Quest Integrity

Quest Integrity

Company Profile

Quest Integrity is a global leader in the development and delivery of asset integrity and reliability management services. Our integrated solutions consist of technology-enabled, advanced inspection and engineering assessment services and products that help organizations in the pipeline, refining, chemical, syngas and power industries improve operational planning, increase profitability, and reduce operational and safety risks. Our professional team is comprised of experienced NDT specialists, reliability engineers, structural integrity and materials specialists, and NDT tools and software development engineers backed by a team of talented and dedicated client support personnel.

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19823 58th Place South
Suite 100
Seattle, Washington USA

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Furnace Tube Inspection System

Inspection of serpentine or arbor coils in process fired heaters is difficult using conventional NDT methods. Quest Integrity offers a comprehensive solution with its furnace tube inspection system, or FTIS, high resolution data capabilities and advanced engineering assessment solutions.

Pipeline In-Line Inspection

Quest Integrity’s InVista™ ultrasonic (UT) in-line inspection technology is a bi-directional tool that provides 100% coverage of geometry and metal loss features. Designed to overcome the most difficult inspection environments, InVista™ provides unmatched navigation and high resolution data.

Process Piping Solutions

Integrity management programs that include process or plant piping are challenging to implement and accurately maintain when applying traditional NDT methods. Quest Integrity provides a comprehensive solution which includes smart pigging technology and advanced engineering assessment capabilities.

Steam Reformer Care

Quest Integrity understands the importance of steam reformers in refining, chemical and syngas plants. Utilizing innovative tool technology, Quest Integrity provides both internal and external reformer tube inspection, data analysis, remaining life assessments, and advanced engineering consulting.

Engineering and Consulting

Quest Integrity’s expert team of engineers perform high-level specialized consulting. Deep expertise across a wide breadth of technical disciplines include fitness-for-service, remaining life, materials consulting, failure analysis, risk-based inspection, and corrosion consulting and management.

Advanced Digital Imaging

Quest Integrity uses remote visual inspection camera systems and laser scanning equipment to inspect and survey plant systems and components. This combination of unique technologies yields unparalleled surface data acquisition providing precise measurements and visual data on asset and plant health.

Quest Integrity's Inspectioneering Content

Establishing Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs) for Refinery Fired Heaters
November/December 2018 Inspectioneering Journal
By Tim Hill at Quest Integrity Group

This article provides an overview of the key components in establishing IOWs, the levels of IOW limits, and the basic principles and application of API Recommended Practice 584 to achieve reliable fired heater performance.

A Lifetime of Integrity - Overcoming the Challenges in Managing the Life-Cycle of Aging Assets
May/June 2018 Inspectioneering Journal
By James Wilson at Quest Integrity, and James R. Widrig at Quest Integrity

As assets age and production demands grow, it becomes increasingly critical to implement sustainable long-term AIM strategies and programs. This article dives into the elements that will help ensure the successful management of assets throughout their life-cycle.

Convection Section Failure Analysis and Fitness-for-Service Assessment
November/December 2017 Inspectioneering Journal
By James R. Widrig at Quest Integrity

In-service equipment failures present a considerable challenge to reliability engineers. This article presents a case study of a convection tube failure in a furnace and the analyses that were performed to understand the root cause and determine the remaining tube life.

Advanced Buckling Analysis of a Reactor Tank Supported by Four Legs
July/August 2017 Inspectioneering Journal
By Michael Turnquist at Quest Integrity Group

This article outlines the engineering and assessment methodologies applied during the analysis of a failure of a 15-foot diameter reactor tank supported by four legs.

November/December 2016 Inspectioneering Journal
By Michael Turnquist at Quest Integrity Group

This article exhibits how modern inspection methodologies combined with innovative computational analysis practices demonstrate the value of conducting fitness-for-service (FFS) assessments on sectional piping.

Choosing the Right Smart Pigging Technology – Lessons Learned
September/October 2016 Inspectioneering Journal
By Tim Haugen at Quest Integrity Group

Although all ultrasonic smart pigging providers claim the ability to detect wall thinning and tube deformations to some degree, the inspection surface coverage, resolution, minimum wall thickness detection and reporting capabilities may vary drastically from one service provider to the next. Knowing your provider’s capabilities is crucial for ensuring the integrity of your assets, as one refinery recently discovered.

Fired Heater Health Monitoring and  Reliability Management in Challenging Times
March/April 2016 Inspectioneering Journal
By Tim Hill at Quest Integrity Group

Achieving fired heater reliability in conjunction with meeting performance standards can be a challenging feat. Performance is a measure of the degree to which the fired heater is in an operable condition at any given time.

