Optimising Inspection Planning and Asset Integrity Management using Fitness-for-Service Methods
By: Sean Norburn, Senior Consultant - Structural Integrity, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the Australasian Welding Journal, Volume 58, 2013
The inspection of assets typically found in power and process plants is not only costly; it requires careful planning and preparation work. This article illustrates how Quest Integrity Group uses fitness-for-service methods such as API 579/ASME FFS-1  and BS 7910:2005  to optimise inspection programmes and minimise the amount of inspection required, therefore reducing down-time and the associated loss in revenue.
The Challenge of Inspection and Assessment of Critical Piping Systems in Chemical Plants
By: James R. Widrig, Senior Consulting Engineer, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the Jul/Aug 2013 issue of Inspectioneering Journal
Inspection and fitness-for-service assessment of critical in-plant piping systems are a concern for the chemical industry. Many in-plant piping systems have historically been unpiggable due to their small diameters and the obstacles inherent in valves and bends, as well as diameter changes. However, many of these piping systems can be inspected with advanced smart pigging technology that provides 100% coverage of the internal and external pipe surfaces.
Developing Integrity Confidence in an Aging Turbine Fleet
By: Annette Karstensen, Quest Integrity Group and Robert Dillon, Hydro Tasmania
As seen in the July 2013 issue of Hydro Review Worldwide
Aging Infrastructure Integrity Aided by New Technology
By: Devon Brendecke, P.E., Consulting Engineer, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the July 2013 issue of World Pipelines Magazine
Damage mechanisms such as internal and external corrosion, dents and cracks can now be accurately quantified due to more advanced in-line inspection (ILI) tools which yield better data on pipeline condition.
Inspection of Coils with Common Headers in Process Heaters
By: Rich Roberts, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the May/June 2013 issue of Inspectioneering Journal
For more than a decade, the use of intelligent or smart pigs has become a standard practice when inspecting regular flanged coil configurations, which do not contain common headers. However, with new common header snorkel delivery systems, these particular heater designs are also able to be inspected using the same approach.
Beyond Unpiggable Inspections: Pipeline Attributes and the Challenges They Present to the ILI Process
By: Ron Maurier and Michael McGee, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the June 2013 issue of Pipeline & Gas Journal
Today’s in-line inspection (ILI) technologies provide reliable solutions for inspecting pipelines once deemed unpiggable or difficult-to-inspect. Yet the tools are only one part of the solution. The fact remains that “unpiggable† pipeline challenges do not affect just the ILI tools – planning and managing the overall inspection project, and the complex variables involved, are critically important in delivering expectations in these challenging environments.
RDVI™ Delivers Clear, Concise Visual Data
By: Ron Kessler, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the May 2013 issue of BIC Magazine
Remote Digital Video Inspection - RDVI™ is the newest advanced inspection service offering from Quest Integrity Group. RDVI enables visual inspection of nearly every plant system and component without confined space entry or costly disassembly.
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Improvements in the Engineering Assessment Process of Metal Loss in In-Line Inspections
This paper was presented at the PPIM Conference 2013 in Houston, Texas.
By: Ian Smith and Lisa Barkdull, Quest Integrity Group
Improvements in data processing make it possible for continual improvement in automated processing of ILI data. Automated processing is necessary to traverse the exceedingly large ILI data sets acquired today. The combination of automated processing and human expert involvement form the basis of the data analysis process.
Safely Operating Steam Reformers between Turnarounds: A Holistic Approach to Reliability and Maintenance
By: Thomas Fortinberry and Jim Widrig, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the March/April 2013 issue of Inspectioneering Journal
In order to increase reliability and operate with a higher degree of confidence, it is increasingly important to incorporate a holistic approach to steam reformer reliability and maintenance programs. When using such an approach between turnarounds, operators should consider these essential elements:
• Preventative maintenance
• Reformer tube inspections
• Advanced engineering services
• Reformer tube life assessments
• Reformer performance monitoring surveys
• Infrared (IR) temperature correction software
Infrared (IR) Inspection Program for Fired Heater Mechanical Integrity
By: Tim Hill, Senior Consulting Engineer, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the April 2013 issue of BIC Magazine
Infrared (IR) thermometry has been used for 40 years to monitor tube metal temperatures in refining and chemical furnaces. However, to capture the full capability of IR thermometry, a proven methodology is required to measure accurate temperatures in a repeatable process.
