July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
Date July/August 2014
Volume  20
Issue 4
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July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal Article Index

  • A Roadmap for Successful Turnaround  Inspections: Turnaround Inspection Execution
    July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Scott Corey at Sentinel Integrity Solutions Inc.

    In this issue of Inspectioneering Journal, I detail a roadmap for inspection activities during turnaround executions. This roadmap includes the critical elements of turnaround inspections, the keys to optimizing inspection activities, and the emerging challenges and solutions during these projects.

  • Avoid Flange Leaks with In-Service Face Raised Flange Inspection
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    Let Pro-Surve identify corrosion on your flange raised faces while your unit remains in operation. Using phased array TFM, custom transducers and proven procedures Pro-Surve technicians identify corrosion on flange raised faces from the flange outside diameter. Identify scope for pipe spools for turnaround pre-fabrication using this technique. Identify flanges needing replacement or re-machining.

  • ABSA’s Unique Approach to Pressure Vessel Safety Administration
    July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC.

    The Province of Alberta has a long history of pressure equipment safety dating back to 1897 when the first boiler laws were introduced to regulate the new technology of steam boilers. Boiler inspectors were hired, and soon thereafter the Alberta Boilers Branch was established as the government organization that administered those laws.

  • Avoiding 5 Common Pitfalls of Pressure Vessel Thickness Monitoring
    July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
    By A.C. Gysbers at The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.

    One of the more common inspection monitoring programs for pressure vessels is to perform thickness measurement at Corrosion Monitoring Locations (CMLs) to allow monitoring of minimum thicknesses and provide estimates for corrosion rates. These minimum thicknesses and corrosion rates are critical in supporting risk based inspection techniques or in setting half-life prescriptive re-inspection intervals.

  • Corrosion Under Insulation and Best-Fit Solutions
    July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Brian J. Fitzgerald at Stress Engineering Services

    As any refining or petrochemical plant manager knows, corrosion can occur on insulated piping at any facility. CUI has been a major challenge for the petrochemical and refining industries since the first pipelines were insulated with wrappings.

  • July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Marc Laplante at Meridium

    One of the more popular topics discussed and debated vigorously in the asset management community is the potential impact of the ISO 55000 series of standards, which was just released in January of 2014 and is the first set of international standards addressing asset management.

  • Optimize FPSO Operations through Certification and Risk Management
    July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Nicolas Legregeois at Bureau Veritas

    More than 170 FPSOs currently operate worldwide with more expected to go into service over the next few years. The challenging environment in which these complex offshore energy assets operate requires safe and reliable systems that ensure continued production. Instituting appropriate independent inspection and certification regimens protects the substantial investment these vessels represent.

  • The Changing Role of the Unit Inspector
    July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Marc McConnell, P.E. at Pro-Surve Technical Services, David Jordan at CVR Energy, and Grady Hatton at Versa Integrity Group

    One difficulty new company inspectors typically have is becoming comfortable in their new role. This is due to the fact that they have received little guidance about where they fit in with the "team." Where are they on the organization chart?

  • The Safety Advantages of Effective Dimensional Control
    July/August 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Jerry Crawford at TGC Engineers

    Piper Alpha is an offshore oil and gas platform that suffered an explosion in July 1988, still regarded as the worst offshore oil disaster in the history of the United Kingdom. The 25th anniversary of the disaster was commemorated across the country in July of 2013. The accident killed 165 out of 220 crew members, plus two crew from the standby vessel Sandhaven.

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