We believe that two of the most important aspects of inspection is the timely and accurate capture of field data, as well as fast transfer of that data to the client’s internal systems of record. To accomplish these goals, we use the latest cloud and mobile technologies in our MTSInspect tool. It allows us to work as a single team, sharing all of the information instantly between all of our inspectors, QA/QC and GIS personnel in the office, project management and engineering.
In a typical inspection job, facts and measurements about construction happen on paper while progress is tracked on spreadsheets. Besides the obvious danger of losing or damaging that sheet of paper, sharing the inspection forms with other inspectors becomes very hard to coordinate if the construction happens in multiple phases over a period of time. QA/QC happens when the forms are complete, usually long after construction is finished and pipe is buried in the ground. Key data about the constructed pipeline have to be manually digitized and imported into the client’s system of record. Data verification and completion takes months after the job is complete. Using the commonly available digital forms software in the market, only partly solves some of the problems discussed.
MTS develops tools for internal use, using the latest mobile and cloud technologies, which address all of the challenges in pipeline inspection data management. Our inspection apps are used by all of our personnel in the field to capture measurements, facts and photos of the constructed pipeline, using any available mobile device or a rugged laptop when needed. The tools are expertly configured to reject any obviously wrong data, as well as alert the inspectors if data values are in certain ranges and extra care is needed.
The data is uploaded to a secure cloud service instantly, and shared not only with all other inspection teams, but the QA/QC personnel in the office. Any areas of concern can be immediately flagged and rejected, so that the inspector in the field can go back and get the missing or potentially incorrect data before the pipe is buried in the ground. Exception reports are run continuously to help catch data inconsistencies, e.g. comparing inspected welds against SpreadBoss or NDT weld logs.
As soon as the final stage of inspection and QA/QC is complete, the deliverable forms are printed in the office and filed, while a digital copy (PDF) is stored for use as a final deliverable. Minutes after the final inspection for the project is complete, a set of CSV, Excel or Shape Files can be exported as a deliverable to the client’s GIS team.
Using our proprietary technology, MTS can provide much higher inspection data quality and efficiency to our clients.
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