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Some painting specifications call for the use of “Best Effort” in relation to blasting. How does one determine “Best Effort?”

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From Katheravan Arumugam of ENI on December 7, 2018:
Frankly, looking at the statement suggest that there is a possibility you might not be able to achieve the standard required due to the complexity of the structure, so every effort will be required to ensure that a combination of resources is applied in order to achieve the best effort in getting the job as close to the specification requirement as possible.

From Per Gabrielsson of Free Lance Consultations and Inspections on October 2, 2018:
In Korea shipyards used to say, "we will try to do our best." And then you know nothing would happen!

From Simon Hope of Bilfinger Salamis on September 28, 2018:
The statement 'Best effort' is one that is surely open to absolutely gross misinterpretation and is a clear indicator that the document has been written by a bean counter or other non- technical idiot trying to impress and save money. They deserve everything they get if they haven't got the brains to seek out proper support, which is on the whole freely available from the coating supplier as the first port of call as well as standards such as NORSOK M-501 which can be downloaded online for no cost and gives clear guidance. Most coating technical data sheets are proscriptive as to the standard of preparation required as a minimum. This is the absolute baseline and not something as woolly and vague as 'best effort'.

From Erik Andreassen of CPS on September 24, 2018:
If a painting specification includes that statement, then it has quite obviously been created by someone who has no knowledge of our industry. The painting specification should have been written around the paint material, recommended by the supplier. A standard for surface preparation has to be stipulated in writing. If the person has little understanding of what is required, do not be frightened to consult those who do know.

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