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NDT Testing Services

Structure Advantage Ltd is a major provider of laboratory and site based non-destructive testing and inspection services, within the Kenya and Africa. We offer a degree of expertise and product knowledge to all industry sectors and can also offer a rapid response for advice by qualified and professional personnel.

Rig Inspections

Services offered but not limited to:

  • Structure Advantage inspects Drill Pipe,
  • Bottom Hole Assembly Components,
  • Various Rig Components and Casing according to T.H. Hill Standard DS-1, API RP 7G, API 5CT and/or client specifications.

Structure Advantage personnel are equipped to cover every step of the inspection process which falls under the following:

  • Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI),
  • Electro Magnetic Inspection (EMI),
  • Visual Testing,
  • UT Thickness Gauging,
  • UT Flaw Detection,
  • Penetrant Testing (PT) and Dimensional.

Other services include:

  • External Cleaning
  • Refacing
  • Hardbanding

Ultrasonic Testing (RT)

Ultrasonic Testing uses high frequency sound energy to conduct examinations and make measurements. Ultrasonic inspection can be used for flaw detection/evaluation, dimensional measurements, material characterization. We at Structure Advantage perform UT on steel, other metals, alloys and concrete in various industries including aerospace, automotive and other transportation sectors. Our lab technicians are certified and qualified for Ultrasonic Testing and specialize in high frequency inspection of all above mentioned.

Radiographic Testing (RT)

Radiographic Testing remains the best known and most widely used method of non-destructive testing. Radiography provides a reliable method of detecting flaws in a wide range of product types including welds, castings, structures and composites. It is employed predominantly in the fabricating and casting industries for quality control, and will reveal defects such as inclusions, cracks and porosity.
Structure Advantage offer a wide range of radiographic inspection services relating to Riveted seams where cracking may be suspected, Butt welds in chains and lifting gear, Welds in pressure vessels, pipelines and structures, Composite materials and Castings in the ‘as cast’ or machined condition.

Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI)

Magnetic Particle Inspection main advantage is its simplicity making it a very cost effective and efficient method of testing ferromagnetic components for defective areas.
Inspections can be carried out in our laboratory using our current flow / magnetic flow fixed bench units or on-site with the aid of permanent magnets and electro magnets.
The detecting medium can either be liquid containing fluorescent indicators to provide a strong contrast to the surrounding material or a dry powder.

At Structure Advantage we strive to deliver MPI services in surface cracks in welded assemblies, fine defects in the surface of castings for use in aerospace, automotive, oil & gas and medical industries, fatigue cracks in chains and lifting gear, fatigue cracks that have developed in service and heat treatment cracks in components.

Penetrant Testing (PT)

Suitable for both ferrous and non-ferrous materials but is particularly useful when components manufactured from non-ferrous materials and austenitic steels are to be examined and the more discriminating magnetic particle test cannot be employed. Just as in the case of other NDT techniques, PT can be used in site or in a laboratory application. We use red dye that is visible under normal lighting conditions or a fluorescent dye which requires the use of an ultraviolet lamp. PT is particularly useful in the laboratory as a cost effective method of testing small machined components in large batch quantities. Services in Structure Advantage include the detection of outcropping defects in ferrous, non-ferrous castings, forgings and fabrications for use in aerospace, automotive, oil & gas and medical industries, Fatigue cracks that have developed in service, Fatigue cracks in chains and lifting gear and Riveted seams for the detection of leaks.

Visual Testing (VT)

Visual testing or inspection offers a wide range of options to secure proper system or product quality through the detection of surface flaws and discontinuities in test pieces. The effectiveness of VT can be enhanced through the aid of tools such as fiberscopes and umbilical tethered cameras. Structure Advantage carry out visual testing via the use of fiberscopes which is ideal for insertion into multiple-bend pipes. The insertion tube flexibility changes continuously-being highly flexible at the tip and rigid at the control section. As a result, these fiberscopes can easily be passed through bends and elbows. Past projects have given us experience in testing inside plant piping, inside machines such as motors and boilers, inside engines of vehicles, aircraft, etc and into inaccessible areas within steel towers, bridges and buildings.

Eddy Current

Eddy current inspections detect cracks in a block of metal using a coil of wire wrapped around a piece of iron to generate the magnetic field that caused the eddy currents to form in the metal. The magnetic field that is generated by the eddy currents can be detected using this same probe. We can monitor the magnetic field being produced by these eddy currents through use of an eddyscope. A change in the magnetic field tells us that some sort of defect in the material has been detected. The main advantages of this method of testing is the portability of the equipment making it ideal for on-site applications with the added benefit that it is not necessary to remove any surface paint. Structure Advantage undertakes testing of surface and near surface flaw detection, metal sorting by grade, hardness and coating thickness measurement.