Gains with Advanced Data Assessment in ILI: Leveraging pipeline data to eliminate risk, prioritize and schedule necessary repairs
May/June 2015 Inspectioneering Journal
By Ian D. Smith, P.Eng. at Quest Integrity Group, and Michael McGee at Quest Integrity Group

For traditional in-line inspection (ILI) vendors, considering 21.4 miles of a piggable 4” diesel pipeline is typically not a big deal. However, significant threats like 3rd party damage and external corrosion seem to come with the territory in nearly any pipeline territory.

Effective Integrity Management Programs for Steam Reformers
November/December 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
By Kelsey Hevner at Quest Integrity Group

Steam reformers are critical assets for the successful operation of hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol plants. The steam reformer is also one of the most expensive assets in these facilities. Catalyst tubes inside the reformer are one of the most important and costly components.

Achieving a Comprehensive Fired Heater Health Monitoring Program
September/October 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
By Tim Hill at Quest Integrity Group

For the past 30 years, infrared (IR) thermometry has been used to monitor tube metal temperatures in refining and chemical furnaces. Tracking temperature levels and variations determine performance capability limits and reliable tube life. However, the application of IR thermometry has often been characterized as highly operator dependent, which can result in less-than-optimal data accuracy as a consequence of poorly applied and interpreted results.

Heater Tube Inspection and Remaining Life Evaluation
May/June 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC.

The following interview with Rich Roberts provides answers to some of the questions our readers have about small, specially designed pigs carrying NDE technologies that can inspect nearly every area of a tube from the coils interior surface.

New Inline Inspection Technology Helps Ensure Terminal & Pipeline Integrity Management Success
March/April 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
By Ron Maurier at Quest Integrity Group, LLC, and Dan Revelle, Sr. at Quest Integrity Group, LLC

New inline inspections and integrity management systems allow operators to understand the complexities and economics of terminals’ and station’s complex aging pipeline infrastructure.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Pressure Vessels: A Story of Localized Metal Loss
November/December 2013 Inspectioneering Journal
By Michael Turnquist at Quest Integrity Group

While there are many types of damage mechanisms that can occur in a piece of equipment, localized metal loss is one of the most common. If an inspection reveals that metal loss has occurred, many questions are raised...

The Challenge of Inspection and Assessment of Critical Piping Systems in Chemical Plants
July/August 2013 Inspectioneering Journal
By James R. Widrig at Quest Integrity

Inspection and fitness-for-service assessments of critical in-plant piping systems are a concern for the chemical industry. This presents a potentially insurmountable task and discovery of a number of areas where the condition is at risk.

Inspection of Individual Serpentine Coils in Fired Heaters Connected to Common Headers
May/June 2013 Inspectioneering Journal
By Richard D. Roberts at Quest Integrity Group

Refineries and chemical plants own and operate numerous process heaters (e.g. gas reformers, CCRs, etc.) as part of the standard assets throughout the facilities. Many heater coil configuration designs are flanged at both ends; however, there are also coil designs which contain common headers, linking the individual coil passes together at the inlet, outlet, or even at both ends in some cases.

March/April 2013 Inspectioneering Journal
By Thomas Fortinberry at Quest Integrity Group, and James R. Widrig at Quest Integrity

Steam reformers are critical assets to many refining and chemical manufacturing plants and facilities, and it is well known that the reformer is one of the most challenging assets to maintain and operate. Common problems in reformer operations include burner firing, flue gas distribution, and catalyst damage.

Real-time Operating Decisions Made Easier
January/February 2013 Inspectioneering Journal
By Devon Brendecke, P.E. at Quest Integrity Group

The benefits of adding fitness-for-service (FFS) assessments to energy sector reliability projects are numerous. The acceptance of API 579/ASME FFS-1 is increasing across the energy sector and other industries, as these benefits have been demonstrated in a wide range of projects. Several of these benefits are illustrated in this article using real-world examples.

New Technology Allows Access to Coils with Common Headers in the Process Industry
November/December 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
By Richard D. Roberts at Quest Integrity Group

Various fired heater designs in refineries and chemical plants contain common headers (e.g. Arbor coil configurations, CCRs, etc.) as part of their overall serpentine coil design. Accessing the interior of individual coils through the common header is challenging; however, advanced engineering firms and mechanical decoking companies have developed unique common header snorkel delivery systems.

Global Refining Industry Utilizes Ultrasonic Inspection Technology
September/October 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
By Richard D. Roberts at Quest Integrity Group

The refining industry has applied ultrasonic-based intelligent pigging to inspect serpentine coils in fired heaters since the 1990s. Today, thousands of serpentine coils in fired heaters are inspected annually at process facilities around the globe.

