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.  
In-service inspection in industrial plants

In-service inspection in industrial plants

ISQ provides an independent service of shutdown and turnaround inspection in industrial plants, to support the operators in the optimisation of the lifecycle and performance of your premises, in accordance with the strategic and economic objectives, safety and environmental aspects. In the process industry, periodicals shutdowns allows for the performance of actions of extended maintenance and inspection of equipment and facilities. Shutdown inspection in industrial plants, medium-sized or large, requires a preparation step relatively complex and the use of a fair deal of human and material resources for the implementation of the planned actions. As a result of this, are defined inspection and test plans, for each equipment or component, which should take into account the history, the project and operational conditions and the determination of the likely mechanisms of degradation of the equipment. The inspection and test plan will define the types of inspection and tests to be carried out as well as the sampling and the areas to be tested. During shutdowns, inspections may be voluntary or derived from legal obligations (D.L. nº. 211/99 and D.L. nº. 90/2010, in the case of Portugal). In any case, inspections during shutdowns are part of the management of the integrity of the equipment and facilities of a company that is aware of the need to ensure the proper functioning and security of their units. ISQ supports its customers in different phases associated with a shutdown for inspection of industrial equipment. ISQ expertise Shutdown organisation plan Inspection and testing plans  Coordination of all the activities during the shutdown Issuance of a specific report by each equipment, with conclusions and practical recommendations on the suitability for the service, for the next operation period provided ISQ has a long experience, human and material resources in inspection during shutdown of equipment and industrial installations, in a context of total management of its integrity.  
Consulting and studies of mechanical and structural engineering

Consulting and studies of mechanical and structural engineering

ISQ performs comprehensive studies of mechanical and structural engineering, namely pertaining to static, dynamic and stability behavior of mechanisms, components and structures. We also use the expertise developed through the years to provide consultancy services in these areas.  
ISQ Certification - mechanical technicians of gas appliances

ISQ Certification - mechanical technicians of gas appliances

Providing participants with the knowledge to perform assembly work, repair and conversion of gas appliances. To accredit, upon approval, participants with the Gas Appliances Mechanical License, according to D. L. 263/89 of 17 August. Target group Over 18 years of age and compulsory basic education.
Inspection of infrastructure and telecommunication towers

Inspection of infrastructure and telecommunication towers

ISQ performs inspection of telecommunications infrastructures in buildings and telecommunication towers to ensure the compliance with the terms of operability and security to support the electronic communications services offered by telecommunications operators. Telecommunications infrastructures Technical inspection in accordance with the technical rules in force to prepare operational reports and to assess compliance. Ascertainment of compliance between the project and the installation Testing wiring of copper pairs Testing of coaxial cable networks  Testing fibre optic networks Telecommunication towers According to the infrastructure history and its project and operation characteristics, inspection techniques such as non-destructive, dimensional, metallurgical or other types of tests may prove necessary for proper assessment of their condition. The ISQ offers an evaluation of the results, conclusions and practical recommendations with a view to ensure equipment operation, periodicity of subsequent inspections, any repairs or recommendation of partial replacement/total equipment.  
Evaluation and monitoring of the quality of electrical energy

Evaluation and monitoring of the quality of electrical energy

ISQ ascertains the quality of electrical energy, identifying nonconformities with the standard NP EN 50160, and analyses all the recorded parameters. Quality of electrical energy Analysis and monitoring of the quality of the electrical energy, according to the standard NP EN 50160, using Class A precision equipment  Monitoring disturbances in electrical grids Measurement and record of the total harmonic distortion of voltage and current. Registration of the waveform. Ascertainment of the nature and origin of harmonic distortions Energy and power Measuring and recording of all parameters of energy and electrical power (voltage, current, starting current, power factor, energy consumed, etc.). Possibility of monitoring for extended periods.  
Environmental remediation

Environmental remediation

The existence of contaminated soils and waters constitutes an environmental liability with adverse effects not only on public health and ecosystems, but also with negative effects in the economy, since the presence of contamination inhibits the full use and exploitation of land and water. ISQ undertakes soil and water contamination studies, possessing all necessary technical and human resources for: Historical assessment Definition of sampling plans Field sampling Laboratory analysis of a wide range of pollutants Evaluation of results according to international standards Definition of contaminant plumes extension through modelling techniques ISQ also develops remediation projects, on the basis of a technical and economic evaluation of the best available techniques and risk analysis. The remediation process steps are: Assessment of the contamination; Risk analysis; Elaboration of the remediation project; Decontamination; Monitoring.  
Metrological verification of sound meters

