ISQ Certification - gas networks contractors and welders

ISQ Certification - gas networks contractors and welders

This training course gives access to the Portuguese certifications and license of Gas Networks Contractor, and Copper and Polyethylene Piping Welder. Participants will be able to: Design gas networks, in accordance with the legislation, and to identify the assorted equipment and accessories in a network Perform welds in copper and polyethylene and to assess its quality Within the scope of this course, it is possible to design specific modules taking into account the areas the participant wishes to be granted accreditation in: Gas contractor Participants will acquire knowledge about: Legislation related to gas networks Utilisation of different type of networks Correctly perform the installation of a gas network under guidance of a gas senior technician Gas welder Participants will be able to perform welds in copper and polyethylene and to further assess its quality. Copper Participants will be able to master the methods of copper welding, handling of copper pipes and fittings and will know what the criteria for acceptance of welding are and will know how to correctly perform welds in copper piping. Polyethylene Participants will be able to know welding methods in polyethylene (butt weld and electro-weld), handling and storage of pipes and fittings in polyethylene and will have sufficient knowledge on criteria of  welding acceptance and will be able to correctly perform welding in polyethylene piping.  

Inspection of bridges and viaducts

ISQ has vast experience in the area of technical inspections of bridges and viaducts in concrete, steel and mixed or masonry. Either at the level of construction, inspection in operation, improvement or renovation, ISQ supported by a large team of skilled human resources and state of the art equipment and accredited laboratories provides a set of services able to satisfy all the client's needs. ISQ expertise Management of construction works Routine inspections Inspections and materials' characterisation tests Assessment of condition and state of degradation of existing works Solutions for improvement, repair or replacement of components Inspection and quality control of renovation works  On-line monitoring  Construction supervision    
Construction inspection of industrial equipment and installations

Construction inspection of industrial equipment and installations

Construction inspection of industrial mechanical or electrical equipment and installations is one of the traditional services provided by ISQ. ISQ provides inspection of stand-alone equipment or complete industrial installations to check the manufacture and assembly of new equipment or to perform maintenance of units in-service. Construction inspection of industrial equipment and installations in-service to check the compliance with technical specifications and applicable regulations to ascertain the preservation status of these units, to predict its remaining useful life and to establish repair or replacement programs in a more cost-effective way and with minimum impact on production. ISQ expertise Project review based on construction codes or standards and regulations Reception of materials Design or approval of inspection and testing plans  Qualification of both staff and operational methods Monitoring of both manufacturing and assembly Non-destructive control Testing supervision  Inspection of anticorrosive protection Design of maintenance plans Periodic inspection and assessment of the status of both equipment and installations in-service Remaining life assessment (RLA) Risk-based inspection (RBI) Design of repair specifications Monitoring of shutdowns for maintenance of industrial installations On-line monitoring Support to licensing  
Condition assessment of equipment and installations in-service

Condition assessment of equipment and installations in-service

ISQ offers a comprehensive set of technical inspection services, providing customers detailed technical information on the state/condition of their facilities and equipment. ISQ expertise Compliance with legal and regulatory requirements Conditions of installation and/or operation State of maintenance and/or degradation Conditions of safety of personnel and/or infrastructure, facilities and equipment ISQ interventions, in functional assessment of facilities and equipment, are generally complemented by other technical subjects, such as civil construction, mechanical, dynamic equipment, etc.  
Temperature and humidity testing

Temperature and humidity testing

Accredited laboratory to perform testing in the areas of temperature and humidity. Test and characterization equipment Ovens/Incubators/Refrigerators/Chest freezers/Freezing chambers/ (-197 to 350 ºC) Vacuum ovens / liquid baths (-197 to 180 ºC) Climatic chambers (-50 to 180 °C / 5 to 98 %RH) Climatic test room/wharehouse (environmental conditions) Calibrators ovens (-197 to 1500 °C) Thermocycler/heated blocks (35 to 450 ºC) Dry block heaters (-100 to 1500 ºC) Muffle furnace (100 to 1200 °C) Qualification climatic chambers (pharmaceutical), refrigerators, refrigerated vehicles (-80 to 20 °C) Climatic test room/Refrigeration chamber/Hospitals freeze/Ultra-low temperature freezers (-80 to 0 °C) Cell preservation tanks (-196 ºC) Sterilization autoclaves (0 to 140 °C / 0 to 2.5 bar abs.) Centrifugal machines, testing of temperature and rotation (1 to 30000 rpm) Timers - determination of time between occurrences T ≥ 0.5 s  

