AVHENG

Providing benefits to our clients and the greater community through engineering excellence and creativity

ENFORM Certificate of Recognition

ISN Contractor Safety Management

ComplyWorks Compliance Management

Avetta Supply Chain Services

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta

: International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association

: APEGBC OQM

About Us

AVH Engineering Inc. (AVHENG) is a trusted Alberta-based company that specialises in asset integrity management and technical services.  We are currently providing our services from Edmonton and Ottawa.

AVHENG consists of professional and experienced integrity engineers, API and ABSA inspectors, and data management specialists.  Asset integrity is crucial to the safety of the personnel in all industries and the well-being of communities; therefore, through our expertise and exceptional work ethic, AVHENG aims to assist customers in operating their assets safely and efficiently by reducing the risk of equipment failure.


AVHENG focuses on progressive growth via:

  • Upholding the safety and protection of our employees and contractors
  • Understanding our customers’ needs
  • Always providing top-level quality services and work ethic
  • Continuously improving our quality assurance and HSE programs
  • Offering sufficient training for our employees and contractors
  • Ensuring that the company is compliant with ISNetworld, ComplyWorks, and Avetta


AVH Engineering is COR-certified through the WCB’s Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) program, and our safe work culture continues to provide clients with exceptional service.  After all, reducing client risk is what AVH Engineering does best.


Our Services

Pressure Equipment

We know what kind of pressure your equipment can put you under, particularly if it's not operating optimally. AVHENG provides detailed reporting and assessment for virtually all pressure equipment found in the energy and petrochemical sectors.  Details are what you need and what we provide.

  • ▼   Chief Inspector Services (Alberta)

    AVH Engineering has an Authorized Quality Program (AQP) and is certified to perform integrity assessments of pressure vessels, boilers, and piping systems as per ABSA AB-515. AVH is certified to inspect, certify, and perform interval assessments on pressure equipment. In addition, we can act as the Quality Manager (Chief Inspector) for your pressure equipment integrity system. AVH Engineering has extensive experience in the inspection, certification, and assessment of pressure equipment, as well as the development and implementation of quality manuals. AVH programmers and data specialists can help you optimize the use of your integrity database to fit your needs.

  • ▼   Circuitization

    The circuitization process separates piping and associated equipment into segments or loops. Each segment has similar types and levels of degradation. Piping systems with similar construction materials, process conditions, and design specifications have similar corrosion properties. Circuits with the same damage mechanisms degrade in a similar manner. Specific inspection techniques can be chosen per circuit. The benefits of dividing complex process units or piping systems into piping circuits are:

    • Assist with risk-based analysis
    • Identify critical piping segments
    • Optimize piping inspections
    • Assist with effective decision making
    • Streamline calculations
    • Make record-keeping manageable

    AVHENG staff expertly separate systems into corrosion circuits. Customers receive hard-copy and electronic P&IDs highlighting each circuit. Defined circuits and P&IDs are cross referenced for easy use.

  • ▼   CML Optimization

    Corrosion monitoring locations (CMLs) or Thickness Measurement Locations (TMLs) should be optimized to give the end user the best information available about the state of their equipment. Anticipated damage mechanisms based on the equipment’s service, material of construction, and equipment configurations must all be considered when determining a CML. CMLs are set inspection points designed for the repeat inspections that provide necessary data to determine damage rates so piping and equipment can be repaired or replaced before loss of containment. AVHENG utilizes techniques developed for Risk Based Inspection that determine the best location for a given CML.

  • ▼   Condition Monitoring

    Condition Monitoring, using Condition Monitoring Locations (CMLs), is the process of determining the condition of pressure equipment while in service. CMLs are designated examination points on a nozzle, a section of piping, or area of a piping circuit. Optimization is a process to make condition monitoring more effective. Many plants have too much data and limited information. AVHENG uses risk-based analysis to optimize the number and location of CMLs.

    • Target susceptible locations by considering materials of construction, process, and flow conditions
    • Examination measurements must be repeatable and taken at suitable locations
    • Place CMLs to fully use information gathered
    • Identify specific inspection techniques for damage mechanisms

     

    Regular CML assessments aides in tracking plant assetA’s integrity.

    • It is critical to safe and efficient operations
    • Companies can budget and plan for maintenance before failures occur
    • CML inspections use valuable plant Integrity Group resources for planning, execution, and reviewing collected data. Optimization helps to extract more information and increase condition monitoring effectiveness

    AVHENG provides:

    • Piping isometric diagrams or vessel drawings identifying CML points
    • Inspection advice
    • CML data in electronic-file format—suitable for corrosion monitoring software packages, such as VisionsTM, Meridium, or PCMS
    • Customized field survey sheets to record collected data

    Periodic review of condition monitoring programs helps to assure all CML information is useful. CMLs can be added or removed, as required. AVH Engineering designs and optimizes CML programs which provide necessary information to help manage a plant’s asset integrity.

  • ▼   Corrosion Control

    Corrosion Control Documents (CCDs) contain the specific corrosion creating details of a chemical or refining process. CCDs have various sections including:

    • damage mechanisms
    • design data (e.g. construction materials, equipment age)
    • critical reliability variables (e.g. operating parameters, cycles, process chemistry)
    • guidelines for equipment reliability

    AVHENG CCD management develops awareness of the different types of damage modes and mechanisms that may be present in a facility and how they may affect fixed equipment and piping. A CCD manual provides guidance for maintenance inspection, monitoring, and operations to minimize asset degradation. The CCD is a resource for personnel to understand how damage occurs and how Damage Mechanisms (DMs) change with changes in operational conditions and parameters over the life cycle of the plant.

