Acuren Group Inc. and Creaform have entered into a commercial and technical partnership agreement covering the deployment of the Pipecheck inspection solution in North America for external corrosion and mechanical damage on pipelines and in facilities.
Acuren has been an early adopter of laser scanning technology, having worked with the technology since 2009. In response to strong demand, Acuren has just taken delivery of 20 Pipecheck systems and had their technicians trained by Creaform. The systems are being deployed across Canada and the U.S. to support the needs of their clients.
The agreement was finalized in December 2012.
This agreement provides for the deployment of Pipecheck in Acuren field operations on pipelines and refineries, and for the development of innovative applications in the field of optical 3-D measurement for non-destructive testing (NDT), mainly applied to the energy industry.
Creaform launched in 2011 the Pipecheck inspection solution for pipeline integrity assessment. The Pipecheck solution is based on the Handyscan 3-D laser scanning technology launched in 2005. The technology, combined with a dynamic referencing system, represents an efficient way to obtain high accuracy on large areas in field environments.
“Creaform’s Pipecheck inspection solution is quickly becoming the reference in the industry for inspection of external corrosion and mechanical damage on pipelines and pressure vessels; it’s about using the right technology for the right application. With this deployment, Acuren confirms its leadership position in NDT inspection services by acquiring state-of-the-art technology to ensure maximum value to its clients”, explained Pierre-Hugues Allard from Creaform.
Tal Pizzey, COO for AGI, stated: “We are very excited to be working with Creaform to deploy this technology to the NDT industry. Acuren has made a significant investment and have received an enthusiastic response from our clients for both pipelines and plant applications. Laser scanning significantly raises the bar for non-destructive testing by offering one of the most accurate and repeatable processes available.”
Acuren is part of Rockwood Service Corp. The Rockwood companies of Acuren, Hellier, Sperry Rail, and Remote Access Technology employ over 4,000 employees and operate from over 80 offices throughout the world. Acuren provides nondestructive testing, inspection and engineering in the petrochemical, refinery, pipeline, pulp and paper, power generation, pharmaceutical, aerospace, and automotive industries.
Creaform specializes in 3-D portable optical measurement technologies and 3D engineering services. The company offers solutions that cover the entire range of 3-D applications, including 3-D scanning (both laser and structured light), reverse engineering, inspection, design & engineering and finite element analysis. Its wide range of products and services are intended for industries such as energy, automotive, aerospace, consumer products, education, manufacturing, and health care.
Creaform is an international company with offices in Quebec City, Montreal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India, and Japan.