Electrical equipment testing and component reliability

Electric equipment testing covered by the Low Voltage Directive according to the European Standards which assumes its compliance with the essential safety requirements. Performance of this kind of testing is one of the pre-conditions for CE marking, within the scope of safety of electric equipment and its sale in the European Economic region. Testing to monitoring and support to manufacturers in the validation of all stages of product from specifications through to review testing and product inspection. This process may involve a product certification body. ISQ has agreements with the Certification Body CERTIF (Association for the Certification) for swifter certification process which issue the licenses based in the ISQ test reports. Reliability testing of components or sub-assemblies in the electric and electronics field, automotive and aerospace. In-service electric equipment testing Testing and measurement of electrical equipment and instrumentation in operation, checking its legal and regulation compliance, maintenance and safety conditions in the electric engineering and instrumentation area. Insulation resistance and dielectric strength Checking transformers processing ratio (TPR) TT and TI processing ratio Circuit-breakers up to 600 A Direct and indirect relays Resistance of earth connection and continuity of earth connection Differential protections Power load testing of emergency generators with resistive loads up to 300 kW Checking the status of each element of the battery Checking the condition of system capacitors of power factor correction Measurement of the contact resistance of the contacts of the poles of isolators and circuit-breakers Direct and indirect relays Measurement of currents, voltages, power and other ratios Thermographic examinations Field instruments Measurement and control loops Electric safety and performance testing of different appliances Transformers (EN 61558 series) Switches for appliances (EN 61058 series) Control devices (EN 60730 series) Electronic equipment (EN 60065) Electrical equipment for industrial use (EN 60204 series) Household, commercial and similar appliances (EN 60335 series) Information technology equipment (EN 60950 series) Light sources, including lighting appliances or luminaires (EN 60598 series) Low-voltage switchgear and control gear for electrical installations - sockets and connectors (IEC 60884, NP EN 1260, EN 50075 standards), installation switches (EN 60669 series), connection devices (EN 60998 series), boxes and enclosures (EN 60670 series) Welding machines (EN 60974 series) Electric low voltage switchboards (EN 61439 series) Laboratory equipment (EN 61010) Fire detection and fire alarm systems (EN 54 series) Intrusion detection systems (EN 50131 series) IP index of protection of enclosures (EN 60529) Reliability testing of components Reliability testing of components or sub-assemblies in the electric and electronics field, automotive and aerospace. Durability testing of assemblies and components, ensuring at the same time monitoring of different parameters (electrical, mechanical, etc.). Cold and dry heat (EN 60068-2-1, EN 60068-2-2) Damp heat (EN 60068-2-30, EN 60069-2-78) Heat and temperature cyclic (EN 60068-2-38) Ageing combining different cycles of temperature and humidity Saline mist (EN 60068-2-11, EN 60068-2-52) Thermal shock and temperature variation (EN 60068-2-14) Exposure to dust (EN 60529, EN 60068-2-68) Leak tightness (EN 60529) Drop (EN 60068-2-31, EN 60068-2-32) Low pressure and dry heat (EN 60068-2-41) Ozone Fluency Solar radiation and rain (EN 60068-2-5, EN 60068-2-9) Power pumping, cyclical twisting Sinusoidal vibration, random and shock in 3 axes, combined with cycles of temperature and humidity (EN 60068-2-6, EN 60068-2-27, EN 60068-2-53, EN 60068-2-64) Resistance to chemical agents Mechanical and electrical endurance Assessment tests of mechanical resistance to impact  
Inspection of HVAC networks and ventilation systems

Inspection of HVAC networks and ventilation systems

ISQ performs inspections of HVAC systems, cold/heat and ventilation in households, services buildings and industrial units. HVAC Inspections of both comfort and process HVAC systems in buildings and industrial units, checking its compliance with both processes and comfort status. Cold/heat Inspections of cold and/or heat production systems in buildings and industrial units, checking its compliance with both process and comfort status, in particularly on cold storage systems for perishable products, using cold fluid production systems or direct expansion systems, heat pumps, heat transfer fluids generators, boilers. Ventilation Technical inspection of ventilation systems in households and in service buildings or in industrial plants and warehouses to check their correct installation, analysis of operating problems and energy consumption, as well as calculation of air flows, insufflation and/or extraction.
Calibration in the areas of mass

