When it comes to storage tank construction, respective experts in design, fabrication, and inspection collaborate to deliver a final product. The conception of a design usually begins with a qualified engineer, his drawings eventually reaching a foreman who supervises fabrication, the baton then passing to an inspector who grades the final product. And this production flow, where each task is supervised by different parties, can function well when communication is crystal clear.
In contrast to those who fill only a single role, experts familiar with all facets of tanks are called tank specialists. They are experienced in tank design and fabrication, also possessing the knowledge to perform inspections. Tank specialists are invaluable because they have both theoretical knowledge and hands-on construction experience, training and practical know-how that affords a complete view of a project. Equally deft with AutoCAD or welding torch, these specialists, on any given day, can be seen donning a white collared long sleeve or a pair of Nomex coveralls.
Incorporating a tank specialist into the construction process provides insight that transcend the typical divisions of labour. The specialist ensures unity between theory and practical application, and often has the last word when designers and fabricators butt heads. A specialist’s participation from project start to finish, with his tremendous knowledge, pays enormous dividends—-both in terms of economic benefits, and also keeping peace between the white collars and the Nomex crowd.