Why Rope Access?


Why Rope Access? Rope Access provides a safe, clean, and cost effective method for working in high or difficult to access locations. Rope access systems can be quickly installed and dismantled with minimal disruption to building occupants, operations and the environment, unlike other high access methods, such as scaffolding.
Our highly qualified and experienced multi-disciplined abseiling technicians can access the area using industrial rope... Shoreland Access provide safe, efficient & cost effective rope access services. We specialise in Fall Protection and Industrial Rope Access for Cleaning & Maintenance, Installations, Inspection & Testing and Filming at Height.


Rope Access - Inspection Maintenance

Shoreland Access employs only the most skilled and experienced Rope Access technicians with a huge range of skills from photography to in-depth NDT or Visual inspections.  We have many years experience on a wide range of projects both at sea and on land.   All tasks performed meet our clients' specifications whilst minimizing any disruptions to the work area. Our efficient and professional attitude towards our work ensures customer satisfaction every time.


Non Destructive Testing – Ultrasonic (UT)

Ultrasonic Testing (UT) uses high frequency sound energy in a pulse form to conduct examinations/inspections and make very accurate measurements for thickness checks or corrosion mapping.

Much like Radiography, Ultrasound can give an internal ‘look’ at what’s going on inside a part. A sound pulse enters the surface of a component and travels internally until it reaches something to reflect off. This reflection is then shown as a signal on the flaw detector.  The Reflector could be a crack, a nonmetallic inclusion, a hydrogen burst or any number of defects that can be characterised by the signal type. If there is no defect the signal simply reflects off the opposing surface and back to the unit.

Due to the portable nature of modern Ultrasonic flaw detectors, work can be carried out in conjunction with Rope Access to get to some really hard to reach places. With a small amount of equipment and relatively speed, Ultrasound is the most versatile of the NDT methods. 

Some main advantages:

·  It is sensitive to both surface and subsurface discontinuities.
·  The depth of penetration for flaw detection or measurement is superior to other NDT methods.
·  Only single-sided access is needed when the pulse-echo technique is used.
·  It is highly accurate in determining defect position and measuring size and shape.
·  Minimal part preparation is required.
·  Electronic equipment provides instantaneous results.

Please contact us for further information about your project.


Non Destructive Testing – Magnetic Particle

In theory, magnetic particle inspection (MPI) is a relatively simple concept. It can be considered as a combination of two nondestructive testing methods: magnetic flux leakage testing and visual testing. Consider the case of a bar magnet. It has a magnetic field in and around the magnet. Any place that a magnetic line of force exits or enters the magnet is called a pole. A pole where a magnetic line of force exits the magnet is called a north pole and a pole where a line of force enters the magnet is called a south pole.

When a bar magnet is broken in the center of its length, two complete bar magnets with magnetic poles on each end of each piece will result. If the magnet is just cracked but not broken completely in two, a north and south pole will form at each edge of the crack. The magnetic field exits the north pole and re-enters at the south pole. The magnetic field spreads out when it encounters the small air gap created by the crack thus creating a flux leakage field.

When iron particles are sprinkled over the flux leakage area the particles will be attracted to and cluster at the poles at the edges of the crack. This cluster of particles is much easier to see than the actual crack and this is the basis for magnetic particle inspection.

The first step in a magnetic particle inspection is to magnetize the component that is to be inspected. If any defects on or near the surface are present, the defects will create a leakage field. After the component has been magnetized, iron particles, either in a dry or wet suspended form, are applied to the surface of the magnetized part. The particles will be attracted and cluster at the flux leakage fields, thus forming a visible indication that the inspector can detect. The surface is usually sprayed with a white contrast paint first to help show up the indications.


Main Advantages:

  • MPI is fast and very effective for surface and slightly subsurface inspections
  • Results can be seen clearly, photographed and documented
  • Can be done without a power supply using a constant magnet
  • It is can be a one man job and can be used in conjunction with Rope Access
  • Ideal for welds and areas of high stress

    Please contact us for further information about your project.

    Non Destructive Testing (NDT)
    NDT is a very reliable and respected way of determining a components structural integrity. Various methods can be used together or individually to map out exactly ‘non metallic inclusions’ in parts or cracks in welds.
    It can be very cost effective and carried out with speed, safely and efficiently. Our experienced NDT technicians are hold all the relevant certification in the following methods of NDT

    Radiography Inspection
    Radiography inspection uses gammer and x-rays to inspect piped of welds for discontinuities. Flash radiography can also be proformed on ropes to inspect for corrosion under insulation.

    Dye Penetrant Inspection
    Dye penetrant inspection uses dyes to find surface discontinuities in materials. Excess penetrant ‘bleeds out’ from a material to show discontinuities.

    Ultrasonic Inspection
    Ultrasonic inspection is an efficient and relatively method for determining subsurface indications.  Ultrasound uses high frequency waves to detect discontinuities in materials.

    Magnetic Particle Inspection
    Magnetic particle inspection is used for locating surface and near surface discontinuities in ferromagnetic materials. This method is quick and reliable.

    Eddy Current Inspection
    Eddy current inspection uses electrical currents to induce a magnetic field in conductive materials. A discontinuity causes a distortion in the field. Eddy Current can be done through paint.

    Visual Inspection
    Visual inspection is a quick method of inspection for finding discontinuities in components.  Typical equipment might be inspection mirrors, magnifying glass, wire brush, cleaning solutions. Verification of indications may require one of the methods described above.



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