A team conducting dropped object surveys, lifting equipment inspections and bolt tightening on an offshore drilling rig derrick.

Upstream Drilling

Vertech has a wealth of experience in servicing the upstream drilling market and intimately understand the specific challenges faced in this sector. Our approach is quite simply to ensure minimal impact to drilling operations while providing a safe, high-performing and cost-effective service that is compliant with the necessary standards.

Mobilising our experienced workforce from our strategically located facilities in WA, NT and QLD and NZ we have delivered full UWILDs, comprehensive lifting and drill handling tool management programs, NDT inspections, derrick maintenance and repairs, Top Drive System (TDS) inspections and DROPS programs across all asset types.

We understand that drilling campaigns are fast-moving and as a result proponents expect speed, efficiency, quality, and the ability to react from its contractors. We pride ourselves on the ability to do that for our upstream clients while still providing a best-in-class deliverable.


A lifting equipment inspector conducting a proof load test on a pad eye as part of an upstream drill rig lifting equipment survey.
  • Class Accredited UWILD Package (manned and unmanned)
  • Lifting Equipment Inspection and Management (LIM)
  • API Crane Inspection Package
  • API Drill Handling Tools Package
  • Dropped Object Survey & Management (V-DROPS)
  • Alternative Access Package (VAAP)
  • Conventional Rope Access & Scaffolding


A lifting equipment inspector conducting NDT on a lifting basket and visual inspection of lifting geat as part of an upstream detill rig survey.
An IRATA NDT and marine class inspector conducting a special periodic survey (SPS) on an offshore drilling rig.
Our specialist upstream maintenance services include: