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The 40-hour class focused on the application of 0° phased array (PA) for corrosion mapping in the Alaskan oilfields. While North Slope UT inspections have remained largely unchanged over the years, with technicians manually scrubbing pipes of all sizes, the evolution of ultrasonic technology has paved the way for new methods of inspection.

Phased-array training on advanced OmniScan flaw detectors

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After an introduction to the theory behind phased array, the participants learned how to set up for angle inspections, primarily for weld inspection. Once the basics were covered, they got to work building a C-scan, which is an X-ray-like image using an encoder connected to a cable that measured the probe’s travel distance.

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“At the University of Ultrasonics, we specialize in ultrasonic testing methods,” Walton says. “We live, breathe, eat, and sleep UT. Our instructors are veteran field techs who not only understand the theory but also have spent years practicing and honing their craft on the job site. Our staff and instructors are well versed in the various UT methods, codes, and general practices in a wide range of industry fields, including oil and gas, aerospace, structural, fabrication, marine, nuclear, and other power generation. Our staff has also been involved with various code-related activities for ASME and AWS. In addition to our training, we also provide comprehensive consulting services to our clients, everything from building a UT or PAUT program from scratch to helping design advanced inspection procedures for challenging applications.”

A leader in asset integrity management and inspection services, Kakivik Asset Management recently held an intro to phased-array class at its Anchorage, Alaska, office. The training was attended by nearly two dozen ultrasound specialists and was conducted by Shane Walton from the University of Ultrasonics. Evident provided the equipment used for the training.

“Evident also has been partnering with training centers and schools for close to 20 years. Our global academy currently counts over 70 training members and is increasing every year. When you join us as a trainer, in addition to direct support from our team, you get exclusive technical content to help build your curriculum as well as promotion support to reach a wider audience for recruiting students. Trainers that are part of the Evident Training Academy can also benefit from educational posters and joint training activities such as ‘lunch learns’ and exclusive webinars.

“Evident tries to be as involved as possible in the NDT industry. We empower our employees to dedicate time and resources to volunteering and be truly involved within the NDT community. Evident produces and makes available a lot of free educational content, such as podcasts, e-books, tutorials, videos (such as our Evident Around the World series), webinars, and webcasts (Inspection 360, for example). Sharing our knowledge is one of the basics tenets of how we do business.”

The NDT equipment used plays a significant role in the accuracy and reliability of inspections.

Published Aug. 30, 2023, on the Evident InSight Blog.

Emilie Peloquin, Evident’s Global Advanced Product Support Director, says, “For many years, Evident has put a strong emphasis on its technical support force. It doesn’t matter where you are on the globe, Evident has a technical presence to support your needs. In the Americas, our team of experts has a dedicated tech lab to work on special applications, which means you can find out, at no charge, whether the application you’re trying to resolve will work with our technologies.

The addition of phased-array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) capabilities to Evident’s product line provides Kakivik with another tool to bring the best NDT services to their clients.

Investing in employees’ training and development is crucial for any organization’s growth and success. It not only benefits the employees by enhancing their skills and knowledge but also contributes to the overall efficiency and profitability of the company. By investing in this University of Ultrasonics training for its nondestructive testing (NDT) group, Kakivik Asset Management helps provide continual turnkey inspection solutions to its customers.

This symbiotic relationship between Kakivik, the University of Ultrasonics, and Evident is a prime example of a recipe for success for others in the NDT industry. By investing in employees and providing them with high-quality equipment and training, asset owners and other inspection services companies like Kakivik can help themselves stand apart in a competitive market.

Why this partnership is important to the NDT industry: Hear from the experts

Shane Walton, University of Ultrasonics

Evident continues to advance its industry-leading technologies with continuous hardware and software improvements. A notable addition is the recent innovation of its phase coherence imaging (PCI) technique. Evident also emphasizes technical support and training. The company is committed to improving the NDT industry and consistently contributes to its training needs with a variety of free educational content.

Randy Sulte, Kakivik

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