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Fire Damage Assessment

When a fire occurs the recovery process can be challenging and complex, but an experienced team can help reduce the impact and restore operations quickly and safely. This begins with an evaluation of the safety of the incident site and confirmation of what equipment can be run, what must be repaired, and what must be replaced. The speed and accuracy of these critical evaluations determine the impact of the incident on operations and on future workplace safety.

Stress Engineering Services is experienced in handling fire damage assessments and will provide one of our certified fire inspectors and a team of experienced engineers, metallurgists and technicians to work with plant personnel and insurance engineers. In every stage of the fire recovery process, from coping with the initial shock to implementing repairs and replacement, Stress Engineering Services will provide experienced, professional help to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

Our approach to fire damage assessment is based on the API 579 Standard on Fitness-for-Service and supplemented by our extensive experience. Our team of professionals will establish heat zones per API 579 and develop a specific inspection methodology for each piece of equipment subjected to fire damage. After a visual inspection the team will set up and perform non-destructive examinations of all affected piping and equipment and provide formal reports on all findings and repairs.

Our methodology is thorough and efficient, and will provide recommendations for replacement and repair with speed and accuracy:

  • Establish Heat Zones
  • Develop Inspection Plans for All Equipment which may include:
        • Hardness Testing
        • (Magnetic Testing (MT) or Eddy Current Testing (ET) for surface cracking
        • Visual Testing (VT)  which includes reviewing design drawings and information, checking for bowing, sagging, bending, sagging, and distortion of any kind and employs levels, tapes, straight edges, lasers, and any other appropriate measurement tool.
        • Laser Scanning to measure for plumb and bulging of tall towers
  • Carry Out API 579 Engineering Assessments for Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • Provide thorough documentation at every stage to satisfy the immediate requirements of government organizations and confirm that any other failures are unrelated to the current incident