News & Resources

CIA’s “DrumView 3.20″ Application Update Adds Metric Measurements.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

CIA’s philosophy of continuous improvement has lead to the release of “DrumView 3.20″, the latest update to the custom application that takes data from CIA’s laser inspections and produces colour enhanced laser maps, section views and polar plots of coke drums.

The key change in this release is the ability to switch to the Metric Measurement System with one click. All dimensions, views and printouts are then instantly changed to the desired measurement system. No changes are made to the underlying data so this version is fully compatible with image files from past inspections, allowing direct comparison to determine any changes in the shape of your coke drums.

Other changes to the application include the option of adding label keys to section views so that it is easy to identify when each section was scanned, scaling for vertical section views and horizontal polar plots have been separated and each type of section view is now accessible from the toolbar with one click.

Together, these changes add functionality and make DrumView easier to use.

CIA Inspection customers can contact Les Harold (see “Contact Us” at the top right for details) in order to receive the updated DrumView.

CIA Inspection Granted Patent for “Delayed Petroleum Coking Vessel Inspection Device and Method.”

Sunday, May 15th, 2011
CIA Inspection is pleased to announce that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 7,940,298,B2 on May 10, 2011 to CIA Inspection. This patent is based on U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 11/391,532, entitled “Delayed Petroleum Coking Vessel Inspection Device and Method.” The invention comprises a system and a method for inspecting the inside of delayed petroleum coking vessels to determine deformations, detect and determine the severity of other defects and visually observe the inside of the inspected vessel.

Further field trials and changes have been made to improve the reliability of the robotic system and reduce the time required for insertion into and inspection of coke drums. Scans are performed at a speed of approximately one inch per second, allowing significant sections of a drum to be examined during a 4-hour window.

CIAI has successfully used the ACFM crawler inside a coke drum. The ACFM probe and crawler were driven around the circ weld and across other obvious indications. CIAI was able to collect data and correlate ACFM findings with the site’s results obtained by grinding out all LDP indications. During this field trial small, medium and large cracks were encountered and accurately sized. As well, stress cracking in the cladding, often referred to as “elephant skin” was scanned. Each type of flaw had distinct characteristics that were readily discernable to the ACFM operator and no significant flaws were missed.

This impressive performance demonstrates that remote ACFM crack detection works in the coke drum environment and is a useful tool that minimizes downtime while providing accurate results.

CIA Presents Successful Field Results at 2011 API Inspection Summit

Friday, January 28th, 2011
Slide from CIA's Presentation at the API Inspector Summit - January, 2011

Slide from CIA's Presentation at the API Inspector Summit - January, 2011

CIA made a presentation to the API (American Petroleum Institute) Inspection Summit on its progress with the Remote Robotic Inspection Service. The presentation provides a background on how and why CIA Inspection developed the system and includes results of scans conducted in a coke drum that was to undergo repairs.

The field tests allowed us to gain further understanding of real world indications and how they appear to the ACFM system. It is clear that we can identify cladding stretch marks (elephant skin), weld anomalies and repairs, and size small, medium and large cracks. Comparisons of ACFM inspection findings to the depths of cracks ground out and repaired by the site show that the ACFM results were very close to the site’s findings, with the average difference only 0.063 inches (63 thousandths of an inch) for the 7 areas scanned.

Below are four concepts by which all inspection techniques can be measured and the findings from the field trial:

  • Repeatability – The same area, examined multiple times, should produce near identical results when examined by the same analyst. Of 3 areas where multiple readings were taken (1 x 4, 2 x 2 readings), the maximum difference was 0.098” and the average (using the maximum delta) was 0.059”
  • Internal Consistency – When the same data is analyzed by different trained users the results should be similar. Of 11 matching readings, average difference was 0.036”, maximum was 0.084”
  • External Consistency – When defects are analyzed by another technique, results should be close, with allowances for limitations of each technique in specific situations. Of  the 7 comparable areas in the drum the average difference was 0.063”
  • Reliability – No defects of a specific minimum size should be missed. For coke drums a starting point is defects longer than 0.75 inches and deeper than 0.08 inches, the approximate thickness of the stainless cladding.

Our analysis of these results is that CIA’s ACFM system

  • Was successful in identifying and sizing defects.
  • Overcame the challenges of real world cracks in coke drums in that they tend to close up in cold drums and so may present as a series of shorter cracks. Defects in live, hot drums should be easier to find
  • Allows straight forward identification of actionable anomalies even if precise sizing is imperfect

Bottom line is that CIA is confident we can deploy our system remotely into a coke drum and detect defects that would cause concern —  ACFM works in the coke drum environment!

To download the PowerPoint Presentation complete with 2 short .MOV clips ‘right click’  here and select “Download Linked File”. The file is a zipped directory containing the 3 files and the total download is 61.3 MB. Once unzipped open the PowerPoint file and view as a slide show; the movies are in Apple QuickTime format and will start when the image is clicked on.

CIA Inspection goes “GREEN”!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

For CIA, GREEN means something more than the color chosen for the corporate logo!

December 14th, 2010 marked the day that CIA Inspection connected to the local grid and started producing power with it’s own 10 KW Solar photovoltaic power generation system at its maintenance shop in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.

Working with Les Harold of Renew Technologies ( and Vern Sherwood of Excess Energy (, the program was completed without complication in less than 4 weeks! Utilizing the roof of an existing maintenance structure, 44 – 235W solar modules manufactured by SHARP Electronics were installed and connected thru an inverter which converts the DC Solar energy to AC power feeding directly into the local grid.

Within Canada, Ontario is the first province to actively support the development of solar electricity generation by contracting with projects using photovoltaic (PV) panels through the MicoFIT Program and CIA Group of companies was an early adopter.

Solar Pane Installation - Early Stages

Solar Panel Installation in the Early Stages

Solar Pane Installation - Half-way Point

Solar Panel Installation at the Half-way Point

CIA Solar - Installation Complete

Solar Panel Installation Complete

See the PDF Announcement

More pictures can be found at the Excess Energy web site:

CIAI completes representation agreement with Magicrot Industrial Services

Monday, October 18th, 2010


Magicrot Industrial Services

CIA Inspection recently completed a representation agreement with Magicrot Industrial Services covering 14 Eastern European and Asian countries including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Romania. Together, the two companies are bringing years of experience in refinery services and coke drum inspection services to new markets. Magicrot already provides hydro mechanical decoking, hydro-cleaning, decontamination services and non-destructive testing in these markets and is proud to represent the world’s premiere coke drum inspection service.

Magicrot Staff

CIA’s Rick Clark, son Brandon and Magicrot Staff (L to R)

Matthias Westenfelder (NDT Specialist), Alexey Bezrukov (General Director),
Rick Clark (CIAI), Brandon ClarkPanicos Kouis (Business Development Manager),
Almaz Valitov ( General Director, CTK Europe), Maxim Akpan (Engineer, NDT Department)