Pipeline construction : Digitalised quality management
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Léna Muscillo
Léna Muscillo, Julien Beaufils
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QCM is an application designed to monitor the pipeline construction in real-time to ensure compliance with regulatory, technical, and customer requirements. The application aims to eliminate manual management of quality traceability, which requires a significant number of human resources and is prone to errors. QCM is operated from a central database and touch tablets and/or smartphones deployed on the field, allowing construction operators to input data, including dimensional, metrological, and visually observed data, for each pipeline construction phase. This data is used to create reports such as conformity reports, pipe/weld books, daily reports, construction progress reports, and welding statistics. The configuration of the application is crucial for its proper functioning, and the necessary input data is configured before construction work begins. The input data includes project language, customer information, project data, administrator rights, lists of imported pipes, technical specifications, names and qualifications of bending, welders, wrappers, welding qualifications, and more. During all construction steps, QCM allows for communication, recording, and control of construction information, and non-compliance can be quickly identified, ensuring secure traceability and real-time tracking. QCM can create self-checks and construction follow-up in real-time, improving performance and reducing costs.

At the end of construction, the data managed by QCM can be integrated directly into the GIS system. This enables construction traceability to be maintained throughout the pipeline's lifetime.

The digitization of pipeline construction quality management is a major step forward, opening up new prospects for pipeline integrity.

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