Inspectioneering Journal

What Is Really Driving Your Programs?

By Ryan Myers, Product Manager at Pinnacle, and Sean Rosier, Principal of Asset Management Solutions at Pinnacle. This article appears in the November/December 2019 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.


In today’s globalized market, Mechanical Integrity (MI) and Reliability programs are becoming increasingly more visible due to the impact they can have on a facility and, in turn, an organization. When effectively adopted and utilized, MI and Reliability programs result in safer, more efficient operations for facilities.  In addition to becoming more visible in the market, these programs have also grown larger and more complex. Risk-Based Inspection (RBI), Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs), special emphasis programs, Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Predictive Maintenance technologies are implemented throughout facilities around the world. Couple these programs with the ever-expanding innovations in data science, computational power, and new technologies and it’s easy to see why more organizations are looking to these analytics to improve availability and safety and lower risk and cost.

However, as most people in industry can attest, not all MI and Reliability programs are created equal. These programs vary based on several determining factors, such as implementation strategies and levels of maturity.  Regardless of how a program is structured, there is one common denominator they all require to function – data.  For each of these programs to be effective, they must be fueled by quality and up-to-date data. High quality and up-to-date data are important not only because they help these programs function, but also because these programs produce additional data that is often used by other programs and business processes. For example, IOWs should be developed based on an effective degradation assessment and in partnership with an RBI program. As the program matures, the facility should utilize these IOWs to continually update the RBI program to ensure its effectiveness over time.

What are challenges with data?

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Data is the new oil,” which was coined in 2006 by mathematician Clive Humby. This mindset is becoming more prevalent throughout the world with large technology companies whose business models and products are based on collecting, analyzing, and learning from massive amounts of data to provide value to their customers.

However, if raw data is not properly collected, organized, and processed into useful information, then...

This content is available to registered users and subscribers

Register today to unlock this article for free.

Create your free account and get access to:

  • Unlock one premium article of your choosing per month
  • Exclusive online content, videos, and downloads
  • Insightful and actionable webinars
Interested in unlimited access? VIEW OUR SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS

Current subscribers and registered users can log in now.

Comments and Discussion

There are no comments yet.

Add a Comment

Please log in or register to participate in comments and discussions.

Inspectioneering Journal

Explore over 20 years of articles written by our team of subject matter experts.

Company Directory

Find relevant products, services, and technologies.

Training Solutions

Improve your skills in key mechanical integrity subjects.

Case Studies

Learn from the experience of others in the industry.


Inspectioneering's index of mechanical integrity topics – built by you.

Industry News

Stay up-to-date with the latest inspection and asset integrity management news.


Read short articles and insights authored by industry experts.

Expert Interviews

Inspectioneering's archive of interviews with industry subject matter experts.

Event Calendar

Find upcoming conferences, training sessions, online events, and more.


Downloadable eBooks, Asset Intelligence Reports, checklists, white papers, and more.

Videos & Webinars

Watch educational and informative videos directly related to your profession.


Commonly used asset integrity management and inspection acronyms.