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October 27, 2016 By John Reynolds at Intertek

I hope by now, everyone is aware that the next API Inspection Summit will be held again at the Galveston Convention Center from January 31– February 2, 2017.

The Future of NDT Looks Bright from ASNT's Annual Conference
October 27, 2016 By Hannah Boon at Inspectioneering, LLC

ASNT’s 2016 Annual Conference took place this week in Long Beach, CA and was a special event celebrating “75 years of Success in Creating a Safer World.” The event brought together over 2,000 technicians, researchers, and other professionals from around the world to discuss ideas, best practices, new technologies, and lessons learned on nondestructive testing (NDT). With more than 200 exhibitors, there was certainly something to gain for everyone in the NDT community.

October 18, 2016 By Lynne Kaley at Trinity Bridge LLC / Trinity Bridge Digital

Seasoned and knowledgeable inspectors are becoming harder and harder to keep. But using some of the industry documents in a smart way, inspectors with less experience can perform like an inspector with many more years of experience and even develop a great materials specialty with practice.

My, how times have changed...
October 13, 2016 By Nick Schmoyer at Inspectioneering

Over 20 years ago, in the January/February 1996 issue of Inspectioneering Journal, we invited readers to participate in a brief survey concerning industry and non-industry topics. We recently unearthed the results to this survey and I thought our readers might get a kick out of some of the questions and responses.

September 12, 2016 By Lynne Kaley at Trinity Bridge LLC / Trinity Bridge Digital

Experienced material specialists are in short supply and high demand these days. So if you are lucky enough to have one at your disposal, how can you squeeze the most out of that opportunity?

August 25, 2016 By John Reynolds at Intertek

Sometimes with our busyness with the “Daily Grind”, we can forget about our most important mission – prevention of a big event caused by an unanticipated fixed equipment mechanical integrity (FEMI) failure. Those big events are the ones that get a lot of media attention, cost many tens of millions of dollars, cause big losses of production & capacity, and worst of all, may result in fatalities.

Maximum OSHA Fines for Safety Violations Increase by 78%
August 25, 2016 By Nickole C. Winnett at Jackson Lewis P.C.

The first increases to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for violations of safety regulations since 1990 went into effect on August 1, 2016. The increases are substantial: the maximum penalties have increased by 78 percent.

Why RBI? 6 Reasons to Start Your RBI Program Today
July 15, 2016 By Greg Alvarado at Inspectioneering Journal

Anyone who knows me knows that Risk Based Inspection (RBI) and Risk Management are true passions of mine. I have dedicated much of my career to studying them, understanding their intricacies, and witnessing the benefits of their successful implementation. This article briefly discusses the history of RBI and provides a short, yet persuasive justification for investing in establishing an effective RBI program.

5 Common Misconceptions of Risk-Based Inspection
July 8, 2016 By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC., and Josh Means at Inspectioneering, LLC

Here are five common misconceptions about RBI that should not prevent you from gaining a more advanced understanding of the true state of your site's equipment. After all, the more we know, the better we can manage equipment integrity and make run/inspect/modify/repair/replace decisions.

May 16, 2016 By Valerie Magyari at The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.

When was the last time you reviewed your Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) methodology? Are you using calculation procedures for probability of failure, consequence of failure, and risk that haven’t had their basis reviewed in years?

May 6, 2016 By Nick Schmoyer at Inspectioneering

We recently invited asset integrity professionals to rate various mechanical integrity performance characteristics in their facilities. Here are the results.

January 4, 2016 By John Reynolds at Intertek

This article provides a summary of the Subcommittee on Inspection (SCI) discussions that occurred at the Fall 2015 API Refining Standards Meeting, including the Inspection Summit Planning Committee and the API ICP Task Group.

January 4, 2016 By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC.

We at Inspectioneering would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our subscribers, followers, clients, and industry partners for a great 2015, and wish every member of the Inspectioneering community a happy and healthy 2016!

Do You Know Your Facility's Pressure Vessel to Inspector Ratio?
October 21, 2015 By Nick Schmoyer at Inspectioneering

Toward the end of last year, Inspectioneering conducted a survey with the goal of answering the following question: "How many pressure vessels do facilities have compared to the number of inspectors responsible for them?" The answer to this question is an important metric for developing proper plant inspection staffing numbers. Inspection managers, among other facility decision-makers, may benefit by knowing this ratio relative to what exists at their own site.

How Do Small to Medium Sized Capital Projects Get the Attention They Deserve?
October 5, 2015 By Joe Brinz, P.E. at Engineering & Inspection Services, LLC

Over the last several years, the U.S. refining and petrochemical industry has undergone a renaissance of sorts. Lower natural gas prices and improved refining margins have been a catalyst for capital improvements at many of the nations’ refineries and chemical plants. Couple that with tighter EPA regulations and it is easy to see why these industries have spent billions over the last several years expanding throughput and investing in cleaner technology. This growth has not slowed down either.

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