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Overview

Creaform develops, manufactures, and sells 3D portable and automated measurement technologies and specializes in engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions for applications such as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development, and numerical simulation (FEA/CFD). Its products and services cater to a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation, research and education.

With headquarters and manufacturing operations in Lévis, Québec, Creaform operates innovation centers in Lévis as well as Grenoble, France, with direct sales and technical support operations in Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Singapore. Creaform is part of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies, a division of AMETEK Inc., which a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, with annual sales of approximately $5 billion.

Products & Services
Pipecheck - 3D Corrosion software for Direct Examinations on pipes and pipelines

 ASME B31G compliant

Technological innovations featured in Creaform’s comprehensive and powerful NDT solutions enable pipeline engineers to combine the power of the HandySCAN 3D portable scanner with ultrasonic testing (UT) technologies. By including both the inner and the outer wall deterioration in the calculation of a pipe’s bust pressure, Pipecheck sets a new standard of reliability and efficiency. NDT inspectors using magnetic detectors, UT devices or in-line inspection tools can also benefit from the software’s rigorous analysis power even if they do not use 3D laser scanners, thanks to Pipecheck’s ability to import external data sets. This comprehensive solution provides the best alternative to traditional pit gauges—whether you need to perform true wall thickness assessments, ILI correlations or corrosion assessments on mechanical damage surfaces.

Key Functionalities

    • Interaction rules between two features are automatically applied
    • Burst pressure calculations (ASME B31G, B31G Modified and Effective Area methods)
    • Worst-case-profile and customizable grid resolution for all features
    • Feature dimensions (length and width) and maximum depth extracted for all features
    • Easy Snipping Tool for additional reporting information
    • Depths extracted from Creaform's virtual pit gauge tool
    • UT and PAUT Data Import: Assessment performed on internal and external surface of the pipeline or on thetrue wall thickness




    • 3D and 2D color mapping with river-bottom path overlay
    • 2D profile section in both axial and circumferential direction
    • Quick, on-the-fly depth analysis: simply hover the mouse over each point to obtain local material loss 
    • Multi-Pipe Analysis - Analysis of multiple pipes in the same session





Pipecheck – 3D Mechanical Damage Software for Direct Examinations on pipes and pipelines

ASME B31.8 compliant

To help non-destructive testing service companies and operators make the safest decisions, Creaform has integrated a mechanical damage assessment software module into Pipecheck. Combined with the HandySCAN 3D portable scanners, Pipecheck is the only NDT software on the market to offer a one-click buttonsolution for strain-based assessments. Dents with stress risers can also be analyzed to separate the impact on pipeline integrity caused the dent from the ones caused by material loss. Some of the advanced functionalities featured in Pipecheck’s mechanical damage software module include corrosion in mechanical damage and ILI correlations. 


Key Functionalities


Depth-based assessment type

  • Automatic maximum depth measurement using straight edge technique in both directions
  • 3D and 2D depth color maps
  • Automatic creation of 3D cross-sections
  • Depths over diameter ratio
  • Maximum diameter found at 90 degrees of the dent


Strain-based assessment type

  • Automatic maximum strain detection
  • 3D and 2D strain color map (all strain components)
  • Results for decomposed values: circumferential bending, longitudinal bending, longitudinal extensional, effective strain on inside and outside surface of the pipe as well as maximum effective strain value

Wrinkle Analysis

  • Crest-to-trough depth of deformations
  • Wavelength
  • Circumferential extent
  • Diameter restriction


Fea Services

Benefit from Creaform’s expertise in structural analysis for your pipeline integrity management needs. Industry sectors, such as aerospace, oil and gas and power generation can benefit from structural analyses to reduce cost and ensure proper functioning of specialized equipment—when validation through physical testing is impossible or too costly to be carried out. Numerical simulations are used for Level 3 assessments to provide detailed evaluations that take into account corrosion, dents, buckles and localized surface deformations on pipes with complex geometry. Combined with 3D data acquisition, finite element analysis (FEA) or computational fluid dynamics (CFD) enable accurate and reliable estimation of the bust pressure, fatigue life and safe pipeline operation. NDT service companies and pipeline operators can count on Creaform’s expertise in non-destructive engineering to help them support maintenance decisions, understand and diagnose physical problems. Fitness for service (FFS) evaluation based on standards, such as API 579, can benefit the use of 3D data acquisition and numerical simulation to prevent pipeline failures, disruption of service or environmental contamination.

Creaform Engineering Services offer a wide range of numerical simulations. Our experienced engineers and material specialists can help you find the most efficient solution—from linear and non-linear stress analyses to fluid dynamics—using the most advanced software on the market, such as NASTRAN, NX, FEMAP, ANSYS, LS-DYNA and StarCCM+.


Type of Analysis

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

  • Linear and non-linear static
  • Buckling
  • Normal modes, frequency response and response spectrum
  • Random response
  • Transient, dynamic, vibration and seismic response
  • Impact (implicit and explicit solvers)
  • Steady state and transient heat transfer
  • Thermal stress
  • Fatigue analyses (multi axial and vibration fatigue)


Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

  • Steady state and transient CFD simulations of internal/external liquid and gas flows
  • Analysis, design and optimization of immersed or surrounding components
  • Optimal turbulence modeling approach: RANS, URANS, RSM, LES, DES
  • Incompressible, transonic and compressible flows
  • Rotating equipment and moving bodies
  • Multiple reference frames, rotating and sliding interfaces, deformable meshes
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Heat transfer and thermal modeling
  • Multiphase and free surface flows
  • Flow mixing