February 2019

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Inspection: External visual inspection remains vital

Innovations continue to evolve at a steady pace.

Anwer, A., Contributing Editor

Innovations continue to evolve at a steady pace. This is particularly true with inspection technologies in the oil and gas industries (FIG. 1). Four decades ago, no one could have predicted that radiography inspection would be replaced by ultrasonic inspection, eddy current testing would transform in so many directions to help identify the most difficult discontinuities, robots would start crawling over the tanks, and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) would be effectively replacing divers and perform subsea inspections. FIG. 1. Evolving inspection techniques. However, in these rapidly advancing times, the basics remain important. There will alw

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