Calibration in the areas of mass, volume and force

The Laboratory of Mass, Volume and Force is accredited by the IPAC  – the national entity member of EA (European Cooperation for Accreditation) to perform calibrations in the following equipment. Mass OIML masses Unclassified masses   Weighing instruments Volume Micropipettes Dispensers Piston burettes Laboratory glassware Force Dynamometers Force proving rings Tension and/or compression testing machines Torque wrenches Torque meters  
Calibration of optical and topographic equipment

Calibration of optical and topographic equipment

The Laboratory of Optic Metrology is the only accredited laboratory in Portugal for equipment calibration in the fields of photometric and topography. We perform calibration of the following equipment: Photometric Lux meters Luminance meters Colour meters Spectrophotometer and optic filters Optical fibres Optical power measurers Wavelength measurers Laser sources Optic attenuators Optic spectrum analysers and time-domain optic reflection measurement unit (OTDR). Topography Theodolite Total stations EDM's Optical levels Rotating laser levels Non-accredited services Collimators Distance meters Invar rods Topographical sight Laser levels  
Cathodic protection

Cathodic protection

ISQ offers inspection, auditing services and monitoring of cathodic protection systems for the mitigation of corrosion on underground or submerged structures. ISQ adopted an effective and accurate approach to performance and control of these systems. Economically feasible, it reduces repairs costs and allows for early diagnosis. We use remote monitoring and control technology which does not require regular on-site visits to assess the existence of interference and further enables early detection of faults and malfunctions, thus saving time and resources. ISQ offers cathodic protection modeling to make a local diagnosis of the level of protection as well as assessment of eventual changes to the system such as introduction of localized damages to coating, interference with other structures, estimating the condition of perishable components of the system - coating and/or anodes, enabling an effective and appropriate corrective action. ISQ expertise Design of cathodic protection systems Implementation of systems of cathodic protection On-site or remote monitoring of relevant parameters Inspection and diagnosis of existing systems, in particular with regard to measurement of potential, coatings condition (DCVG and CIPS) Optimizing the performance of the systems Environment characterization which equipment are exposed to (resistivity of the medium and physical-chemical characteristics)  
Inspection and reception of materials and equipment

Inspection and reception of materials and equipment

The inspection and approval of materials and equipment in shop and on-site minimizes the possibility of materials and/or equipment not complying with technical specifications (building codes, standards, specifications of project and applicable legislation). Decreases the risks that can lead to a reduction in the expected lifecycle and costs, as well as the possibility of accidents with adverse consequences for the personnel and environment and thus reducing social impact or material losses (delays, losses of production, repairing and increase of insurance premiums). Provision of these services is done in the context of new constructions, repairing and maintenance either for civil, electrical or mechanical sectors. These services aim at to confirm that materials and equipment meet the requirements of the purchase order establishing their condition upon reception (conservation status, damage during transportation, etc.). ISQ offers highly experienced and certified personnel with state of the laboratorial support allowing the implementation of the most correct and cost effective technical solutions to overcome any non-conformities detecting during reception of materials and equipment both in shop and on the assembly site.  
Metrological verification in the areas of mass and force

Metrological verification in the areas of mass and force

Qualified Laboratory to perform metrological verifications of weighing and mass machines and of strength testing machines.
Inspection of electric equipment

Inspection of electric equipment

By performing technical inspection ISQ characterizes the status/condition of electric equipment and that of instrumentation and control, maintenance, degradation status and safety conditions. ISQ expertise Checking compliance with applicable standards and regulations Verification of the installation and operation conditions  Assessment of the maintenance and degradation status of electric equipment Equipment covered  Medium and low tension electric meters  Transformers Cut and protection devices, for example: direct and indirect break switches, circuit breakers and direct and indirect relays Electric engines Energy generating groups and uninterrupted energy feeding systems Industrial rectifiers and batteries Condenser battery systems Cathodic protection systems  
Management systems consulting/auditing

