Offshore platforms that drill for oil and gas are supported by a series of tubular members located under water that act almost as the scaffolding that keeps the platform afloat. As the components age and are subject to more pressure and wear and tear, there becomes a high probability that they will crack. Although they are all sealed in the beginning, the ravages of time break down these barriers and allow for minor cracks or worse. Even the smallest breaches can have devastating consequences. That is where flooded member detection services come in. Here is how we do it and why you need it.
What is FMD?
Flooded member detection is simply the service of inspecting your subsea structures for cracks and other defects. When water builds up within a member it cause it to weaken and creates a dangerous point of failure. By utilizing extensive experience and cutting-edge technology, ScanTech can quickly and seamlessly inspect your under water members for faults.
What are the advantages?
Our FMD services come with certain advantages over other undersea detection services such as ultrasonic detection. A few of which are:
- Convenience– we handle everything and there is no need for you to remove marine growth such as with other methods.
- Speed– we can determine whether or not your member is flooded or dry within just a few seconds.
- Cost-effective â€“ because the service is so fast and our crews so experienced we can rigorously inspect an entire platform rapidly. This cuts down on labor costs and costs for support vessels.
ScanTech FMD allows you to get the inspection that you need to maintain your platformâ€™s health all with advantages that other methods do not provide.
How does it work?
We utilize the most advanced technology developed to thrive in the worldâ€™s harshest conditions. Our state-of-the-art equipment is reliable, accurate, and easy to use. We use gamma radiography, the most recent innovation in the field to detect any weaknesses in the structure. Our equipment is mounted to the framework and then plunged into the abyss to bring back a radiation reading. Since water acts as a shield to radiation, we will get a lower count if the member is flooded and a higher count when it is dry. This gives us the ability to tell whether or not you have issues almost instantly.
Your business depends on keeping your platform healthy and capable of drilling, and it is vital to get regular inspections. Weaknesses in the structure can be devastating to your livelihood. Thatâ€™s why you need to have professionals inspect your structure for weaknesses. ScanTech uses state-of-the-art FMD technology to keep your platform and employees safe from the waters below.