To ensure the water and gas supply, grid owners often maintain electronic welding protocols. They contain the welding parameters, product-specific data of the respective PE components (traceabillity code according to ISO 12176-4), details about the installer (installer badge according to ISO 12176-3) and additional information about the site, which is entered either manually or via barcode into the welding device. Mostly there is no further evidence about the installation quality. Also documentation after installation is missing and different documents will be stored in different systems.
But modern network documentation for PE pipings is not limited to the provision of electronic welding records accoring to standards. It claims to depict the entire life cycle of all components of a piping system from manufacturing to installation and operation. New technologies ensure the safe and central storage of the documentation whilst the information is available anytime and anywhere. Further data can be added in all project stages. The grid owner can extract analyses about the construction progress as well as the involved installation companies and used components. Welding records and pictures taken during installation are available as evidence for the quality.