Melissa Guerra is an API 510/570 certified inspector who works in mechanical integrity for a major petroleum company. Her background includes work as a Company plant inspector/analyst responsible for maintaining process units in API compliance, managing routine inspection, turnaround preparation and outage execution. Melissa has a strong background in performing gap analysis of PRD practices, developing sustainable work processes and integrating them into maintenance systems. Her efforts led to the reduction of PRD associated compliance gaps to functionally nil, when implemented. In her current role, Melissa is leading a team that is piloting and implementing fixed equipment asset strategies.
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July/August 2016 Inspectioneering Journal
Many plants inspect PRDs on preset intervals as recommended by inspection code API 510, and implement inspection practices such as API RP 576. Just seeking PRD compliance with codes and standards usually results in mediocre mechanical integrity and process safety. Companies must go further to climb the ladder to “excellence.”