  • ▼   Fitness for Service

    API 579 Fitness for Services (FFS) evaluations determine if pressure equipment and piping which contain anomalies are structurally suitable for continued service. FFS evaluations are only done by trained engineering staff. AVHENG is able to provide Level I and II evaluations and Level III engineering assessments on a wide variety of industrial equipment to help clients make the repair/replace/run to failure decisions that are critical to safe plant operations.

  • ▼   Forensic Engineering Services

    AVHENG provides expert services to determine the root cause of industrial failures that can result in injuries, loss of equipment use or cost for repair of damage. Forensic investigations range from audits of failure reports, knowledge of codes, knowledge of materials and processes as well as familiarity with operations. Investigators work individually or as part of an interdisciplinary team. The focus of forensic engineering services is to determine the initial failure mechanism that will allow organizations to improve future reliability.

    ▶   View Forensic Services brochure

  • ▼   In-Situ Metallographic Replication

    In-situ metallographic replication is an NDE technique used for microstructural analysis when examining large components that cannot easily be moved, or when destructive sample preparation is difficult or not desirable. Replication allows for quick, on-site evaluation of a component’s metallurgical and heat-treatment condition, and assists in carrying out a remaining life assessment or failure analysis study.

    ▶   View Replication Services brochure

  • ▼   Integrity Operating Windows

    API RP 584 States that “a fundamental understanding of the process/operating conditions and resulting damage mechanisms are required in order to establish and maintain an inspection program that yields the highest probability of detecting potential damage”. AVHENG staff are experienced in IOW development for pressure equipment and piping. IOWs combine operating process facts and integrity management principles to analyse the effects of process changes within equipment’s design limits. IOWs assist integrity teams to predict equipment damage and manage equipment operation and integrity strategies to mitigate damage and extend equipment life.

  • ▼   On-Site Project Management

    AVHENG field engineers and inspectors work on the client’s behalf to ensure projects ranging from equipment repairs to plant maintenance shutdowns run in an efficient and organized manner. Experienced personnel can assist with innovative and creative solutions while ensuring that all applicable codes and standards are adhered to and data is properly filed for future reference. Our staff handles projects with a lifecycle approach and minimal supervision requirements, ensuring that your personnel are not distracted from their important daily work.

  • ▼   RBI Implementation

    Significant resources can be spent once a decision has been made to initiate an RBI program, individuals are assigned the task of determining which software is to be evaluated and purchased, what equipment is to be included in the program along with a wide variety of decisions that will affect the way the integrity unit works in the future. Now it is time for implementation.

    Owner User companies may decide to implement the program themselves, often assigning the task to a full-time employee who already has day to day commitments and projects, so the RBI program languishes. AVHENG can supply the expert personnel required to get you through the challenges of implementation and execution, allowing personnel to concentrate on their daily priorities with minimum impact to work flows. AVHENG’s Implementation services save time and allow you to quickly benefit from your investment.

Data Services

You've invested a lot of time and money in your asset management data.   Now let us help you get the most value from your investment.

AVHENG provides a variety of solutions for all your data challenges.

  •   Asset tracking

  •   Data entry or cleanup

  • ▼   File Manipulation

    File manipulation encompasses a wide range of applications, including handling/processing large numbers of files, cleaning data electronically, extracting data from databases, and formatting file layouts in different ways. For example, switching to a different asset management software system may involve extracting the data from the original database, rearranging the fields into the proper format required by the new system, then loading the data into the new database.

    Files may be manipulated either externally (e.g., renaming a long list of files) or internally (e.g., adding tabs and rearranging data within an Excel spreadsheet).

  • ▼   Data analytics

    Make your data make sense — turn your storehouse of data into useful information. Discover patterns and trends within your data to reveal how your assets are performing and whether your procedures and processes are working.

  • ▼   Automating time-consuming or labour-intensive processes

    If you have boring, repetitive tasks, or tasks that must be performed with consistency and precision, chances are we can write a program or macro to perform those tasks for you with the push of a button.

  • ▼   Baseline development and performance tracking

    We can help you define and implement key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure different aspects of your business and assist in management reporting and informed decision-making.

  • ▼   "Smart" forms

    Custom electronic forms can be provided for you with intelligence behind the documents — complex dropdown lists, data entry validation, automatic population of fields. Make your forms quicker and easier to fill in, and prevent errors at the source.

  •   Customised solutions to meet your specific needs

▶   Please click here to view our Data Services brochure

Personnel

Qualified, skilled, and geared to excellence for our clients.

  • Jim Yukes, B.A.
    Business Development

  • David Weisgerber, P. Eng.
    Technical Director

  • John Dombroski, P. Eng.
    Engineering Services Manager

  • Brent Paton, P. Eng., M.A.Sc.
    Metallurgical Engineer

Contact Us

AVH Engineering Inc.

462, 11007 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, AB T5K 0K6

Phone: 780.461.9393
Fax: 780.463.4386

info@avheng.com
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Industry Market Reports

AVH Engineering publishes periodic market reports as part of its services to oil and gas industry operators.


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