Optimising Plant Performance Through Integrated Inspection Services – Bilfinger Inspection Concept

To ensure that an industrial asset is operated safely, efficiently and in compliance with regulations at every stage of its lifecycle, it requires to be monitored and inspected regularly. We can ensure your assets’ continued integrity and optimise your plants’ performance through our fully integrated inspection services.

Integrated inspection services by Bilfinger

Our Bilfinger Inspection Concept (BIC) combines various inspection and supporting services into an efficient, single-interface solution for our customers. With our multi-disciplined experts, we are able to support our customers across all of their inspection requirements at every stage of their plants lifecycle from fabrication, through routine in-service inspection, to decommissioning. Our multi-skilled teams, many of whom are also trained in industrial rope access, enable us to deliver productivity savings of as much as 30%, in comparison to traditional approaches.

Rope access is a safe and efficient way to perform inspection on assets that are difficult to access.

“Please extend my appreciation to the teams for their work effort and flexibility during the course of the week. Both teams helped successfully completed inspection tasks and corrective maintenance, all without any incidents.” (Structural Inspection Engineer, Total E&P Denmark A/S)

Why inspection services from Bilfinger?

  • Fully integrated services along the entire inspection cycle lead to maximised productivity and cost efficiencies
  • Fit-for-purpose, effective risk based inspection and maintenance strategies ensure asset integrity along the entire lifecycle of a plant
  • One single contact point
  • Expert network that finds the right solution for every challenge
  • Large pool of multi-disciplinary skilled workers with certificates for all relevant inspection activities
  • Best-in-class safety
  • Local access to Bilfinger’s world-class inspection expertise and technology


“All three guys were excellent in their behaviours and competence. Always a credit to Bilfinger. Please feedback our thanks for a good job carried out safely and professionally” (Integrity Engineer, TAQA)

Our inspection services at a glance

Bilfinger employees completing Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) in challenging locations

With our flexible contract setup, our customers just select the services they need:

Operative inspection services | Maintenance, turnaround, modification and extension of plants

  • Initial assessment
    Risk Based Inspection (RBI), planning and scheduling, inspection database management, regional inspection legislation
  • Access solutions 
    Rope access, scaffolding, elevated platforms, drones/robotics
  • Testing and inspection
    Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Advanced Non-Destructive Testing (ANDT), Corrosion Under Inspection (CUI), Corrosion Inspection Program (CIP), Inspection of corrosion under pipe supports (CUPS), lab testing, structural health monitoring, asset condition surveys
  • Integrity engineering
    Engineering assessment, inspection plans, pressure systems, corrosion management, data analysis and improvement
  • Material Technology
    Material selection, material optimization, corrosion tests, portable analysis of microstructure, positive material identification (PMI), x-ray fluorescence (XRF), spectral analysis, process optimization, corrosion under insulation (CUI), corrosion in process (CIP) and risk based inspection (RBI)
  • Failure Analysis
    Corrosive failure analysis and corrosion tests, mechanical and technical failure analysis (scanning electron microscope, FEM analysis and integral product analysis, mechanical-technological testing – tensile, charpy, hardness, microstructure)
  • Remedial
    Fabric maintenance, fabrication and modification, repairs composite and temporary, insulation

Non-operative inspection services | Engineering, fabrication and construction of a plant

  • Engineering 
    Front End Engineering Design (FEED), asset management, Corrosion Under Inspection (CUI) expertise
  • Vendor inspection
    Verification of documents and processes, inspection during manufacturing, supply chain management
  • Expediting
    Field and desk expediting, quality audits, progress reporting
  • Fabrication inspection
    Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Advanced Non-Destructive Testing (ANDT), quality assurance and quality control, material handover supervision

We are an established provider of Conventional, Advanced and Specialist Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020 services:

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

  • Acoustic Emission Testing
  • Boroscope/fibroscope
  • Dye penetrant testing
  • Eddy current testing
  • Ferrite testing
  • Magnetic particle testing
  • Ultrasonic flaw detection and thickness measurement
  • Portable hardness testing
  • Positive material identification
  • Radiographic testing
  • Thermography
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Visual inspection

Advanced Non-Destructive Testing (ANDT) 

