UK & Ireland Featured Project: Weld Inspection & Consultancy United Utilities Thirlmere (1737)

QEM Solutions were asked by United Utilities to assist with the review of the welding process and associated with the provision of the innovative steel E-joint.

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Overseas Featured Project: Capita Symonds - Valve Inspections

QEM Solutions were contracted to carry 3rd party inspection and witnessing activities on a series of valves fabricated in Germany for a series of SGN contracts throughout Scotland.

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Our projects

Our Projects

Combined, we have over 50 years experience, gained on a variety of projects throughout the world. But no two engineering projects are alike.

Sometimes we manage a project from the very start and continue to be involved until the end reports. Other times we are brought in to provide specialist services in specific areas. Each brings different challenges. Each has different outcomes.

We would like to share just a few of these projects here.

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GOGC - Pipeline Training Risk Management

ICF International

17 Sep 2013 - 5 Nov 2013

QEM Solutions brought on board our specialist CP and Pipeline Integrity specialist (Dr Pat Lydon) to help us deliver a 4 day workshop in Georgia on the Direct and Indirect inspection techniques that can be used in Non-Piggable pipelines.

A three day seminar involving both theoretical and practical examples will provide the attendees with an understanding of which techniques, both direct and indirect are best suited to their individual instances of infrastructure.

The scope of activities presented during the 3 day seminar / demonstration will include:

  • Pre-Assessment
  • Gathering previous history & pipeline data
  • Risk Based Analysis
  • Review areas of High Risk
  • Select areas to be inspected with indirect inspection techniques

Indirect Inspection

  • Direct Current Voltage Gradient check (DCVG)
  • Alternating Current Voltage Gradient (ACVG)
  • Close Interval Potential Survey (CIPS)
  • Visual Survey of above ground pipe
  • Interpret results to highlight potential defect locations
  • Grade defects dependant on likely defect size and level of risk

Direct Inspection

  • Select locations to be investigated
  • Lower Pipeline Pressure
  • Locate suspected defect
  • Excavate pipeline
  • Measure coating damage and corrosion depth
  • Calculate remaining strength
  • Ascertain the root cause of the defect

Post Assessment

  • Analysing the info from direct inspection techniques
  • Reviewing future inspection requirements

The seminar was a huge success with QEM & IACS producing an informative conditional report for information after the event.

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