Applus+ is taking part in the Hywind project, the first commercial pre-series of floating offshore wind farms worldwide. This is a unique and pioneering project due to its size and complexity. In June 2015, Hywind (Scotland) Ltd, a subsidiary of Statoil ASA, awarded the contract for the construction of five spar floating substructures [...]
Laser technologies have been employed throughout various industries to varying degrees over recent decades. The industrial sector has identified opportunities for laser technologies to aid in many tasks that were previously thought to be time-consuming and ineffective. Laser profilometry has provided time- and cost-efficient approaches to data collection and increased data quality [...]
Applus+ K2, part of the Applus+ Group’s Energy & Industry Division, has launched a new wire rope inspection service line. Applus+ K2 uses NDT Technologies LMA-300 units to inspect the internal condition of steel wire rope. In addition, trained inspectors simultaneously conduct external inspections of the wire rope checking for visible signs [...]
Applus+ were approached by Subsea Environmental Services to provide support in the recycling of potentially radioactive telecommunications materials.
At the forefront of the development of new techniques and customized solutions, Applus+ has pioneered the use of a large array of non-destructive investigation methods. After years of development, Applus+ RTD introduced IWEX, a novel ultrasonic testing method which shows great potential in both defect detection, sizing, positioning and characterization. IWEX (Inverse Wavefield EXtrapolation) refers to [...]
Early this year, Applus+ advanced its growth strategy with the acquisition of the Australian company Aerial Photography Specialists (APS), specialised in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone inspection services. The main advantage of the UAV inspections over other methods is its ability to fly in three dimensions in and around obstacles, allowing it to gain [...]
A leaking pipeline can cause an inordinate amount of legal, safety and environmental risks, which is why oil and gas companies delegate a large percentage of their time and resources toward detecting and preventing leaks. While operators look to put more miles of pipelines into production, some face regulatory hurdles in certain regions, which forces [...]
Nondestructive testing (NDT) is the process of inspecting, testing, or evaluating materials, components or assemblies for discontinuities, or differences in characteristics without destroying the serviceability of the part or system. In other words, when the inspection or test is completed the part can still be used.
Keeping downtime to a minimum is vital to downstream oil and gas operations. The oil and gas industry relies on nondestructive testing techniques to determine the lifecycle of production assets and minimizing downtime. Such techniques also play a key role in plant safety. Inspectioneering Journal wrote that it is important for pipeline and refinery owners to [...]
Corrosion control and management is a critical component to the proper operation and maintenance of a number of facilities and structures in the energy industry. Due to the harsh nature of the chemicals, contaminants and corrosive elements in contact with metal tanks, pipelines, terminals, plants and platforms, the chance of degradation is higher when there [...]