Marine welding engineer, Lambertus van Ouwerkerk, founded his firm, the non-destructive testing (NDT) specialist RTD, in 1937. He built a successful business by realizing that X-ray inspection techniques could be utilised in order to check welds on ship hulls.
Van Ouwerkerk believed that NDT would play a crucial role in the use of welding techniques as a replacement for traditional riveting in steel construction.
The discovery of gas in the Netherlands in the 1960s was the cue for the next significant rise in activity for RTD, as thousands of kilometres of gas pipeline were laid across the north of the country. Key steps towards the world of energy and oil and gas.
RTD's extensive knowledge and proven use of NDT techniques became hugely important to the development of the national gas network, as it performed detailed inspections of welds and other parts of the new infrastructure. This work provided the foundation for the recognition of the premier position held by Applus+ RTD today in the global pipeline sector.
RTD Germany established in West-Germany
Start of RTD Belgium
Establishment of RTD Canada
Establishment of RTD Czech Republic
Start of RTD Slovakia
RTD's acquisition of Steeltest in Australia
RTD's acquisition of PS&I in France
In 2006, RTD became part of the Applus+ Group, a global leader in inspection, testing, certification and technology.
Applus+ RTD has developed an unrivalled bank of knowledge of the processes involved across the energy and power industries, and we deliver our services around the world through a team of more than 4,500 highly experienced and capable employees.
Applus+ RTD takes over Vantage (Netherlands), DCI Meettechniek (Netherlands), PNDT (Australia) and RMI (Norway).
Applus RTD acquires CTS in France and Technico in Canada
Acquisitions of QISI and Valley-X, both in the USA and Stavely in Canada.
We also opened an office in Denmark.
Acquisitions in North and South America: JanX, Quality Inspection Services, Valley Industrial X-ray and Kiefner & Associates in the US, Technico and Stavely in Canada and Qualitec in Brazil.
Acquisitions in Australia: Steeltest and PNDT of Australia. As Applus RTD continues to grow, our focus remains the delivery of the highest possible standard of service in every discipline, in the key energy sector markets, both established and emerging.
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In all honesty, much of the work we do in inspection is a bit repetitive. Similar inspections have to be carried out every year or so and similar NDT techniques are used from one year to the next. The oil and gas industry is (rightly) cautious and wary of change. It takes time to approve new systems and methodologies.Read More »
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