Global pipeline solutions provider TDW has received an internationally recognized certification for its MDS platform.
T.D. Williamson (TDW) continues to expand upon its 99-year history of pipeline industry leadership. The company delivers a comprehensive portfolio of safe pipeline system solutions for onshore and offshore applications, including advanced isolation and repair, integrated pigging and integrity assessment solutions.
TÜV SÜD is an internationally recognised independent third-party validation organisation with expertise in European Union requirements and expectations. Third-party endorsement of inline inspection (ILI) systems is particularly important for pipeline operators in the EU market, who rely on it for independent verification of quality.
Specifically, the Multiple Dataset (MDS) platform is certified to VdTÜV Code 1069: Guideline for the qualification of inline inspection tools. According to TÜV SÜD Pipeline Application Certification Inspector Robert Mueller, achieving certification proves that under the objective and independent aspects of the code, the ILI tool is capable of fulfilling the specifications of the ILI tool vendor and is suitable for the intended purpose.
Certification covers the entire MDS fleet, from 6 to 30 inches (152 to 762 mm), with the certified MDS platform combining deformation, magnetic flux leakage (MFL), SpirALL® MFL, low field MFL and mapping technologies on a single inspection vehicle.
It can perform a complete inspection of the pipe body and long seam in one pass, detecting: metal loss, metal gain, planar/crack-like anomalies (seam or pipe body), dents with and without metal loss, mechanical damage, pipeline routing and bending strain.
TDW Senior Product Manager Advanced Inspection Technology Matt Romney says the MDS completed a rigorous, multiphase examination in order to achieve certification. In addition to the extensive document, process and procedures review, TÜV SÜD conducted an on-site audit and in-depth assessment of the resultant data.
The audit also took into consideration the requirements of the 2016 version of the Pipeline Operators Forum: Specification and requirements for inline inspection of pipelines.
TDW’s MDS platform is best used for comprehensive threat assessment, longitudinal seam weld assessment, mechanical damage and pipe joint classification.
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