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Corrosion Management System Implementation Using Corrosion Control Documents and Cost of Corrosion KPI

By Abdulaziz Moshaweh, Corrosion Engineer at Saudi Aramco. This article appears in the September/October 2021 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.
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Introduction

In this article, a new approach to implement an innovative corrosion management system at a facility will be discussed. The approach uses commonly developed documents in most facilities as part of their corrosion control practice. The main advantage of this approach is that it requires focused, important information to establish an effective corrosion management system from the start. However, this approach should not be considered a replacement to a full-fledged corrosion management system, but rather a more effective way of starting to implement one.

Asset Management

The concept of asset management is not new. It emerged into public use around 40 years ago [1]. ISO 55000 defines asset management as “the coordinated activity of an organization to realize value from assets" [2]. Realization of value entails looking into costs associated with these assets. ISO 55001 sets seven different requirements for an asset management system [3]:

  1. Understanding the context of the organization
  2. Leadership: management commitment, policy, and roles and responsibilities
  3. Planning: actions and objectives
  4. Support: resources, competencies, awareness, communication, and information
  5. Operation: planning and control, management of change, and outsourcing
  6. Performance Evaluation: monitoring, auditing, and review
  7. Improvement: corrections, prevention, and continual improvement

The standard adopts the Deming approach–Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) for building a management system as shown in Figure 1 [4]. However, any approach can be used as mentioned in the standard introduction: “The order in which the requirements are presented in this International Standard does not reflect their importance or imply the order in which they are to be implemented" [3]. Thus, any approach that will help in building a robust management system is acceptable. It should be noted that complying to ISO 55001 is the bare minimum and does not address all aspects that have major impact on asset management objectives [1,2].

Figure 1. Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), or Deming Cycle. [4]
Figure 1. Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), or Deming Cycle [4].

Corrosion Management System

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