TITLE

Cognitive factors in the close visual and magnetic particle inspection of welds underwater

AUTHOR(S)
Leach, John; Morris, Peter E.; Leach, J; Morris, P E
PUB. DATE
June 1998
SOURCE
Human Factors;Jun1998, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p187
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
Underwater close visual inspection (CVI) and magnetic particle inspection (MPI) are major components of the commercial diver's job of nondestructive testing and the maintenance of subsea structures. We explored the accuracy of CVI in Experiment 1 and that of MPI in Experiment 2 and observed high error rates (47% and 24%, respectively). Performance was strongly correlated with embedded figures and visual search tests and was unrelated to length of professional diving experience, formal inspection qualification, or age. Cognitive tests of memory for designs, spatial relations, dotted outlines, and block design failed to correlate with performance. Actual or potential applications of this research include more reliable inspection reporting, increased effectiveness from current inspection techniques, and directions for the refinement of subsea inspection equipment.
ACCESSION #
996784

 

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