API Fall Equipment and Standards Meeting Renaissance Hotel, San Francisco 11-01-06 Subcommittee on Inspection ASNT Liaison Report

by Gary Heath

API SOI ASNT Liaison Report
• Standards and Publications
– ASNT • SNT-TC-1A – ANSI / ASNT • CP-189 • CP-105 – 2006 editions release 1st Quarter ‘07

API SOI ASNT Liaison Report • Methods
– Ultrasonic
• The UT Handbook is in review and is scheduled for publication 2nd quarter ’07

API SOI ASNT Liaison Report
• NDT Reliability Committee
– Mil Hbk 1823 “NDT Reliability Evaluation System Reliability Assessment” rewrite – POD BOK Draft

– Magnetic Flux Leakage Committee
• Developing Question and Answer booklets for Level I, II and III

• Certifications
– A new ASNT Level II program was approved and will model the ASNT III program – Initiative Ultrasonic Thickness Testing Examiner program with industry specific requirements.

• Chemical and Petroleum Committee
– Working on the handbook and publication in ‘08

• A major owner user company survey of ultrasonic thickness examiners taking a performance based examination resulted in a 70%

To address the high percentage of employer certified thickness testing examiners that cannot detect, define and document corrosion / erosion and laminar discontinuities typically found in petro-chemical applications.

failure rate.


2 .ULTRASONIC THICKNESS TESTING LONGITUDINAL BEAM • Primary Use – Measure the remaining thickness – Used to detect corrosion. and other industries • “In-service” .) CURRENT EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS ASME / ASTM Document – SE-797-95 “Standard practice for Measuring Thickness by Manual Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Contact Method” Proposal 1 – Develop an Industry Specific Certification Program – Ultrasonic Thickness Examiner of In-Service Piping. Pressure Vessels and Storage Tanks (UTTE) Proposal 1. chemical manufacturing. (Proposed ANSI Standard . petrochemical. “Recommended Guidelines for the Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Personnel” (general industry recognized document). oil and gas exploration and production. – CP-189. erosion and laminar discontinuities • Used in refining. . TECHNIQUE • Instrumentation – Ultrasonic thickness gauge with an A-Scan presentation – Ultrasonic flaw detectors • Search units – 5 MHz. PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS ASNT Documents – SNT-TC-1A. power generation.equipment placed into operation and may or may not be operating when the examination is performed. marine.UTT Examiner Purpose: To provide standardized third-party exams designed to determine the competence of UTT examiners.375” diameter – dual element transducers – operating in the pitch catch mode. – CP-105 Standard Training Outlines for Qualification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel. “Standard for the Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Personnel” (ANSI standard).

2. 3 . Oil & Gas Industry Buy-in Industry participation in exam content development Proposal 1 Exams Required (UTT): 1. 2. 2. 3.Ultrasonic Thickness Testing Examiner ASNT Actions To Date: 1. 40 multiple choice questions Covers fundamentals. Proposal 1 Practical Exam: Has test pieces with known defects representative of actual industry discontinuities Requires demonstration of ability to detect. Created Petro-Chemical Sector & exam development Committee 2. define and document discontinuities 2. Reviewed existing UT exam content for applicability 3. Written General Exam Written Specific Exam Hands-on Practical Exam Proposal 1 General Exam: 1. 2. Developing A-scan questions for UTT straight beam inspections Proposal 1 Required Actions: 1.Proposal 1. principles & theory of UT Meets SNT-TC-1A & ANSI / ASNT CP-189 requirements Proposal 1 Specific Exam: 1. 3. 30 multiple choice questions Covers industry standards API or ASTM requirements Meets SNT-TC-1A & ANSI / ASNT CP-189 requirements 1. 3.

Documented experience 2. 4 . All exams can be administered at all ASNT Authorized Examination Centers (AECs) Proposal 1 Intended outcome: ASNT will certify an individual after the following: 1. Proposal 2 Answering the Certification Needs of the Oil & Gas Industry Proposal 2 – Develop industry written examinations – Magnetic Flux Leakage Testing (MFLT) of Above Ground Storage Tank Bottoms Immediate Need: Standardized third-party certification of NDT personnel to perform MFL examinations on tank bottoms in the PetroChemical Industry. The General. Successful completion of all three exams Proposal 1 Certification: The ASNT certificate is proof that the holder has met all of the per SNT-TC-1A and CP-189. experience & examination requirements per SNT-TC-1A and CP-189. Specific & Practical UTT exams fit into the ACCP format 2. Proposal 1 Certification: The ASNT certificate is proof that the holder has met all of the training. Term: Valid for 5 years.Proposal 1 Delivery System: 1.

Proposal 2 To provide standardized third-party written examinations designed to cover the General and Specific examination requirements for Magnetic Flux Leakage Testing (MFLT) as defined by Recommended Practice No.Proposal 2 Purpose: Develop industry specific magnetic flux leakage (MFL) written examinations for tank floor testing. Written Level II General Exam 2. Proposal 2 ASNT Actions To Date: 1. Developing an ASNT NDT Level II written-only exam program Proposal 2 Required Actions: 1. Oil & Gas Industry Buy-in 2. Follows SNT-TC-1A & CP-189 requirements 5 . 40 multiple choice questions 2. Developing MFL exam questions 4. principles & theory MT and MFL 3. SNT-TC1A and CP-189. Created Petro-Chemical Sector & exam development Committee 2. Industry participation in defining Sector requirements 3. Written Level II Specific Exam Proposal 2 General Exam: 1. Covers fundamentals. Reviewed existing MT exam content for applicability 3. Industry participation in exam content development Proposal 2 MFL Exams Required: 1.

The General & Specific exams can be given on computer through the Internet. Can be designed to cover API specified requirements 3. 34 Proposal 2 Certification: The employer may accept the ASNT Level II certificate as proof of having passed the General & Specific exams. ASNT will issue an ASNT NDT Level II certificate attesting that the holder has met the examination requirements for Level II for the MFL technique. 4. 3. Provide the examination format Assist in development of content Psychometrically validate exams Maintain examination database Administer examinations Grade exams and issue certificates Maintain online certification lists 36 6 . 7. Upon completion of the employer’s Practical exam and documentation of experience. 30 multiple choice questions 2. 32 Proposal 2 Delivery System: 1. the employer may certify the cert holder to perform NDT. 6. 2. Both exams can be administered at AECs or at the employers by an ASNT certified Monitor. 35 ASNT’S Role 1. 2.Proposal 2 Specific Exam: 1. Cert validity will be 5 years. Practical exam development and administration will be the responsibility of the employer or the Industry Sector. 33 Proposal 2 Intended outcome: Upon successful completion of both exams. 5. Meets SNT-TC-1A & CP-189 requirements 31 Proposal 2 Practical Exams: ASNT will not administer Practical exams as part of this initiative.

2. Provide industry requirements for examination content 3. PT. The ACCP is currently accredited by ANSI in accordance with ISO 17024. Provide Industry buy-in to the completed examinations 37 ACCP Information 1. Provide Task Group members to assist with exam development 2. 39 7 . RT. Certification by technique is available and the UTT and MFL techniques can be added to UT & MT. The program will offer certification by individual technique or full test method depending on the Specific examinations taken.Industry’s Role 1. UT & VT. The ACCP provides Level II certification in MT. 2. 3. 38 ASNT Level II Program 1. This program is modeled on the ASNT NDT Level III program and will be submitted to ANSI for ISO 17024 accreditation.