Metrological verification of sound meters

The Laboratory of Acoustics performs metrological verification of sound meters in accordance with legal requirements.
Metrological verification of liquid level

Metrological verification of liquid level

The LabVolume is a testing laboratory that provides volumetric calibration services and, as Metrological Verification Body, legal metrological control services of fixed storage tanks, road and rail tankers and automatic levels. Equipments and accredited methods Automatic level gauges for measuring the liquid level  – ISO 4266-1/3:2002  
Buildings distribution networks inspection

Buildings distribution networks inspection

ISQ performs technical assessment inspection of distribution networks of coaxial cables, water systems in buildings and thermal and photovoltaic solar systems. Coaxial cables Technical inspection for assessment of coaxial cable networks for CATV, MATV and SMATV service support in every type of cabling and structured networks. Testing Signal strength/attenuation Signal to noise ratio  RBER for analogue and digital signals Fibre-optic networks Technical inspection of assessment of fibre-optic networks to support all telecommunication services and every all types of electrical wiring in structured networks. Performance of tests set out in EN 50174 standard or equivalent, including tests of total loss and optical reflectometry. Copper pairs networks Technical inspection for assessment of copper networks to support voice and data services, in every type of electrical cabling in structured networks. Performance of the tests set out in EN 50174 standard or equivalent as continuity, attenuation, NEXT, ACR, losses per return, loop resistance, propagation delay, differential delay, PSNEXT, PSACR, ELFEXT, PSELFEXT, for types of connection applicable and types of desired cabling, particularly category 5E and 6A. Water system in buildings Monitoring and validation of hydraulic and hydrostatic tests, according to technical and regulatory requirements in water and sanitation for all materials, in particular through the application of testing standards (EN 805, NP 1610, NP 1611 and others) and customer requirements. Thermal solar and photovoltaic systems Requirements survey Technical specifications Verification of compliance with the technical installation specifications Analysis of the system actual status Checking the operation of the system Reception of solar installations Technical reports Technical solutions  
Sustainability

Sustainability

ISQ activity in the area of sustainability aims to provide combined solutions allowing all organizations an integrated improvement of their environmental, social and economic performance, a greater awareness of the risks and an improvement of the image of the organization vis-à-vis stakeholders and general public. ISQ expertise Life cycle management Eco-efficiency assessment Ecodesign Carbon footprint calculation and reduction measures Water footprint calculation and reduction measures Green procurement Sustainability reports in accordance with GRI – Global Reporting Initiative  
Coatings inspection

Coatings inspection

ISQ performs the selection, identification and coatings inspection, on-site and lab, using qualified technicians and accredited laboratories. ISQ expertise Identification of materials Thickness measurement Adhesion testing Defect analysis Analysis on the causes of coating degradation In oil pipelines, gas pipelines and intake conduits inspection is made using the following techniques: Radio detection / Pipe current mapper (PCM) Current interval potential survey (CIPS) Direct current voltage gradient (DCVG)  
Real estate inspection

Real estate inspection

ISQ performs diagnostics and technical inspection on the state of repair of new and old buildings. Diagnosis and state of preservation Assessing the level of structural safety Determining the state of preservation, assessment of durability of materials Pathological condition of construction with identification of anomalies, testing to define the materials condition for future renovation or preservation interventions Technical reports, mappings of anomalies, design of technical specifications for repair purposes, ascertainment of the amount of samples needed and price estimation Technical inspection of buildings within the scope of preventive maintenance Technical expertise to identify anomalies, determine its causes and further preparation of technical reports, with photo image support Inspection of building renovation Assessment of both preservation status and diagnosis for renovation of residential buildings, offices, industrial and commercial structures in concrete, masonry, metal structures and wood structures. Technical monitoring from project renovation to quality control and commissioning of renovation work, through to safety of buildings and construction sites. Technical areas Geotechnics Foundations Superstructure Anti-corrosion protections Water, sewerage and gas networks  Coverings Waterproofing Electrical installations Telecommunication installations HVAC  Fire safety Lifts  Walkways Escalators  

