The Asset Integrity Intelligence Blog

A collection of articles, insights, and opinions authored by industry experts.

Understanding Inspection Data Management Systems
April 16, 2018 By Efrain Rios at Fortress Oil & Gas, LLC

In the industry today, there are numerous applications being used to manage asset integrity information, i.e. data and records associated with design, construction, corrosion, inspection, process chemistry, and degradation remediation. As the first article in a 5-part series, this is intended to provide readers with an overview of inspection data management systems (IDMS), how they help support mechanical integrity assessments, and some common challenges that users face.

Reynolds Wrap Up:  API Publishes Helpful Guide on Fixed Equipment Mechanical Integrity (FEMI) Standards
February 27, 2018 By John Reynolds at Intertek

In 2017, a joint-initiative from API and AFPM released a helpful brochure that summarizes all the key API standards that deal with fixed equipment mechanical integrity. It describes the latest edition of 42 API standards addressing FEMI issues, including fabrication, construction, in-service inspection, engineering evaluation, maintenance, and more.

8 Common Infrared Measurement Errors
February 19, 2018

Infrared (IR) thermometry has been used for over forty years to monitor tube metal temperatures in refining and chemical furnaces. Recently, IR thermometry has been criticized in the industry for delivering inaccurate readings; however, this is often due to poorly applied and interpreted results. Several of the most common IR measurement errors include...

Washington OSHA Releases Draft Language for its PSM Standard for Refineries
February 7, 2018 By Daniel J. Grucza at Hunton & Williams LLP

Last October, we saw the State of California implement its “PSM for Refineries” standard and now the State of Washington’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) appears to be following suit, releasing draft language to adopt a rule of its own. This new chapter will only apply to Process Safety Management (PSM) for petrochemical refining facilities.

OSHA's Top 10 Safety and Health Violations for 2017
December 29, 2017 By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC., and Josh Means at Inspectioneering, LLC

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released its annual list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations. In 2017 Fall Protection, Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding once again tops the list.

Reynolds Wrap Up: Highlights from the API Subcommittee on Inspection and Mechanical Integrity (SCIMI) Meetings at the Fall 2017 API Standards Meeting
December 19, 2017 By John Reynolds at Intertek

Industry SME John Reynolds provides his bi-annual updates from the API Standards Meeting and discusses developments related to the 2019 API Inspection Summit, SCIMI codes, standards, and recommended practices, and the API Individual Certification Program (ICP).

OSHA Releases New PSM Guidance for Oil Refineries
September 13, 2017 By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a new guide to help petroleum refiners comply with its Process Safety Management (PSM) standard (1910.119). The guide presents lessons learned from the petroleum refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program.

Benchmarking Surveys - Are They Worth Your Time?
August 25, 2017 By Nick Schmoyer at Inspectioneering

How do you make decisions in regards to your mechanical integrity program? There are many voices out there offering advice; could be a co-worker, could be a trusted associate from another company or facility. But don't underestimate the power of cold, hard facts. Inspectioneering's Benchmarking Surveys and Reports can arm you with the data you need to make better informed decisions when it comes to your mechanical integrity program.

June 19, 2017 By John Reynolds at Intertek

Updates and developments related to the 2019 API Inspection Summit, SCIMI code, standard, and recommended practices, and the API Individual Certification Program (ICP).

8 Essential Features of Field Data Collection Technology
June 14, 2017 By Ken Latino at GE Digital

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has created immense excitement and promise for industrial facilities. Having connected assets that continuously monitor their own health and feed that information back in a way that is timely and actionable will drive business outcomes and help organizations achieve loftier goals. The challenge today is that many of our assets are not yet “connected” or “intelligent,” meaning that they are not yet outfitted with the health monitoring instrumentation that...

OSHA Issues Two PSM Reports for Facilities Storing Highly Hazardous Chemicals
June 1, 2017 By Nickole C. Winnett at Jackson Lewis P.C.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued two reports on the safe management of hazards by small businesses and storage facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals in business processes.

April 27, 2017 By Tyler Alvarado at Inspectioneering

While the Journal remains the cornerstone of Inspectioneering, we've broadened our scope to work toward a more comprehensive and diverse offering.

February 27, 2017 By John Reynolds at Intertek

The 2017 API Inspection Summit in Galveston was another big success, as evidences by the critique sheets of attendees. Another attendance record was set with 1406 registered attendees, all of whom had choose among nearly 200 different presentations over the three day span.

Announcing Inspectioneering's 2017 Editorial Board
January 16, 2017 By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC.

In 2017 we are adding several new members to Inspectioneering’s Editorial Board. This team of industry subject matter experts will guide the direction of the Journal and other Inspectioneering resources for years to come.

Ring in the New Year by Committing to a Culture of Safety
January 3, 2017 By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC.

At the end of every year, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, comprised from approximately 32,000 workplace inspections by federal OSHA staff.

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