HOUSTON – INTECSEA and Innospection Ltd. have launched the FlexIQ riser integrity management program.
The companies said that the partnership looks to offer inspection and computational simulation techniques as part of an overall integrity management framework. In turn, they believe that this leads to an improved understanding of operational risk, enables a fully integrated service for inspection, analysis, and data management.
Central to the value and distinctiveness of FlexIQ are the proprietary inspection capabilities of MEC-FIT and numerical simulation capabilities of FLEXAS. MEC-FIT inspection combines DC magnetic and Eddy Current fields to detect damage in up to three metallic layers, including cracking, pitting, and general corrosion, as well as wire misalignment and gaps, all without requiring the riser annulus to be flooded.
This level of inspection data is then incorporated into high-fidelity 3D finite element models for simulation with FLEXAS, a multi-body nonlinear dynamic substructuring solver. FLEXAS conquers the computational limitations of other industry simulation software, resulting in high-resolution fatigue spectra and accurate fatigue life predictions.
By combining these capabilities with industry-leading annulus testing and a formal risk-based approach to flexible riser risk assessment and life extension, FlexIQ delivers all aspects of flexible integrity management through a single provider.
INTECSEA president Neil Mackintosh said: “We are confident our advanced FLEXAS technology, combined with the unparalleled inspection capability of Innospection, will provide increased understanding, and reduced uncertainty and cost for clients in the arena of flexible risers. The bottom line is that FlexIQ delivers insight, not just data.”
Andreas Boenisch, managing director of Innospection, said: “In decades of industry experience, with the majority in offshore asset inspection and integrity assessment, I have found the complexity of flexible risers to be unique. Reliable integrity assessment and remaining life evaluations of flexibles require focused and advanced technology and innovation, combined with expertise.
“At both Innospection and INTECSEA, these attributes are present. The resulting combination of capabilities is FlexIQ, which provides operators of flexible risers the unique opportunity to work with a partner capable of providing the absolute best possible data and analysis.”