Non-Destructive Examination & Welding System (NEWS<sup>SM</sup>)

Non-Destructive Examination & Welding System (NEWSSM)

Abstract

NEWS provides our projects with vital data that helps control welding and NDE costs and schedule. The information is collected as a matter-of-routine weld tracking. Baseline weld data (weld numbers and weld details) are created in the design model (PDS/SP3D) imported into NEWS. The NEWS program applies pre-defined specifications to the welds to accurately apply NDE and other project requirements. NEWS is an intelligent database that performs validations of incoming weld data against project requirements, including six parameters of welder qualification and installed material specification and grade versus specified. It automatically selects welds for various NDE and PWHT in accordance with specifications and an individual welder’s lot requirements in order to manage random radiography in accordance with ASME B31.3. NEWS also can produce the NDE selection reports that crews use to complete the work. NEWS is used to manage hydrotest package clearance by indicating that piping systems are complete and cleared of any outstanding NDE, repairs or invalid materials. NEWS also provides an easily employed system of traceability and record retrievability from hard copy records to the components they represent.

Client Benefits

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.