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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.

Quest Integrity AUS Pty Limited, located in Queensland, Australia, provides high-level engineering consulting and advanced inspection services, and is the industry leader in fitness-for-service assessments.

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.
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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.

By: Devon Brendecke, Product Manager, Signal Fitness-For-Service

As seen in the August 2012 issue of BIC Magazine

Being able to rapidly assess damage uncovered during planned inspections is a major part of the success of fitness-for-service. Since every region of damage is unique, sometimes internally prepared spreadsheet calculations are insufficient to accurately assess a piece of equipment with damage. A comprehensive software program that automates many of the calculations can mean the difference between a timely return to service and extra shutdown time.

By J. Soltis, K. Lichti and A. Crisford, Quest Integrity Group

As seen in the September 2012 issue of Oil & Gas Australia

For oil and gas operators, CO2 corrosion is an on-going concern, as the industry relies primarily on the ability to use carbon steels within their facilities.

By: Brian D. Rose, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Consulting Engineer at Quest Integrity

As seen in the August 2012 edition of BIC Magazine

Advanced integrity assessments based on inspection results can demonstrate that tanks and their components are fit for continued service, allowing tank operators to often postpone repairs until the next shutdown, eliminate the need for repairs or be exempt from hydrostatic testing.

By: Lilly Darnell, Senior Marketing Specialist, Quest Integrity Group

As seen in the September 2012 issue of Pipelines International Magazine.

Offshore pipelines can be challenging to inspect due to limited launcher/receiver facilities or limited accessibility. Quest Integrity Group offers a solution for these historically difficult to inspect or unpiggable pipelines with its InVista™ in-line inspection tool.