Applus+ delivers cost saving radiographic methods to the Alberta oil sands.


    Applus+ conducted a series of radiographic examinations for several mechanical vendors in the Alberta oil sands utilizing ABSA approved Computed Radiography (CR) procedures to achieve client cost efficiency. Applus+ holds the only certificate of authorization issued by ABSA for CR inspection in Alberta. These examinations included pressure-retaining welds within a crowded furnace and a crowded vessel with parallel work fronts with other skilled trades. There was no impact on the schedule, as no concurrent activities had to be halted for non-destructive examinations. With Applus+ Advanced Radiographic methods, we can reduce our exclusion zone to less than 10 feet, with no impact on our clients' demanding turnaround times.

    Historically, executing a radiographic examination in a busy work environment presented several challenges, including the need to remove personnel resources from their work areas, which halted critical work paths and production. With Applus+ Advanced Radiographic Methods, we can reduce our exclusion zones to a 5' to 10' radius by creating a hybrid of existing techniques. Our clients no longer need to fret about critical plant failures. By removing personnel from critical path work fronts, we can provide optimal efficiency and the highest quality radiographic images in a manner that is faster than conventional radiography. Applus+ is the first and only NDE provider to have Alberta regulator authority on our advanced radiographic procedure.

    Additionally, our sophisticated radiographic methods promote safety compliance using targeted and safety-driven shielded radiation exposure, there are fewer risks than with conventional radiographic methods. Regarding radiation doses to personnel, "ALARA"—As Low As Reasonably Achievable—is the guiding principle of nuclear programs.

    Applus+ is recognized as a worldwide leader in the testing, inspection, and certification sector, offering cutting-edge solutions and delivering immense value to our clients and their collaborators.

    In addition to our solutions, we can provide a team of more than 150 nuclear professionals to execute these complex and challenging projects, in various end markets. 

    Through its extensive experience in asset life extension initiatives, new construction, and preventative maintenance programs, Applus+ has developed the capacity to meet our clients' requirements industry's demanding schedule expectations and demanding work environment.

    For more information on our Advanced Radiography, please contact us today.

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