An inspection is, most generally, an organized examination or formal evaluation exercise. In engineering activities inspection involves the measurements, tests, and gauges applied to certain characteristics in regard to an object or activity. The results are usually compared to specified requirements and standards for determining whether the item or activity is in line with these targets, often with a Standard Inspection Procedure in place to ensure consistent checking. Inspections are usually non-destructive.
Inspections may be a visual inspection or involve sensing technologies such as ultrasonic testing, accomplished with a direct physical presence or remotely such as a remote visual inspection, and manually or automatically such as an automated optical inspection. Non-contact optical measurement and photogrammetry have become common NDT methods for inspection of manufactured components and design optimisation.
A 2007 Scottish Government review of scrutiny of public services (the Crerar Review) defined inspection of public services as "... periodic, targeted scrutiny of specific services, to check whether they are meeting national and local performance standards, legislative and professional requirements, and the needs of service users."A surprise inspection tends to have different results than an announced inspection. Leaders wanting to know how others in their organization perform can drop in without warning, to see directly what happens. If an inspection is made known in advance, it can give people a chance to cover up or to fix mistakes. This could lead to distorted and inaccurate findings. A surprise inspection, therefore, gives inspectors a better picture of the typical state of the inspected object or process than an announced inspection. It also enhances external confidence in the inspection process.: 28 

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  1. Bogart

    Drainage inspection chamber

    Whilst messing about trying to find the location of my underground pipw leak, still ongoing, I decided to have a look at my drainage chamber. A right mess it is. The chamber is 480mm diameter and is covered by a rotten lid of 620mm x 480mm. As you can see from the attached piccy the lid is the...
  2. M

    Probationary Inspection.

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  3. A

    Inspection camera for plumbers

    Hi, Can any plumbers recommend a good, reasonably priced inspection camera for use in waste pipes? Thanks
  4. B

    HELP -Can not locate inspection Cover? Blockage

    Hi All I own 2 flats and the upstairs/first floor tenant has contacted me to say that the toilet and basin are slow at draining and she thinks there is a blockage. She stated she has tried various shop boought unblockers but nothing worked.... I went there and gained access to downstairs to...
  5. S

    Replacement inspection cover, can't find a replacement

    I have an inspection cover on my driveway, the cap has cracked and broken, i managed to get it off (unscrew) but now can not find a replacement via the usual outlets. Is there an alternative solution anyone would know about? Or if i need to fit something else would you recommend? Pipe Diameter...
  6. S


    Hi people of this forum I have a quite unique situation, I have recently finished my college course and have applied for my GSR, the previous threads that I have read in this forum say that they would like to see a calibrated FGA, knowing this I have looked up the prices and they are way out of...
  7. S


    Hi people of this forum I have a quite unique situation, I have recently finished my college course and have applied for my GSR, the previous threads that I have read in this forum say that they would like to see a calibrated FGA, knowing this I have looked up the prices and they are way out of...
  8. T

    Plumber needed for final inspection only

    I am looking for a plumber who can do a final inspection in the Boston, MA area. The work is already complete. I will be happy to pay for their time. I have called several local plumbers, but all seem unwilling to do do the inspection on someone else's work, so I am hoping someone on this forum...
  9. A

    Soil pipe leaking, and diy inspection?

    I’ve had a rodent problem in the loft (I know they are in the drain because I saw rats in inspection chamber). The soil stack appears intact in the vertical loft section and vented at roof. I’m pushing the insurance to get a drain survey (water company did cctv the drain and said no defects)...
  10. B

    Sewer inspection shaft

    Hi Can I extend my 100mm sewer inspection shaft up through new slab for shed? Thanks
  11. M

    Initial gas safe inspection, any advice?

    Have my initial gas safe inspection tomorrow and I’m sh****g myself to say the least. Any advice on what to expect?
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  13. P

    Unvented cylinder inspection

    Hi Lads/lasses just wanted some advice on unvented cylinder inspection. I just took on what seems to be a contract for a block of flats all with direct heating via immersion. The way they have been installed seems a bit off as there is no check valve on the supply to the cylinder. It goes, Stop...
  14. H

    Cistern needs replacing but on inspection looks like a bigger problem...

    The other day I tried flushing one of the toilets in our house, but the handle went straight down and I heard the sound of plastic breaking. Part of the 3 piece cistern had somehow become detached from a groove lock holding it in place. The action of turning the flush handle sharply managed to...
  15. N

    What’s the difference between gas service and safety inspection

    Morning all, Currently studying to be a gas engineer. Could someone please advise me of the difference between a service and a safety inspection when it comes to appliances like fires, cookers and boilers? thanks in advance
  16. J

    Recommend me an Inspection Camera

    Hi All I'm after an inspection camera, there has been times when I've needed to look down a drain, or check a leak under a shower, or look under a floor for a pipe run, seen chap ones which attach to your phone, but I suspect these might be rubbish, endoscopes are not long enough. There is...
  17. L

    Gas line for dryer failed inspection

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  18. T

    Two inspection chambers at bungalow

    I was wondering is it normal to have two inspection chambers on a bungalow property I have one just next to he decking which is clear and the waste runs fine through it. But today was clearing all the stones away doing some gardening and found another one exactly the same cover near the...
  19. K

    gas safe inspection event

    anyone been on a gas safe registration inspection event?
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