The Cold Shoe Shuffle in the Heat of the Pilbara – 3D Laser Analysis

The Cold Shoe Shuffle in the Heat of the Pilbara – 3D Laser Analysis

Joel Hicks, 4Z

Burrup Peninsula, in the Pilbara region of North West Australia, a team of rope access NDT inspectors from Sydney-based laser Inspection Company 4Z, were armed with portable handheld laser scanners and deployed to create detailed 3D surface images of the corrosion underneath 36 cold shoes (pipe supports). The process proved extremely effective, highly accurate and faster than traditional NDT methods. Laser scanning is a new and growing method of inspection within the nondestructive testing industry and forward thinking and entrepreneurial oil and gas companies in Australia are starting to reap the benefits by embracing this emerging service.

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