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News in Brief - September/October 2003

Connect, no. 126, September/October 2003, p.8

CSWIP launches new certification schemes

Competence assurance is high on companies' agendas at present and this has resulted in the launch of two new personnel certification schemes under the CSWIP (Certification Scheme for Welding and Inspection Personnel) umbrella.

The concern about integrity of flanged joints has led to the development of a competence scheme for those involved in the integrity management of bolted joints. The scheme involves training and examination on the theory and practice of bolt tightening and tensioning.

With regard to offshore structures, the fact that many North Sea structures are reaching the end of their design lives means that inspection needs to be ever more vigilant. Therefore, to complement the range of certification schemes for underwater inspection personnel, CSWIP has recently introduced a General Inspector scheme for topside personnel.

For further information on all the above contact or visit

Best practice procurement of offshore inspection services

The latest in a highly successful series of seminars on leading edge offshore inspection matters will be held in Aberdeen on Wednesday 26 November 2003. Organised by TWI, it is sponsored by CSWIP, Plant Integrity Ltd and BINDT. There will also be an exhibition and an opportunity for participating exhibitors to make a short presentation to delegates.

The event will focus on improving integrity assurance and cost effectiveness by adopting control measures during the procurement process. Such measures can include better definition of inspection methods, procedures and standards well as the competence requirements of inspection personnel.

Those directly responsible for procurement, inspection engineers and managers and integrity assurance engineers from both contractors and operators will find this seminar invaluable. Certification bodies, classification societies and training organisations will also benefit from attending.

As demand is expected to be heavy, early enrolment is advised. For more details on either the seminar or the exhibition, please contact Meetings at TWI.

Electronic and photonic industry training

The Electronics and Photonics Packaging and Interconnect (EPPIC) Faraday partnership has been asking industry about their training needs. The result is a report that investigates the subject areas and levels of training required by UK electronics and photonics industries.

The report also looks at courses currently available in the UK and in some cases the EPPIC Partnership has been able to link companies with existing training courses to fulfil their needs. Listings of existing training related to EPPIC subjects for both industrial and academic courses are available at If you provide a course which is not listed, let EPPIC know the details by sending them to

As a result of the survey, five new short courses are being planned for development this year. These will be two-day courses covering: electronics packaging, lead-free soldering, photonics in industry, manufacturing technologies and high reliability. Further details as to the course content and dates will be available on the EPPIC website as they are defined in the last quarter of 2003.

To make sure EPPIC knows of your training needs, please complete the survey online at Further courses may be developed, depending on the needs identified.

Further details from Helen Hill, TWI Ltd, Granta Park, Great Abington, Cambridge CB1 6AL, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)1223 899000.
Fax: +44 (0)1223 892588.

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