Management systems consulting/auditing

Management systems consulting is there to help organisations by creating methodologies that help them develop and find the best way to achieve improved internal process effectiveness and efficiency, thus offering more suitable products, meeting the expectations of customers and helping them to increase their productivity and competitiveness in an ever more competitive environment. Consulting services rendered by ISQ further enable organisations to certify their management system, particularly in highly regulated sectors, in order to maintain their competitiveness. Quality ISQ provides consulting and auditing services of quality managements systems according to the universal used standard NP EN ISO 9001. Other standards or technical specifications adapted to industrial sectors can be used by ISQ, such as, TS 16949 to the car industry. Energy Energy management systems consultancy ensures more rational product enhancement during the different processing stages and control of energy impacts. The ISQ approach focuses on minimizing energy consumption while ensures the quality of both products and processes assisting companies in their corporate responsibility improvement. ISQ use commonly NP EN 16001 standard (equivalent to ISO 50001). Innovation and development To provide consulting and auditing services of innovation and development managements systems ISQ use NP 4456, NP 4457, NP 4458 standards along with technical specifications adapted to specific industrial sectors. Social responsibility and sustainability Analysis and control of social impacts contribute positively to the development of products and processes and the quality perceived by the community, resulting in duly implemented social and ethical practices. Internationally accepted standard is SA 8000, although ISQ also uses the increasingly relevant GRI - Global Reporting Initiative reference. Food safety Analysis and control of the impacts on quality to ensure maximization of the quality perceived by customers and compliance with the implicit quality in the product, normally governed by compulsory legal requirements. Commonly used standard is NP EN ISO 22000 (equivalent to ISO 22000). ISQ also uses the BRC and IFS references, increasingly required in many contracts. Safety and health at work Consultancy in safety at work management systems enables organisations to certify their health and safety at work management systems. Standard used is NP 4397 (similar to OHSAS 1800 specification). Other standards or technical specifications adapted to industrial sectors are additionally used by ISQ. Environment Consultancy in environmental management systems by ISQ is there to analyse and reduce environmental impacts during the production cycle and on all stages of product processing. Universally used standard is NP EN ISO 14001 (equal to ISO 14001). There are further standards or technical specifications adapted to industrial sectors and which can be used as reference or used complementarily. Integrated management systems ISQ consulting in Integrated Management Systems enables organizations, in addition to the development of their internal processes, to obtain certification of its integrated management system, covering aspects related to environmental impacts, quality, social and safety and health at work, usually governed by compulsory legal requirements. Standards used are NP EN ISO 14001, NP EN ISO 9001, SA 8000 and NP 4397, respectively for environment, quality, social responsibility and safety and health at work.  
Inspection and testing of steel cables

Inspection and testing of steel cables

ISQ assess the integrity of steel cables and other materials, anticipating and avoiding risks of failure and accidents caused by uncorrect design, installation and/or use. ISQ expertise Visual inspection, evaluation and assessment of electromagnetic integrity of steel cables (steel cables installed in devices for lifting of loads, ex.: cranes, overhead crane), according to ISO 4309 Visual inspection, evaluation and assessment of electromagnetic integrity of steel cables (steel cables installed in devices for the lifting of persons, ex.: cable cars, ski lifts, funiculars), according to standards EN 12927-6, EN 12927-7 and EN 12927-8 Audits and expert technical assessment Support to the development of inspection procedures and tests Training  Applied to any kind of equipment both on-shore or off-shore incorporating steel cables for sustaining and/or lifting cargo and people. Examples: steel cables installed in flares, bridge cranes, mobile cranes, lifting platforms, elevators, funicular railways, ski lifts, cable cars, etc.  
Assessment of proposals

Assessment of proposals, suppliers and specifications

ISQ offers a multicriteria analysis service for evaluation of proposals and its technical and economic aspects, assessment of suppliers and analysis and review of tender specifications and technical specifications. ISQ uses all its experience and technical capacity in this area, thus assisting companies in complying with the deadlines both as to the implementation of projects and respective budgets. Analysis and assessment of proposals Analysis of proposals, drafting a comparative map and assessment of the work proposed, in accordance with the specifications and standards or international guidelines for the completion of the work in question. Analysis and review of technical specifications Preparation and validation of technical specifications, responding to customers' needs and in accordance with the codes of construction/repair, standards, laws and regulations applicable in the areas: Welding in polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) Installations of air conditioning or HVAC Networks of transportation and distribution of gas and water and sanitation Environment Service contracts of inspection and maintenance Technical specifications and acceptance criteria for materials Audits for the qualification of suppliers Preparation of audit programs covering the entire chain: Search, Selection, Evaluation, Qualification, Monitoring and Development of suppliers, performing the customer only the management of the process.  

