Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group is an independent engineering firm providing comprehensive technical and certification services, together with technology based solutions, to help organizations manage risk. For more than 40 years, we have assisted industrial and government clients in the Americas with improving business performance, mitigating operational and security risks, addressing safety and environmental concerns, enhancing project quality, and minimizing both man-made and natural hazards across their assets and operations.
A Trusted Technical Advisor in the Americas
Since 1971, we have worked as a strategic partner of our parent company, ABS, one of the world's leading marine and offshore classification societies contributing to safety for more than 150 years. We have continued to build on this legacy of providing safety and reliability solutions to diverse industries, including the onshore oil, gas and chemical, power and government sectors, the marine and offshore industries, aerospace and transportation, and other manufacturing and processing businesses throughout the Americas region.
In 2013, our management systems certification subsidiary, ABS Quality Evaluations (QE), became the first audit provider accredited by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) to conduct safety and environmental systems (SEMS) audits for assets operating in the Gulf of Mexico. As an accredited audit provider, ABS QE led the charge in promoting and protecting the environment in deepwater activities by collaborating with the COS to develop audit protocols and criteria for auditor qualification. ABS QE also became the first global certification body accredited in 2015 by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board to certify organizations to the new Asset Management Standard, ISO 55001:2014, which addresses requirements for the establishment, implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of an asset management system.
In the Government sector, our support service offerings assist government agencies with core capabilities in ports and maritime, homeland security, offshore and risk management. We have provided multiyear support to the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the DHS' Transportation Security Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, other U.S. port and municipal water authorities, and various government ministries and international regulatory bodies in Latin America.
Experience Navigating Regulatory Landscapes
ABS Group has a long history navigating the economic, technical, environmental and regulatory requirements that apply to assets and operations working in the Americas. As regulations shift in the dynamic markets we serve, our experts have the experience and in-depth knowledge to guide asset owners and operators through newbuild and conversion projects and assure compliance with the strictest operating standards and requirements. We also work with public agencies to understand and manage a variety of high-consequence risks, such as cyber threats.
Risk Based Safety, Reliability and Integrity Solutions
We concentrate our efforts on improving our working relationship with clients to enhance service delivery and bring greater credibility, confidence, integrity and innovation to our personalized services and solutions. Our primary service lines include Technical Inspection and Verification; Safety, Risk and Compliance; Asset Performance Optimization through our subsidiary, GenesisSolutions; Advanced Engineering; and Management Systems Certification through ABS QE.
Managing and Recovering from Natural Hazards
Working across disciplines, we provide a broad range of services to manage natural hazards risk and support industrial and government clients during severe weather events such as hurricanes, flash flooding and earthquakes. From conducting risk/damage assessments and quantifying seismic risk exposure to providing 24/7 incident investigation and root cause analysis support following a disaster, ABS Group can help organizations in the Americas reduce risk to personnel, equipment, systems and infrastructure, as well as provide solutions to restart and maintain continued operations.
Local Content Certification in South America
In Brazil, ABS Group has a team dedicated to local content certification to provide support to concessionaires and their suppliers with regard to local content certification of goods and services. Our experts are trained professionals from a variety of fields, including chemical, environmental, mechanical, civil and petroleum engineering, as well as administration, with extensive knowledge of how to apply local content methodologies.
ABS Group is accredited by the Brazilian government's National Petroleum Agency (ANP) to certify compliance for all 21 different activities covered by the regulations addressing subsea, marine, naval architecture, safety and other services. Each activity requires a "responsible technical person" with specific knowledge of that discipline, and ABS Group is the only company to be accredited for every activity.
The activities set forth in ANP Resolution No. 36 and Regulation No. 6/2007 support a wide range of certification projects along the entire oil and gas productive chain, including:
- GE001: Geology and Geophysics
- PE001: Drilling Rigs and Equipment
- PE002: Logistical and Operational Support
- PE003: Well Drilling, Completion and Evaluation
- EN001: Basic and Detailed Engineering
- EN002: Management, Construction, Assembly and Commissioning
- EN003: Electric, Control, Instrumentation and Measurement Systems
- EN004: Telecommunications Systems
- ES001: Oil and Gas Pipelines and Storage Tanks
- ES002: Transfer Pumps
- UP001: Compressors
- UP002: Electric Generators
- UP003: Vapor Injectors and Generators
- UP004: Water Injection and Treatment Units
- ES003: Subsea Control Systems, Rigit Pipe, Flexible Pipe, Umbilicals and Manifolds
- ES004: Monobuoys and Mooring Systems
- UP005: Oil Processing and Treatment Systems
- UP006: Natural Gas Processing and Treatment Systems
- UP007: Naval Construction Services (Hull, Turret, Anchoring and Naval Systems)
- UP008: Operational Safety
- EN005: Civil Engineering and Public Utilities