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Name : Derek B. Adams       Nationality : British       Born : Nov.1953                 

Home Address : Southampton, England       Email: 

Over 30 years in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and Inspection as a technician, supervisor, manager and consultant. Involved in projects as varied as on and offshore pipelines, refineries, storage tanks and associated piping, conventional and nuclear power stations, fabrication of oil and gas offshore platforms, drilling rigs, tankers and FPSO’s. Fully conversant in Welding and NDE techniques including X ray & Gamma crawlers, and more recently, AUT. 

To contact me click on my email address at the top of this page.


Alleyns College, London,  5- '0' Levels
Kempton Park High School, South Africa, Matriculated
Johannesburg Technical College, South Africa
2 years Chemical Technicians Diploma
BSc Hons. Open University, England

Current Qualifications : 

CSWIP Senior Welding Inspector
ASNT Level 3 Radiography
ASNT Level 3 Magnetic Particle
ASNT Level 3 Dye Penetrant
ASNT Level 3 Ultrasonics
ASNT Level 2 Visual Inspection
Member of the American Society of NDT
Member Welding Institute
Basic Offshore Survival

Previously held Qualifications :

CSWIP Welding Inspector
CSWIP Industrial Radiologist
CSWIP Ultrasonic Inspector (3.1) 
PCN II Magnetic Particle Inspector 
PCN II Dye Penetrant Inspector
ASNT L2 - VT, RT, MT, PT and UT
ECI Assessor course

Career To Date :

1998 to Present DBA Associates Ltd. 
Independent Consultancy services to Company working in West Africa, providing personnel, equipment logistics, training and technical support. Supply of vendor and hands-on inspections services to various companies also sourcing supply and delivery of equipment and consumables. Third party surveillance & Vendor Inspection in the UK on behalf of Germanischer Lloyds, KPPMS & Eikos Services. Third party surveillance & Expediting in the UK on behalf of Lloyds Register

Most Recent Projects

2006-2008 Client’s QA/QC Inspection Engineer for Star (Chevron) visiting sites throughout Europe and Middle East concerned with expediting, fabrication and qualification of most items for the Offshore Supply Contract - including the Buoy turntable, OOLs (Welding procedure qualification and fatigue testing to SCR criteria & AUT validation), receptacles, flexjoints, anchor chain, H links, sockets, shackles, wire rope, chainstopper, floating hoses, etc. on the Agbami Project. Also covered the offshore phase of welder qualification and OLL pipelay, and review of Vendor Data Books. (Through Tecmor)

2006 Client’s Welding/NDT Inspection Engineer for Exxon Mobil at the Thyssen/Mannesman Pipe mill in Hamm, Germany. Fabrication and inspection of 960 x 16’’ HFI outer pipe (Through Tecmor)

2004 - 2006 Client’s Welding/NDT Inspection Engineer for Exxon Mobil 
Based Serimer Dasa, Paris, France. Project to witness and report on Welding Procedure Qualification, and Welder Qualification on Carbon Steel SCR (Steel Catenary Risers), including Clad Pipe, and Offshore Loading Lines for the Erha Project, Nigeria utilising automatic GTAW, STT and GMAW. Procedures included having to pass stringent fatigue testing as well as mechanical and AUT tests. 
During the project, started and completed the Double Jointing of the Water Injections Lines at Onne, Nigeria. 
Witnessed welder qualifications for offshore phase on the laybarge the Polaris, in Port Gentil, Gabon. 
Welding Inspection aboard the laybarge Polaris during J lay of flowlines, SCRs, and clad pipe in Erha field, offshore Nigeria (Through Tecmor)

2004 Client’s Welding/NDT Inspection Engineer for Exxon Mobil at the Erndtebrucker Eisenwerk Pipe mill in Germany. Leg, Tubular and Piling fabrication (42’’-48’’) for EPC2 East Area Project, Nigeria (Through Airswift)

2004 Inspection Engineer carrying out a survey of paint coatings on numerous structures throughout the London Underground network, carrying out Visual Inspection, Dry Film Thickness Tests, Adhesion Testing, etc. (for Transfire)

2003 Welding and Inspection Engineer/Supervisor of the fabrication of Buoyancy Tank pipework and Plets on the Exxon Kizomba A project in Soyo, Angola, and of a gas lift project for Exxon onshore in Luanda, Angola (for Simex)

2003 Inspection Engineer/Supervisor of the fabrication of pipework of the Marathon Alba B project, on and offshore Equatorial Guinea (for Simex)

2003 Client’s Inspector for Exxon Mobil on the installation of a ‘SPM’ (Single Point Mooring) - Jacket, Deck and Yoke, offshore Cameroun – West Africa, operating from the laybarge Polaris (for Moody International)

2002 Supervisor for Oceaneering (Solus Schall) in charge of NDT personnel and equipment carrying out X ray crawler radiography, ultrasonic, and MPI on a 30’’ pipelay on the Seaway Orion, offshore Nigeria – West Africa

2002 Welding and Inspection Engineer during the refurbishment and modification of the Adriatic 8 Drilling Rig, utilising ultrasonics and MPI in ABS survey, lifting equipment survey, Gantry extention, and transverse deck extensions, at a shipyard in Douala, Cameroun (for Amosco)