  • Computed radiography
  • CUI – Corrosion under Insulation
  • Digital radiography
  • Multi-skip ultrasonic
  • Phased array
  • Pulsed eddy current
  • Real time radiography
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Time of flight diffraction
  • Ultrasonic corrosion mapping
  • Verkade Inspection Method for pipe supports

 “I would like to send my thanks for the professionalism, positive and proactive attitude. Whilst working on our asset, the Bilfinger inspection technician was well received by platform personnel due to his professionalism and positive and proactive attitude. He contributed well to our safety culture and proved himself an asset whilst mentoring core technicians through the ultrasonic testing method Time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD)” (Integrity Specialist, RockRose)

We support you - wherever you need us

Our highly skilled teams work for you all over the world, onshore and offshore. It doesn´t matter where your industrial plant is located - we offer our integrated inspection services exactly where they are needed. Bilfinger entities for inspections are located in UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, Germany and United States.

Project references: Where our inspection services have made a difference

Inspection by rope access
Client: Shell Chemie Nederland
Site: Moerdijk, Netherlands

Scope: Inspection and Non-Destructive Testing of 3 layer pipe racks, 130 lines, 50 % insulated, more than 2,200 pipe supports; fast availability of the results from inspection needed; rope access due to the limited space on the jetty.

Read about our solution

Instead of a conventional scaffold, Bilfinger solved this challenge with a multi-skilled rope access team including:

  • Visual inspection
  • Examination of CUPS (Corrosion Under Pipe Supports) insulation

Added value:

  • Bilfinger as one stop shop with only one interface for the customer for all disciplines
  • No scaffold meant lots of free space for the daily business on the jetty
  • Shortened lead-time of pre-inspection: 3 instead of 6 months
  • Cost saving of approximately €900,000  compared to scaffolding
  • Reduced accident risk by saving > 20,000 scaffolding hours


Structural Health Monitoring
Client: Hessen Mobil, a regional road and traffic management authority
Site: Thalaubach-Talbrücke, Germany

Scope: Having reached the end of its life cycle, the highway bridge (20 meters high, 300 meters long) needs to be replaced in the next few years. Until then, it is critical to closely monitor the structure and respond immediately to any signs of damage.

Read about our solution

Acoustic emissions analysis: Our complex data-analysis process uses high-tech sensors in combination with special software. Every single event occurring in the structural fabric can be tracked, even under challenging environmental conditions with a lot of noise from the cars and trucks driving by.

Added value:

  • Predictive and safe “end-of-life management”
  • Extended lifetime of the bridge
  • No interruption of traffic at highway Autobahn A7


Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) tank repairs
Client: Total
Site: Gryphon Alpha, North Sea (mobile)

Scope: Supply of all key trades for inspection and repair of tanks and voids onboard client´s FPSO.

Read about our solution

Bilfinger provided a multi-skilled team including Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection and maintenance trades via specialist rope access.

Added value:

  • Single source contractor
  • Reduction in manpower due to multi-skilled teams delivered significant cost savings
  • No scaffolding required
  • Increased safety (fewer personnel)

Drone structural inspection
Client: Shell
Site: Bacton, UK

Scope: Visual inspection of the Bacton Gas terminal communication tower (92 meter).

Read about our solution

Bilfinger provided a drone team to carry out visual inspection, eliminating the need for any scaffolding or rope access teams.

Added value:

  • Significantly faster inspection
  • Reduced labour costs
  • Increased safety (fewer personnel)


Inspection of offshore assets
Client: Total E&P Denmark
Site: North Sea, Denmark

Scope: Inspection services on offshore assets with a focus on advanced non-destructive testing (ANDT)

Read about our solution

We provide a comprehensive range of services on all of Total E&P Denmark’s assets.

Added value:

  • ensuring the integrity of Total E&P Denmark’s assets
  • delivering all inspection processes from a single source

Bilfinger is an established provider of conventional, advanced and specialist non-destructive testing services and accredited to ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025.

Bilfinger Inspection concept (BIC)

Workflow of entire inspection cycle using BIC

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Karlheinz Steinreiber

Karlheinz Steinreiber

Global Development Director Consulting & Turnaround

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