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Fernando Vicente: About the Author
Asset Integrity and Reliability Consultant, ABB


Fernando Vicente

Mr. Vicente graduated from the Universidad Tecnologica Nacional Facultad Regional General Pacheco (Buenos Aires, Argentina) with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and holds a Post graduate in Reliability Engineering from the Universidad Austral (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He holds API 510, 570,580, CMRP and IAM certifications and has been a Consulting Engineer in Asset Integrity and Reliability with ABB for 12 years. Mr. Vicente's project experience includes; Weibull analysis for asset and plant optimization, reliability culture implementation for big organisations, reliability assessment, fitness for service assessments, advanced finite element analysis, failure analysis, RCM and RBI implementation for the Oil & Gas industries.

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Published Articles

The Piping Integrity Management Challenge
March/April 2017 Inspectioneering Journal
By Fernando Vicente at ABB, and Laza Krstin at ABB

Myths, challenges, and good practices related to process piping integrity management activities that help inspection and maintenance managers make the right decisions to develop cost-effective piping inspection plans without compromising the asset’s reliability or performance.

Reliability and Integrity – Keys to Survival
November/December 2015 Inspectioneering Journal
By Khulani Ndimande at ABB Consulting, and Fernando Vicente at ABB

This article highlights several benefits of sound reliability and mechanical integrity practices and how they serve as the cornerstone of effective asset management. Moreover, we believe effective asset integrity management is not only important, but essential, to overcoming the challenges presented by operating in the current oil and gas market.

Criticality Assessment of Piping Systems for  Oil & Gas Facilities
May/June 2014 Inspectioneering Journal

Ensuring the integrity of process piping systems in the Oil & Gas industry (specifically those related to the ASME Code B31.3) is a key issue with respect to the process, business, safety, and the environment. However, in the current cost reduction environment, some companies are adopting a very risky strategy for piping systems where maintenance and inspection tasks are reduced and eliminated indiscriminately, without considering the relative importance of piping for the process.

Failure Analysis in the Oil & Gas Industry
November/December 2013 Inspectioneering Journal

Service failures and safety incidents of machines, structures, and pressure equipment have been experienced in the oil and gas industry for many years without warning, with varying degrees of consequential damages to health, safety, environmental, business, and reputation. Unfortunately, equipment failures will occur no matter how effective a plant’s reliability program is.

Defining the Optimal Life Management Strategy for Gas Heater Tubes
May/June 2013 Inspectioneering Journal

Industrial furnaces are used extensively throughout the entire oil and gas industry, as well as other process industries such as pulp and paper, metals and mining, chemical, and petrochemical. An industrial furnace, or direct fired heater, is a piece of equipment used to provide heat for processing or can serve as a reactor which provides heat for the reaction.

March/April 2012 Inspectioneering Journal

Air-cooled heat exchangers (AC-HEs) are used extensively throughout the oil and gas industry, from upstream production to refineries and petrochemical plants, under high pressure and high temperature conditions, as well as corrosive fluids and environments. Some defects and discontinuities can be introduced during the heat exchanger manufacturing process and are not necessarily found as part of QA/QC inspections.

Mechanical Integrity Assessment of a Large NGL Pressure Vessel Case Study
May/June 2009 Inspectioneering Journal

In the oil and gas industry, pressure vessel integrity is a major concern. After internal and external inspections various anomalies or defects can be reported and repairs could be required for pressure vessels in order to restore its original condition. The first question for engineers, operators and managers is, can we keep operating at this pressure level? Is it safe? Or do I have to take it out of service to repair?


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