Webinar Replay

The Benefits of Non-Intrusive Inspection for Pressure Equipment

Gecko Robotics, October 28, 2022

Webinar Overview

The safe and reliable operation of pressure equipment is paramount to avoid potentially catastrophic failure. Therefore, guidelines require the periodic inspection of this equipment to test for internal degradation. Non-intrusive, or external, inspections utilize multiple technologies from the exterior of the vessel while it is in service to evaluate structural integrity. In accordance with API and international guidelines, external inspections in lieu of internal are permissible when certain criteria are met, including coverage and data requirements. Performing these inspections with robotics has several benefits, including safety, efficiency, data density, and resource savings.

Inspectioneering teams up with Brian O’Leary, API Program Manager, and Ron Preston, Director of Oil and Gas, from Gecko Robotics for our webinar, The Benefits of Non-Intrusive Inspection for Pressure Equipment. This webinar will discuss the guidance around non-intrusive inspections and the benefits when utilizing robot-based ultrasonic and phased array techniques.

About the Speakers

Brian O’Leary, API Program Manager at Gecko Robotics, has over 10 years of experience in the NDE space across multiple industries ranging from DoD, Oil/Gas, chemical, power, pulp/paper, pipeline (DOT), offshore, and shipping. Brian holds several certifications, including API 510 and 570 and NDE Level II in 9 methods. He is a subject matter expert in guided wave, EMAT, and acoustic emission inspections. Currently, Brian utilizes his extensive knowledge and expertise to advise on projects involving process optimization, program development, technical sales, and mechanical integrity consulting.

Ron Preston, Director of Oil and Gas at Gecko Robotics, has over 30 years of experience in the NDT space and is specialized in eddy current, radiography, and ultrasonic testing applications for refineries, paper mills, chemical plants, and electrical power generation plants. Additionally, Ron has extensive knowledge of tube inspections of ferrous and non-ferrous materials in heat exchangers, tubular air heaters, and power boilers. He is dedicated to advancing the technology in the industry and helping customers find the correct application for their specific needs.

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