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Evolving From Leading ILI Company to Preferred Provider of Integrity Management Solutions
Richard Mathews, President and CEO, NDT Global
When it comes to ILI, new technologies and methods continue to prove their value in the field. As the inspection industry’s toolbox grows in capability, pipeline operators are embracing a proactive and holistic approach to pipeline integrity management. In a conservative industry, this is a considerable change from the reactive inspection and repair campaigns that have been the norm for many years. The cycle of greater capability is driving greater demands.
NDT Global is evolving from the leading ultrasonic inline inspection company to a preferred provider of integrated, integrity management solutions. To reach this goal, we are combining sophisticated data analytic techniques with an increased breadth and sophistication of our integrity services capability.
Data is the driver
As in every other area of the oil and gas industry, the digital transformation is having a profound effect on pipeline inspection technology. Data, the essential product of pipeline inspection, is rapidly increasing in resolution, volume and "field of view". Delivering condition assessment results of a pipeline as it currently stands is valuable, but providing post-inspection intel that enables customers to proactively manage the condition and rate of deterioration of their assets going forward, is invaluable.
It is often said that data and information are two different things. However, because we at NDT Global know our data and how it's acquired and analyzed better than anyone else, we are in the best position to use this data to conduct integrity assessments that provide the most useful information to help prioritize and simplify the management of operator's assets.
Transforming to data analytics
NDT Global is rapidly transforming from an inspection provider to a data analytics business. This "new frontier" of data-driven asset integrity management will enable deeper partnerships with our customers, as we can provide far greater value on an ongoing basis than our competitors.
Because of our exclusive focus on ultrasonic inspection technology, the accuracy, reliability and sophistication of our data and analytics are proven and well developed.
But we are also doing much more! We are leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques and using our big data platforms to continuously improve the accuracy and reliability of the results from our inspection robots. We believe this is the key to delivering the greatest value in integrity assessments to enable proactive pipeline integrity management.
About Richard Matthews
More than 30 years of asset integrity management experience, with leading companies in the global oil and gas industry, provides the foundation of Matthews’ position as President and CEO of NDT Global. His experience includes senior roles in operations and sales. At NDT Global, Matthews is responsible for delivering technical and operational excellence as he manages the company’s transformation from inspection provider to a data analytics business.