Inspectioneering Journal

2012 in Review - Growing Value, Expanding Content, Leveraging Synergies

By Greg Alvarado, Chief Editor at Inspectioneering. This article appears in the January/February 2013 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.
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In response to reader feedback, we implemented some important improvements in 2012. As we broaden our scope to include all aspects of Asset Integrity Management, its synergy and leverage become increasingly important. We will sustain this forward movement in 2013 by continuously seeking ways to serve the Inspectioneering community at maximum value, as you will see by the comprehensive Inspectioneering client survey soon to launch.

We are now covering the global oil and gas and petrochemical markets in the Inspectioneering Journal. This includes Upstream, Mid-stream, pipelines and downstream. While each industry has some unique challenges, which we will cover from time to time, we will be diligent in looking for and delivering critical information for effective management of the shared issues, which are plentiful. For example, pressure vessel cracking, erosion and corrosion are phenomena common to many industries, and we will continue to keep our readership informed on these issues and many others moving forward.

When introducing solutions, we promise to do our best to present an unbiased and thorough understanding of what to expect from inspection programs and new technologies , as well as their benefits and limitations, including the amount of scatter in the results and the total cost of implementation.

Readers may have noticed the occasional nuclear industry NDE article in past issues, always accompanied by an editorial introduction explaining the possible value to our industries. We believe that it is sometimes advantageous to look at various industries in order to avoid missing potentially valuable solutions. Many beneficial technologies have been borne from the nuclear and medical industries, and if we are too focused inwardly on our own industry, we might miss opportunities to learn and profit from others. That being said, we promise to stay practical and not become too esoteric. We know you need technologies that are immediately available, or soon to be available, in your plant, or on your platform, or in your pipeline “dig”, or even under 1000 feet of water.

We understand our audience has many shared values and some unique ones too. Every company has key similarities and differences. For example, some of our readers may work for privately held companies, some for publicly traded companies, and some for Nationalized Oil Companies (NOCs). Many important codes such as ASME Div. 1, 2, and 3, API 510, API 570, API 653 (the construction, pressure vessel, piping, and above ground storage tank inspection codes, respectively), have been embraced by all the aforementioned types of companies. In addition, many additional codes and best practices from other Inspectioneering readers’ countries and regions such as Europe, Australia, and Japan are getting significant consideration. We will strive to keep you up to date with looming changes so you can be as informed and prepared as possible. We want to excel at finding the common ground for all and providing the information you need, when you need it.

In retrospect, the following list is a selection of topics covered by Inspectioneering in 2012. This is just a sampling of information needed to make one an effective inspection engineer; the type of information we have provided for over 17 years, and will continue to provide for many years to come:

The list below represents just a sampling of the breadth of information the Inspectioneering Journal provides to our readers. For example, another change instituted in 2012 is the vast availability of past information to subscribers. We will continue to supply information you need to improve your knowledge and understanding of what it takes to achieve a truly effective fixed equipment reliability program.

What can be said about 2013? Expect even more value and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you work for an owner/operator company, be sure to participate in the 2013 Client Benchmarking Survey. It covers nearly every aspect of a fixed equipment reliability program. Contact us at if you would like to participate or like more information on the survey.

Thank you to all of our readers and members of the Inspectioneering community! A special THANK YOU goes out to our readers and members of the Inspectioneering community who have contributed to the content and organization of this very important survey, which has been tailored to your shared and unique interests.

Here at Inspectioneering we are excited about the year ahead, and it is our sincerest hope that 2013 is a safe, productive, and reliable year for everyone!

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