Functional assessment of installations

ISQ performs functional assessment/audit in installations and equipment to check the status/condition of the assets and to identify opportunities for improvement of the assets management. ISQ expertise Checking installations compliance with the applicable standards and regulations Verification of the existing installations conditions Assessment of maintenance and degradation status of installations and equipment Report identified deficiencies and non-compliance with the recommendations on the necessary improvement and correction actions to implement  Technical audit on maintenance services Ascertainment of the estimated useful life of both installations and equipment Verification of their adequacy to process conditions  
ISQ Certification - gas networks contractors and welders

ISQ Certification - gas networks contractors and welders

This training course gives access to the Portuguese certifications and license of Gas Networks Contractor, and Copper and Polyethylene Piping Welder. Participants will be able to: Design gas networks, in accordance with the legislation, and to identify the assorted equipment and accessories in a network Perform welds in copper and polyethylene and to assess its quality Within the scope of this course, it is possible to design specific modules taking into account the areas the participant wishes to be granted accreditation in: Gas contractor Participants will acquire knowledge about: Legislation related to gas networks Utilisation of different type of networks Correctly perform the installation of a gas network under guidance of a gas senior technician Gas welder Participants will be able to perform welds in copper and polyethylene and to further assess its quality. Copper Participants will be able to master the methods of copper welding, handling of copper pipes and fittings and will know what the criteria for acceptance of welding are and will know how to correctly perform welds in copper piping. Polyethylene Participants will be able to know welding methods in polyethylene (butt weld and electro-weld), handling and storage of pipes and fittings in polyethylene and will have sufficient knowledge on criteria of  welding acceptance and will be able to correctly perform welding in polyethylene piping.  
Inspection and repair approval

Inspection and repair approval

ISQ provides a monitoring, inspection and repair approval services of infrastructure and equipment in a wide range of industries, such as oil refineries, petrochemical plants, paper mills and power plants, attesting compliance with technical specifications of repairs. ISQ expertise Analysis and evaluation of the existing situation Proposal of solutions Monitoring of repair entity in the performance of the repair Verification of compliance with the previously specified repair procedure  Testing for quality control purposes Approval of the repair In this type of service, ISQ can be hired by the owners or users of affected devices or by the repair entities.  
Inspection of thermal insulations

Inspection of thermal insulations

ISQ has certified specialists and suitable measurement equipment, in particular thermography to perform thermal insulation inspections. This inspections covers, among others, insulation of circuits of hot and/or cold, such as piping mats, inner boiler refractories, furnaces or chimneys, walls, panels and/or other insulating structures.  
Safety at construction sites

Safety at construction sites

ISQ develops its activities in the Site Safety area since 1989, and it is recognized as a reference entity in the sector. It has been involved in almost every major national and some international projects, providing services for a significant number of large companies. The technical body assigned to this area is well experienced and certified, and the activity is supported by a wide range of ISQ skills, measure equipment and  several accredited laboratories. Preparation of health & safety plans Relative to work conditions in temporary or mobile construction sites, according EU Directive 92/57/CEE. Safety inspections in construction sites ISQ have available a team with competencies to perform the site safety coordination on the design and construction phases in accordance with the Directive 92/57/EEC, supporting the owner, assuring the implementation and maintenance of health & safety conditions, applying the health & safety plan, procedures, safety regulations and best practices rules.   Inspection of individual protective equipment for works at heights Periodical inspection of personal protective equipment for works at heights, namely: harnesses, lanyards, anchors, connectors (carabiners, hooks and other links), ascension rope clamps, descenders, fall arrestor devices, pulleys and ropes. Scaffolding inspections ISQ verifies scaffolding compliance with reference documentation (legal requirements, design data, project assembly / disassembly, manufacturer’s specifications) and best practices rules. Life line inspections Visual inspections and tests horizontal and vertical life lines, rigid or flexible and from fasteners and pre-tension components, according to NP EN 795:1999. Test of atmosphere in confines spaces By monitoring and measuring potentially hazardous atmospheres, ISQ verifies the existence of O2 deficiency, hazardous chemical agents (gases or vapours) and / or explosivity in such workplaces, allowing to establish necessary conditions to develop a safe work, preserving workers Health & Safety and the integrity of equipment and goods.