Chances are your business depends on the reliability of various facilities, systems, and equipment to deliver what your customers need, when they need it. What would happen if your system broke down as the result of a structural failure? Perhaps corrosion surrounding steel supports has impacted the integrity of a concrete pad integral to the safe operation of your facility. Or you could be facing $100,000 in lost opportunities for every day an electric generator is shut down due to metal fatigue in an upstream penstock. Can your business afford to risk this kind of equipment failure? These scenarios, and many others like them, can be prevented before it’s too late. PG&E has a solution.
Applied Technology Services
PG&E offers customers a comprehensive menu of applied technology services and expertise across multiple disciplines. These services include inspections, failure analysis, performance assessments, and evaluations on a wide variety of components ranging from in-service concrete to hydroelectric turbine blades to distributed generation.
PG&E has been performing these same services on our own equipment for more than 30 years. We have a multi-disciplinary team of 100 engineers, scientists, and technicians dedicated to delivering practical solutions to your most challenging problems. Our expertise has been built upon PG&E’s best practices, as well as experience working with power plant operators, gas, electric, and water utilities, the California Energy Commission, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and leading equipment manufacturers, such as General Electric.
PG&E Applied Technology Services include condition assessment, performance testing, failure analysis(root cause and preventative action plans), inspection services, and evaluation services (may include recommended design changes) in the following areas:
- Non-destructive inspection (film radiography, ultrasonic, visual, computed radiography, remote visual, and infra-red)
- In-service concrete inspection
- Vibration testing
- Rotating machinery alignment
- Welding code compliance (ASME, AWS, API)
- Welding process and procedure development, and OQ testing
- Design development and review for corrosion prevention
- Cathodic protection design
- Metallurgical evaluations
- Coatings inspection
Services may be performed in the field or at PG&E’s facility located in San Ramon, Calif.