The Asset Integrity Intelligence Blog

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

OSHA's Top Ten Safety and Health Violations for 2019
December 18, 2019 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 its annual list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. Although the list rarely sees...

Overcoming Challenges in High Temperature Thickness Measurement
December 9, 2019 By Calvin Jory at Olympus America

This article discusses two common challenges for inspectors taking thickness readings in high temperature environments and ways to overcome those challenges.

7 Things to Consider When Evaluating Mechanical Integrity Software Solutions
November 26, 2019 By Jared Hartness at GE Digital

This article presents seven considerations that should serve as a guideline for your next mechanical integrity or inspection software investment and help position you well as the Asset Performance Management software market continues to evolve.

Let’s Be Frank: Who is Responsible?
October 31, 2019 By Inspector Frank

Critical things often get missed in facilities but are these things being owned and fixed? We get good at reactively solving problems as they appear, but are we proactively working towards examining and fixing the potential larger issues?

4 Steps to Develop Effective Piping Management Strategies
October 17, 2019 By PinnacleART

Here is four-step process for developing effective and efficient piping management strategies that can help optimize costs, refocus resources, and reduce risk.

Risk Based Work Selection (RBWS) – An Essential Step for Turnaround Work Scope Optimization
October 3, 2019 By Arcot (Radha) Radhakrishnan at Becht

Developing a comprehensive turnaround (TA) work scope for process equipment is a critical step for achieving a facility's business goals. Risk Based Work Selection is a proven process for prioritizing and optimizing planned work for an impending TA.

Risk Based Work Selection (RBWS) – A Focused Process for Achieving Turnaround Excellence
September 17, 2019 By Arcot (Radha) Radhakrishnan at Becht

Risk Based Work Selection (RBWS) is an industry best practice used to help refiners better-manage the safety and reliability of operations for a facility. When properly conducted, RBWS can help refiners optimize major turnaround projects.

8 Tips for Improving Your High Temperature Corrosion Thickness Measurements
September 12, 2019 By Olympus America

Here are 8 tips to help you overcome certain challenges encountered when taking thickness measurements at high temperatures.

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Inspectioneering and API have teamed up to create the Mechanical Integrity Professional Initiative. The goal of this project is to raise the benchmark on industry knowledge and develop the next generation of SMEs. We believe that equipping MI...

Let’s Be Frank: Micromanage Your Way to Success!
August 29, 2019 By Inspector Frank

Just because you have a technical expert does not mean they will be an expert at managing people. Like any skill set, it takes training, time, and mentoring to become a good personnel manager.

High Angle Rope Inspection Pairs Experience with Technology
August 28, 2019 By Alexander Turner at Corrosion Monitoring Services (CMS)

High angle rope inspection can provide immediate inspection and minor repair opportunities, but it’s valuable for long-term planning as well.

API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspection Code: FFS Evaluation of Widely Scattered Pits
August 20, 2019 By John E. Bringas, P.Eng. at Codes and Standards Training Institute (CASTI), and Kimberley Meszaros, P.Eng. at Codes and Standards Training Institute (CASTI)

This blog article provides examples on addressing widely scattered pitting through the performance of a fitness-for-service assessment using the three conditions set out in the API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspection Code.

Understanding X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Positive Material Indentification (PMI)
July 23, 2019 By Ted Shields at Olympus America, and Michael W. Hull at Olympus America

In this latest guest blog, our friends at Olympus America share some of their most frequently fielded questions regarding X-Ray Flourescence (XRF) and some considerations for using XRF for Positive Material Identification (PMI).

Let's Be Frank: What Went Wrong?
June 27, 2019 By Inspector Frank

This is the first article in a new column. In each article, the author will share technical, thought-provoking, and sometimes humorous or emotional experiences garnered in a career that spans over 20 years inside the gates of facilities.

Reynolds Wrap Up: Highlights from the API Subcommittee on Inspection and Mechanical Integrity (SCIMI) Meetings at the Spring 2019 API Standards Meeting
June 27, 2019 By John Reynolds at Intertek

A summary of some of the important topics that were discussed at the Spring Meeting, including the recently-held API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit, subcommittee activities, and progress with the API Individual Certification Program.

Infographic: 11 Things to Consider When Selecting RBI Software
June 25, 2019

Corporations now have the flexibility to choose RBI software from vendors offering a variety of tools and features to keep track of calculations, records, and data. This infographic shows 11 things you should consider when selecting an RBI software.

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