Inspectioneering Journal

Evolution of the Equipment Integrity Process - The Current Benchmark - Part 2

By Greg Alvarado, Chief Editor at Inspectioneering. This article appears in the September/October 2001 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.
This article is part 2 of a 2-part series.
Part 1Part 2


In part 1 we covered:

  • Evolution of the emergence of advanced NDE
  • External and internal motivators to develop more effective inspection programs
  • Risk based approaches
  • Sources of industry reference materials
  • Setting the Course
  • Why Inspect
  • Metrics for inspection program progress
  • Role of Risk Based Inspection

I will now cover some of the remaining key aspects in assuring healthy evolution of the equipment integrity process.

Understanding Damage Mechanisms and the Effect on NDE Choices

Were you aware that API 571, Recognition of Conditions Causing Deterioration or Failure of Refinery/ PowerGeneration/Pulp and Paper Equipment is currently under construction? It will serve as a reference document for operators of plants in choosing the most appropriate nondestructive testing methods for detection, characterization and sizing of damage. It will also provide guidance to better assure inspectors/ technicians are inspecting in the right locations, using the right technique with the most appropriate technologies. This will serve as input for making inspection planning, fitness for service and remaining life decisions. It will be written at a level that the inspection or maintenance professional will be able to comprehend and apply.

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