Consulting And Field Services, LLC

Mechanical, NDT and Refractory Inspection Services

Consulting and Field Services (CFS) is an inspector owned inspection company.  Since 1995 CFS has been dedicated to providing the best Mechanical, NDT and Refractory Inspection services offered within the industry.


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Turnaround and Project Services

• Turnaround Planning
• Inspection
•  Quality Control
•  API 510 – Pressure Vessel Inspector
•  API 570 – Piping Inspector
•  API 653 – Tank Inspector
•  API 936 – Refractory Personnel
•  AWS CWI – Welding Inspection
•  NDT Technicians
•  Advanced NDT Services
•  Inspection Project Management
•  Tank Inspections
•  NACE Coating Inspections
•  Tank Strapping
•  Settlement Surveys
•  Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) – Tank Floors
•  FCC Specialists
•  Refractory Specialists

Advanced NDT Services - Advanced NDT Services include some of the most
technologically advanced methods in the NDT industry. They include AUT 
Corrosion Mapping, PAUT (Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing), TOFD
 (Time of Flight Diffraction), PMI (Positive Material Identification),
GWUT (Guided Wave Ultrasonic Testing) and MFL (Magnetic Flux Leakage).

• Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing - PAUT employs a probe composed of several small ultrasonic elements which are individually phased by the instrument. By phasing the pulses across the array of elements, the ultrasonic beam can be steered and focused as needed for a particular application such as weld quality evaluation, volumetric inspection of forging or cast materials, and mapping of erosion or corrosion damage in existing piping or pressure vessels. Multiple beams can be generated for a single examination, therefore, a variety of beams can examine the area of interest thoroughly.

• AUT Corrosion Mapping - AUT utilizes the phased array technology to create a map of the internal surface of the part being inspected. This map can be electronically generated in a 2D or 3D format with sizes and depths of pits easily determined for evaluation of remaining wall and remaining service life of the part.

• Weld Inspections

• API QUPA/QUSE-PA/QUTE/QUSE/QUTE-TM Inspectors - These UT Technicians have extensive background in Ultrasonic Testing and it's applications and have passed the API hands-on exam, proving expertise in each method to gain national certification through API.

Non-Destructive Testing - NDT is the ability to detect flaws, measure dimensions,
and assess material characteristics as a primary tool in addressing the predictions
of component performance and remaining service life.

• Penetrant Testing (PT) - Liquid Penetrant testing is used to locate discontinuities open to the surface of a part when a low viscosity  (highly fluid) liquid (penetrant) is applied to the surface of a part, it will penetrate into fissures and voids open to the surface. Once the excess penetrant is removed, the penetrant trapped in those voids will flow back out, creating an indication that can be evaluated and judged against a code or specification for compliance or as to the effect it will have on the services life of the part.

• Magnetic-Particle Testing (MT) - Magnetic particle testing uses one or more magnetic fields to locate surface and near-surface discontinuities in ferromagnetic materials.  

• Positive Material Identification (PMI) - PMI is the analysis of a metal or alloy with the use of a handheld X-Ray fluorescent (XRF) instrument to establish the composition by reading the quantities by percentage of its constituent elements by exposing the Atoms to a beam of X-rays. The atoms of the part absorb energy from the X-rays, becoming temporarily excited and then emit secondary X-rays. Each chemical element emits X-rays at a unique energy.

• Ultrasonic Testing (UT) - UT testing is when ultra-high frequency sound is introduced into the part being inspected and if the sound hits a material with a different acoustic impedance, some of the sound will reflect back to the sending unit and can be presented on a visual display. For thickness UT, the air at the backwall, or inside, of test part is the reflector. Any internal reflectors, such as lamination or pitting, can also reflect the sound wave back to the sending unit.

• Visual Testing (VT) - VT is the most commonly used test method in the industry. VT requires that the inspector look at the surface of the part being inspected for a visual observation of the surface to evaluate the presence of surface discontinuities or conditions that do not follow procedures, codes or specifications.

