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Welders passport

Develop a system to make welders certicates more effective
and improve distribution and access to the certificates
through the internet. Also including information about the
european welding federation education scheme.

Administration of welder certificates is a time consuming task. After successful welding tests the certificates are written, signed off, stamped and distributed to the company that employs the welder. All documents involved in the creation process will be linked together in such a way that information given to the system once can be distributed automatically when necessary. This means data from the WPS (Welding Procedure Specification) must be transferred to the certificate as well as the results from the different tests that are carried out. When the test details and certificate data are ready, then the range of approval shall be calculated by the system. Once received by the company, administrator or welding coordinator, the certificate shall be signed off every 6 months at least to certify that the welder has been working with tasks that can be within the scope of his or hers certificate. Every 2 years the certificates shall be renewed and it will usually be submitted to a third party for renewal. Enclosed with the certificate will also be proof of the welding activities for the welder, like Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) reports from relevant welds that has been produced in the last 6-month period. The usual transmittal process for the renewal of certificates is today either the use of mail or a representative of the third party visits the company to review the certificates and its associated documentation. A more efficient transmittal process will be developed within the project: * To send the certificates with the associated documentation by e-mail. * To develop a neutral data format for a transmittal process between different systems so that certificates and associated documentation can be transmitted from whatever system on the market. * To access the certificates and its associated documentation through the same database. * To access the information in the same database using a WEB interface and Internet technology. WELDERS PASSPORT aims at developing a system solving these tasks through an Internet based access and secure distribution and signature of the certificates. A set of rules shall be developed for each certificate type for the calculation of the range of approval for each certificate. The education and training according to EWF (European Welding Federation) scheme will be added allowing the system to function as a base for gathering know-how and combine this with the certificates. A smart card will be designed as a "WELDERS PASSPORT". A picture of the welder will be included along with the name and a unique card reference number. A standard card, with a chip set, will be used meaning that it will be possible to utilise the card for other purposes as well like access control to shops, other identification and so on. Firstly it will identify that the user is a part of the WELDERS PASSPORT system. As a minimum this will validate that the user has his own account with certificates, which can be transmitted and accessed electronically. Secondly the card will contain the user identification and his electronic signature, which will be validated when he tries to log into the system. The passwords will be encrypted when transferred to the central database. The card will also be developed in such a way that the essential variables for the certificates and education can be stored in the card itself and later be listed through a browser.
Acronym: 
WELDERS PASSPORT
Project ID: 
2 774
Start date: 
20-02-2001
Project Duration: 
59months
Project costs: 
2 630 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.