In Case You Missed It: Here's a Look at Some of Our Most Popular Content from the Past 6 Months

June 6, 2019

At Inspectioneering, our content is authored by a diverse group of industry professionals who offer multiple, valuable perspectives on a variety of topics centered around asset integrity management (AIM). Over the last six months, Inspectioneering has released a plethora of interesting and educational content that has been read more than 150,000 times online. In case you missed it, here is a look at some of our most popular content from the past six months. 

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3 Key Elements for Effectively Managing Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs)

Within the last couple of years, facilities in the refining and petrochemical space have recognized the need to develop Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs), but most are still struggling to understand how to get value from them. This blog will walk through practical steps for managing IOWS and will demonstrate what successful IOW management can look like.

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Infographic: 12 Things to do After Discovering Mechanical Failure

What do you do when you first discover a mechanical failure?  Maybe your pipe sprang a leak, a drive shaft snapped, or a welded joint fractured, and you need to find out why.  The next steps you take could mean the difference between finding answers and unnecessarily prolonging or ruining the investigation before it has begun. Before you jump in, it's important to take precautions to avoid critical mistakes. Below are 12 things to do after discovering a mechanical failure that should help ensure you preserve key information for understanding what happened.

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Creating a Sustainable Future for the Asset Integrity Industry

Young asset integrity management professionals need effective tools to create a sustainable future for the industry.  The Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC) recently surveyed members and three key needs emerged: effective collaboration, personal and corporate values-alignment, and knowledge transfer in an aging industry.  With rapid technological disruption on the horizon, the emerging professional must be incredibly creative and flexible. 

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Asset Performance Management: Into a New Era of Organizational Memory

In the energy sector, the looming ‘great crew change’ is a considerable source of anxiety. An aging workforce, coupled with a spate of early retirements during the downturn, leaves the industry reliant on fewer and fewer seasoned experts for their years of knowledge and experience. Even if a huge influx of young workers were to come into the sector tomorrow, comprehensive knowledge-transfer before it was lost to retirement would be impossible.

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Top IJ Articles

RBI Lessons Learned - Common and Not So Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

By Greg Alvarado, Chief Editor at Inspectioneering Journal

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This article shares examples of where work processes either broke down or were non-existent, or where the user did not fully understand the technology or overall RBI logic and the results. In these cases, the software and technology worked as required. These lessons can apply to nearly any processing facility.

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Impact of Welding Defects on Integrity of Equipment & Piping

By Qasem Fandem, Mechanical Engineer at Saudi Aramco

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There are about twenty-six types of welding defects that can occur from welding processes and for different weld joint designs per ISO 5817. These defects could be on the surface of the weld, inside the weld, in the root pass, or even in the base metal close to the welding area like the heat affected zone (HAZ), portions of the base metal which, following welding, have different mechanical properties due to microstructures that have been altered by the heat from welding per API 577.

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Roadmap for Effective Risk-Based Inspection Implementation

By Asad Ali, Senior RBI Engineer at ADNOC LNG, and Houssam Sabry, Manager of Corrosion and Inspection at ADNOC LNG

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Effective RBI implementation results in, not only safeguarding your assets and people, but can also reduce unnecessary inspection activities that may be required due to conventional and nonsystematic approaches. However, some essential elements are required to accomplish this, including:

  • Solid commitment from the management and stakeholders
  • A team of knowledgeable, qualified specialists and engineers from departments such as corrosion, inspection, maintenance/reliability, process, production and operation, etc.
  • Availability of design, construction, historical records, and inspection data
  • Suitable methodology and software for the assessments
  • Utilization of latest technologies for inspection

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Establishing Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs) for Refinery Fired Heaters

By Timothy Hill, Principal Consulting Engineer at Quest Integrity Group

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The establishment, implementation, and maintenance of IOWs require a multidisciplinary approach and should be considered an essential part of a facility’s operation and maintenance strategies. This article provides an overview of the key components in establishing IOWs, the levels of IOW limits and the basic principles and application of API Recommended Practice 584 to achieve reliable fired heater performance.

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Advantages of Performing Risk-Based Inspection Analyses During Project Design and Construction Stages

By Muhammad Sultan, RBI Manager at Saudi Aramco

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An effective RBI assessment, performed by a high functioning team, made on new equipment or a new project, while in the design stage, can yield valuable information which can identify and compare opportunities for reliability improvements and identify areas of vulnerability leading to more effective risk management and business performance.

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Asset Intelligence Reports (AIRs)

A Primer on Conventional NDE

Nondestructive Examination (NDE), commonly referred to as nondestructive testing (NDT), includes a wide variety of inspection techniques that examine material, manufactured products, and equipment in a manner that retains the component’s integrity for continuous operation. The purpose of NDE is to evaluate materials, components, and assemblies for the presence of defects, impurities, cracks, or corrosion, and to provide information to verify and/or adjust the remaining life prediction of equipment. NDE is applicable to many industries and is used at every stage of equipment’s lifecycle (e.g., operation, manufacturing, installation, etc.).  

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