Cherne's quality management system is based on various elements of ASME NQA-1; ASME B31 Codes; and AWS D1.1. Project specific quality programs are designed for each project, according to industry best practices and client requirements. Quality manuals are supported by work and inspection procedures and Inspection & Test Plans.
Cherne's quality management maintains the ASME "A", "PP", and "U" Certificates of Authorization and the National Board of Pressure Vessel Inspectors "R" Certificate of Authorization. Cherne enjoys an excellent reputation with regulatory and enforcement authorities.
We believe that quality must be built into the product. Identification and understanding of site-specific technical requirements, quality planning, use of work packages for the craftsmen, timely inspection and reporting of results, all help to reduce errors and are necessary to achieve a quality project. When an error does occur, we conduct a thorough analysis in order to identify root causes and to build in measures to prevent the deficiency from happening again.
The Cherne construction team members are full-time regular company employees who move with us from project to project. Through training and experience, our staff members are knowledgeable of the construction process and skilled in the application of the codes, standards, and regulations. They share the company values of doing the work right the first time and performing the necessary planning and research to consistently provide for the high quality work expected.
Installation and inspection data is collected each day and entered into our construction tracking system. This proprietary database is utilized for work planning, tracking installation progress, and inspection-test status. Field engineers and QC-welding inspectors provide daily verified input into the system. Examples of test status tracked include NDE, PWHT, pressure tests, final alignments, electrical tests, and loop checks. This database is developed in real time with project execution, and is routinely analyzed for trends allowing us to develop responsive corrective measures.