Evaluation of Pre-Qualified Welding Procedures for Naval Construction (2008-339)
- Edison Welding Institute
- Newport News Shipbuilding
NSRP ASE Investment: $90K
This effort explored the practicality of using pre-qualified welding procedures for naval construction to avoid having Navy contractors repeatedly submit identical welding procedures that are tested, reviewed and approved at significant and unnecessary cost to the Navy. It is estimated that requiring each activity to qualify and submit welding procedures for approval costs the U.S. Navy approximately $8.2 million per year and that between 60 and 75% of these costs could be saved through the use of standard or prequalified welding procedures. This would result in a savings to the U.S. Navy of between $4.9 and $6 million per year. Key stakeholders, including Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), naval shipbuilders, and the American Welding Society (AWS) participated in the project to identify common applications, materials, and welding processes. The team classified “low-risk” applications for which pre-qualified procedures may be useful and developed a proposed integration plan with existing standards.
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