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SGS Welcomes Experts in Pakistan at the Regent Plaza Karachi Hotel

On May 7, 2012, SGS successfully hosted a conference where experts from Pakistan's leading oil and gas, refining, petrochemical and power plant industries discussed asset integrity management (AIM) issues and solutions supplemented with a demonstration of advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques.  

SGS Pakistan Promoting Understanding of Theoretical and Practical Asset Integrity Management

SGS is committed to serving local industry through various seminars, workshops and technical demonstrations in which plant owners and operators may discuss day to day asset integrity management issues they face with leading industry authorities. These roundtables sessions provide delegates and participants valuable information and insight through case studies and the vast experience brought by top industry specialists.

The SGS presentation focussed on asset integrity management solutions designed to maintain asset “fit-for-service” condition by implementing effective asset management programs to ensure maximum productivity, reliability, technical integrity, safety and regulatory compliance. SGS AIM specially tailors programs for companies' individual needs in order to reduce risk and fulfill all specifically relevant mandatory regulations. SGS unique global network encompasses experienced staff and resources necessary to achieve high-quality inspection, engineering, data management and safety goals wherever assets are based.

Live SGS NDT Techniques

In addition, SGS conducted a live demonstration of NDT techniques used to maintain the safe and efficient operation of equipment and other assets by detecting defects which could cause hazardous situations and severe property damage. These early detection methods applied by SGS specialists ensure perpetual compulsory compliance with international standards. From construction sites, pipelines and refineries to shipyards and nuclear power plants, it is imperative to monitor and improve the reliability of processes and equipment. SGS non-destructive testing services conduct complete or sample examinations of assets using well-designed procedures and highly-trained, certified NDT inspectors. Non-destructive testing provides complete and invaluable data assisting owners and operators to reach informed, intelligent asset management decisions. In short, SGS comprehensive range of non-destructive testing monitors asset integrity, detects defects and irregularities before they result in costly damage or non-compliance, saves time and money with fast and effective testing throughout the lifespan of assets and equipment, and ensures safe and reliable facility operations.

A Special Event

Discussion sessions culminated into fruitful conversations with participants, including CEOs, Managing Directors, Deputy Managing Directors, Maintenance and Inspections Managers, and Maintenance and Inspections Engineers from all the major industries, and distinguished panelists sharing experiences, knowledge, research and suggestions regarding business related questions and exchanging advice on enhancing operational safety and strategies to maximize integrity and production. SGS extended this exclusive opportunity to provide insight into the latest fit-for-purpose inspection technologies and to boost confidence in asset reliability and functionality.

Live demonstrations of advanced non-destructive testing techniques were conducted throughout the day, allowing participants to attend at their leisure. Blue prints of the advanced NDT techniques and their applications were displayed and explained. Because the session was led by SGS NDT specialists, engineers and technical experts, attendees were not only given the opportunity to observe the technique being performed but also had the chance to access these highly-skilled professionals and to speak candidly with them regarding specific business and asset questions and concerns. These impromptu conversations provided participants with general concepts and fine details within the sprawling portfolio of conventional and advanced NDT solutions. Some of the techniques demonstrated were long range ultrasonic testing, time of flight diffraction, phased array, remote visual inspection, eddy current testing, ultrasonic-IRIS, creep head wave inspection, MPI with battery operated yokes and fluorescent lights, in-situ metallographic testing, remote UT through UT crawler, and magnetic flux leakage.

At the conclusion of the conference, participants were well informed about the basic and essential requirements for conventional and advanced NDT, appropriate applications of NDT techniques and services, NDT pre-requisites and limitations, operating procedures of NDT techniques, ASNT / PCN requirements for qualified operators, and the basic criteria for in-house qualification of NDT examiners.

“We appreciate and congratulate SGS Pakistan for organizing such a valuable and knowledgeable session; we hope the same in future.” Zahid Hussain Mengal, Engineer Monitoring and Inspection, Pakistan Petroleum Limited.

Another SGS Success

In the end, SGS had achieved the goal of creating a forum in which business professionals could meet each other and have planned discussions and spontaneous talks regarding asset integrity issues facing the industry and current solutions. Thanks to the diversity of the panel, participants were able to connect with members of similar interests which resulted in a better understanding of discussion topics.

SGS was happy to host this extremely enjoyable, informative, and productive conference in Pakistan.

For further information, please contact:

SGS Pakistan
S. Maheen Ishaq
Executive Officer Industrial Services
H-3/3, Sector 5, Korangi Industrial Area,
Karachi-74900, Pakistan
t: +92 -21- 35121388-95
f: +92 021 35121386


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.