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Condition Assessment

Condition assessment is to assess the current conditions of an asset to determine whether it is good enough for continous use without foreseeable risk or preventative maintenance or remedial work is needed to carry out to preserve an object's value and extend its useful life. It is often called asset condition assessment or facility condition assessment. The assets can be properties (buildings), equipment, infrastructure, vehicles, trains, ships, production lines, bridges and structures etc.

Work scope of condition assessment

Routine condition assessment involves visual inspection with desk studies based on guidance documents. It may also include various forms of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technology.

The data collected in condition assessment can be used for lifecycle management and operation of the assets.

On the other hand, health monitoring of asstes implies continuous automated measurements of time series representing loading and response and/or other parameters of the assets over periods of time.

UTC's condition assessment experience

UTC’s key staff have long history of track record in condision assessment on facility and infrastructures, product development, process improvement and quality enhancement, structure load and stress analysis, loading spectrum establishment and fatigue life evaluation, vibration monitoring and evaluation.

UTC team consists of experts with more than 35 years of relevant industrial and research experience as well as qualifications. The key staff has successfully led and completed thousands of projects in forensic analysis, accident investigation, failure analysis (FA), condition assessment for aerospace, marine, petrochemical, electronic and microelectronic, construction, amusement, oil & gas, transportation industries and governmental agencies including Ministry of Defence (Singapore), Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Hyundai Engineering and Construction (Korean), Public Utilities Board (PUB), The Straits Times, SBS Transit, High Court, State Courts, China Taiping Insurance, Rajah & Tann, WongPartnership, Universal Terminal, Singapore Navy, SMRT, RWS, Shell, ST Aerospace, Eagle Services Asia, SIA Engineering, HP, Dell, ST Marine, Takenaka Corporation (Japan) and Sembawang Shipyard, etc.

Typical projects of relevant condition assessment

UTC's experts had conducted a number of relevant condition assessment projects for various industry sectors, e.g.

  • Development of anchorage system for post-tension application.
  • Evaluation on serviceabilty and lifetime management of third rail system.
  • Risk based inspection on heat exchanger.
  • Condition assessment on oil pipeline and remaining life estimation
  • Surface treatment on heavy-duty gears.
  • Stress analysis on aircraft structures.
  • Corrosion evaluation for marine application.
  • Fatigue and fracture assessments for reactor pressure vessel and piping, lifetime management.
  • Objectives of condition assessment

  • Increase assets reliability
  • Enhance structure integrity
  • Improve product quality
  • Structure health monitoring
  • Recent relevant publications

      Recently, UTC had published articles on failure analysis and accident investigation as follows:

    • "Improving quality and reliabity through effective failure analysis" was presented in Symposium on Materials Processing, Inspection and Testing held on August 24, 2017, Malaysia.

    • Click here to read more the presentation report.

    • "Forensic investigation on crane accidents" was published in International Journal on Forensic Engineering in 2017.

    • Click here to read the partial article.
      For full article, please contact the publisher.

    Available Techniques for condition assessment

  • On-site replication and metallography
  • Borescope
  • Visual Examintion
  • Strain gauge
  • Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
  • Radiographic Testing (RT)
  • Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
  • Liquid (dye) Penetrant Testing (LT)
  • oil pipeline condition assessment and remaining life estimation

    oil pipeline condition assessment and remaining life estimation

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