Materials, Corrosion and Welding Consultancy

Supporting in selecting, planning and evaluating 

Questions regarding materials, corrosion and welding are common when addressing asset integrity management, particularly as assets age and life extension is required. Experts with an in-depth understanding of these subjects are invaluable at all stages of the asset lifecycle. Material selection and welding processes are vital during design and construction. Understanding and controlling corrosion is critical for reliable operation. Knowledge of materials and welding informs failure investigations, modifications, repairs, and many other aspects of maintenance and integrity management.

Lean operators today cannot justify employing numerous in-house experts. Our Consultancy as a Service (CaaS) offering in materials, corrosion and welding answers your questions and fills the gaps, relieves you of the overhead burden of numerous experts and enables cross-industry learning. We offer a stable team of industry experts working within an ISO 9001 certified quality system.

Your benefits of our materials, corrosion and welding consultancy

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Industry experts on demand

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Practical integrity management combined with specialist knowledge

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Advice during design, procurement and construction informed by operational experience

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Local operational support, drawing on a world-wide team

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Support in selecting, testing and evaluating materials to guarantee performance

Material performance is a critical element for asset integrity. Factors such as strength, toughness, hardness, corrosivity, magnetic permeability, cracking susceptibility, microstructure and chemistry feed into all aspects of integrity management from threat identification, to inspection, to assessment, repair and repurposing. Our materials engineers aid in the selection and evaluation of materials and definition of testing requirements to mitigate integrity issues during construction, commissioning and operation.

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Support to plan, conduct and inspect welding to contribute to reliability and safety

Joining metals when building structures, constructing pipelines or install repairs may seem simple at first sight, but in many applications the choice of materials and the way they are joined together is critical – critical for safety and for sustainable production and vital for the smooth operation and maintenance of the miles of infrastructure that provide the fuel, energy and power underpinning our society. We care about how well welding is planned, conducted and inspected, as it contributes directly to the reliability and safety of this infrastructure.

Our welding engineers are ready to support any project from the specification of welding techniques and complex welding processes to the training of staff in achieving agreed aims at a customers' or at our facilities.

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Support to develop, audit and implement corrosion management plans and control

Corrosion management is a key requirement in any successful lifecycle integrity management philosophy whether considering new or aging assets. From petrochemical plants to onshore terminals, flow-lines and pipelines, offshore platforms or power plants – our consultancy expertise is applicable to them all. Our services include:

  • Development and implementation of corrosion management strategies (e.g. prevention, monitoring, inspection and mitigation strategies)
  • Independent auditing of existing corrosion management systems including procedures and processes
  • Material selection and pre-qualification for corrosion control from conceptual studies to decommissioning
  • Interpretation of material codes, standards and industry specifications
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Consultancy for corrosion control and mitigation systems

With an effective and optimized corrosion control system in place, operators of various assets ensure the health and safety of people and environment while increasing operational reliability and production effectiveness. Our experts provide valuable services such as defining mitigation controls, assisting with implementation, ensuring the effectiveness of mitigation and establishing and implementing corrective action when necessary. To support these activities with relevant data we provide detailed corrosion modeling services.

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Support at every stage of coating and cathodic protection to prevent damage and optimize performance

Our experience in the provision of cathodic protection and coating consultancy enables us to tailor both to suit individual client requirements. Our coating consultancy covers specification, selection, qualification, surface preparation, coating condition inspection, failure analysis, coating application supervision and application audits. With cathodic protection consultancy, we can review and trouble shoot existing systems and design new ones to optimize performance preventing damage from over-protection and ensuring compliance with industry standards.

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How to benefit from consultancy

Faced with aging assets, OPEX pressure, asset ownership changes, and staff shortages, operators worldwide are changing their approach and increasingly working with third-party experts rather than carrying large in-house teams. The benefit can be access to experts with an amazing breadth of experience, a challenge is in-depth knowledge of the history of specific assets. To achieve the best outcome, a long-term partnership approach with commitment and trust from the operator and service provider is needed. This involves early engagement, intensive discussion, a free exchange of information, and contract stability.