Top 7 Tips for Successful Streamlined Engineering Inspections

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In construction engineering, every small detail matters. Engineering inspections are designed to ensure quality assurance (QA), and, when done properly, can also help identify safety issues before they become major problems.

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Unfortunately, there are ample examples of how poor construction quality assurance can lead to severe consequences, including death and injury. Some notable examples include:

  • The Hindenburg Disaster in 1937, when a German passenger airship spontaneously combusted mid-air due to an electrostatic discharge that ignited the flammable hydrogen gas used to lift the airship, killing 35 people.

  • The nuclear plant disaster at Chernobyl, Russia, when a reactor core ruptured and exploded. The resulting fire then led to the release of radioactive contaminants.

  • We also cannot forget the collapse of Terminal 2E at the Charles De Gaulle Airport in 2004, which killed four people and injured three. The investigation found several design flaws that were not caught during construction.

It's clear that inspections are an integral part of construction engineering. However, traditional paper- or Excel-based engineering inspection methods are inefficient and prone to errors.

By embracing a digitalized construction engineering inspection platform, you unlock a host of valuable services specific to the Gulf Coast region. These services encompass expert inspectors, ensuring greater accuracy, improved visibility, and streamlined workflows. Most importantly, it is through the diligence of these Gulf Coast services and inspectors that you can avert a civil engineering disaster, similar to the ones mentioned above.

Why Should You Digitize Instead of Using Paper/Excel?

You should consider moving to digitalized inspections if:

  • Measurement and test data are critical components of your inspection process

  • You need to infuse speed, accuracy and analytics into your inspection process

Goals of Moving to Digitalized Inspections

Digitizing engineering inspections can help your firm achieve several goals, key among them being:

  • Better compliance with safety regulations

  • Reduced costs associated with manual data entry

  • Accurate and comprehensive reports

  • Improved tracking of project progress and enhanced communication between personnel

  • Database storage of global inspection data for real-time visibility and analytics

  • Eliminate non-productive administrative tasks regarding data transcription, emails, deficiency reporting, tracking, and documenting corrections

Benefits of Moving to Digitalized Inspections

Embracing a digitalized approach to engineering inspections opens up a significant advantage in the construction engineering industry. By transitioning to a singular digital QA platform, you can directly reach out to specialized engineers who focus on critical areas such as roof inspection. This direct contact enhances your ability to extend your quality program into specialty trade compliance and technical work. It also enables you to delve deeper into project startup and commissioning, ultimately bolstering safety standards and streamlining inspection processes. The result is a more rapid, precise, and transparent inspection workflow.

Digital engineering inspections also enable action-based metrics to measure the performance of inspectors in real time, ultimately boosting quality assurance for your engineering projects.

Tips for Engineering Inspections on FTQ360

FTQ360 quality management software is the ideal tool for construction engineering inspections. It offers a unified platform that helps engineering teams to create, manage and store engineering inspection data.

Here are seven tips to make the most out of engineering inspections on FTQ360.

Add still and video images of measurement data or readings

Images play a crucial role in providing context throughout the installation process, enabling you to perform tasks effectively, and ensuring seamless access for your engineering inspections. By capturing images of measurement data or readings, any team member can easily view the engineering work and be able to evaluate it properly.

Add calculations for pass/fail evaluation criteria and alerts

Calculations can help engineering teams determine if engineering work is within acceptable levels, and alerting personnel when measurements are outside the accepted range allows teams to identify areas for improvement quicker and more accurately.

Add if-then logic to dynamically insert follow-on checks based on data entered or features of the inspected work

If-then logic is a great way to automate engineering inspection processes. By adding conditions, teams can create checklists tailored to specific engineering work and automatically move on to the next process step without additional manual steps.

Activate automatic notification of project personnel of deficiencies

By activating notifications for engineering team members, inspections become much more efficient. Notifications alert personnel when an issue or deficiency needs to be addressed, allowing teams to take action quickly and effectively.

Add approval checkpoints to automate the report review and approval process

Integrating the concrete inspector into the inspection process is essential to guarantee that the report is accurate and compliant before release. This ensures that the engineering team, with the necessary guidance from the concrete inspector, follows all the essential steps to conduct the inspection promptly and accurately.

Use templates to build checklists

Using templates can help engineering teams save time when completing inspections. By creating a template of commonly used engineering checks, teams can quickly create new inspection checklists and run them more efficiently. The FTQ360 Building Block Checklists feature offers a streamlined way to build checklists.

Upload Excel spreadsheets to FTQ360

If you have inspection data in a spreadsheet, FTQ360 allows you to import them directly. The tool then replicates all the rows and columns in the spreadsheet, making it easier to manage inspection data.

Final Thoughts

Digital engineering inspections are the future of engineering projects. Using software platforms such as FTQ360, engineering teams can streamline inspection processes and increase safety standards while maintaining high-quality work. If you’re interested in learning more about how digital engineering inspections can benefit your project, sign up for a free demo of FTQ360 today.

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