Testing & inspections

Practical Engineering offers testing and inspection services as a complementary service to our design and projects areas and as part of equipment lifecycle maintenance for our clients.

We test and inspect equipment and machinery to ensure compliance, reduce risk, evaluate performance, and as an investigative tool in the event of failure.  We will ensure that your equipment and machinery is fit for purpose and is performing within specifications.

We also offer destructive and non-destructive testing services.  We can provide prototype testing to destruction for ROPS & FOPS and apply test loads to ensure performance to appropriate statutory codes.

We can provide failure analysis to assess equipment or component failure and offer suggested modifications to design or specifications to maximise equipment life.

Our testing lab is strategically positioned alongside our fabrication yard. Our facility includes a 100T capacity universal test rig, a load testing facility for ROPS and FOPS and additional text equipment for site & workshop testing of cranes, EWP’s and lifting equipment. We can also perform routine inspections on plant and machinery including cranes (10 & 25 yearly), Drilling Rigs and EWP’s.

According to Queensland Legislation (Mobile Crane Code of Practice, 2006) and the Australian Standard (AS2550 & AS1418) a crane must be inspected by a professional Engineer (defined in the legislation as an Engineer with CPEng, RPEQ or NPER, with appropriate crane experience).

10 & 25 year crane inspections are completed in conjunction with a servicing workshop of your choosing, or we can provide you with a recommendation. 

The Practical Engineering way…

How it happens:
  • Before the service:  one of our qualified engineers visually inspects the crane for possible defects and areas for the workshop staff to concentrate on.  The engineer will check the maintenance logs and, if possible, contact the manufacturer for a service recommendation list.
  •  The service:  we inspect the strip down, service and reconstruction of the crane.
  • After the service:  Once the crane has been serviced and reconstructed, we will undertake a second visual inspection to ensure correct reconstruction and servicing.  A load test is completed to examine the functionality, stability and that everything is in safe, working order.
  • The certificate:  If all is completed and tested to our certified engineer’s satisfaction, we’ll issue the certificate.

Practical Engineering knows lifting equipment

At Practical Engineering we design cranes and lifting equipment which gives us insight, expertise and experience.  You can be assured that our qualified engineers are up to date on the latest lifting technology, standards and legislation. 

At Practical Engineering we understand the time constraints of the drilling industry and the need to ensure reliability and minimise equipment down-time.

That’s why we offer an onsite drilling equipment inspection service to help our clients to pre-plan maintenance activity and provide a scope of works that minimises downtime for rig servicing.

Once the rig is stripped down and in the engineering workshop for refurbishment, we visually inspect and non-destructively test individual components for evidence of fatigue to avoid equipment damage and expensive unplanned downtime.

As part of our Cat 3 & 4 inspections we can work with your chosen repairer or in house team to coordinate inspections and carry our necessary repairs.

Once refurbishment and servicing has been completed we will conduct a final inspection and issue the certificate of compliance.

Practical Engineering specialises in the design of Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structures (FOPS) frames to fit mine machinery.  We offer attention to detail and take pride in our ability to design ROPS and FOPS that ensure operator safety while maintaining vehicle appearance.

We can perform structural analysis to ensure designs meet code and destructively test frames. We can then hand over the certified design to the client for manufacture, or supply the built frames from our engineering workshop.