A New Level Of Accuracy For Geometry Inspections With Ultrasonic Technology

Sponsored by: NDT Global

Focused on:

  • Geometry Inspection Technologies
  • Ultrasonic Measurement Principle

Date: 18 September


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Precise measurement for improved assessment

Mechanical caliper-based geometry tools are used as line proving tools before utilizing further inspection technologies to detect, identify and size deformations. However, the circumferential resolution of these tools depends on two aspects: (a) the number of sensors and (b) the separation between them.

The mechanical arm arrangement of conventional geometry tools is susceptible to lift-off, leading to misinterpretation of actual depth and especially the shape of the deformation, thus making it impossible to preform accurate post-inspection assessments. Further calculations depend on the outside diameter and wall thickness of the pipeline.

For pipeline geometry measurement, NDT Global has developed inspection robotic tools with a validated, reliable and robust technology. These robots are based on the ultrasonic measurement principle, with inherent advantages such as bidirectional capabilities and wall thickness data acquisition in a single pass.

Since the first successful commercial inspection in March 2016, NDT Global's Ultrasonic Geometry Inspection robotic tools have successfully conducted inspections totalling more than 3,790 km (2,355 miles) worldwide, achieving a 100% first run success rate.

Dr Henrik Witte, Sensor Technology Engineer, and Mr. Russ LaBaume, Key Account Management USA, will be presenting this webinar. Our presenters will explore the advantages and reliability of ultrasonic technology for geometry measurement and demonstrate the (1) detection, identification and sizing and (2) geometric mapping capabilities. Data and results presented are compared to conventional caliper tools and in-the-ditch readings.

Presented by

Dr Henrik Witte,

Sensor Technology Engineer

Dr Henrik Witte is a developer of sensor technologies at NDT Global since 2014. As a physicist in an interdisciplinary team, he decisively drives the development of the ultrasonic geometry ILI robotic tool fleet. He has profound experience in ultrasonic sound propagation as well as in signal and data processing.

Henrik Witte holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in physics from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU), Germany. Before joining NDT Global, he worked in post doc positon at WWU in the field of "Dynamics at interfaces" using ultrafast laser systems as well as time-resolved X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

Russ LaBaume,

Key Account Management USA

Russ LaBaume has held the position of key account manager with NDT Global for the past 4 years. During his time, he has been focusing his efforts on both onshore and offshore pipelines throughout the United States of America. Russ is a key member of our Account management team and his clients hold his knowledge, advice and experience with high regard.

He is passionate about utilizing previous experience he has gained in business management to cultivate an environment both internally and externally that promotes excitement and enthusiasm while maintaining integrity and efficiencies for NDT Global.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of better data quality for integrity management programs
  • Learn about the value for cost when choosing Ultrasonic Technology
  • Discover the limitations and advantages of Geometry Inspection Technologies


  • Pipeline Operations
  • Integrity Manager/Engineer
  • Corrosion Specialist
  • Pipeline Engineer