Modern Risk Assessments

Variations in Risk Assessment Approaches for Global In-Line Inspection Projects

As an industry leader in ultra-high-tech diagnostic pipeline inspection and safety services to oil and gas production companies, NDT Global is committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and risk management. To support this commitment, NDT Global recognized the need for a modern, globally utilized risk assessment solution.

NDT Global, a European provider of ultrasonic inspection technologies for the oil and gas industry, recently developed a desktop-based/tablet &  risk assessment solution to improve their risk management process and framework. The solution allows for detailed risk assessments involving multiple participants and features a configurable risk calculator, scoring system, and email notifications. This article will explore the benefits of the risk assessment solution, the development process, and the future of risk assessment in the oil and gas industry.

The risk assessment solution was developed using Microsoft 365’s Power Apps (Model Driven), Power Automate, and Dataverse platforms, with reporting provided by Power BI. The project scope included creating a desktop /tablet-based application for use across the organization, with a risk assessment dashboard, filters, and the ability to create, share, filter, and edit risk assessments. The development team worked closely with NDT Global’s risk assessment team and employees to incorporate their feedback and ensure the solution met their needs.

    Oil & Gas


    In Line Inspection of Oil & Gas pipelines


    The Platforms

    • Power Apps (Model Driven)
    • Power Automate
    • Dataverse
    • Reporting

    Business requirement

     In the oil and gas industry, managing risks is a critical part of the job. Companies must undertake in-line inspections (ILI) to ensure that pipelines are safe and efficient. Risk assessments are a key part of ILI projects, as they identify areas where there is a higher likelihood of failure or damage. The oil and gas industry is a global one, and risk assessments are carried out by teams across the world. However, the approach to risk assessments varies widely across regions, leading to a lack of standardization and visibility of this critical task.

    Risk assessments are a critical task for global ILI (In-Line Inspection) projects in the oil and gas industry. However, the approach to risk assessments varies across regions, with some using simple Excel spreadsheets, and others not documenting risk assessments at all.

    At NDT Global, their field services teams are spread across the globe and tasked with risk analysis, primarily using a paper form with a workflow and roles. This results in a lack of visibility and standardization of this critical task. 

    Risk assessments are a critical task in the oil and gas industry, and improving the approach to risk assessments can bring several benefits, including standardization, improved visibility, and reduced risk. Technology can play a key role in improving risk assessments, through digitization, machine learning, mobile applications, and real-time data.


    • Risk Assessment Dashboard
    • Manage Risk Assessments 
    • Action Process for Risk Assessment
    • Customer and Project Number Lists
    • Configurable Risk Calculator and Scoring System
    • Email Notifications for Specific Functions
    • PDF Report Mailing Functionality
    risk assessment tools

    The solution

    Project Scope

    The scope was to provide a desktop-based / tablet / mobile base risk assessment solution for the global risk assessment team and employees to use across the organization e.g., general business risk assessments and project-specific risk assessments. This type of R/A is usually detailed in nature involving multiple persons; hence a desktop version/tablet is more appropriate than a mobile version.

    To address this challenge, NDT Global partnered with a team of developers to create a desktop-based/tablet risk assessment solution for their global risk assessment team and employees. This solution is detailed and involves multiple persons, making it more appropriate for desktop and tablet usage than mobile.

    The Benefits of Improving Risk Assessments

    • Standardization
    • Improved visibility
    • Reduced risk
    • Cost Savings
    • Data Driven Decision Making
    • Improved performance

    Solution benefits



    Work Efficiency Increased.          


    Research Efficiency Increased.     


    Predictive Accuracy Increased.   

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