December 2018, Vol. 245, No. 12

Features

Human-Centric Approach to Improving Pipeline NDE Reliability

By Patrick McCormack, Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) is essential to assure long-term integrity of existing pipelines, and human performance is a key element of the NDE process. This article summarizes an effort to identify human performance factors that influence NDE measurements and reliability. The results give providers of pipeline inspection services a basis on which to make selections of human and technological investments that may have the potential to reduce negative influences or increase positive influences on NDE inspector performance. Information about the factors that shape inspector performance was captured through in-depth i

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