|Guidance on best
practice for welding for the nuclear construction industry
Welding quality assurance, welding skills and the introduction of new
technologies are the three focus areas behind a series of recommendations
set out for the nuclear construction industry in support of the 2012 Nuclear Construction Lessons Learned study report.
A working group from the Engineering the Future alliance, with lead authors Sayee Raghunathan and Paul Jones from TWI, published The Royal Academy of Engineering guidance earlier this year.
In summary, the Guidance on best practice: welding document includes a
recommended approach to quality assurance, referencing ASME and
RCC/ETC codes/standards with detailed discussion of the relevance of the
ISO 3834 framework welding-specific quality assurance. In terms of skill
requirements, guidance to the nuclear construction industry is to
encourage, influence and define alongside relevant skills and certification
bodies detailed skills requirements and competencies. This drive for
improved industry co-ordination of new or adapted welding technologies
and associated skills, in the light of an increasing number of new build
nuclear construction projects, will enable realisation of the benefits in weld