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Risk-Based Work Selection (RBWS) – Choosing the Right Software Tool
February 11, 2020 By Abby King at Becht

When paired with the right software, the RBWS process can lead to significant reductions in turnaround work scopes. However, some software tools have distinct advantages over others.

Announcing Inspectioneering and API’s Mechanical Integrity Professional Initiative
January 6, 2020

We’re excited to announce a new section of our website that is dedicated to equipping inspectors with greater knowledge and proficiency across various subject matter areas.

Reynolds Wrap Up: Highlights from the API Subcommittee on Inspection and Mechanical Integrity (SCIMI) Meetings at the Fall 2019 API Standards Meeting
December 26, 2019 By John Reynolds at Intertek

A summary of some of the important topics that were discussed at the API Fall Refining and Equipment Standards Meeting in Atlanta.

Let's Be Frank: Be the Leader You Would Follow
December 26, 2019 By Inspector Frank

I once worked with a chief inspector who refused to hire anyone who had any National Board inspection certifications. “Why?”, you might ask. I had the same question, and his response was “Because anyone with National Board is gunning for my...

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 Pinnacle

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.

Gecko Robotics Enables Inspectors to Gather Thickness Data for the Entire Surface of Pressure Vessels
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Gecko’s patented robots and software build large, data-dense corrosion maps of vessels and pressure equipment. We compile hundreds of thousands of thickness readings, with photos, and X-Y coordinates to give you incredibly accurate and...

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.

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.

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