Finding ways to prevent forced outages and unplanned shutdowns is critical. We don’t believe in changing how you’ve always done things. Instead, we add to it by assessing your approach and enhancing it with proactive strategies. We look at the risks and apply the best engineering, planning, and methods (screening and volumetric) so that when you inspect something you are CERTAIN that you know what you have on your hands. Then we provide an engineered report detailing your priority items so you can easily ACT appropriately.
Being proactive (not reactive) to possible bad actors is key to a successful program and safety. Understanding risks in advance is critical. Performing a root cause analysis or fault tree analysis after equipment fails is too late. A proactive Asset Integrity program using the correct NDE technology based on Probability of Detection (PoD) will identify the damage mechanisms, and the location(s) most susceptible to the damage mechanism in advance. Having a well-defined, asset integrity program with an inspection plan for each equipment will help you avoid surprises, prevent unplanned outages and shutdowns and save lives.
The Harm in a 50 Page Analysis
The most common thing an over-bloated inspection analysis report does is justify the money you spent to get it. Big, bland reports like this lack the actionable specifics you really wanted. Most chief inspectors/engineers have many scheduled and unscheduled concerns during each day. Time spent reviewing an analysis should be expedited and concentrated on items that need immediate attention of upcoming repairs/actions. A summarized glance of each item inspected, along with a well thought out Priority Matrix, allows a chief inspector or engineer to visually recognize and then navigate to bad actors at the click of a button. A commentary that provides clear findings and code based recommendations is the cornerstone of reporting This commentary should be supported by code-based, inspection- gathered detailed data, drawings, photographs so that you can resolve and bad actors before they become a safety, environmental or production concern.
How to Control the Uncontrollable?
Is it possible? In a word, yes. Inspectors know that there is various equipment in each process that have known risks. These are the bad actors and every plant has them. There are steps that can be taken to identify when this equipment falls above the acceptable risk line, and fail safe measures to ensure that the equipment never drops below that acceptable risk line. Identifying the bad actors is paramount to ensuring safety and controlling what seems uncontrollable. We recommend developing a frequency and technology matrix, depending on the damage mechanism, which allows for the chief inspector/engineer to decide what type of advanced inspection technique is needed—sometimes this may include extreme measures such as continuous monitoring and control room alarms.