HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON TO EVERYONE ! Welcome the New Year of opportunities. Our preceding posts addressed major quality gaps of integrity engineering. Is there a panacea solution? We believe: Yes! This article encompasses all we have presented earlier in this blog series and bonds these topics together, at a higher consideration level. This is our engineering philosophy for a new, better year coming.
A Christmas tree is an amazing sight: So beautiful! The lights are blinking, running here and there. Everything is shiny. Looks like an action, but no, these are rather visual effects with no other use.
Certainly, our organizations aren’t created for visual effects , but still, there can be internal spectators judging the work process entirely by its appearance.
For example, someone responsible for safe and reliable operation of an equipment encountered integrity condition deviations. Say, small cracks in a pressure envelope were found. How to handle this situation, and what is the trigger for shutdown/repair or for continued operation?
A good appearance option is simply doing same as in the past, and engaging same contractor as in the past, providing that contractor is the cheapest for the scope work indeed. The job will run hopefully smooth and within the time-frame, right? Watch the magic: we just substituted the outcomes quality by the project management convenience.
It’s often assumed that traditionalism maintains safety. This is often not the case, as we deal with the Reality of engineering problems (more in this post). Only the adequacy of engineering outcomes promotes plant operations safety, and only if these outcomes were dealt upon, e.g. followed up by the risk management process. Traditionalism has not much to do with risks, as, in engineering, we encounter new and specific issues on an everyday basis. This speech is not about neglecting experience, but about prioritizing risk controls adequacy over their simplicity.
One major recent change in engineering environment is the ever growing emphasis on budget savings. Let’s consider a sad picture for a moment:
Explanation: A money driven decision making narrows down the pool of contractors, hence, deflates the problem solving potential of the contractors pool. The cost pressure also simplifies the contractors themselves, as some advanced engineering activities become ‘too expensive’, in a short sighted perspective, hence unused, forgotten, lost. And it will take a lot of effort to restore the knowledge over time. Will robots help?
We see ourselves filling the knowledge gap, that has been formed between project managers and contractors, by providing adequate assessment of the operational integrity data, where ‘adequate’ means strategically substantiated by risk costing from the Reality standpoint.
What we actually observed is not even adhering to traditions and past knowledge, but rather lowering the services quality in the favor of lower costs. How will that facilitate a sustainable business future? Client side implications of short term savings in lieu of long term ones were detailed in the first post. Would you agree that a longer term thinking is safer?
Let’s get back on the constructive track. There are many good voices: the Australian Oil&Gas industry should now become more competitive on the Global market, by means of taking on board more innovation for a better commercial efficiency. These top management aspirations can be envisaged as replacing the former Christmas tree by a novel Christmas train, for example:
Trains do have capabilities to run towards a renewed, more efficient industry and economy, as opposed to traditional Christmas trees. The rails are culture and effective communication. But how to begin the transition exactly?
Happy to share this secret: Business development is possible following a technical development stage. Industry development is feasible following conceptual changes in decision making. These changes refer to costing risks (as discussed here) with a major emphasis given to the engineering problems Reality. Specifically, by respecting the Nature laws, as opposed to making subjective decisions in view of routine constraints.
Our input is ready to be applied. Quanty Pty Ltd developed a new Risk Based Inspection and Maintenance strategy (CoRBI®). It was constructed from the above considerations and offers a genuine compliance and adequate decision drivers – all based on the engineering science for modeling your individual equipment condition, life expectancy and cost/benefit implications at the managerial level of consideration. This service offer has a uniquely optimal and justified cost/benefit ratio, as it brings the integrity and decision making confidence to the highest level by allocating rather a traditional amount of resources. Furthermore, we do progress with creating a web interface to our advanced services and capabilities, also to address the integrity data management routine tasks. Stay tuned, together we can make the new year positively different. We’ve got the train. We need your rails to ride together.
Happy New Year 2018 and Best wishes!
P.S. We can only change the world to the extent that we can change ourselves. We can only change ourselves to the degree that we become aware of our mistaken certainties. Most of our trouble arise from expectations, which have not become realities. Most of our disappointments come from our mistaken ideal of how we think the world should be, and what we think we “should” or “ought” to do, be or have. This is known as resisting reality… from: Dr Robert Anthony, “The ultimate secrets of total self-confidence”, 2003.