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Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Feb 19th 2021 at 10:09 AM
George Jaques and co-author Aziz U. Rehman received the American Society for Quality’s Philipe B. Crosby Medal for their first-of-its-kind guide “A Practical Field Handbook in Industrial Radiography and Radiograph Interpretation.” “It’s the first time that a publication in non-destructive testing has been awarded this medal, so it’s a great feeling,” said Jaques, who has spent more than 20 years using gamma rays to inspect welds on everything from oil pipelines to nuclear power plants.
At nearly 500 pages, the book has more than 100 sketches, illustrations and graphs, about 200 radiographs, and the answers to more than 400 certification questions.
Jaques said copies have been sold in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Poland, Ireland and other overseas markets. “It was No. 1 nine times last year for vocational education on Amazon Canada and we have it in nine marketplaces on Amazon through Canada, the U.S. and various European markets.”
Some U.S. government energy departments have also adopted the book, which Jaques said is intended to advance and standardize the industry’s best practices.
He compares industrial radiography to a medical X-ray — but instead of looking for a fracture on a broken bone, he inspects the integrity of welds and materials on everything from pipelines to nuclear plants.
Working mainly as an independent consultant through his business Jaques Enterprise Inspection, Jaques, 42, (pronounced Jakes) typically spends most of his time on the road, visiting various sites. However, due to COVID-19, he’s been working from his home in Georges River, which he shares with wife Angela (Slade) Jaques, 35, and daughters, Julia, 7, and Jessica, 4.

In the meantime, he’s conducting radiography auditing as a consultant for the proposed Kitimat LNG project in northeast B.C. “I’ve been 23 years on the road, so being home is great,” he said. “I don’t have to travel.” However, he expects to be away from home in the spring to visit the Kitimat site and expects he will speak at the Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation conference in Windsor, Ont., and potentially speak to industry experts in Bahrain at another gathering this year.
Meanwhile, he and Rehman have been busy trying to standardize the industrial field with their YouTube page RTFIPro and corresponding website, They’re also surveying colleagues worldwide as part of a study examining disparities in the field across borders. “It’s a project based on global interpretation — how people vary with their interpretation,” he said. “Basically it’s about how accurate our industry is based on location, experience and education.”
Article by Cape Breton Post

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