Confidence - Fluor’s NEWS program provides the capability to achieve a high level of confidence in Clients' systems. From managing the selection and recording of critical inspection and testing operations to validating materials, NEWS brings an array of tools to manage the job of ensuring that the project’s systems have been verified to design.
Virtual Inspector - The value of NEWS is in its validation. NEWS performs validation tasks such as:
- Quantify the number of welds produced per day to verify productivity goals are being met
- Welder qualification is correct for the weld being made
- Correct percentage of NDE being taken to comply with codes and specifications
- Repairs of welds completed and accepted prior to pressure testing
- PWHT being completed to comply with codes and specifications
- Material validation
Welder Qualification - Every weld made is compared to the welder’s qualification parameters such as welding process, maximum thickness, minimum OD, open root qualification and base material to validate that the welder is qualified to make the weld. Reports detailing this information are available.
Material Validation - Incorrect material is a leading cause of premature failure in process systems. NEWS was designed to combat this persistent dilemma. Each welded component being installed is validated to confirm it is the correct material for the system. This is possible due to the material heat numbers being recorded in MaterialManager® during material receipt. This information is then downloaded in to NEWS. The heat numbers are recorded again while completing the daily welding report so that the system can then easily confirm if the correct material is installed in the system.
Project specifications are applied - Every weld is tagged with inspection requirements and automatically selected once it is fabricated. Design specification requirements are preloaded into NEWS. As welds are loaded they are tagged with the requirements.