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Advantica (UK)

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Advantica was originally part of British Gas before they decentralised their operation and formed separate operating companies, each with a different responsibility for delivering its service. Advantica operate many thousands of kilometres of gas pipelines both in the UK and overseas. The company, originally through British Gas has been at the forefront of developing NDT technology for the Gas industry. It developed the world acclaimed series of intelligent pipeline 'pigs' that could remotely inspect many kilometres of pipelines safely and to a high standard.

Advantica recognise that a breakthrough in digital radiography will happen when the right combination of companies come together in one project and believe that this project will be the one. Advantica will provide pipeline specimens including girth and longitudinal welds for part of the development programme. They will also provide expertise on defect types and parameters such as orientation, morphology, dimensions etc. They will provide access to their test loop for trial purposes.

Radiography will always be one of Advantic's inspection methods for new pipelines for tie-ins if not for the total line. Advantica recognise that they must be part of the development process to ensure the highest standards of operation for their pipelines.

Reasons for participating
Advantica recognise that a breakthrough in digital radiography will happen when the right combination of companies come together in one project and believe that this project will be the one

Contribution to the project
Advantica will provide pipeline specimens including girth and longitudinal welds for part of the development programme. They will also provide expertise on defect types and parameters such as orientation, morphology, dimensions etc. They will provide access to their test loop for trial purposes.

FilmFree is a collaboration between the following organisations: TWI Ltd, CIT Ltd, Balteau NDT SA, Innospexion ApS, OY AJAT Ltd, Advanced Technology Group s.r.o., Isotest Engineering S.r.l., Tecnitest Ingenieros SL, Trueflaw Ltd, Kingston Computer Consultancy Ltd, NDT Consultants Ltd, Technic Control Ltd Co, Industrial Control Machines SA, X-Tek Systems Ltd, Applus RTD, Nexus Engineering Ltd, Airbus UK Ltd, EADS CCR - Groupement d’Interet Economique, Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacyjnego PZL – Rzeszow SA, Total France, Rolls Royce plc, Advantica Ltd, DB AG, Helenic Society of Non Destructive Testing, Castings Technology International, Bulgarian Welding Society, Commissariat a l’energie atomiique, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Technical University of Sofia and Politechnika Szcezinska. The Project is co-ordinated and managed by TWI Ltd. and is partly funded by the EC under the IP SME programme ref: Number NMP2-CT-2005-515746.