Exempting Atmospheric Storage Tanks from Hydrostatic Testing
By: Devon Brendecke, Consulting Engineer, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the March 2013 issue of BIC Magazine
Thanks to the widely growing acceptance of fitness-for-service methods, large atmospheric storage tanks can now be exempt from hydrostatic testing following repair.
Improvements in the Engineering Assessment of Metal Loss in ILI
By: Ian Smith, Senior Consulting Engineer —Pipelines, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the February 2013 issue of BIC Magazine
Inspection and assessment capabilities in the pipeline industry are constantly improving thanks to competitive technology developments. More advanced in-line inspection (ILI) tools yield better data on pipeline condition, which in turn drives the need for advanced assessment capabilities to leverage the improved data quality and accuracy.
InVista™ Intelligent Pigging Inspection Technology and the Nuclear Industry
By: Rich Roberts, Vice President and General Manager - Process Division, Quest Integrity Group
The June 30, 2013 and 2014 deadlines for nuclear plants to comply with new regulatory mandates relating to the inspection of buried piping are quickly approaching. Our ultrasonic intelligent pigging technology, HYDRA™, provides a comprehensive inspection solution for piping systems buried below grade or encased within concrete, which are otherwise inaccessible for external NDT/NDE inspection.
16-Inch InVista™ Tool Case Study: Navigating the Bends
By: Lilly Darnell,Senior Marketing Specialist, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the December 2012 edition of Pipelines International
Quest Integrity Group recently performed a series of in-line inspections and fitness-for-service assessments for a client in Canada. The company utilized its recently developed single module 16-inch InVista™ inspection tool. One of the lines proved particularly challenging, as it contained 20 bends with a minimum bend size of 1.5D, and five take-offs – a challenge for tools, as the tool could go in any direction instead of straight.
Remote Digital Video Inspection – RDVI™
By: Lilly Darnell, Marketing Manager, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the January 2013 issue of The Australian Oil & Gas Review.
Remote Digital Video Inspection – RDVI™ is the newest advanced inspection service offering from Quest Integrity Group. RDVI employs the use of enhanced visual inspection techniques and equipment to evaluate the condition of process equipment and associated systems without confined space entry (CSE) or extensive dismantling of equipment.
New Technology Allows Access to Coils with Common Headers in the Process Industry
By: Rich Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Inspectioneering Journal
Various fired heater designs in refineries and chemical plants contain common headers (e.g. Arbor coil configurations, CCRs, etc.) as part of their overall serpentine coil design. Accessing the interior of individual coils through the common header is challenging; however, advanced engineering firms and mechanical decoking companies have developed unique common header snorkel delivery systems.
Recent Innovations in Pipeline Seam Weld Integrity Assessment
By Dr. Ted L. Anderson, Chief Technology Officer, Quest Integrity Group
As seen in the November 2012 issue of Pipeline & Gas Journal
There was much discussion during 2011 of the seam weld issue by various parties, including state and local government agencies, pipeline operators, industry organizations and consultants. However, in a number of cases the necessary technology already exists, so further R&D might result in reinventing the wheel.
Modern ILI of Subsea Pipelines and Risers: Capabilities for Challenging Projects
By: Mohammed Al-Hamad, Quest Integrity
This paper was presented at the October 2012 MENDT Conference in Bahrain.
Advances in ILI technologies now provide operators a range of inspection options in overcoming pipeline flow, configuration and previously restrictive environments.This paper will demonstrate solutions that have worked in typical offshore environments.
Heavy-Duty Gas Turbine Hot-End Bearing Failure
By: Dr. Matthew Smillie, Consultant Engineer, Quest Integrity
As seen in the July-September 2012 issue of Energy Generation
The rotors of heavy-duty gas turbines are exposed to the heat of combustion during their operation. This thermal loading, in addition to the mechanical loading due to self-weight and rotation, provides a challenge to the designers of gas turbines when aiming for the reliability demanded by the commercial requirements of operation. This article briefly introduces the particular issues of bearings in heavy-duty gas turbines, and then reviews a case study of a gas turbine bearing that could no longer hold its load and the situation surrounding its failure.