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AST Non-Intrusive Inspection: Optimizing API 653 Inspections and Driving Operational Efficiencies

Gecko Robotics, October 19, 2023

Webinar Overview

API 653 inspections are a requirement for tank owners, and when performed with new technologies, they can be completed without halting production. Robotic technologies make it possible to inspect tank components without taking it offline, eliminating the opportunity cost of removing an asset from service. Robotic crawlers use ultrasound and high-definition cameras to inspect tank shells and roofs externally, identifying corrosion, pitting, and other damage mechanisms affecting the inner and outer diameters of the base material. Submersible robotic crawlers can swim through several refined products to reach the tank floor and perform ultrasonic testing, visual inspection, and settlement surveys. Combining these techniques can satisfy the API requirements for external and internal inspections, allowing for the deferral of future inspections as permitted.

Inspectioneering and Gecko Robotics team up for our webinar, "AST Non-Intrusive Inspection: Optimizing API 653 Inspections and Driving Operational Efficiencies," to discuss how these new technologies are optimizing API 653 inspections and driving operational efficiencies.

About the Speakers

Ron Preston is the Director of Oil and Gas at Gecko Robotics. He 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.

Chase David is the Customer Success and NDT Technology Manager at Gecko Robotics. He is an ASNT UT Level III inspector and has been in the NDT space for over 10 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience working with clients to improve mechanical integrity programs, focusing on special emphasis programs & RBI implementation. Chase is an expert in robotic inspection solutions for clients in industrial industries across the globe. Chase holds several certifications, including API 510, API 570, API QUTE, and AWS CWI.

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