Inspection Services

Asset Optimization's Inspection Group provides our partners with comprehensive inspection resources to further support their internal needs. Consisting of both API-certified inspectors and ASNT-compliant technicians, our inspection team offers a variety of visual inspection and NDE services to augment your traditional inspection needs or to help you maintain your mechanical integrity (MI) program.
Inspection Services


Whether you need just one or two inspectors to augment your existing inspection team or you need personnel who can manage and implement your entire run-and-maintain / mechanical integrity inspection process, we have the right resources for you.

While certainly capable of simply doing an inspection and dropping a report on your desk if that's what you need, our inspectors are versed in MI best practices and program management and can, in fact, deliver much more.

Our Inspection Services Group is lead by Wayne Elliott, who brings 45 years of inspection experience to the Asset Optimization team. By incorporating Wayne's experience into our philosophy and work processes, our Inspection Services Group offers a new perspective on how to successfully manage and perform inspections.

Our inspection team offerings are two-fold: On one hand, we provide experienced professionals who can supplement your own inspection team as needed to address your routine, ongoing inspection needs. On the other hand, our inspectors and technicians support us in our various consulting activities such as RBI implementations and planning. Therefore, when we help you implement your MI program (whether risk-based or time-based), we aren't limited by your in-house inspection team availability, nor do you need to find contract inspectors to support the program. Furthermore, because our inspectors' skill goes beyond performing an inspection and dropping a report on your desk, they are uniquely suited to pass program knowledge and know-how on to your in-house inspection team.

Standard Services

We provide the following non-destructive inspection services in support of various Mechanical Integrity and Reliability programs:

  • Visual Internal & External Inspections
    • API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspection
    • API 570 Pressure Piping Inspection
    • API 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspection
  • NDE
    • Ultrasonic Thickness Testing
    • Penetrant Testing
    • Magnetic Particle Testing
    • Visual Testing

Auxiliary Services

In addition to our standard services, we partner with various other companies and contractors to provide the entire range of NDE such as:

  • Radiographic examination
  • Eddy Current/IRIS Examination
  • Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL)/Saturated Low Frequency Eddy Current (SLOFEC) examination
  • NACE Coating Inspection
  • Positive Material Identification
  • Infrared Thermography
  • Engineering Analysis / Surveys
  • Video Probe Camera Inspection
  • Vendor Shop Surveillance
  • Destructive testing & lab work through our partners
  • Fitness for Service (FFS) work


  • Refining
  • Chemical / Petrochemical
  • Gas Processing
  • Pipelines
  • End Product Storage

All have one thing in common: all want to maintain their facility's MI programs in top condition. This allows for worry free audits (internal or external) and confidence that they can maintain production without unexpected shutdowns.

While we routinely provide our inspection services in the Americas and Europe, our Process and Inspectors can be deployed worldwide.

Short & Long Term Engagements - our team is capable of supporting both short- and long-term engagements.

Our Inspectors & Technicians

Our Inspection Group is built on the experience and expertise of our inspectors and technicians, all of whom support the company mission of assisting our clients in obtaining a business advantage by improving the safety, integrity, and reliability of their assets. In striving to achieve this goal, our qualified team maintains the most current certifications and employs the newest technologies to keep a best in class service offering that meets or exceeds the needs of our clients. The goal for our team is to have 100% certified inspectors and technicians.

We have stringent requirements of our inspectors consisting of experience, training, and certification requirements. Our internal certification program ensures our NDE technicians adhere to our NDE Written Practice which is in accordance with ASNT-SNT-TC-1A.


With our Learning Management approach you won't be left high and dry. Our inspectors are all well versed in our methodology behind maintaining a Sustainable MI program. Integrate your in-house inspectors with our team and we will pass our knowledge on to you. In essence, our job is to effectively work ourselves out of a job by empowering you and your team.

Clients realize increased value from our inspectors and technicians because we are trying to change the inspection dynamic itself. In our experience, just doing the inspection in the field and delivering a report is not cutting it. In order to properly maintain an MI program, the entire "plan, do, check, act" steps must be executed. We often encounter clients who have been left to muddle through this evergreening process on their own. However, many clients, in this day of leaner production, may not have access in-house to the other expertise to properly manage the program. We believe the inspection process extends past the report stage and may require additional expertise. Asset Optimization backs up every inspector and technician with a body of knowledge and consultants that have created and acquired this information through setting up and managing many MI programs around the world.

Being well versed in our Process, our API inspectors add value in the following ways:

  • Define Inspection Plans - Creating specific inspection and examination tasks for each equipment/component to quantify each damage mechanism.
  • Execute Inspection Plans - Actually performing the inspection or examination on the equipment/component.
  • Evaluate and Report Results - Reviewing the inspection or examination results to determine if further action is necessary to maintain the equipment fit for service.
  • Update Asset Data - Calculating and updating corrosion rates and remaining lives for each equipment/component.
  • Modify Damage Mechanisms - Collaborate with the API corrosion specialist to review the inspection/examination data in relation to the expected damage mechanisms for each equipment/component.
  • Risk Analysis - Review the inspection/examination data for each equipment/component, harvest the relevant risk inputs, and perform the risk analysis. As stated earlier, our goal is for all of our API inspectors to be certified to API 580 and therefore be able to readily perform this optional step in all of the major software tools on the market.

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