Historically, a facility’s inspection schedule was organized based on the American Petroleum Institute (API) 510 and 570 standards, which resulted in a largely reactive inspection strategy. Many facilities would wait up to five or 10 years to inspect specific assets and piping across the plant based on these standards. This resulted in unexpected costs and unscheduled downtime. Being reactive in these particular situations often resulted in a dangerous game of wait-and-see when it came to possible chemical leaks or equipment failures within facilities.
PinnacleART understands that no two facilities are the same. That’s why we customize inspection strategies based on the client’s specific needs. PinnacleART’s inspectors work closely with companies that want to incorporate predictive damage studies and Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) models into their inspection programs. In turn, inspection strategies are now highly configurable and based on an asset’s specific damage potential and risk, not a standard industry timeline.
Due to the critical nature of today’s inspection projects, PinnacleART inspectors are educated, trained in, and responsible for understanding the latest risk management systems and how their individual roles support comprehensive reliability programs. Our inspectors are well-versed in diagnosing specific damage mechanisms, conducting corrosion analysis, implementing RBI, reliability and asset integrity management software packages and more.
For brownfield facilities that do not have inspection drawings, PinnacleART can either field sketch the pertinent assets or use a 3D laser scanning team to build a 3D model of those assets. Once the sketches or models are built, PinnacleART’s CAD specialists will build 2D CAD drawings for the equipment and piping and assign CMLs, as determined by the facility and PinnacleART project team. These drawings can then be linked or embedded to the facility’s IDMS/RBI software for quick inspection reference.
PinnacleART’s team will create a strategy to determine the full scope of inspections required for specific equipment within a facility. This includes planning on-stream inspections for a unit or facility in addition to working with the facility’s turnaround planning team to create preparation and inspection plans for the pertinent assets. If the planning team also uses PinnacleART’s cloud-based mobile inspection tool, these plans can be loaded onto the tool to empower accountable execution, and linked to the client’s IDMS to ensure a seamless transition of data.
In addition to visual testing, PinnacleART can perform Non-Destructive Testing in the areas of Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT), Magnetic Particle Testing (MT) and Penetrant Testing (PT).
On-Stream / Visual Inspections
While the plant is running, PinnacleART’s team of experts are able to perform external, on-stream inspections via visuals, ultrasonics, radiography and other Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) methods. PinnacleART can do this for a select group of assets, or take over the on-stream program by performing all the inspections on an annual basis, keeping the facility in compliance and increasing reliability via the chosen Inspection Data Management System (IDMS).
Positive Material Identification (PMI)
If a facility is looking to verify the material of construction of its various assets to ensure or improve reliability, PinnacleART’s experts can use specialized equipment to identify the actual material in the field and relay that back to the facility for updates in the appropriate documentation.
QA / QC Vendor Surveillance
PinnacleART will send inspector(s) to fabrication shops to audit and monitor construction or repair of vessels and piping for clients.
Tank Inspections - MFE Floor Scans
PinnacleART will conduct Magnetic Flux Examination (MFE) floor scans for storage tanks. This process sends out magnetic waves and can look for damage on the top and bottom sides of a tank floor.
PinnacleART can staff and execute small or large turnarounds, which includes the inspection planning, inspection execution, data management, project management and associated engineering support. For PinnacleART’s holistic turnaround support, our team will ensure the risk-based equipment plans are translated to proper turnaround packages, the packages are properly executed, inspection data is fed back into the RBI program before the turnaround is over, and damage/corrosion support is provided.
As part of this process, PinnacleART utilizes its mobile inspection tablet, which enables near real-time communication of data between the PinnacleART team for efficient decision-making, task execution and project management reporting.