Detail-oriented API 570 Inspections - every pipe, flange, nozzle, and support

Piping in a refinery, power plant, or chemical facility represents an assortment of high hazard challenges. If one stops to consider each segment of process piping as an individual piece of equipment, they represent a disproportionate percentage of the equipment to be inspected. This represents a specific challenge to the inspector. Only through superior detail-orientation and documentation can a successful API 570 inspection regimen be achieved.

Whether you're undertaking a complete API 570 inspection on a time interval or looking to conduct just one portion of your Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) program, Gecko’s inspection services are tailored to your objective.   

Our team of Level II/III certified API inspectors conduct external visual, thickness measurements, and damage identification using the latest NDE/NDT technology anchored by our ultrasonic robots.  

The major benefits of inspecting with Gecko are:

  1. Eliminate the need for roping or scaffolding
  2. Remotely operated equipment to follow piping across the site without obstructing facility operations
  3. Robotic inspection down to 6 in (15 cm) piping systems. No limit for visual inspections and manual NDT 
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History Review

The piping system's service and inspection history is reviewed to deploy the appropriate Gecko resources.

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Designed for RBI

Our superior asset coverage and data quality are designed to achieve an “A” grading for RBI programs

 

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Gecko Portal

All reports, alongside interactive data-maps, are available online 24/7 for maintenance review and planning.

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Rapid Ultrasonic Gridding

Thickness mapping up to 350 ft (107 m) of piping in a single shift. Down to 6 in (15 cm) diameter

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Phased Array UT

Identify damage mechanisms externally, without the need for borescopes or taking the system off-line. Inspection of flanges and nozzles.   

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Visual Inspection

Identify any structural abnormalities, faulty supports, leaks, coating failures, or areas of concern for closer NDE/NDT.

The Gecko Process

Piping systems have unique failure mechanisms that call for specific attention from the inspector. The range of fluids and process parameters combine for a dynamic environment where cracking, metallurgical changes and structural changes happen in addition to common metal loss. Our API 570 inspection covers these failure mechanisms with a comprehensive toolset of human and robotic NDT technologies. Our inspection is designed to slot into your plant’s current inspection plans, whether you need to fulfill a specific inspection or need to construct an entire program from the ground up taking RBI and best practices into mind.

The process stems from your inspection plan. If no plan already exists, we’ll consult with you to learn your approach to mechanical integrity. This starts by understanding the nature of the piping system, its operating history, and likely damage mechanisms. This is the basis for establishing the inspection timeline. Your plant may be using a broader RBI, in which case, we’d include the risk factors associated with the asset to hone our inspection approach. If a plan already exists, Gecko can perform your external visual, thickness, and damage detection inspection. 

Because Gecko provides high resolution thickness measurements via its Rapid Ultrasonic Gridding (RUG) technique and defect characterization with its Phased Array UT systems, our services have been shown sufficient to replace internal inspections or lengthen the inspection interval within RBI programs due to superior data quality and completeness of coverage.

Gecko API 570 inspections are conducted by API Level II and III inspectors. Written reports are supplied to the client along with access to our online portal, Gecko Portal, which provides interactive mapping of all thickness measurements. This allows for annotation, export, and sharing for maintenance planning.

Each report includes these sections - 

  • Executive Summary
  • History Review
  • Recommendations and Recommended Next Inspection
  • Report
    • Component summaries
    • Detailed Report
  • Inspection Photos
  • Construction Drawings

TOKA Flex - API 570 Inspector's Secret Weapon

What do jungle gyms and oak trees have in common? They are begging to be climbed. The same is true for overhead piping and complex, industrial piping systems. But doing so safely and quickly is a challenge. Therefore, we designed a robot to suit. The result is our TOKA Flex; designed to give unprecedented access to piping systems for ultrasonic thickness gridding.  

TOKA Flex can handle down to a 6 in (15 cm) pipe up to 275° F (135° C) in temperature. This gives more options to capture the data needed to determine piping health across more of your plant - while it is still online.

More Coverage. More Confidence

The Gecko API 570 program is the most complete and advanced inspection protocol in the industry. Using robots and technicians together, inspecting entire piping systems has never been safer, easier or quicker. 

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