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Steps 8 to 10 (of 15)              


Step 8


Specification details requirements for site installation works and includes testing requirements arising from the Classification Scheme

Specification for installation

Step 8 concerns the specification that details the requirements for site installation works and includes all QA testing to be performed. This specification forms the precursor to the Method Statement (Step 9) and is prepared by the Client Representative in consultation with the Designer. The specification effectively defines Steps 9 through to Step 13 of the Qualification Scheme.

At this stage the testing requirements (what tests, and number of them) and acceptance criteria for the QA process are defined.

In general the acceptance criterion will be of the form;

The above relationships are generally only valid if the QC test method is the same as the test method used to determine the characteristic value. Otherwise, further factors will have to be introduced to account for the different test methods at the discretion of the designer/client.

Step 9


If only generic material selection was made at Step 4 due to Client’s procurement strategy, the specific details of material selection, i.e. selection of specific fibre and matrix type, method of manufacture are defined in this Step 9.

Material selection (specific)

Dependent on the Client’s procurement strategy, the specific details of material selection may occur at this step in the Qualification scheme. Some Clients choose to divide the design and build elements within the Qualification Scheme, preferring to issue separate contracts for each activity. In this instance, the material selection is performed against the Specification, Step 8.

Step 10

Method Statement of reinforcement application

Step 10 defines the Method Statement prior to installation of the reinforcement.

Inputs are required from various sources including:


1. Risk assessment, supplied by Client
2. Site conditions, supplied by Client
3. Installer and Supervisor qualification, supplied by Contractor (see Table below)
4. Design data, supplied by Designer
5. Materials data supplied, in accordance with the classification scheme, by adhesive and reinforcement Material Supplier.
6. Installation procedure, supplied by Contractor
7. QA checks, supplied by Contractor

A Method Statement addresses each of the main procedures to be carried out during application and clarifies responsibilities of all involved parties. It should be developed by the Contractor to match the Specification Document (Step 8) at the end of the design phase, but its implementation by the Supervisor is prior to the start of on-site activities. The Method Statement, produced by the Contractor, should be approved by the Client Representative before site activities commence. Note, that the approval process may require modification of the Method Statement proposed originally.



The application of composite reinforcement differs considerably from other repair techniques and the quality of the installation depends strongly on satisfactory craftsmanship. Training and certification of personnel is therefore a key element to the execution of a successful repair.

The following outlines the minimum requirements for training, qualification and approval of installers and supervisors.

Basic skills/experience

The candidate should be a minimum of 18 years of age and fulfil either of the following experience requirements:
• Minimum 2 years documented experience in the repair and maintenance in strengthening applications.
• Minimum 2 years documented training or experience with fibre-reinforced plastics.


For entry to the supervisor course the candidate must have a minimum of 2 years experience in the application of composite materials and be in possession of a current specific approval certificate for an installer.
The basic course should give a theoretical and practical introduction to the most important elements in the installation of composite strengthening.

Coursework (Installer)

The course should include training in:
• Terminology, types of strengthening
• Health, safety and environment
• Surface preparation
• Material application
• Consequence of temperature, humidity on material performance
• Control of strengthening conditions
• Quality assurance and control.

Coursework (Supervisor)

• Supervisor's duties and responsibilities
• Evaluation methods used in strengthening design
• Health and safety
• Installation checklist and hold points
• Evaluation of acceptance criteria for QC testing
• Inspection of repairs.

Installer Specific Approval

Installers should be qualified for each specific application method.

All specific approval tests should be carried out in accordance with a written procedure, relevant to the specific repair application and approved by the material supplier.

Note: tests should be proposed by the material supplier and agreed with the owner and designer.

At the completion of an installer or supervisor course a successful candidate should be issued with a certificate providing details of the repair application.
At the completion of an installer or supervisor course a successful candidate should be issued with a certificate providing details of the repair application.

Installer and Supervisor minimum training requirements



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