Fugro has been awarded the ISO 17025 certification by the Dutch Accreditation Council RvA, giving it the edge over other geotechnical companies, as it is the first of its kind to receive this accreditation for cones.
The award is a highly regarded, international indicator of technical competence, which proves that the calibration provided by Fugro’s transducer workshop in Nootdorp reaches exceptional international standards. Having the ISO 17025 accreditation minimises the risk of carrying out substandard calibrations and facilitates the upholding of a high standard of quality.
ISO 17025 is important as cones must be calibrated to demonstrate their accuracy.
The ISO 17025 accreditation applies to the Transducer Workshop in the Fugro Geotechnical laboratory in the Netherlands, which calibrates all geotechnical cones and equipment owned by Fugro companies around the world. As the accreditation has been internationally adopted through Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) between countries, data from an accredited laboratory is more readily accepted in overseas markets than data from a non-accredited laboratory.
Fugro Engineers BV is the worldwide supplier of cone penetrometers to the Fugro geotechnical companies. There are more than 2000 active cones within these companies, varying from standard cones with tip resistance, sleeve friction, pore pressure and inclination up to temperature, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, natural gamma, mangnetometer and seismic cones. This vast range of cone types are used in a range of rigs for onshore, shallow water and deep water projects.
The cones are used in Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) for in-situ geotechnical characterisation of ground conditions. This involves measuring the resistance of the ground through a steady and continuous penetration of a cone penetrometer equipped with internal sensors. The measurements they provide include penetration depth, cone resistance and sleeve friction. Pore pressure and inclination from vertical are other optional measurements. All of these measurements enable geotechnical groups to analyse the ground conditions.
ISO 17025 is important as cones must be calibrated to demonstrate their accuracy. But cones aren’t the only equipment that Fugro builds that will be included in this ISO accreditation. Fugro is able to calibrate force, pressure and inclination within its accredited scope, and can also provide verification, calibration and test measurement services that are accredited or certified in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 standards to other companies within the Fugro group.
Fugro was awarded the ISO 17025 at a ceremony on the 28th November 2016. Martin Galavazi of FEBV accepted the award from Roelf Werkman of the Dutch Accreditation Council RvA. This accreditation guarantees calibration results are traceable to the International Systems of units (SI).
Fugro developed the first electronic cone penetrometer in the 1960's, and is the world leader in the development and application of Cone Penetration Test (CPT) technology.