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This series of short courses is aimed at developing an appreciation of inspection and monitoring techniques so that Engineers can better understand how to plan inspections and also how to interpret results.

Cranfield University is world-leading in offshore inspection reliability and defect assessment.  Delegates can attend all five days of the course or can choose the three day option or the two day option.

Offshore Inspection – five days
Fundamental, Practical Offshore Inspection and Monitoring – three days
Advanced Offshore Inspection and Evaluation – two days.

The course structure is unique by providing delegates the opportunity of practical sessions in a professional development short course.  Fifty percent of the attendees’ time is spent in lab sessions and in interactive workshops.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£2,200.  The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately.

Course structure

This course is delivered through a balanced combination of lectures and practical sessions. Equipped laboratories to high standard will allow candidates to obtain hands-on experience of the application of different inspection methods. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will:

  • Understand the concepts and fundamentals of offshore inspection methods and systems
  • Demonstrate the capabilities and limitations of each inspection method.
  • Be familiar with relevant international standards.
  • Be able to assess the quality of inspection using different methods and select the most appropriate one for different applications.
  • Utilise inspection outcomes to evaluate damage in offshore structures.

Core content

Theoretical sessions:

  • Outlining the basic context and highlighting why inspection is crucial
  • Fundamentals of offshore inspection methods and systems
  • NDT techniques for the offshore industry
  • Introduction to Underwater Inspection
  • Standards for offshore inspection
  • Inspection reliability
  • Structural Health and Condition Monitoring
  • Risk-based inspection
  • Defect sizing, Thickness measurement
  • Damage Assessment.

Practical sessions:

  • Electro-Magnetic Methods: ACPD and ACFM.
  • Eddy-Current.
  • Ultrasonic Testing: A-scan, B-scan, and C-scan.
  • Magnetic Particle Inspection
  • Dye Penetrant
  • Internal and external pipeline inspection
  • Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring and Risk-based Inspection
  • Workshop on Engineering Criticality Assessment.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This five-day course is offered in full or in parts to satisfy the different requirements of engineers and practitioners. The first three days of the course aims to cover the fundamentals and practical elements of offshore inspection and monitoring, while the remaining two days address advanced aspects of offshore inspection and evaluation. The course will benefit mechanical, structural, pipeline, industrial engineers who are or plan to be involved in inspection of offshore structures and components. 


Theoretical and practical sessions are conducted by members of Cranfield University staff and external lecturers all of whom have considerable academic and industrial experience.

  • Prof Feargal Brennan
  • Dr Athanasios Kolios
  • Dr Mahmood Shafiee
  • Dr John Sharp
  • Dr David Yapp

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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