• Brinell Hardness Testing (BHT) - BHT is a quantitative method of testing the hardness of a material or weld by physically indenting the material and comparing the size of the indention to that of a twin indention of a known material hardness. It is measured in hardness brinell.

• Vacuum Box - Vacuum box testing is used mostly for tank floors by creating a vacuum in a portable box with a soapy substance applied to the material and welding. Any pinholes or through-wall defects will allow air to seep through creating bubbles on the surface at the discontinuity that can be visually interpreted.

• Borescope - Borescopes cover a broad spectrum of devices, hard tubes up to minute fiber optics, used to see inside a piece. This form of remote visual testing is used for piping, turbines, engines and a vast variety of items that require a detailed view of the internal surface and condition to aid in evaluation of the parts performance and remaining service life.

• Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) – Tank Floors - MFL is a quick method to inspect tank floors, compared to UT coverage, using a powerful magnet to magnetize the conductive material under examination (usually steel), for magnetic saturation. Where there are defects, such as material loss or corrosion, the magnetic field leaks from the steel and the MFL probes detect the leakage field which can be characterized by percentage loss and top or bottom side of part. This usually requires UT thickness follow-up to prove the actual remaining wall thickness.

Vendor / Fab-Shop Surveillance Inspection

• QAQC Monitoring
• AWS CWI/API 510/API 936 Inspection
• Surveillance
• Source Inspector
• Installer Qualification

Onstream Inspection Services

• Baseline
• Reinspect
• On-Stream Circuitizing and Redline P&ID’s
• Field Sketching
• AutoCAD
• Data Analysis
• Meridium / UltraPIPE / PCMS Electronic Status Tracking and Reporting
• Repair Recommendations

Refractory Laboratory Testing Services

• API-936 Testing 
• ASTM C20 - Porosity
• ASTM C113 & C269 - Permanent Linear Change
• ASTM C134 – Density
• ASTM C704 & 704M – Abrasion Test
• ASTM C133 – Crush and Modulus Strength Test
• ASTM C860, C862, C865 – Sample Preparation & Firing
• Customized Test Plans and Specialty Testing upon request

Refractory Consulting Services

Refractory project estimating - Able to take approved fabrication drawings to develop a budgetary estimate of any maintenance or capital refractory lined project

Specification development / review - Develop specifications to implement for any refractory project and tailored for the clients specific service needs or review of already established specification mandates

Procedure development  / review - Develop detailed refractory installation procedures based on the materials and preferred installation applications outlined within the process engineering mandates

Proprietary ITP development / review - Develop and design proprietary Inspection Test Plans that capture the required technical inspection points of the fabrication and refractory installation process

• Comprehensive QA/QC development / simplified - good tractability tracking program development - Able to work with the refractory contractor and the end client to develop and implement a comprehensive QA/QC program tailored to each specific project


• Mechanical Integrity Programs
• Fitness for Service
• Gap Analysis
• PSM Review & Development
• Procedures
• IDMS System
• Inspection APP

Regulatory Compliance

• Integrity Management Plans
• OSHA Compliance
• API Compliance
• PHMSA Compliance

Additional Services being added all the time.

Industries Served

Safety, efficiency, and attention to detail are our chief concerns. With our in depth initial planning procedures and careful on-site management of personnel, materials, and costs, you can rest assured of a highly successful turnaround.

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Safety Always

We believe safety is an everyday, all the time function. From upper management to the newest employee we all contribute to CFS’ culture of safety. Our goal is to continuously improve through a plan, do, check, act approach. We take a proactive approach to safety focusing on positive coaching and education to ensure each employee is ready to go to work when we arrive at your site.

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CFS Staff

Providing Support

· Pre-work Planning and Development
· Written Safety Programs
· Policies & Site-Specific Safety Plans
· Safety Education and Training
· Field Support to Client Safety Staff
· Hazard Assessment and Onsite safety evaluations
· Regulatory Compliance Support

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Offices across the globe.