2002 Welding Inspection and Supervisor of NDT inspection crew using Gamma crawlers, gamma isotopes, ultrasonics, MPI and dye pentrant, of TFE Girassol subsea pipeline of 20’’ carrier pipe, with internal 8’’ carbon steel and 2’’ duplex bundles. Fabrication carried out onshore Soyo, Angola (for Simex)

2002 Welding and Inspection supervisor of the fabrication of a gas lift project for TFE using X radiography, MPI and dye pentrant, 12’’ and 6 ‘’ carbon steel, and 2’’ duplex. Fabrication carried out onshore in Luanda, Angola (for Simex)

Amosco (UK) Ltd
1991 to 1998 NDT Division Manager
Controlling Personnel, Equipment, and Inspection requirements for various Clients mainly on the West and North West Coast of Africa. Requirements covered all the major disciplines of NDT, Welding Inspection and Quality control. Also responsible for the Company Quality Assurance System to ISO 9002. 

Arlis Inspection
1991 QA/QC Engineer
Prepared the Company for BS 5750 Approval, including the QA Manual, NDT Procedures, and all other relevant documentation.

Costain International
1989 to 1991 Welding Inspector
Based at Fawley Refinery, Southampton, on the Residfiner Project. Duties included welding inspection, radiographic interpretation, NDT co-ordination and document correlation, using the computerised database system to prepare packaging of isometrics for Project handover

Harry Stanger Ltd.
1989 Inspection Engineer.
Duties included welding inspection, all forms of NDT, bolt inspection, paint inspection, dimension and tolerance checks on civil engineering Projects, including Liverpool St. station, Canon St. station, London Underground Docklands, Faid Mosque for Saudi Arabia, Stansted airport, and America Square.

1988 Inspection Engineer.
Welding and NDT Inspector on the refurbishment of an offshore jetty at Rainham,Essex. Duties included general welding inspection, liaison with production, vendor inspection of incoming materials, and NDT examination of completed welding.

Non Destructive Testers Midlands
1988 NDT Technician.
General NDT Inspection including the testing of components, using an MPI bench unit, prior to the installation in Turbines.

NRL Ltd.
1988 Inspection Engineer
Sub contracted to Laing's Construction to carry out Radiographic Interpretation at the Sellafield Nuclear Installation to the BNFL specification AESS 6001.

1987 BIB (UK) Ltd
NDT Manager of the South Humberside Division Duties included dealing with work requests from clients and subsequently submitting prices for the Inspection, client liaison and sales, as well as controlling the local Inspection Technicians and general office management.

Errington Laboratories
1987 NDT Site Supervisor 
Responsible for the NDT Technicians and Radiographic Interpretation in a Fabrication shop.

1985 to 1987 Sita Technik, Incon and BIB Bv.
NDT Technician.
Working throughout Holland and Belgium as a NDT Technician carrying out the various NDT disciplines on numerous Projects, both on and offshore.

Markey Technical Services
1985 Radiographic Interpreter.
Radiographic Interpretation on MMA/Sub Arc welds on the Sun Oil Balmoral Project and North Alwyn 'B' jacket legs.

Oilfab/Report Inspection
1984 Radiographer.
Gamma radiography carried out at Methil on the Total Alwyn 'A' jacket.

1984 Radiographic Interpreter.
Radiographic Interpretation on both the front end and double joint aboard the ETPM 1601 lay barge.

Comada NDT Ltd
1984 Radiographer.
X and Gamma Radiography on pipework at Wick and Dundee, on the Morecambe Bay Project.

Inspection Services
1984 NDT Technician.
Using the full complement of NDT Techniques on a number of different contracts throughout Humberside and Lincolnshire.

Forward Consultancy
1983 NDT Technician.
Carrying out NDT, primarily MPI, on a sub contract basis at Nigg Bay on the Hutton Development.

1983 Radiographic Supervisor.
Supervision of the Radiographic personnel in Bahrain, including Interpretation.

R.J.P. Nicklin
1981 to 1983 NDT Supervisor
Supervision of the NDT projects utilising all the NDT techniques on various contracts, ie. Rig Modules, Storage Vessels, RAF structures etc. Also liaison with Clients, pricing of work and meeting with prospective Clients. Nominated Company's Competent Person.

Industrial Inspection (South Africa)
1980 to 1981 NDT Supervisor.
Worked in Botswana and South Africa.
Site Superintendent at Matla Power Station Site Manager Sasol III Project controlling 18 NDT Personnel.

International Combustion
1978 to 1980 Site Engineer
Based at Windscale Nuclear Power Station carrying out X-Radiography to extremely stringent specifications

Moody International
1978 Radiographer
X-Radiography on an oil pipeline

Industrial Inspection (South Africa)
1976 to 1978 Senior Radiographer
Based at the Caltex Refinery, Cape Town.

1975 to 1976 NDT Technician
Based in Cape Town carrying out the various NDT techniques for a variety of Clients on a day to day basis.

Industrial Inspection (South Africa)
1974 to 1975 Radiographer
Utilising both X and Gamma Radiography on Chemical Plants and Blast Furnaces.

1972 to 1974 Laboratory Assistant
Classified worker working as an assistant to a Radiochemist in the Research Department involved with the research into the various industrial applications of radioisotopes such as Cs 135/137, Hg 
197/203, Xe 133, Br 82 etc.

Employer References are available on request. 

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