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.


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

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

Proposal 1 Certification: The ASNT certificate is proof that the holder has met all of the training. 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. Term: Valid for 5 years. experience & examination requirements per SNT-TC-1A and CP-189. 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. Specific & Practical UTT exams fit into the ACCP format 2. 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. 4 . Documented experience 2.Proposal 1 Delivery System: 1. The General.

Industry participation in exam content development Proposal 2 MFL Exams Required: 1.Proposal 2 Purpose: Develop industry specific magnetic flux leakage (MFL) written examinations for tank floor testing. Reviewed existing MT exam content for applicability 3. Written Level II Specific Exam Proposal 2 General Exam: 1. Oil & Gas Industry Buy-in 2. Proposal 2 ASNT Actions To Date: 1. Industry participation in defining Sector requirements 3. Follows SNT-TC-1A & CP-189 requirements 5 . 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. Developing an ASNT NDT Level II written-only exam program Proposal 2 Required Actions: 1. SNT-TC1A and CP-189. Covers fundamentals. Developing MFL exam questions 4. Written Level II General Exam 2. principles & theory MT and MFL 3. Created Petro-Chemical Sector & exam development Committee 2. 40 multiple choice questions 2.

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

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