Leak Testing

Leak testing is a non destructive examination method which is used for detection and localisation of leaks and for measurement of leakage in systems or objects which are under vacuum or pressure. It is necessary to determine if the examination is to ascertain whether leaks are present or if the examination is to determine the location of a leak. Structure Advantage can help you determine the leak rate which can be tolerated, as no objects are 100% tight through application of either “Vacuum method" and the "Overpressure method. In leak testing a pressure difference between the outer and the inner side of the object to be examined is produced. Subsequently the amount of gas or liquid which is passing through a leak is measured.

Basic Fire Fighting Course


This course is designed for persons who may have to use an extinguisher in offices, shops, hotels and industrial premises, equipping them with an understanding of the hazards of fire complete with practical hands-on training on real live fire situations of how to react in the event of fire or emergency.

They will learn about the theory of combustion and causes of fire and the way to fight fire, including the types and correct use of fire extinguishers. Candidates will use a Live Fire Training to learn how to use fire extinguishers correctly and safely.

The Fire Safety Course is a one day course carried out in your workplace to reduce downtime or at the college premises. All course material, handouts and extinguishers are provided for a maximum of 25 candidates.

Accommodation and catering facilities are also available at the college for those who wish to train at Structure Advantage.

Fire Warden Training Course


This course is designed for members of staff nominated as Fire Wardens. The aim of the course is for Fire Wardens to have greater understanding of the fire risks in the workplace and be able to carry out company procedures that are set out in case of emergency.

They will learn about fire, the way in which it spreads and the way to fight fire. An understanding of fire safety risks and how to prevent them will be gained.

Trainees will use a Live Fire Training Unit to learn how to use fire extinguishers correctly and safely.

This a one day Fire Warden Training course done in your workplace to reduce downtime or at the college premises.

All course material, handouts and extinguishers are provided.

 

Fire Marshals Training
Premises with a large number of occupants on various floors within a building would require to have trained fire marshals who would oversee / implement fire safety procedures, prevention, building evacuation and carry out first aid.

Areas covered during training

  • Fire discovery
  • Chemistry of combustion
  • Training in fire fighting and first aid skills
  • Fire prevention
  • Evacuation methods
  • Common causes of fires
  • What to do in case of fire
  • Fixed fire installations
  • Effects of fires
  • Alarm systems to institutions and organizations
  • Emergency fire fighting and care services
  • Sale and servicing of fire equipment
  • Best practice and team building approach in emergency status
  • Video shows on disaster and fire fighting
  • Good house keeping
  • Live fire-fighting demonstrations

At the end of the course participants should be able to:-

  • Understand the importance and general safety in the company
  • To understand how to detect and prevent industrial fire hazards
  • To fight fire effectively
  • To acquire positive attitude toward industrial and fire prevention
  •  To understand the importance of emergency response plan

Benefits to be derived from the course

Minimization of:

  • Damage to the premises
  • Damage to machinery and products
  • Prevention of total loss of property
  • Prevention of loss of production time and lengthy shutdowns
  • Prevention of injuries to personnel and subsequent losses of property and life resulting to high insurance and medical bills to the company
  • To make all staff aware of industrial fire accidents

To complement our training we also offer the following services

  • Consultancy and surveys to comply with government regulations
  • On site fire risk assessment in companies, businesses and organizations
  • Supply and maintenance of all your equipment needs
  • Corporate team building
  • 24 hour fire service
  • First Aid Training

Fire regulations requires all buildings to be regularly checked to ensure that fire safety provisions are adequate.

Our service in this field involves a variety of fire safety surveys and fire safety audits to fulfill our clients’ needs, in essence anything that could serve to control the development and spread of fire.

Where necessary, we provide advice on replacing and/or upgrading the existing equipments to satisfy all your requirements in accordance with the law.

All our our staff are experienced in many facets of fire engineering and able to provide sound advice on the requirements to suit your individual situation. We recognise the need to make recommendations that will satisfy your legal obligations, at the same time assessing the financial impact.

Why we carry out fire safety surveys and audits
Fire surveys and fire safety audits are carried out for a number of reasons such as:

  • To assess day-to-day fire safety standards
  • To review improvements being carried out
  • To provide a second opinion on works recommended by maintenance companies
  • To provide a detailed schedule of works for safety improvements and/or upgrade works
  • To give general fire consultancy and fire safety advice to provide fire protection solutions
  • To provide Fire Risk Assessments

We recommend fire training courses be given after work is completed to ensure that staff are aware of the fire safety measures put in place.

