The Asset Integrity Intelligence Blog

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

How Many Reliability Leaders Can Answer This Question?
July 19, 2021 By Pinnacle

While collecting more data may seem like the solution, the key to successfully forecasting system availability is building a strong program based on existing data. This can be accomplished through Quantitative Reliability Optimization (QRO).

Remaining Life Assessment of Upstream Well Stimulation Service Units
July 12, 2021 By Dheeraj Narang at Larsen & Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering

Remaining life assessments of complex assets, including fixed equipment, piping, rotary, and packaged sub-assets, have always been challenging for integrity engineers. Well stimulation service (WSS) units are complex in a similar way.

Highlights from Inspectioneering’s Latest Editorial Board Meeting
June 30, 2021 By Greg Alvarado at Inspectioneering Journal

Highlights from Inspectioneering's bi-annual editorial board meeting as they discussed some of the most important challenges, issues, trends, events, or advancements in inspection/mechanical integrity in 2021 and beyond.

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From the Top: Leveraging Enhanced IR and Decoking Process Optimization to Increase Heater and Unit Capacity
June 30, 2021 By Grant Jacobson at Becht

In order to thrive, companies need maintain top tier optimization and run equipment safely, reliably, and aggressively. Leveraging highly accurate thermography is one piece of the puzzle to help with these shifts.

Let's Be Frank: How Do We Measure Up?
June 30, 2021 By Inspector Frank

We live in a world of metrics and key performance indicators. This isn’t a bad thing; in fact, it is vitally important. Good PSM requires accurate and complete metrics in order to ensure the systems are working the way they should.

Combining 1st Principles and Data Science to Drive Reliability Performance: Quantitative Reliability Optimization (QRO)
June 28, 2021 By Pinnacle

As the industry continues to collect more data, many facilities are unable to confidently leverage it to drive better reliability decisions because they do not collect the correct type or amount of data, which leads to unknown risks.

From the Top: Bring Down the Silos
April 29, 2021 By Charles Becht V, P.E. at Becht

This is the first article in a new column. In each article, the author will explore how different parts of organizations can partner to discover new efficiencies, improved equipment integrity, and opportunities to capture additional margin.

Let’s Be Frank: Failed Failure Analysis
April 29, 2021 By Inspector Frank

Like many processes, root cause analyses are only as good as the information being used. If critical data about the failure mechanism is lost during repairs, then this information will be unknown to the group trying to determine the root cause(s).

Reynolds Wrap Up: Have You Begun to Apply Robotics/Drones for Inspection Purposes?
April 29, 2021 By John Reynolds at Intertek

In this Reynolds Wrap Up, the author will summarize his key takeaways from a recent robotics event, including interesting applications, challenges that robotic inspection suppliers still face, pros and cons of robotic and UAV inspection, and more.

Inspection Reporting by Inclusion, Not by Exception
April 12, 2021 By Mike Hurley at Asset Optimization Consultants

Have you ever wondered why, even though inspection reports are one of the primary keys to a good MI program, they are so rarely reviewed? One of the things I always find when reviewing a program is the lack of concise inspection history.

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?
March 1, 2021 By Greg Alvarado at Inspectioneering Journal

This retrospective takes a quick look at two of the most popular topics that were covered in Inspectioneering Journal last year: the accuracy of thickness readings and corrosion under insulation.

Let’s Be Frank: Nondestructive Testing or ‘Black Magic’?
February 25, 2021 By Inspector Frank

When you are dealing with an inspection technique that is poorly understood and a company representative that is downright combative, you get a perfect storm that can quickly lead to that particular technique losing its credibility.

Ultrasonic Corrosion Monitoring – It's Time for a Paradigm Shift
February 15, 2021 By Mark Geisenhoff at Flint Hills Resources, and Sascha Schieke at Molex

Temporarily or permanently installed thickness monitors can help to overcome shortcomings and uncertainties associated with manual ultrasonic inspections and can lead to significantly improved maintenance and asset replacement forecasting.

Let’s Be Frank: In Memory of Tyler Alvarado
December 29, 2020 By Inspector Frank

Tyler Alvarado inspired people to try and be more engaged in their work and in their lives. To be passionate. He was the main reason this series of articles exist, because he inspired and challenged me to write them.

Reynolds Wrap Up: Highlights from the API Subcommittee on Inspection and Mechanical Integrity (SCIMI) at the Fall 2020 Standards Meeting
December 29, 2020 By John Reynolds at Intertek

A summary of some of the important topics that were discussed at the API Fall 2020 Refining and Equipment Standards Meeting that was held via virtual conferencing.

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