maintaining the status of those Lots after the selection of production welds and random picking of welds for inspection.

Program Concept:

IMS processes welding and NDE information submitted by contractors to document work performed. The Program is pre-loaded with project design data – ISO drawings, material lists, piping line specifications (including NDE requirements), weld numbers and welder qualification records. When contractor information is entered in the Program, it is automatically reviewed and verified to be in conformance to requirements. Discrepancies are immediately logged in a register for clearance. Welds, Spools, ISO sections, piping lines and packages are automatically cleared by the Program when total conformance to requirements is completed.

Piping Line Specifications (Classifications):

Piping Line Classifications are identified for each ISO drawing when data is uploaded or entered. Specifications for each line classification must be entered into IMS. Each line classification is applicable for certain design conditions (temperature and pressure) and specific fluid codes. Some piping line classifications for the project may require material traceability and this can be specified. Each piping line classification is applicable to a set of weld joints. NDE requirements to be used for each of type weld joint are defined along with the percentage of welds in the piping line to be examined. NDE Requirements will vary with pipe size (both diameter and wall thickness). The specifications define P-numbers for piping material and the fill processes to be employed. The Program recognizes welding processes and NDE to be employed are dependent upon pipe size (diameter and wall thickness). When welding and NDE data is entered in Pipe Welding form, the Program performs automatic verification that all defined elements of the piping specification are adhered to. In addition, NDE tables are created where the percentage of welds that have been examined and accepted are automatically accepted. This provides assurance that piping line requirements have been satisfied.

Lots / NDE Requirements Monitored:

IMS, can automatically create welder lots and line class lots. Appropriately selecting the Production RT welds when required. The Program maintains careful monitoring of the lots, to inform the User when they are closed (specified size has been reached) and when they are cleared. Lots may also be manually closed or cleared at any time. So long as they meet the piping line class requirements. By maintaining close control of NDE. The Program knows the piping line classification for each weld and specified NDE requirements. It is very sensitive to the cost of performing excessive NDE; therefore, a detailed system of alerts is utilized throughout the Program to be assured that the proper amount of NDE is performed.


Data files are maintained and loaded for closeout packages including equipment, instruments and loop checks. Automatic checking of welding clearance for hydrostatic test packages allows IMS to instantly show compliance and readiness for Hydros and closeout.


Numerous built in reports designed to filter before or after the report is viewed helps to fill out the complete IMS program. A single large report can be “Queried” with the click of the mouse to rebuild a smaller version of the same report with only the information chosen. From inception to closeout IMS is designed to maintain your inspection records and report on their results.

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