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Practical guide to weld inspection published by BCSA

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The ‘Guide to Weld Inspection for Structural Steelwork’ (Pub No. 54/12) has been published by the BCSA to provide invaluable information for those involved in welding or welding inspection.

The new publication gives guidance on weld inspection for structural steelwork and explains how techniques and testing are used to identify and characterise defects.

The book has been researched and written primarily by Jeff Garner, former BCSA Welding and Fabrication Manager and BCSA Consultant Roger Pope, with practical advice and research also added from BCSA member companies.

“This is the only book of its kind giving such practical guidance for weld inspection,” said Dr David Moore, BCSA Director of Engineering. “Our Members will find it extremely useful and those attending the BCSA welding seminars will get a free copy.”

Within the publication there are clear explanations on the causes of weld defects and the measures that may be taken to avoid them. Clear images accompany the text, showing the defects pictorially and allowing readers to see exactly what they should be looking for.

The guide is intended for use primarily by persons undertaking, or responsible for, weld inspection in fabrication facilities manufacturing structural steel components that are designed for static loading.

Copies of the design guide can be obtain from the BCSA publications manager, Don Thornicroft ( or ordered from the BCSA web site

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