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Data safety book launched

The International Marine Contractors Association has published a new book to provide guidance designed to minimise or prevent unnecessary corruption and/or loss of data in the use of IT systems.

‘Guidelines on the Safe Management of Survey and Inspection Data’ (IMCA S 020) aims to help users understand how to safely handle large volumes of material, looking at the risks involved and how to address and mitigate them.

The book has been written from a project perspective, addressing the various aspects of data management that can occur during the project lifecycle, from the preparation phase through to project completion.

“The real cost of corrupted or lost data on a project can be significant, particularly if any re-working is required. It is important that proper systems are in place to protect data and ensure it is safely archived and delivered to the end client or end user,” explains IMCA’s technical director, Jane Bugler.

“The principles outlined in our new publication can be applied to any survey or inspection data, from acquisition phase to final end delivery and archiving, irrespective of the volume of data, project duration or complexity, and are intended to ensure data security and quality.”

The guidance is available for downloading free of charge, for members and non-members alike, from the IMCA website at

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