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Mark Bell: About the Author
Senior Asset Integrity Consultant, Ethos Mechanical Integrity Solutions


Mark Bell

Mark Bell is a Senior Asset Integrity Consultant with Ethos Mechanical Integrity Solutions.   Prior to this he was a Principal Engineer with Shell Oil Company.  Mark retired from Shell Oil in October, 2012, after 39 years of serving in various positions in their refineries and corporate technology group – all focused in the area of Fixed Equipment Mechanical Integrity.  Following his retirement from Shell, Mark has been performing mechanical integrity assessments, including the API’s Process Safety Site Assessment Program, Process Safety Management audits and focused mechanical integrity assessments.  He has also served as an expert witness and advised various companies on their internal fixed equipment mechanical integrity procedures and practices. 

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Published Articles

Creating an Effective Inspection  Recommendation Management System
March/April 2016 Inspectioneering Journal
By Mark Bell at Ethos Mechanical Integrity Solutions, and John Reynolds at Intertek

We have seen many different inspection recommendation management systems. Most of them struggle to effectively manage all inspection recommendations. However, a few of them are excellent. What makes an effective system?

July/August 1999 Inspectioneering Journal
By John Reynolds at Intertek, and Mark Bell at Ethos Mechanical Integrity Solutions

This is part two of a three part article describing some of the advanced on-stream inspection (OSI) methods available for use in inspection of pressure equipment in the petroleum and petrochemical industry. These methods can be used, under the right circumstances, to supplement or in lieu of invasive and turnaround inspections, usually at much lower cost. Cost savings associated with using OSI techniques in lieu of internal inspections may include lower total inspection costs, lower turnaround costs, avoiding lost production opportunities, and avoiding vessel cleaning and decontamination costs.

May/June 1999 Inspectioneering Journal
By John Reynolds at Intertek, and Mark Bell at Ethos Mechanical Integrity Solutions

This three-part article describes some of the advanced on-stream inspection (OSI) methods available for use in inspection of pressure equipment in the petroleum and petrochemical industry. These methods can be used, under the right circumstances, to supplement or in lieu of invasive and turnaround inspections, usually at much lower cost. Cost savings associated with using OSI techniques in lieu of internal inspections may include lower total inspection costs, lower turnaround costs, avoiding lost production opportunities, and avoiding vessel cleaning and decontamination costs. On-stream inspection also avoid the safety hazards associated with confined space entry of vessels. However, to achieve these savings and benefits, and still maintain high levels of pressure equipment integrity, the owner-user must understand the technologies in order to intelligently select, apply and interpret the results of these nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods.

March/April 1998 Inspectioneering Journal
By Mark Bell at Ethos Mechanical Integrity Solutions

In Part 1 of my article that appeared in the previous edition of the IJ, I focused on several issues that are vital to the successful application of any inspection information management system. In Part 2 of my article, I will concentrate on several additional important issues.

January/February 1998 Inspectioneering Journal
By Mark Bell at Ethos Mechanical Integrity Solutions

Inspection record systems, used to be just that, a place to "record" data. Our industry has spent many millions of dollars collection data to put into our "record" systems. The problem was trying to manage and utilize the millions of pieces of information (not being a computer type, a piece of information to me is a piece of information, not a Byte). A statistician with my company recently compared our management of information with trying to get a drink of water from a fire water hose. The information is there, but good luck trying to use it.


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