Technology Qualification

Technology is continually evolving to meet new challenges and drive improvements in operating efficiency. For example, to access new hydrocarbon reserves, develop more efficient water treatment processes, or monitor for availability of distribution systems. Astrimar assists both technology developers and system operators in the management of risk through qualification testing and analysis.

When introducing new technology, it is essential to understand when the technology is ready for deployment and the risk that deployment entails. For example, even existing, proven technology may be required to operate in more challenging environments, beyond existing industry experience. When this happens, additional technical risk and uncertain reliability performance is introduced.

Astrimar is able to assist technology developers and operators to manage risk through qualification testing and analysis. In particular, we can help to:

  • Understand the level of technical risk and uncertainty
  • Forecast expected reliability
  • Determine/review initial Technology Readiness Level (TRL)
  • Identify and plan qualification tests to raise the TRL to the required level of readiness

We have written client technical practices on technology qualification aligned with industry recommended practices such as DNV A203 and API RP 17N and the new API RP 17Q, including the use of both the API RP 17N TRL ladder and alternative ladder definitions, such as US DoD levels 1 - 9.

In line with best practice, we use FMECA to identify potential failure modes as a key input to defining tests and analyses; this is particularly important for prototype, environment and system integration testing.  The intent is to understand, analyse and test the technology to provide traceable assurance that systems are qualified through a detailed understanding of all service demands, performance requirements and potential failure mechanisms.