DAY1

1.       Introduction to OccupationalSafety andHealth(OSH)

•                     Statisticsandjustification forOSH

•                     Occupationalaccidents&diseasesandtheircausation

2.       OSHand related Legislation in Uganda andimplicationto clientsbusiness.

•                     OSH Act

•                     ElectricityActs& Regulations

•                     WorkmansCompensation

3.       OccupationalSafety andHealthManagement

•                     OSHManagement, systems&procedures

•                     Top ManagementCommitment

•                     Labour&managementAccountability

•                     EmployeeInvolvement

•                     EffectiveCommunication

•                     SafetyCulture

•                     SafetyEducationand Training

DAY2

4.       EffectiveSafety Committee

•                     Role, Purpose, Functions and Composition ofSafetyCommittee

•                     DutiesofSafetyCommittee (Chairman, secretary&members)

•                     MotivatingInvolvement

•   SafetyCommitteeTraining(keyareas;committeeoperations,riskassessment, hazard controland accidentinvestigation)

5.       EffectiveSafety CommitteeMeetings

•                     Safetymeetingsvs safetycommitteemeetings

•                     Purposeofsafetymeetings

•                     Preparingandconductingsafetymeetings

•                     Safetycommitteemeetings successtools

•                     Followup aftermeetings


DAY3

6.       ElectricalSafety

•                     DangersofElectricity

•                     ElectricalSafetyModel (identify, evaluate&controlhazards)

•                     Workingon livecircuits

•                     Safeworkpractices

7.       Hazard Identification& ControlStrategies

•                     Basicconceptsdefined

•                     Hazard categories

•                     Identifying, Analysisand ControlofworkplaceHazards

•                     Solvingrelatedissues

•                     Effective recommendations

8.       Incident/Accidentprevention &investigation

•                   Thebasicsdefined

•                   Accidentcausationtheories

•                   Reporting&recordingnearmisses, incidentsandaccidents

•                   Accidentinvestigation processes

•                   Writingtheaccident investigation report

DAY4

9.       OSHManagementSystemsReviews/Audits

•                   TheSystemataglance

•                   Need for systemreviews

•                   Toolsandtechniques

•                   Actionplan andcontinuousimprovement.

10.     CourseAssessment

11.      TourofFacility (Risk Assessment)

 
Inspections and Audits for Boilers and Pressure Vessels
ASME, PED, IBR compliance - a passport to key markets
BUSINESS CHALLENGE
In most countries, manufacturers of boilers and pressure vessels must comply with very strict regulations and codes in order to market their equipment. This is their “license to operate”. In Europe, USA and India, boilers and pressure vessels must comply with respectively the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED), the ASME code and the Indian Boiler Regulation (IBR). The boiler and pressure vessel equipment must be certified by an independent notified body to ensure compliance with all regulations.
SOLUTION
What are Inspections and Audits for Boilers and Pressure Vessels?
Structure Advantage’s boilers and pressure vessels inspections and audits adhere to international regulations and technical specifications. These inspections and audits establish the requirements for:
• Manufacturer certification
• Quality assurance
• Equipment design
• Materials used for manufacturing equipment
• Component manufacturing
• Assembly
• Final testing
In Europe, countries such as France, Spain, Italy, UK, the Netherlands, Portugal, etc. notify Bureau Veritas for all types of equipment. And only one country notification is required to be allowed to deliver notified body services worldwide. In addition, Structure Advantage is recognized as an “Authorized Inspection Agency” under the name of OneCis (a subsidiary) in the USA, and is recognized in India as a “Competent Authority” and an “Inspecting Authority”.
What are the key benefits?
With Bureau Veritas being established globally as a notified body, boiler and pressure vessel manufacturers can benefit from a “one-stop shopping” solution. They can get comprehensive statutory services across their whole supply chain from design and manufacturing to on-site assembly, which is key to ensuring reliable and efficient compliance.

Our team building exercises consist of a variety of tasks designed to develop group members and their ability to work together effectively.

There are many types of team building activities that range from sports, to problem solving exercises that involve novel complex tasks and are designed for specific needs and to assist teams in becoming cohesive units of individuals that can effectively work together to complete tasks.

Structure Advantage team building and fire and first aid training exercises cover skills and techniques that are required to safely respond to an onsite emergency situation. Although most of these training exercises are company specific they cover the following where required; effective communication and team building, safe use of firefighting equipment and breathing apparatus, internal and external firefighting techniques, first aid and casualty handling.

Benefits of fire and first aid training exercises to the team
Organisations are well aware of the implications of emergency situations at their place of work with regards to injuries to personnel, the surrounding community, the environment, and potential loss of business.

