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The National Board:

Past, Present, and Future


China May 2015

Training and Conference Center

Presented by: Gary Scribner


Manager of Technical Services

Inspection Training Center

Headquarters

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Pressure Relief Testing Laboratory

Topics for Discussion


National Board Objectives

National Board: Past


National Board: Present
National Board: Future
National Board Accreditation
Programs
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National Board: Objectives


National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors Promotes:
Uniform administration and enforcement of laws, rules, and
regulations
Standards for acceptance
One uniform code and one standard stamp
National Board registration
Qualification and examination for inspectors
Uniform standards for the installation, inservice inspection, repair,
and alteration (NBIC)
Testing of pressure relief devices

Also,
Provides information and statistics
Recognizes other internationally accepted codes
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National Board: Organization


National Board Members
(Jurisdictional Authorities)

Advisory Committee

Board of Trustees

Executive Director

Customers

Staff

National Board members oversee adherence/enforcement of


laws, rules, and regulations
Membership includes Chief Boiler Inspectors representing most States,
Provinces of Canada, and some major cities in the United States.

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National Board: Past


1800s Boilers come into use; as years pass, devastating accidents are common
(50,000 fatalities annually; 2 million injuries per year)

1915 ASME publishes Boiler Code (voluntary standard)


What value was the code without competent inspectors to enforce?

1919 National Board founded


1920 First NB Inspectors commission issued
ASME
Courtesy of Columbus Metropolitan Library

NB
Inspection
Agencies
(Insurance
Companies)

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Jurisdictions

National Board: Past


1921 First boiler registered
1930 Pressure vessels added to registration
1935 Capacity testing of safety valves
1946 National Board published National Board
Inspection Code (NBIC)
1975 Repair program, R stamp started
1977 Owner/User accreditation program
1978 Safety valve repair program, VR stamp started
1979 NR stamp soon followed
2000 NB mark issued
2002 National Board (ASME) begins the accreditation of

Authorized Inspection Agencies (AIAs) for Inservice


Inspection and New Construction Inspection (ASME)

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National Board: Present Services


Safety through education

National Board Web Site


80+ technical articles
Publications and directories (synopsis)
Training
Members only Chief Inspectors
National Board BULLETIN
Technical articles
Historical facts
National Board Staff Engineers
Participate in ASME Code Committees
Attend various organization meetings
National Board Training
Safety Videos

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National Board: Present Training


Uniform knowledge for inspectors/supervisors and other
professionals

Classroom Training
Inservice, New Construction, Nuclear, Repair of Pressure-Retaining Items and Safety
Valves, and ASME/NB Team Leaders
Online Training
11 continuing education courses
6 Certified Individual courses
NBIC: Installation, Inspection, and Repairs/Alterations; CSD-1; and 8 primer courses
Off-Site Training
2 repair seminars per year available in Jurisdictions
2-3 tailored training courses per year contracted in international locations
Jurisdictional Inspector Meetings

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National Board: Present Training


Students have visited us from six of the seven continents this year!

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National Board: Present Training


Continuing Education Course Bundles (Non-Nuclear)
New Construction (A, B):
Material Control/Monitoring
Welding Documents
New Construction with Repairs (AR, B):
The same courses as the New Construction (A, B) bundle
PLUS
National Board Inspection Code, Part 3
Inservice (IS, O):
Boiler Feedwater Basics
Inspection Techniques for Firetube Boilers
Local Postweld Heat Treatment
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National Board: Present Training


Continuing Education Course Bundles (Nuclear)
Nuclear (N, NS): ASME Section III Div. 1, 3
Fracture Toughness Requirements for Materials
Quality Assurance Records Monitoring and Auditing
Activities
Nuclear Inservice (I, NSI): ASME Section XI
Nondestructive Examination Personnel and Methods
Repair/Replacement Activities
Nuclear Concrete (C, NSC): ASME Section III Div. 2
Duties and Responsibilities
Concrete Examination and Testing

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The National Boards Inspection Training Room


We are continually adding equipment to enhance the overall training experience.
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National Board: Present Services


Process for Commissioning Inspectors

NB-263, Rules for Commissioned Inspectors (RCI-1)


Lists necessary education, experience, and training
Endorsements, continuing education, ethics, and
monitoring
Commission Examination
Inservice or new construction
Must achieve a minimum 70% to pass
Examination Locations
At the conclusion of training at the National Board
Within a Member Jurisdiction
At an Applied Measurement Professionals location:
United States: 170 locations
International: locations in 30 countries
Including locations in S. Korea and China
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National Board: Present Services


Pressure Relief Devices

ASME Designee
Accreditation of manufacturers, assemblers, and test labs
Performance and capacity certification
NB-18, Pressure Relief Device Certification
Manufacturer and assembler certifications
Rupture disk capacity factors by manufacturer
VR Certificate Holders
What is the real value of NB-18?
National Board VR Accreditation Program

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National Board: Present Services


Accreditation of Organizations

Repair Accreditation
R Repair
VR Valve Repair
NR Nuclear Repair

Authorized Inspection Agency Accreditation


NB-360, Criteria for Acceptance of AIA for New Construction
NB-369, Qualifications and Duties for AIAs Performing Inservice Inspection
Activities and Qualifications of Inspectors

Owner/User Inspection Organization Accreditation


NB-371, Accreditation of Owner/User Inspection Organizations

Federal Inspection Agency Accreditation


NB-390, Qualifications and Duties for FIAs Performing Inservice Inspection
Activities
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National Board: Present Services


