Pipeline Construction Inspectors

Pipeline integrity is all important from construction to retirement.  To ensure its integrity, thorough pipeline inspections on a regular basis are vital.  SDS understands this importance and has a pool of talent for the qualifications needed to assist with pipeline integrity and compliance with regulatory agencies and government departments.

Since 1987 SDS has supplied services, consultants, auditors, and inspectors in the oil & gas and pipeline industry.  Its long-term success is based on building a reputation:  Contact SDS “when you need it done right”.  Over the years SDS has developed, customized, and maintained a quality management system (QMS) focused on providing the right consultant for the project at hand. Its QMS is registered to ISO 9001:2015.

One of SDS’s quality procedures is to make sure that all inspectors are qualified, certified, and fully ticketed to perform their duties safely and competently.  While other suppliers are focused on filling orders, SDS is focused on finding the right consultant to best fit the needs of each client. 


The Pipeline Construction Inspector is one of the key roles to pipeline integrity. Not only is the inspector monitoring to regulation but also to the quality management system of the owner company.  SDS selects inspectors based on their competence, knowledge, and commitment to the following duties:


Code of Ethics:  Performances duties ethically, objectively and     professionally.

Environmental Considerations:  Views compliance with environmental regulations as a priority.

Construction Safety: Ensures a safe work environment for the workers and public.

Quality and Execution of Work: Ensures quality of construction in conformance to the owner company’s specifications.

Contractual Obligations: Understands the contractual obligations of the contractor, verifies the work, and communicates progress to the owner company.

Records Management: Supports the record keeping which is important to the management of the pipeline.

Personnel Qualifications and Certifications: Confirms the qualifications of individuals allowed on site.

Equipment Calibration:  Ensures that only calibrated test equipment is used on-site.

Incident Reporting: Assists in conducting a formal and objective Incident Report.


SDS vets its inspectors to make sure that each one is competent in its inspection duties during pipeline construction including survey, clearing and grading, stockpiling and stringing, field bending, ditching and excavation, welding, coating, lowering-in, backfilling, cathodic protection, hydrostatic testing, and clean-up and restoration.

The above duties are detailed in “A Practical Guide for Pipeline Construction Inspectors” by Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) and INGAA Foundations.

For a qualified Pipeline Construction Inspector, Contact SDS “when you need it done right”.