Skyriders showcase the extent of inspection techniques

12 February 2020

Smokestack

Rope-access specialist Skyriders recently showcased the extent of its inspection techniques by assisting a consulting engineering company with tests needed prior to the design of a modification to a large smokestack for a major petrochemical producer.

Rope access was necessary to perform various concrete inspections and sampling on the smokestack, such as carbonation testing, cover meter testing, and taking core samples for laboratory testing and analysis, whereafter the holes from which the material was removed had to be patched properly. The inspection data was then handed over to the consulting engineer for reports and recommendations.

An expert six-person Skyriders team undertook the scope of work over a three-day period.

The testing was essential to determine if the smokestack was structurally sound in order to be able to accommodate the modifications in terms of wind load, among other factors. The petrochemical producer is also expected to install instrumentation needed for gas monitoring, which should result in an additional scope of work for Skyriders.