The Asset Integrity Intelligence Blog

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

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.

Thank You, Tyler
October 29, 2020

Tyler was a natural leader who made the people around him better. Inspectioneering would not be what it is today without his leadership, passion, and dedication to advancing the industry we’ve all grown to love.

Let’s Be Frank: Quit Wasting Precious Time!
October 29, 2020 By Inspector Frank

Tired of wasting precious time in meetings? Inspector Frank discusses the reasons why useless meetings occur while offering a military-inspired approach for determining when a meeting is needed and how to hold ones that are efficient and effective.

Let’s Be Frank: Who is Inspector Frank?
August 27, 2020 By Inspector Frank

Who is Inspector Frank? It is a valid question but I don’t want it answered specifically for some obvious reasons. I will share what I can though...

Let’s Be Frank: The Inspector Who Cried Wolf
June 25, 2020 By Inspector Frank

Trying too hard to bring attention to the myriad concerns of a robust equipment integrity program can end up backfiring on you. You don’t want to be the “inspector who cried wolf” with no one listening when you actually have a problem.

Reynolds Wrap Up: Highlights from the API Subcommittee on Inspection and Mechanical Integrity (SCIMI) at the Spring 2020 Standards Meeting
June 25, 2020 By John Reynolds at Intertek

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

Digitize Your Work Process to Reduce Cost at Your Facility
May 4, 2020 By Pinnacle

Decision makers are being asked to reduce cost while maintaining reliable operations. While it can be difficult to easily identify areas to reduce budget and resources, there are a variety of cost reduction opportunities available.

Let’s Be Frank: Make “Future You” Happy
April 30, 2020 By Inspector Frank

Bad data is the bane of equipment integrity — and I don’t just mean test data that is questionable. As a quick exercise, consider some of the key data issues you have encountered. Do any of the following ring a bell?

Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII): An Advanced, Code-Compliant Alternative To Timely & Costly Internal Pressure Vessel Inspections
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Traditional pressure vessel inspections often require taking assets out of service. However, MISTRAS’ Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) programs provide data as good or better than internal inspections, while assets remain in service. NII is...

Reynolds Wrap Up: Substantial Changes Coming in API 751 on HF Alkylation Unit Mechanical Integrity Requirements and Expectations
April 30, 2020 By John Reynolds at Intertek

There are some significant changes coming in the fifth edition of API RP 751 on Safe Operation of Hydrofluoric Acid Alkylation Units in the section on Mechanical Integrity, Damage Mechanisms and Maintenance Work Practices.

How to Develop a Successful Asset Management Strategy During the Coronavirus Downturn
April 3, 2020 By Frank-Uwe Hess at T.A. Cook Consultants

COVID-19 is disrupting all industries including asset management. Here are 6 recommendations to help you align your asset management according to new requirements and turn the challenges into opportunities.

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