A HEADS-UP, INFRASTRUCTURE AND BRIDGE WELDING REQUIRES OVERSIGHT TO BUILD BACK BETTER
Over the next five years, states and local agencies will be receiving funds under the new infrastructure law passed by congress. Most of these funds will be going to transportation projects which include steel bridges. As a result, we as a nation have a once in a lifetime opportunity to repair and build back better our nation’s aging and deteriorating infrastructure and bridges by doing it right the first time and thereby avoid infrastructure and bridge welding mistakes that cause welding defects, repairs and failures. In other words, we have the opportunity to design and build in welding quality.
Let’s not repeat the past and waste this infrastructure, bridge welding, and building opportunity by turning it into another business-as-usual government waste of taxpayer dollars, and boondoggle for the good ol’ boys and their cousin Vinney. State infrastructure coordinators and local agencies receiving funds can prevent past practices and share in the success of infrastructure and bridge welding projects by better control over how the dollars are being spent. Such as using oversight to ensure the inclusion of requirements in contract documents that all firms performing welding, or designing welded structures be supported by a welding engineer who has a welding engineering degree. Otherwise, it’s business as usual where some firms promote their best welder or welding supervisor and give them the title of welding engineer, and design firms designing welded structures, and in each case without the benefit of a welding engineering education, knowledge or experience. Stop this nonsense that leads to welding defects, repairs and failure on infrastructure and bridge welding projects by getting welding professionals who have welding engineering degrees involved in making welding decisions to prevent welding problems.
It’s a mistake to think other engineering disciplines are qualified to do what welding engineers do. There has always been a lack of welding knowledge in industry, including on past infrastructure and bridge welding projects, because the science, technology, and application of welding are not generally taught at the four-year university or college level to engineering students, except to those in a welding engineering degree program. And therefore, this lack of welding knowledge shows up in industry and on infrastructure and bridge welding projects as welding mistakes that cause welding defects, repairs and failures when the engineering students become engineers and are hired and expected to establish and specify welding design, and fabrication requirements for industrial and infrastructure and bridge welding projects.
Every time I hear on the evening news that some infrastructure or bridge welding project has welding defects that must be repaired, or has failed, the first thing that comes to mind is that there was no welding engineer supporting the project. And in most cases that assumption is correct, because most companies that design or fabricate infrastructure and bridge weldments typically have no one on their staff with a welding engineering degree to properly establish and specify infrastructure and bridge welding requirements. This limits their ability to answer technical welding questions, prevent and solve welding problems, and interpret and apply the welding and fabrication requirements in applicable infrastructure and bridge welding codes, standards and specifications, which can be especially challenging to the layman user or specifier. Welding design and fabrication questions and problems can come up when least expected. Support by a welding engineer who has the correct answers and solutions can prevent welding mistakes. One welding mistake can cost millions.
It seems that infrastructure and bridge welding gets no respect unless there is a weld defect, repair or failure, or lives are lost and property is damaged. Then everybody becomes interested. Let’s get it right the first time and stay out of the evening news, unless it’s for the right reasons.
ONLINE INFRASTRUCTURE WELDING SUPPORT AND CONSULTING
If the outcome of infrastructure welding design, fabrication, and quality, are important to you in this age of social distancing, limited or no physical contact, and welding personnel shortages, then online infrastructure welding support and consulting are a convenient, reliable, time and cost saving resource you can use to get the right answers to your welding questions, to prevent and solve welding problems.
WHAT IS IT
Simply stated, online infrastructure welding support and consulting are your online infrastructure welding engineering department. It uses email, phone, fax, video conferencing and a welding engineer who have a welding engineering degree, to help you establish and specify welding requirements, answer technical welding questions, and advise your designers, fabrication, and quality personnel on matters of welding.
WHY IT’S NEEDED
Infrastructure welding design, fabrication, and quality questions and problems can come up when least expected. Therefore, having a welding engineer available who has the right answers and solutions is essential to repair and build back better our nation’s aging and deteriorating infrastructure. Infrastructure welding will be challenging since most firms that design and fabricate weldments don’t have a welding engineer on their staff, and there is a widespread lack of welding knowledge in industry, because the science, technology and application of welding are not generally taught at the four-year university or college level to engineering students, except to those in a welding engineering degree program. Therefore, this lack of welding knowledge shows up in the work place as welding mistakes that cause welding problems when the engineering students become engineers and are hired and expected to establish and specify welding design, fabrication, or quality requirements. And this is evident when the failed infrastructure welds become the main topic on the evening news.
HOW YOU BENEFIT
You benefit by staying on schedule and within budget by avoiding infrastructure welding mistakes that can cost millions. In addition, you save the time and cost associated with having a welding engineer travel to your location. You also save the cost of maintaining a full time infrastructure welding engineering department and staff.