EEMUA’s seminar on 28 September 2023 in Aberdeen, UK, will be addressing non-conventional inspections which supplement and/or replace established techniques and provide asset integrity assurance.

Non-conventional inspection methods are often employed in parallel with conventional techniques to locate all credible and potential defects, and to size each defect such that its criticality to plant integrity can be assessed.

Kena Jolley, EEMUA Technical Manager, comments: “Inspection is a key part in ensuring the safety and compliance of equipment and helping prevent leaks and incidents that can result in serious injury and loss of life, environmental damage, and huge financial costs. EEMUA’s seminar will be showcasing non-conventional inspection techniques that can help in finding any defects and faults early, limit asset downtime safely through reduced inspection times while expanding inspection coverage, increase inspection efficiency, and more.”

“All those involved in the specification, procurement, or execution of inspection services on industrial assets should find this seminar of use. It is a terrific opportunity to gain knowledge and to engage with others who face similar challenges in optimising plant safety, quality, cost and performance."

The seminar programme features expert-led sessions from across industry.

In his presentation ‘Monitoring of vessels and pipelines using guided waves’ Robert Neubeck, Research Associate at Fraunhofer IKTS, will be focusing on the development of an elastic guided wave structural health monitoring (SHM) system for pressure vessels in the oil and gas industry. The system was developed as part of a research project between Equinor ASA and Fraunhofer IKTS to detect typical damage patterns in the millimetre to centimetre range under the insulation of operating pressure vessels by adapted high-resolution imaging routines.

Malcolm Howse, Applications Engineer at Mistras BV, will be providing an overview of acoustic emission (AE) inspection techniques as applied to metallic tanks, vessels, and pipelines. MaIcolm will cover the damage mechanisms detectable (and undetectable) by AE; the recommended testing conditions (offline, in-service or condition monitoring) per damage mechanism and the relevant supporting codes and standards.

The session ‘Non-Electrical Inspection in Hazardous Areas’ will provide a review from John Harris, Technical Development Manager at CompEx, of how non-electrical (mechanical) inspections are carried out in industry. It will address the gap in existing standards and the need to address a best practice guidance for technicians to follow.

Peter Merrett of Merrett Survey Limited will be focusing on the laser scanning technique and new and innovative application methods. Peter will describe how laser scanning is being used to survey a structure on a macro scale to observe its deformation and monitor further movement which might be taking place overtime and causing stress affecting the integrity of the asset. Several examples will be presented covering different industry sectors.

They are joined by Grant Blackaby, Ithaca Energy, who will be speaking on digital transformation and optimisation, and Ivan Pinson, InnnerSpec Technologies, who will address eddy current arrays and digital image correlation for pit assessment.

The seminar is open to all in industry, with employees of EEMUA Members and Associates being able to attend free upon registration. There are limited, reduced rate spaces available to staff and full-time students from higher education establishments.

Further information, including how to register, can be found here.

The seminar is supported by IRISNDT Limited, a UK nationwide supplier of NDT services, and an EEMUA Associate.