Asset management requires a process of inspection and documenting construction, maintenance and refurbishment works. Most organizations have good systems for in-field inspection however there is difficulty in getting documentation when construction or maintenance activities take place. A disconnect occurs when quality responsibilities transfer to field staff.

Asset Owners who have a high level of awareness in the coatings field spend tremendous effort to develop coating specifications, which are specific to their projects.

Our aim is to:

  • Describe how inspection and test plans (ITP’s) are;

    • a) Being used as the in-field quality document.

    • b) T reated as the Contractors document.

    • c) Not being prepared properly.

  • We will then describe how the in-field data is being lost because;

    • a) In lieu of a reasonable alternative, Specifiers use AS3894 part 10 through 14 for a suitable report form.

    • b) AS3894 series of report forms;

    • - Are not aligned with project specifications.

    • - Once complete, are usually incoherent and are difficult to reconstruct project chronologies.

  • Provide the audience with a new way forward, by;

    • a) Avoiding responsibility for ITP’s whilst ensuring Contractors have improved documentation.

    • b) How to build a better suite of report forms that are aligned to each Specification.

The data obtained through use of aligned ITP’s and report forms provides Asset Owners with documented histories and enables the organization to capture Asset knowledge which can be used to assist the asset integrity cycle.


The life cycle of many industrial assets are determined by a combination of the environment they are operating within and the success of installed corrosion prevention systems.

Both concrete and steel make up the bulk of construction materials with the majority of concrete degradation being caused by corrosion of the steel reinforcing. In protecting structures built of these materials, the primary corrosion prevention method is through the use of protective coatings acting as a barrier to any corrosive environment.

Given the structural properties and relative cost of steel and concrete in comparison to corrosion resistant materials often the added cost of protective coatings far outscores the increased cost of alternative materials.

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