Registration of Manufacturers Data Reports

Why?
Provides history
Jurisdictional/owners requirements
Permanent record for owners, manufacturers,
repair organizations

How?
Hard copy submission of the original
Electronic Data Transfer (EDT)

What?
Manufacturer Data Reports with attachments
Repair/alteration forms with attachments

Storage Media
Microfilm, scanning, and electronic
Maintained in two separate locations
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National Board: Present Services


Violations and incidents

Tracking of Violations and Accidents

Accident Investigations

Testing of Safety Devices

ASME and NB Compliance

OrganizationsManufacturers, Inspection
Agencies

Inspectors

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National Board: Present Services


2013 Pressure Equipment Violation Findings: Example
Type of Pressure Equipment

Total Number of Total Number


Inspections
of Violations

Percent in
Violation

High-Pressure/High Temperature Boilers


(S)(M)(E)

64,198

4,517

7.0%

Low-Pressure Steam Boilers (H)

51,274

8,334

16.3%

Hot Water Heating/Supply Boilers (H)

264,086

33,158

12.6%

Pressure Vessel (U) (UM)

217,518

7,770

6.6%

Potable Water Heaters (HLW)

45,531

4,484

9.8%

Totals

642,607

58,263

9.1%

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National Board: Present Services


2013 Safety Relief Device Violation Findings: Example
High Pressure /
High Temp. Boilers
(S M E)

Low Pressure Steam


Boilers (H)

Hot Water Heating /


Supply Boilers (H)

Pressure Vessels (U
UM)

Potable Water
Heaters (HLW)

Inoperable

161

160

833

480

170

Device Missing
Not Installed

43

58

239

747

56

Improper
Installation

217

692

2487

1273

433

Leaking

128

226

1683

174

175

Incorrect
Capacity

53

132

965

439

179

Missing
Nameplate

51

51

267

361

59

Incorrect Set
Pressure

13

125

284

77

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National Board: Present Services


National Board Inspection Code (NBIC)
1. Provides rules, information, and guidance to
manufacturers, jurisdictions, inspectors, owner/users,
installers, contractors, and other organizations
2. Promotes uniform administration of rules pertaining to
pressure-retaining items
3. Recognizes three important areas
Part 1, Installation
Part 2, Inspection
Part 3, Repairs and Alterations

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National Board: Present Services


National Board Inspection Code

(cont.)

4. Format is comprehensive, uncomplicated, and user-friendly


5. Requirements for jurisdictional oversight
6. Requirements for third party oversighttraining, experience,
qualifications
7. Provides alternative methodsNDE, heat treatment, testing,
design, repair methods

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National Board: Present Services


National Board Inspection Code

(cont.)

8. Provides requirements for recordsdocumentation


forms/registration, retention
9. Provides for stamping verification of work quality of
organization
10. QA Program (Accreditation) easily adapted to fit other codes of
construction for repairs and alterations; international codes
Recognition
11. Owner-User Program
Benefits

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National Board: Future


Globalization

Improve relationships and participation with organizations,


both nationally and internationally
Membership
Training and Education - #1 Priority

Continual development of new courses


Worldwide National Board training classes available: on
location, self guided online courses, and WebEx instructor- led
online courses
Develop practical (performance-oriented case studies) training,
evaluation, and examinations

Translation of NBIC and other National Board documents


from English into Spanish, Chinese, and other languages
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National Board: Future

State-of-the-Art Pressure Relief Valve Test Lab


Laboratory performs tests on air, water, and steam
valves
Safety valves, safety relief valves, rupture disks,
research & development, and investigations
Technological Improvements
NBIC updated biennially to keep standards current to
technological development
Preparation of e-book version of NBIC in progress

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National Board: Future


Pressure Equipment Inspection Program

For inspectors who do not perform ASME, NBIC, or


jurisdictional inspections
NB-438 is the governing document
Three years qualifying work experience
Design, construction, repairs, quality control,
NDE, operations, or inspections
Complete National Boards two week Inservice course
or New Construction course
No additional educational requirements
Pass the associated examination upon completion of the course
Complete required continuing education every two years

Who Would Benefit?

Individuals employed by a manufacturer, repair organization, owner of


pressure equipment, or any other entity performing inspection type work.
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National Board Accreditation Programs


The National Board administers three specific accreditation programs

R Repairs and Alterations to Pressure-Retaining Items


VR Repairs to Pressure Relief Valves
NB NR Repairs and Replacement Activities for Nuclear Items

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National Board Accreditation Programs


R Stamp
Provides a international accepted process for repairs and alterations
to pressure retaining items after they have been constructed to ASME
BPV Code, ASME RTP-1, or other international standards.
Widely accepted throughout North America. Over 1200 international
certificate holders
Provides documented evidence of changes to a vessel (alterations)
After the Manufacturers Data Report has been signed.
Note: R forms can be registered with the National Board, required for alterations of vessels
registered with the National Board.
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National Board Accreditation Programs


VR Stamp
Provides a internationally accepted process for repairs of pressure
relief valves after they have been certified with the ASME Symbol
Stamp.
Widely accepted throughout North America. Currently 40 VR
Certificated Holders are outside of the United States.
Provides documented evidence of repairs to pressure relief valves.

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National Board Accreditation Programs


NR Stamp
Provides an internationally accepted process for repairs and
replacement activities performed in accordance with the NBIC
and ASME Section XI requirements.
Accepted throughout the United States. Currently there are 5
international companies holding the NR certificate of
authorization.
Provides documented evidence of repair/replacement activities.

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