On September 6th, 2023, Applus+ in Qatar hosted a New Technology Event at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The event brought together industry leaders, innovators, and technology enthusiasts to explore the latest advancements in ultrasonic testing, pipeline inspection, and access solutions.
Paulo Pereira, the Country Manager of Applus+ in Qatar, set the stage by emphasizing the paramount importance of health and safety in various industries. His insightful discussion included stress at work, warning symptoms, common causes, and precautions topic.
Following Pereira's introduction, our AMEA Region EVP - Brian Dawes, provided a comprehensive overview of the Applus+ Group. This included insights into Applus+ as a global entity, its geographical presence, history, brand values, digitalization efforts, and its significant role in the energy and industry sectors. The diverse portfolio of services spanning renewable energy, infrastructure & buildings, oil & gas, power, telecommunications, marine, and government & public organizations was also highlighted.
Niels Portzgen, a Technical Authority in Applus+'s Pipeline Department, captivated the audience with a presentation on IWEX (Inverse Wave Extrapolation) Technology. This groundbreaking technology revolutionizes ultrasonic testing, offering advantages over traditional methods. The discussion encompassed the principles of IWEX, hardware, software, and its role in pattern recognition and 2D/3D imaging.
Ruan Lloyd, Regional Manager of GPS Services at Applus+, introduced two cutting-edge technologies. DTI Trekscan, an in-line inspection technique designed for navigating short radius bends with speed and precision, employs ultrasonic technology for wall thickness measurements. Pipeline Inspection Tool (PIT), a tethered technology that utilizes ultrasonic measurements for comprehensive in-line pipeline assessments. It excels in differentiating corrosion types and is applicable to various pipelines, both on-shore and off-shore.
Applus+ UK Strategy Development Manager Scott Ritchie unveiled the HEX Inspection Platform Solution. Utilizing a hexagonal shape, this innovative design provides 100% access to spherical tank construction joints. It enhances safety and operational efficiency, reducing asset downtime and costly scaffolding needs.
Moreover, Ritchie introduced Applus+'s groundbreaking approach to tackle Corrosion Under Pipe Supports (CUPS). This pervasive issue in industrial infrastructure can lead to catastrophic failures. Applus+ specializes in remediation, assembling small, multi-skilled teams trained in rope access techniques, employing tried-and-tested methods, and using certified equipment. Their approach minimizes disruption to asset operations and includes certified coating remediation and PTFE slip installation.
In conclusion, Applus+ in Qatar's New Technology Event 2023 showcased the latest innovations and technologies in ultrasonic testing, pipeline inspection, and access solutions. These advancements promise to improve safety, efficiency, and reliability across industries, making Applus+ a leader in testing, inspection, and certification on a global scale.