A Marine Surveyor is considered an expert whose conclusions are decisive for others, so it’s better that he relies on measurements and instruments and doesn’t just go by appearances.
At Consulser we strive to provide replicable and documented objectivity.
According to requirements, we make use of many different tools while working in the field:
- OLYMPUS Epoch 4b, Epoch XT, Karl Deutsch (with relative probes) – Ultrasonic Flaw Detectors for revealing structural damage or breakdowns in many types of materials.
- Thermographic Camera – an excellent tool for monitoring a system’s thermal status and, when integrated with other equipment, also in structural and humidity assessments.
- WichiTech Digital Tap Hammer (as used by BOEING) – a valid tool for testing the quality or integrity of special low-thickness honeycomb sandwich panels in aluminum, kevlar or pvc core
- PosiTest AT-M – a valid tool for determining the adhesion strength between skins, cores or low-thickness adhesives or coats.
- Sound Pressure Level (SPL) Meter (Class 1 rated) – to measure sound emission levels.
- Penetrating Liquids – used alongside Ultrasonic Testing, increases overall analysis reliability when examining rigging.
- Thickness Gauge – used in evaulating coating, anodizing and varnish layers.
- Barcol Hardness Tester – for verifying hardness of fiberglass and aluminium alloys.
- Photographic equipment – macro, telephoto, underwater housings and video cameras: images in a survey represent 70% of the report’s communication value and must be of good quality.
- Hygrometers and Control Testers- 4 types of hygrometers with different scales and sensitivity are used so as to obtain assessments that are difficult to refute.
- Digital Multimeters and Amperometric Clamps – used in measuring electrical circuits.
- Reference Electrodes – this instrument allows us to know the state of efficiency of a boat’s cathodic protection or to detect faults and leakage current in the electrical system. Also used in corrosion inspections.
- Refractometer – used for objective measurement of bilge water salinity.
- Test Tubes and Sterile Containers – for collecting samples to be analysed in the laboratory.
- Litmus Paper – the classic tester for rating the pH value of a substance.
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