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7. Conduct a pre-job meeting with owner, contractor, inspector and coatings supplier.

After specifications are developed and coating selection has taken place, it’s a good idea to involve everyone who will be involved in the project to understand the overall scope of the project. This is the time for questions to be raised to ensure that everyone involved understands deliverables and what is expected at project completion. The inspector should provide an overall project checklist that the contractor and coatings supplier can work from throughout the project to avoid any surprises at key inspection points and project completion.

8. Conduct continuous job sessions with the contractor and coatings supplier’s technical field service personnel to ensure a successful application. Constant communication should take place as the project moves forward. Regular meetings, with field reports to the owner,will help provide assurance that the project ismoving forward as planned.

9. Maintain records with photo history to evaluate coating system performance. Record the project’s progress, its completion and the coating system performance history on a regular basis. Digital photography and storage allow a maintenance engineer to keep a comprehensive history of the pipeline. Equip your inspectors with digital cameras and make certain that critical or selected “test” areas are recorded at regular intervals over the life span of a maintenance project.

10. Consider a maintenance coating program for future project planning and budgeting. The time to think about the next coatings system maintenance project is when the current one is completed. It’s still fresh in your mind, as well of that of the contractor and supplier. Get everyone together to discuss the project at length what worked as planned, any surprises that needed to be addressed and put together a plan for the future. It will ease the overall planning and budgeting process when the time comes for maintenance.

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