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NDT.net Issue - 2015-07 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2015-07
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

TSC provides its first ACFM® Operator Competency Test for Bibby Offshore Limited

TSC Inspection Systems32, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Bibby Offshore has taken advantage of having a frame agreement with TSC which gives them access to the TSC ACFM® Operator Competency Test Process, sending one of their Offshore Operators to attend the half day process, provided at the TSC facility in Aberdeen.

Iain McKinnon, pictured on the left, had the honour of being the first ACFM® Operator to take the competency test and had nothing but praise for the process.

He stated, “The course was highly beneficial as a competency test. It was laid out in a ‘real world’ scenario from mobilisation and set up of the equipment, to probe operator brief, to marking up of the component, to remote communications with the ‘diver’, to scanning and sizing defects. A more thorough test of an operator’s competency would be hard to achieve”, he continued with his feedback “The fact that real world ‘curve balls’ were thrown in and having to fault find and replace faulty equipment, exactly as one would have to on board a vessel, was a bonus. The test piece was great, with no transverse defects, just ‘in service’ longitudinal cracks, albeit intermittent ones, which also tests the operator thoroughly. The nature of the course was not to catch people out, rather to boost confidence and assure competency in the method. I would highly recommend that all ACFM® Level 2 Operators within BOL are given the opportunity to attend the course.”

Paul Watkins, TSC’s Business Development Manager said, “We’ve had a number of customers express their concern that, whilst Operators may have passed the ACFM® examinations, they may not have recent operating experience of using ACFM® equipment and may therefore not be competent in its use. We decided to do something about this and now offer our frame agreement customers, who want to use their own or contracted Operators, a half-day program for ACFM® Operators who are taken through a familiarisation and test program to refresh their knowledge and operation of ACFM® products.” He continued, “It’s great to see Bibby Offshore taking advantage of this service. Our objective is to ensure ACFM® technology is used correctly in the field and retains its reputation as an advanced and reliable NDT technology. By providing this service we believe we can maintain the high standards required by our customers and the Operating Companies. It’s a win–win for us all”.

For more details about the TSC ACFM® Competency Test Process please contact Paul Watkins, TSC Business Development Director on pwatins@tscis.com

About TSC Inspection Systems
TSC Inspection Systems provides advanced Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) solutions, founded on their unique and patented Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM®) technology. The ACFM® technique detects surface-breaking cracks in metallic structures and components, without the need to remove protected coatings, therefore minimizing downtime for critical operations. Independent tests show that ACFM® technology is one of the world’s most reliable NDT methods, producing an audit-trail which makes the inspection process significantly more robust than traditional methods.

TSC Inspection Systems was established in 1984, as a spin-off from University College London, by a team of Professors and Lecturers who were recognised leaders in the fields of NDT, robotics and fracture mechanics. ACFM® was developed with support from BP, BG, Conoco and Shell, who were keen to significantly improve the reliability of underwater inspection, reduce the reliance on the diver operator and provide auditable inspection records.

TSC offers customers a wide range of support in the execution of subsea and onshore inspection programmes worldwide, including ACFM® system sales and rentals, operator services and engineered solutions for diverless subsea ACFM® deployment.

For further information please visit the TSC Inspection Systems website www.tscis.com

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