The training will enhance firefighting and team work skills of the organisation’s personnel by offering challenging training scenarios in realistic out door and indoor situations.

Who can benefit from Team Building Exercises?

Fire training team building exercises are useful for all kinds of teams. Some exercises are designed for smaller teams, some for larger teams from any business environment.

Reasons for Team Building include

  • Improving communication
  • Making the workplace more enjoyable
  • Motivating a team
  • Getting everyone “onto the same page”, including goal setting
  • Teaching the team self-regulation strategies
  • Helping participants to learn more about themselves (strengths and weaknesses)
  • Identifying and utilizing the strengths of team members
  • Improving team productivity
  • Practicing effective collaboration with team members
  • Understanding how to deal with an emergency situation.
  • Safe use of firefighting equipment and breathing apparatus, internal and external firefighting techniques, first aid and casualty handling.

Three main reasons for arranging a team building fire and first aid training exercises

  • As the basis for team building, leadership development and management training.
  • To bring together people from different branches of the same organisation to get to know each other.
  • To build team spirit and motivation, deal with leadership issues, integrate new staff into existing teams and create ‘a renaissance mood’.

To build a team that is fully equipped with knowledge on safe use of firefighting equipment and breathing apparatus, internal and external firefighting techniques, first aid and casualty handling.

To comply with fire legislation and fire safety in the workplace an employer must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment. Where significant hazards are identified the necessary control measures must then be implemented to reduce any associated risks to an acceptable level. This Risk Assessment must then be periodically reviewed to ensure that the control measures are still effective – the freqency of reviews depends on the type of business and the hazards present.
Responsibility for complying with the new fire safety legislation rest with the employer or any other person who may have control of any part of the workplace, for example, the owner or occupier.
A fire safety risk assessment involves a full evaluation of your premises in terms of fire safety hazards, positioning of fire extinguishers and signage, evacuation procedures and a report written by a competent person detailing how to minimise fire risk.
Our fire risk assessors are fully qualified experts with many years of experience who can provide the service you require, giving you the reassurance that the end result meets all legal requirements.
The fire risk assessment can normally be completed in one day, a report will then be written in detail stating all our findings and recommendations.
Under the new fire legislation, the responsible person must carry out a fire risk assessment and take reasonable steps to remove or reduce the risk.
The responsible person must provide a suitable and sufficient level of fire precautions. These should include:
  • Appropriate measures to reduce the risk of fire
  • Appropriate measures that will limit the spread of fire
  • Appropriate measures of detection and giving warning in case of fire
  • Appropriate measures to ensure that means of escape can be effectively used at all time
  • Appropriate portable fire extinguishers for the risk identified in means of fire fighting
  • Appropriate signs and notices to enable persons to escape safely
  • Ensuring persons understand the action to be taken in the event of fire on the premises, including:
  • Instruction and training of staff
  • Measures to lessen the effects of fire
What does the Responsible Person have to do?
The Responsible Person is responsible for the safety of employees and relevant persons by effectively managing:
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Fire Safety Policy
  • Fire Procedures
  • Fire Drills
  • Means of Escape
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Alarms and Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Evacuations
  • Signs and Notices
How can Structure Advantage help?
We carry out fire risk assessments on any type of property to comply with fire legislation and fire safety in the workplace.
On completion of the Fire Risk Assessment we  discuss the findings and explain practical methods of reducing the risk to an acceptable level. Where a more detailed approach is required due to the nature of the business or planned construction work  we provide a comprehensive Fire Safety Audit.
Fire Safety Audit
The next step up from a Fire Risk Assessment is a Fire Safety Audit. The Fire Safety Audit involves a detailed and systematic audit of all the fire safety controls, policies, procedures and training within a business.
The Fire Safety Audit also allows for detailed drawings to be produced.
The audit will always be tailored to the organization needs and wishes and the nature of the building.The Fire Safety
Audit also allows for detailed assement to be made as follows:
  • Carry out a detailed Fire Safety Audit at the client’s premises
  • Review fire routes and interiors in accordance with Safety Legislation
  • Review all current control measures in place including: fire routes, fire safety signage, fire extinguishers, emergency
  • lighting, fire alarm systems
  • Review all documentation including existing Fire Risk Assessments, policies and procedures, maintenance records
  • Produce detailed drawings of the premises and plot current fire precautions
  • Provide a detailed action plan to address all non-compliance
  • Produce a draft Emergency Plan for the client’s premises

• Customer Care
• Supervisory Development
• Executive Development
• Performance Management
• Pre-retirement Planning
• Performance Appraisal
• Strategic Management
• Entrepreneurship Training
• Managing Organization Change
• Team Building
• Leadership
• Corporate Governance
• Productivity Training