NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING (NDT) SERVICES

At Vertech, we offer non-destructive testing (NDT) services to companies across a multitude of industries that possess assets or infrastructure. Our comprehensive range of conventional and advanced NDT services ensures our clients receive first-class deliverables.

Vertech has proven experience in NDT inspection planning, advising clients on NDT services, and providing recommendations and solutions to comply with international and Australian standards. 

Vertech Group is certified to ISO 17205 as an NDT inspection body by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), accreditation number 18112. Our NDT inspection personnel are highly qualified, skilled, and experienced in applying a wide range of NDT inspection services and testing methods.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT Services)

Non-Destructive Testing or NDT is an analysis technique used throughout the inspection industry to evaluate assets and infrastructure. NDT involves detecting and assessing flaws in materials without causing damage or permanent alterations.

Conventional NDT Services

Safety, reliability, environmental requirements, and regulations all mean that companies across multiple sectors have a responsibility to maintain the integrity of their equipment.

Vertech has a proven track record across the Asia Pacific region in delivering a wide array of conventional non-destructive inspection and non-destructive testing methods. Sonomatic provides NDT from planning campaigns, advising clients on NDT methods, and providing recommendations & solutions to ensure code compliance to both international and Australian Standards.

Underpinned by specialist access and robotics, Vertech provides a base inspection service and manages the end-to-end solution from high mobility specialist access using rope access, engineered decking and netting systems through to deployment via ROV, UAV, or crawler deployed systems.

  • Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
  • Magnetic Particle Testing & Inspection (MPT)
  • Dye Penetrant Testing & Inspection (PT)
  • Eddy Current Testing & Inspection (ECI)
  • Salt Test & Dry Film Thickness Testing (DFT)
  • Film Radiography (RT)
  • Digital Radiography (DRT)
  • Corrosion Mapping (C-Scan)
  • Proof Load Testing (PLT)
  • Dimensional & Visual Inspection (VT)
  • Positive Material Identification (PMI)
  • Laser Testing, Scanning & Mapping (LT)
  • Thermographic Inspection (TI)
  • Computerized Radiography (CRT)

Specialised Non-Destructive Testing Services

Vertech has proven experience in a range of highly specialised advanced NDT inspection services. Our NDT technicians are highly trained along with years of experience, and our NDT testing methods have been developed over years of experience.

Sonomatic, our advanced inspection arm, is a leading provider of advanced NDT inspection services to clients in various industries. Sonomatic brought innovation to the market by introducing Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) in the 1980s and bringing world-leading technology to our clients.

The team is unique among inspection service providers in that they develop their inspection systems and scanners to meet specific requirements for inspection performance, deployment and in-field reliability.

  • Ultrasonic Thickness Testing (UTT) - ultrasonic testing conducted manually, semi-automated, and automated
  • Time of Flight Diffraction (screening and welds)
  • Phased Array Corrosion Mapping and Weld Inspection
  • Long Range UT (LRUT)
  • Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM)
  • Advanced Tube Inspection - IRIS and Eddy Current Testing (RFT, NFT, NFA, Magnetic Bias and ECA)
  • Multi-Skip Inspection
  • Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII)
  • Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing
  • Tank Floor Inspection (MFL, Vacuum Box and Acoustic Emission)
  • Electromagnetic Testing (EMAT)
  • Microwave Testing
  • Dynamic Response Spectroscopy (DRS)
  • Creeping/Head Wave Inspection Method (CHIME)
  • Saturated ET Pipeline Inspection (SEF)

NDT PROJECT EXAMPLES

KGP BERTH 3 INSPECTION CAMPAIGN

Vertech was engaged in completing a 100% structural inspection survey of an LNG loading jetty using specialist access systems. The inspection campaign included an initial GVI screening of the structural members, followed by a CVI/NDT inspection. The data collected was used to construct a targeted Advanced NDT inspection scope which Vertech executed utilising Phased Array (wheel probe), LYFT (PEC) & TOFD corrosion mapping.

PLUTO LNG BASELINE INSPECTION

Vertech provided teams of multi-disciplined AICIP in-service inspectors and NDT technicians to complete baseline inspections across 394 corrosion loops across the asset. Trailing the inspectors, we provided multi-disciplined rope access teams completing “find and fix” remediation to insulation, also providing touch up coatings and STOPAQ application which reduced reportable items up to 50%.

FPSO INTEGRITY & NDT

Between 2015 and 2020, Vertech implemented its full range of conventional and advanced NDT services, in-service inspection (ISI) and robotics services across three FPSOs to conduct over 30,000 accredited inspections. During these projects, we utilised pressure equipment, vessel hulls, cranes, lifting gear and other structures as part of our major services agreement with our customers.

CPF & FPSO INSPECTION

In 2015 Vertech commenced baseline inspections of the Ichthys Venturer FPSO and the world’s largest semi-submersible, the Ichthys Explorer in South Korea. Continuing operations in Australia, Vertech now provides the full suite of specialist access, in-service inspection (ISI), NDT, ROV and UAV services across the offshore assets and the Inpex LNG facility.

GLADSTONE LNG SHUTDOWN

Santos engaged Vertech to provide a wide range of inspection services during the key Train 1 shutdown in 2019. Vertech successfully completed inspection of over 70 vessels and exchangers, using a combination of conventional NDT methods, in-service inspection (ISI), RDVI and advanced NDT inspection techniques.

PILBARA PORT CORROSION MAPPING

In 2020, Vertech & Sonomatic screened 172 jetty piles with LYFT Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC). The purpose was to determine the extent of external corrosion from the pile stock head to the water level (approximately 6m per pile). Vertech proposed and utilised the LYFT array probe (PECA), allowing the piles to be screened around the entire circumference in only four scan strips while still achieving a high level of data resolution.