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1979

Dacon was originally incorporated in Norway in 1979 as a diving and sub sea company specializing for the Oil & Gas industries.

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1994

Dacon started business in Thailand and continued working on upgrades or specific developments to suit clients requirements.

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1999

Dacon started development of a brand new pipeline intelligent pigging system. This was to be developed as a tool capable of providing the highest possible corrosion measurement 8 inch direct drive with oil System accuracy for pipelines.

NEW! 4 inch Magnetic coupling System

14 inch ultrasonic intelligent pig Travel direction of ultrasonic intelligent pig

6 inch ultrasonic intelligent pig traveling inside acrylic pipe

These tools started commercial service in 2003 and have since been utilized world wide.

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2005

Dacon started its own Research and Development Department and Today Dacon R&D department has 8 full time scientists under a Professor of Physics.

With todays availability of advanced technology such as GPS systems, inclinometers, accelerometers, sensors etc., there is virtually no limit to the amount of data that can be gathered from an ILI tool run down a pipeline. A large pipeline test yard has been built to facilitate much of the pipeline developments.

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2012 Dacon opened new offices in Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia


(DISS and DISI)

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Internal Rotary UT Pigging and Technology Strengths of UT solution Offshore Case Study Onshore Case Study

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Human ear frequency range (15-20,000 Hz)

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Very high frequency (50,000-150,000,000 Hz) Sound


Mechanical vibration

Electrical
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The UT pigging technique provides unparalleled inspection accuracy in steel and dense material pipelines. The smallest corrosion, pitting or erosion is immediately detected and measured in relation to the pipeline integrity.

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The system consists of a horizontally placed ultrasonic transducer sending its sound waves horizontally. A 45 rotating mirror then directs the sound waves perpendicular towards the pipe wall.

Every time the signal hits a surface a proportion of it will reflect back to the transducer the same way it came. The difference in time between the sent and received signal allows the computer to calculate the time of travel which is then converted to distance and the measurement recorded. These measurements can be made by the transducer up to 1,600 times per second depending on the pipe diameter.
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Step wedge 10 mm 8 mm 6 mm 4 mm 2 mm

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Outside Wall
Inside Wall

Thinner Area

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14 inch Schedule 40 Test piece with manufactured external defects used to produce data on the right.

1. B-Scan Cross Section of pipe wall showing 50% external metal loss. 2. Square defect. 3. Longitudinal cross section showing 50% external metal loss from square defect. 4. Longitudinal cross section showing 50% external metal loss from round defect. 5. Round defect. 6. Color range for various thicknesses.

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Riser and sealine inspection of inter field line from Wellhead Platform to Production Platform. The pipeline was a 14 multiphase gas and condensate line.

Wellhead Platform
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Preparing tools for launch


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Two tools were successfully launched in tandem from WP and received at PP at the anticipated time. Prior to this a comprehensive cleaning and gauging program was conducted which identified no anomalies.

Tool with push rod about to launch


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Tool retrieval (at night no flash)


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Weld #1

Heavy corrosion

Weld #2

Weld #3 An area in a hanging riser clamp offshore was identified as having external corrosion down to 3.58 mm, representing 79.5% metal loss. This was identified and reported to the customer within 90 minutes of retrieval. Later the pipeline was shut down, the corrosion verified, and repaired.
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The line has since been repaired, and the metal loss verified on the NNE side of the riser as reported. UTM detected a minimum of 3.7mm remaining, but could not scan the whole riser due to the external condition. A comprehensive dig sheet was provided highlighting other concern areas which had metal loss above the clients stated threshold of 40%.
No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Remaining wall thickness (mm) 3.58 6.28 7.14 8.40 8.42 8.50 8.52 8.68 10.08 9.17 Wall loss% 79.5% 60.5% 55.0% 47.1% 47. % 46.5% 46.3% 45.3% 42% 42% Meter from Launcher 19.5 242 182 206 337 229 290 254 20 277 Dimension L x W* (mmxmm) 300 x 900 400 x 740 500 x 735 360 x 820 400 x 845 250 x 670 300 x 760 500 x 735 200 x 800 300 x 650 Type External Internal Internal Internal Internal Internal Internal Internal External Internal Reference point Riser, Before Weld 2 At Weld 25 At Weld 20 After Weld 22 At Weld 33 Before Weld 24 After Weld 29 After Weld 26 Riser, After Weld 3 At Weld 28

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A jetty line running from a jetty to refinery for 5km was inspected using Dacons UT pig system. The pipeline was a 16 diesel line, there were no pigging facilities and the pipeline contained unbarred tees.

Launch point direct into blinded deadleg


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Unbarred tee as a result of alteration


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The pig was launched manually direct into the pipeline at the jetty, and received in a blinded spool piece at the refinery.
The pig was pushed with water from Dacons pumping container, and was specially modified for passing unbarred tees and direct manual launch. Comprehensive cleaning and gauging was conducted prior to launch, with no anomalies indicated. The pig arrived at the temporary receiving spool piece at the expected time, and was immediately downloaded and data analyzed in partnership with the client.

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The clients main concern was being able to locate precisely any defects, as the line is part underground and excavation would be costly. Using a combination of data gathered by the pig, pipeline drawings, and Google Earth we were able to map all the defects precisely for the client.
Google Earth image showing a section of pipeline running along the shoreline, with defects marked

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By using all available data, the defects were pinpointed to within 10cm. The 2 worst defects (4 and 14) were excavated and found to be precisely located, and remaining thickness verified by UTM. These areas have now been repaired.

Pipeline drawing corresponding to above Google Earth image, with defects marked.

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The ILI system is ideal for riser inspections, whether with or without production outage.
A real time cable operated system is also available which can also be used for underground lines, road crossings, jetty lines etc.

The advantage is the extremely accurate and immediate inspection results.

Small, lightweight tools mean easy mobilization and launch Limited access work area Metallic and non-metallic pipeline Most accurate / detailed inspection method Simple data analysis No wall thickness limitation Immediate onsite results Final report within 2 weeks
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3D Visualization
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