RCS remains on the cutting edge of the newest techniques and technologies.
RCS remains on the cutting edge of the newest techniques and technology with programs running concurrently for the research and development of improvements, the establishment and implementation of its own Technical Committee, and membership as volunteers for a variety of established training facilities, research councils, and code committees.
We have been supporting pipeline integrity programs for many years. However, it is the pursuit of the best NDE technologies and techniques that make RCS a first choice for integrity management planners, smart tool developers, and engineers and project managers. Technologies have recently became available that have allowed us to promote such technology for pipeline integrity direct assessment.
Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing for internal corrosion mapping
RCS is the first pipeline integrity NDE specialist company to automate PAUT for internal corrosion mapping on in-service pipelines. During the early release of a proprietary Linear at 0-degree phased array ultrasonic device that uses an H2O interface standoff, RCS determined that this phased array technique and the complementary analysis software allowed huge data collection and imaging advantages over conventional corrosion mapping devices. To offer an even better advantage, RCS developed their own complimentary automated device to collect higher volumes of data.
Laser Profilometry and 3D Corrosion Modeling
RCS uses the latest non-contact technology and imaging software available in the industry to map and model corrosion. This rapid scanning system can examine corrosion of any form and provide river bottom profiles with safe pressure calculations 10x faster than any manual system. The Creaform System can also image this corrosion in real time with 3D models easily exported to an electronic file for rapid delivery to the customer.
SCC Crack Sizing
RCS continues to push the envelope of ultrasonic capability and technique development. We have recently developed several proprietary calibration standards, along with special techniques and manual probe holders, used for accurately sizing cracks to within a .004″ tolerance. This accuracy can be repeated time after time on different pipe diameters, wall thicknesses, and cracks off of ID and OD surfaces.
Seam Weld Inspection System (SWIS)
We have developed a proprietary ERW long seam inspection technique used for rapid ultrasonic inspection and ILI validation of linear flaws in the long seam welds of pipe. This device carries dual phased array transducers and automated for high volume inspections of in-service pipeline spools or newly fabricated line pipe.We remain at the forefront of the most advanced techniques and methodology.
Automated Ultrasonics for Weld Inspection
RCS utilizes several configurations of advanced NDE technology for the automatic inspection of welds. Primarily utilized for in-service weld inspection and ILI validation, RCS’ dual phased array weld inspection systems bring unique value to a pipeline asset integrity program. We employ circumferential 360-degree inspection of girth welds and full length automatic inspection of new or vintage longitudinal ERW seam welds. The defect image quality is unparalleled allowing the analyst to properly characterize critical defects. All inspections are fully encoded using recorded scans for post-collection data analysis and archival storage.
Remote Data Analysis
RCS chooses to focus our advanced technology with the capability of collecting and recording real-time data in an effort to provide higher quality of inspections and imaging through post-inspection analysis. Using remote data analysis allows our advanced inspection programs to flow seamlessly through a controlled environment. Collecting critical system data such as corrosion, cracks, and mechanical damage can come in several different forms and time-sensitive situations. Having remote data analysis experts analyze this data as it is collected allows us to provide a higher quality inspection and save the customer money by relieving inspection time constraints and ensuring the highest level of quality oversight.
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We use advanced equipment during the inspection process.
Omniscan MX2 Phased Array UT Data Acquisition with Tomoview Remote Analysis
- Crack sizing
- Corrosion mapping
- Defect detection and flaw dimensioning
- Defect characterization
- Remote data analysis
- Weld inspection
- Ultrasonic Testing (UT) in lieu of Radiography (RT)
Creaform EXAscan laser profilometry and 3D modeling
- Volumetric external corrosion mapping with rapid profiling and safe pressure calculation
- External geometric ovality and dent profiling
- Mechanical damage characterization
- Remote analysis
FLIR Infrared Thermography
- Gas leak detection
- Liquid leak detection
- Predictive maintenance
- Temperature measurement
- Internal flow line and level determination