Online IDMS/RBI software made by integrity engineers

Online IDMS/RBI software made by integrity engineers

Mission Impossible
Did you ever wonder whether Integrity engineers can make a good IDMS platform by themselves? Other than just an RBI spreadsheet or MS Access database? Would that be different to the IT market offers? Triple YES! The below text outlines our new concept for a new level of the software user friendliness. It originates from our many years exposure to integrity engineering workflow and from many attempts to automate it. The AIM data® is online and ready to use. The Need for the New In many years of RBI exposure, we observed three major data management gaps: As soon as the number of inspection data grows, spreadsheet based analysis capability becomes limited. Just too many numbers, and too much copy-paste work. Spreadsheets work up to a point.What if we try…
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3 Pressure Relief Devices for Integrity Engineers

3 Pressure Relief Devices for Integrity Engineers

Mission Impossible, Uncategorized
Caring about plant integrity is a busy and stressful work. Human psychology is such that maintaining current environment is confused with staying in a comfort zone. Albeit this zone may not be comfortable at all (same outcomes from same contractors, same burden of responsibility and document management, same questionable risk management confidence). If you wish to change this environment, consider the holistic improvement of integrity tasks: 1. Know your Risk Cost and Safety Implications One thing in the back of your mind might be: 'How confident are we about what we do for the equipment integrity and safety'? - an obsessive question. Consider all those people going on site and doing the hard work there. And also - all the resources being spend over a facility life. Looking at the…
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What is Gigacycle Fatigue importance for pant operators?

What is Gigacycle Fatigue importance for pant operators?

Uncategorized, Why new RBI?
It is known that the 1st fatigue curve was created in XIX century by German engineer August Woehler. He investigated why railroad carriage axles fail in a delayed manner. The Woehler's phenomenological fatigue model was correct and remains generally valid now. However, there are some additional limitations and improvement ideas, which are necessary for practical vibration fatigue predictions. Misconceptions first Consider the above graph meaning: The Number of stress cycles to failure (N) is a function of the Stress amplitude in each cycle (S). More stress means less life, as shown by the red line. The yellow line simulates a constant amplitude fatigue limit. Finally, the green line is the variable amplitude stress cut-off, e.g. no fatigue damage is assumed in design for lower stresses. The historical reason for the…
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Why immediate savings impair plant safety?

Why immediate savings impair plant safety?

Away from a collision course
We can help you to develop an optimal plant integrity management strategy, which will comply with budget goals safely. A step change in integrity data assessment methods is involved. While there is so much talk about the Oil&Gas industry competitiveness, why don't upgrade the asset management confidence level? Mentioning 'safety', what comes into the mind of plant workers? PPE, JHA, KPI and more well recognized abbreviations. What is the prominent message from a typical safety induction session? 'If you don't commit unsafe actions in workplace, you will be fine out there!' This message is well memorized by workers, safety rules are followed, the clock is ticking, but this is only one side of the medal - these procedural health and safety measures in place. The other side of the medal…
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Why new RBI?

Why new RBI?

Why new RBI?
Here we start a new series of posts which explain what exactly is offered by our New Generation Asset Integrity strategy and tactics. Please don't hesitate to communicate your thoughts or critics. Welcome aboard our rocket ship! Issues with traditional RBI? Risk Based Inspection planning (RBI) is on the scene for decades. Its rightful concept of proportioning integrity budgets to failure risks is a great common-sense solution for cost optimization. The ever increasing budget savings pressure highlighted one major inability of the published RBI methodologies though. Financial management of industrial plants has set a question, which integrity management personnel can't reply: 'How much budget saving results from integrity management costs?' What happens is that both parties - integrity responsible and finance responsible - are striving to adopt a correct decision,…
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Let’s make the New Year positively different !

Let’s make the New Year positively different !

Away from a collision course
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…
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Is this assessment or design?

Is this assessment or design?

Away from a collision course
Equipment integrity design and assessment methods are not only linked to different life stages. These methods are essentially different in their concepts. A strange mixture of design and assessment data can be observed in engineering reports where this difference is misunderstood. Let's consider some logic for engineering analysis tools selection from the decisions' confidence standpoint. The engineering 'Reality' I would describe the purpose of engineering activities as understanding and addressing the Reality for a continued safe operation of the equipment. Reality here is the equipment actual load bearing capacity in the environment of real operational loads and damage processes. This is a key element of the design Quality. Otherwise, not controlling the equipment integrity will always cancel cost/benefit aspirations and aesthetic emotions. Let's make a short departure towards the Quality…
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Failure Probability vs Failure Frequency

Failure Probability vs Failure Frequency

Away from a collision course
Probability of Failure (PoF) is relevant to individual equipment units and is a function of time. Failure frequency is relevant to a population of generic units, and is averaged over a time span. Which level of consideration should we use? It depends on the context and, mainly, on our goals. Let's drill this option down from rocket science to engineering practice. There were 85 orbital launches in 2016 (refer this page). Two of them failed. The failure frequency is 2 / 85 ≈ 0.024. But does this tell us if the pictured rocket will reach the orbit? No, it doesn't. The failure frequency tells us what is the chance of reaching the orbit in any contemporary rocket, subject to the nowadays technical and managerial environment, if nothing changes. If any…
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Is it possible to become 100% compliant and what for?

Is it possible to become 100% compliant and what for?

Away from a collision course
As we spoke in our 12/09/2017 post, the oil and gas immediate savings motive has a potential for safety issues.  Here we will discuss the safety compliance options, and will outline an umbrella against major incidents and their implications. We start from a brief of the Australian Health and Safety legislation (if you are within, familiarizing with the below references is highly recommended). It could also be consistent with other countries safety management main principles - please check your local health and safety (H&S) legislation. The Australian top level enforceable safety law is the Workplace Health and Safety Act (WHS Act, 2011), which is the legal framework for penalty decisions. It is supplemented by WHS Regulations, which are State specific, but all follow the same base model with minor changes…
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Savings on staff explained in numbers

Savings on staff explained in numbers

Away from a collision course
Is your organization changing its staffing plan? Is there a voice that taking more graduates on board will be beneficial? Does it look like seniors (expensive and hardly manageable) are replaced by juniors (freshly thinking and self motivated)? This topic is coming up every noun again, and we decided to examine it in numbers from an organization capability standpoint. Assume a virtual engineering company which has 5 seniors and 5 juniors. This team currently does 100% of the monthly work and makes a gross monthly revenue of $150K average. The salary fund is 1/3 of this number and the seniors are paid twice more than juniors, thus we have the equation  5*2*x + 5*x = $50K, where from a junior gross salary is $3.300, and a senior is getting $6.600…
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