Inspection of lifts & equipment and components

Assess of safety conditions associated with the installation or equipment operation, risk failure and analysis of accident caused by deficiency of design, installation and/or maintenance. ISQ expertise Based on European standards or rules of good practice for equipment. Assessment of compliance of the equipment and/or facilities with the legislation  Technical inspections: Verification and inspection of security conditions associated with equipment Functional testing Electrical testing Testing the load limiter in lifting appliances Brake testing in lifting appliances Static /dynamic testing Measurement of the dwell time of dangerous movements Simulation of failures and tests of safety devices Initial and periodical inspections Testing on reception of equipment Definition of technical solutions for safety of working equipment Other expertise Audits and expert technical services Support in the development of inspection procedures and tests Training Non-destructive control Pressure equipment  
Diagnosis of compliance with the legal requirements

Diagnosis of compliance with the legal requirements

Environmental diagnosis and health and safety in the workplace audit/diagnosis services are there to advise organizations on the compliance with the applicable law. The audit/assessment/diagnosis “portrays” the environmental and health and safety in the workplace legal status of an organization. ISQ offers a Database of Legislation - BDLeg  to help companies understand and manage the Portuguese and EU legislation applicable to their activities, in the areas of environment, quality and safety and health in the workplace and, in addition, to allow the compliance as regards requirements (point 4.3.2) of standards ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. ISQ expertise Check on site fulfilment of legal requirements Identification of measures for improvement Definition of an action after each analysis Audit report/diagnosis  
Quality assurance and control (QA/QC)

Quality assurance and control (QA/QC)

ISQ has wide experience in the provision of services of Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC), priding itself to see his name associated with the majority of large enterprises in the national territory in the last few decades, highlighting also the participation in major international projects. ISQ expertise Development of technical specifications Elaboration and implementation of quality plans Definition of circuits of documentation, communication and records Preparation and analysis of Inspection and Testing Plans Qualification of suppliers Technical analysis of bids Quality audits Management of quality system Design review   Control of changes to the project or derogations Coordination, inspection and quality control during manufacturing and erection Reception of materials and equipment Verification of legal requirements Treatment of final quality documentation Commissioning and testing Provisional or definitive reception  
Safety assessment of structures

Safety assessment of structures

ISQ performs safety assessment studies, assessing the mechanical resistance and stability and fire safety. ISQ expertise Analysis of project documentation Visual inspection and non-destructive testing Characterisation of materials Characterization of possible damages Geometric survey Assessment of structural resistance by calculation Assessment of resistance to wind and earthquakes Assessment of resistance to fire Evaluation of dynamic behaviour Assessment of resistance to wear Load testing Recommendation of load limitations and of operation Recommendation on the nature and magnitude of repairs  
Equipment calibration for temperature and humidity

Equipment calibration for temperature and humidity

The metrology, temperature and humidity laboratory has been granted due Accreditation to perform calibrations both in its laboratory (-196 to 1500ºC) and at the customer's premises (- 30 to 1200ºC). Calibration in laboratory Direct reading thermometers with temperature sensor (-197 to 1500 °C) Thermometers immersion liquid column partial or total (-197 to 400 °C) Platinum resistance thermometers and thermocouples (-197 to 1500 °C) Temperature recorders/data loggers (-197 to 1500 °C) Thermohygrometers, hygrometers, psychrometers and air temperature sensors, relative humidity/thermohygographs (-50 to 250 °C / 5 to 95 %RH) Pyrometers optical/infrared thermometers (-30 to 1500 °C) Contact thermometers (22 to 400 °C), to -30 ºC without accreditation Calibration at the costumer Direct reading thermometers with temperature sensor (-100 to 1200 ºC) Temperature recorders/data loggers (-100 to 1200 ºC) Hygrometers and air temperature sensors (0 to 50 °C / 10 to 95% RH)  
Calibration of pressure equipment

Calibration of pressure equipment

The Laboratory of Pressure Metrology, accredited by the IPAC – the national entity member of EA (European Cooperation for Accreditation) performs calibrations both in laboratory and at the customer's premises. The accreditation covers calibrations in absolute and gauge pressure, for ranges -1 bar g to 1000 bar g and 10-7 bar a to 1000 bar a, on the following equipment: Manometers and vacuum meters according to NP EN 837 Barometers Pressure recorders Pressure and vacuum calibrators Pressure and vacuum transducers/transmitters Manometric columns and sphygmomanometers High vacuum pressure tranducers/transmitters