AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) has been developing and implementing its Virtual Project Inspection (VPI) technology over the past year and is inspecting projects across the United States as well as around the world. This technology uses video sharing software so that one person who is on-site can be directed to show video of the architectural woodwork products in real-time as the AWI QCP Inspector views and directs.
Initially, most people react to this news by thinking that an in-person inspector is much more effective than using digital technology. In reality, the opposite is true for a number of reasons. For example, when AWI QCP started the development of this technology some thought that on camera you could not feel the flushness of a countertop field joint. That is true, however, instructing the on-site video operator to slide a feeler gauge across the field joint is just as effective.
The recorded video can be reviewed multiple times after the live inspection, something that cannot be done from an in-person visit. Add to this the flexibility of scheduling along with eliminating the travel expenses of a traditional inspection and you have a technology that could be used numerous times very early on in the plant to review work-in-progress without adding costs.
The future benefit of this technology will be the ability to view recorded inspections during the fabrication stages of a project, a real advantage to all stakeholders.