January/February 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
By Devon Brendecke, P.E. at Quest Integrity Group

Thanks to constantly improving technology developments, inspection of atmospheric storage tanks has yielded better data which, when used as input, improves the accuracy of advanced assessment techniques. Coupling the improved inspection data with an advanced engineering assessment often means that tank operators are able to postpone repairs until the next shutdown, eliminate the need for repairs or be exempt from hydrostatic testing.

Recent Technological Advances in Ultrasonic-Based Intelligent Pig Technology for Fired Heater Coils
January/February 2010 Inspectioneering Journal
By Richard D. Roberts at Quest Integrity Group

For years refinery and chemical plant operators have utilized ultrasonic-based intelligent pig technology to inspect coils in convection and radiant sections of fired heaters. This proven technology provides accurate inspection data which allows reliability engineers to make critical decisions about the operation and maintenance of fired heaters. Recent advances have increased the capabilities of these tools and extended these benefits to coker heaters containing 3" (76.2mm) nominal piping size and plug headers with radial inserts.

November/December 2009 Inspectioneering Journal
By Stefan Papenfuss at Quest Integrity Group

Pipeline integrity management programs are largely driven by regulatory compliance and are typically budgeted years in advance. Operators of all sizes are looking for ways to reduce expenditures related to operational efficiency and safety in order to maintain optimal profitability while sustaining safety and compliance.

November/December 2004 Inspectioneering Journal
By Richard D. Roberts at Quest Integrity Group

Reliable "intelligent pig technology" is now readily available to the refining industry which can provide quick / comprehensive inspection to both "convection" and "radiant" sections in process furnace piping coils. Both tabular data formats along with 2D / 3D high-resolution color graphics of the test results are immediately produced on site showing tube/pipe wall thinning, bulging, swelling, and ovality.

November/December 1995 Inspectioneering Journal
By Ted L. Anderson at Quest Integrity Group

An inescapable law of nature is that engineering materials contain flaws. Perfect materials and welds simply do not exist in the real world. A newly fabricated pressure vessel, for example, contains numerous imperfections and will probably degrade further in service.

Quest Integrity Announces New Strategic Alliance with Metegrity, Inc.
Press Release
Quest Integrity, July 12, 2017

Quest Integrity, a global leader in the development and delivery of advanced inspection, engineering assessment services and software products, today announced the strategic alliance with Metegrity, Inc., providing extensive software capabilities to succeed Quest Integrity’s Reliability Maintenance System (RMS™) software platform.

New In-Line Inspection Tool Animation Released by Quest Integrity
Press Release
June 15, 2017

"Unpiggable" pipelines are a thing of the past. With Quest Integrity's suite of in-line inspection tools, you can be confident in the state of your pipeline, no matter what.

Press Release
Quest Integrity Group, March 14, 2014

Quest Integrity Group, a global leader in the development and delivery of advanced inspection and engineering assessment services and software products, announces Pacifica™, a new software solution to perform pressure cycle fatigue analysis on seam crack flaws in pipelines.

Press Release
Quest Integrity, July 11, 2013

Quest Integrity Group introduces a new animation focused on the inspection and assessment of buried or inaccessible piping in nuclear facilities utilizing HYDRA™, an ultrasonic-based intelligent pigging technology.

March 18, 2013

Quest Integrity Group, a global leader in the development and delivery of advanced inspection and engineering assessment services and software products, introduces a new animation of its LOTIS (Laser Optic Tube Inspection System) technology.

February 25, 2013

Quest Integrity Group, a global leader in the development and delivery of advanced inspection and engineering assessment services and software products, announces the expansion of its RDVI service offering to North America.

8 Common Infrared Measurement Errors
February 19, 2018

Infrared (IR) thermometry has been used for over forty years to monitor tube metal temperatures in refining and chemical furnaces. Recently, IR thermometry has been criticized in the industry for delivering inaccurate readings; however, this is often due to poorly applied and interpreted results. Several of the most common IR measurement errors include...

Debunking the Myths Behind Infrared Inspection

This webinar discusses the particular aspects involved in obtaining accurate and repeatable infrared temperature measurements of fired heater tubes, as well as a wealth of diagnostic information that may be used to evaluate the performance and reliability of major fired heater parts (e.g. tubes, tube supports, burners, refractory and structural systems).

In-Line Inspection of Unpiggable Pipelines - InVista™

Effective pipeline integrity management has been problematic for a large number of pipelines that were not designed for in-line inspection. Quest Integrity understands the complexities involved with this challenging segment and offers a comprehensive pipeline integrity management solution.

Subsea Pipeline Integrity Management - InVista™ Subsea

InVista Subsea, an advanced ultrasonic ILI tool from Quest Integrity, provides a solution for challenging and difficult-to-inspect subsea pipelines.

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