Billy Alan Chavers, RLS, is the owner of Dale Stockstill & Associates (www.dalestockstill.com), McNeill, Miss. For more information about QCI Marine Offshore, visit www.qcimarine.com. Additional details about Topcon scanning and surveying equipment can be found at www.topconpositioning.com.
In a perfect world, the steel used to construct marine accommodations for the shipping and offshore oil and gas industries would be completely straight. In reality, this is never the case. Yet it is critical for fabrication tolerances to be within specifications in order to maintain structural integrity. Fortunately, technology is making it easier to identify and correct any deviations before they become too costly.