NDT Level 3 Services

Case Studies


Enhancing Efficiency through Remote PAUT Data Interpretation

Objective: A global energy company needed to optimize the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their pipeline inspection process, without compromising on safety or accuracy.

Approach: Our team provided expert remote interpretation of Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) data for the client. We developed a comprehensive training program for their on-site technicians, focusing on advanced PAUT techniques and data collection protocols. Additionally, we established a real-time data transmission and analysis framework, enabling our Level 3 experts to interpret the data remotely and provide immediate feedback.

Outcome: The collaboration led to a significant reduction in inspection times and costs, allowing the client to accelerate their maintenance schedule without additional risk. Our remote interpretation service ensured that critical decisions were made swiftly, enhancing the safety and reliability of the pipeline network.

TOFD Implementation for Offshore Structures

Challenge: Offshore platforms needed a reliable method for detecting subsurface flaws in structural welds under harsh environmental conditions.

Solution: Implemented Time-of-Flight Diffraction (TOFD) procedures, including procedure development, validation, and team training, specifically designed for offshore conditions.

Outcome: Improved flaw detection accuracy, reducing the risk of structural failures and enhancing platform safety.

Custom NDT Procedure Development for Subsea Equipment

Challenge: Subsea equipment required bespoke NDT inspection protocols to address unique material and environmental challenges.

Solution: Authored and validated custom NDT procedures, focusing on ultrasonic and radiographic techniques suitable for deep-water operations.

Outcome: Ensured the reliability and compliance of subsea equipment, significantly reducing the risk of failure and environmental impact.

High-Temperature Vessel Inspection Strategy

Challenge: High-temperature pressure vessels used in refining operations were difficult to inspect using conventional methods.

Solution: Developed a complex setup for the inspection of high-temperature vessels, incorporating specialized Phased Array ultrasonic testing procedures and heat-resistant equipment.

Outcome: Enabled safe, accurate, and efficient inspection of high-temperature vessels, ensuring operational integrity.

Crevice Corrosion Detection in Heat Exchangers

Challenge: Heat exchangers in petrochemical plants were prone to crevice corrosion, leading to unexpected failures.

Solution: Crafted and validated precise inspection procedures for the detection of crevice corrosion in heat exchangers using advanced NDT techniques.

Outcome: Early detection of corrosion, allowing for timely maintenance and preventing costly downtime.


Procedure Validation for LNG Tank Inspection

Challenge: Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage tanks required stringent inspection to prevent leaks.

Solution: Conducted comprehensive procedure validation for the inspection of LNG tanks, ensuring protocols met the highest safety and quality standards.

Outcome: Enhanced safety and reliability of LNG storage facilities, protecting assets and the environment.

Remote NDT Supervision for Drilling Equipment

Challenge: Remote drilling locations presented logistical challenges for NDT inspection of drilling equipment.

Solution: Provided remote NDT supervision, leveraging digital communication tools to guide onsite teams through complex inspections.

Outcome: Maintained drilling equipment integrity and reduced the need for expert travel, cutting costs, and improving efficiency.

Digital Radiography for Pipeline Weld Inspection

Challenge: New pipeline construction required efficient and accurate inspection of welds to prevent leaks.

Solution: Implemented digital radiography procedures for pipeline weld inspection, including remote interpretation capabilities.

Outcome: Accelerated inspection times while maintaining high accuracy, ensuring project timelines and safety standards were met.


NDT Project Management for Refinery Expansion

Challenge: A major refinery expansion project required comprehensive NDT oversight to ensure all new installations were compliant and safe.

Solution: Provided NDT project management services, coordinating inspection activities, and ensuring adherence to industry standards and project specifications.

Outcome: Ensured the successful integration of new infrastructure, maintaining operational safety and efficiency.

Ultrasonic Testing for Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)

Challenge: Detecting corrosion under insulation in pipelines and equipment without removing the insulation.

Solution: Developed ultrasonic testing procedures for CUI, enabling accurate detection through insulation materials.

Outcome: Prevented unnecessary insulation removal, reducing inspection costs and downtime while ensuring pipeline integrity.


Cost-Effective Remote Analysis for ToFD and PAUT Data from a Remote Oil and Gas Production Site

Challenge: An oil and gas production facility located in a remote area, far from urban centers, required efficient and accurate NDT inspections to ensure the integrity of its infrastructure. Given the site's isolation, the logistical and financial implications of having NDT Level 3 specialists on-site for Time-of-Flight Diffraction (ToFD) and Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) data analysis were substantial. The company sought a solution to maintain high safety and operational standards without incurring the high costs associated with on-site Level 3 presence.

Solution: In response to this challenge, our team offered a remote NDT data analysis service. The inspection teams at the production site were responsible for collecting ToFD and PAUT data using their equipment and then securely transmitting this data to our remote NDT Level 3 specialists. Utilizing advanced analysis software and leveraging our extensive expertise in NDT, our specialists conducted thorough evaluations of the data to identify any signs of wear, corrosion, or defects in the production facility's infrastructure.

Outcome: This remote analysis approach significantly reduced the operational costs for the client by eliminating the need for our Level 3 specialists to travel to and stay at the remote site. The client benefited from rapid turnaround times on data analysis, allowing them to make informed decisions about maintenance and repairs quickly, thereby minimizing downtime and enhancing production efficiency. Our service ensured that the production facility continued to operate safely and within compliance, despite the challenges posed by its remote location.