Managing inspection activities and budgets relies on having asset strategies that drive the right activities at the right time.

With that, your major challenge involves obtaining the right asset condition data at the right time and making the right design and maintenance decisions to prevent loss of containment.

But assuming you have the correct strategies driving the appropriate inspections, executing those inspections and ensuring they get properly utilized to make the right decisions is not an easy task.

Here are a few diagnostic questions to help you understand where you currently stand:

  • Do you know all the inspections you have to do in the next week? Month? Year?
  • Do you know if you’re appropriately resourcing to get them done?
  • Will you get all those inspections completed within budget?
  • Is quality data from those inspections being effectively processed to make decisions?

These questions may seem simple, but the ability to have good answers requires a combination of successful project management, systems/technology, and functional inspection capabilities.

Keep the following guidelines in mind:

  1. Define and Abide by Your Inspection Work Process: You need to have your inspection process defined, from strategy to work order, to field execution, to review, to maintenance decisions. If this process is not well defined, or it’s not abided by, it will erode inspection dollars and introduce unnecessary loss of containment risk.
  2. Provide Effective and Efficient Data Management: Inspections don’t just start and end with completing the inspection in the field. In fact, that’s only one part of the “inspection data supply chain.” It actually starts by ensuring you’re going to gather the right data through the right technology, executing the plan to that specification, and getting the findings to the right places to make the right maintenance decisions. Getting a thickness wrong, utilizing a technology that has low detectability of the damage mechanisms at hand, or not logging the data in a way that provides for empowered decision making can lead to a poor overall inspection program.
  3. Ensure People are Effective and Efficient: No matter how good the process and data management, if the inspectors are not utilizing them or are not qualified to execute to specification, the program falls down.

To bring these together in a best in class program, good software is paramount. While most programs utilize both a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for work order management and an Inspection Data Management System (IDMS) for management of inspection schedules and strategies, a mobile inspection software that flanges up to the IDMS to facilitate that part of the work process, data management, and empowerment of the inspector is needed. Even more efficiencies come into play with direct IDMS connection capabilities.

Connected Field™ Mobile Inspection Technology

PinnacleART’s Connected Field™ technology integrates real-time inspection data across a mobile application and web dashboard, providing better control of data, more effective reports, and more efficient inspections—regardless of inspection data management software.

The platform allows managers to schedule and assign inspections; review and approve inspection reports; and review real-time project KPIs, while inspectors use the mobile application to access assigned inspections; submit completed inspection reports; and take photos and provide markup.

As inspections are completed in the field, the data captured in the mobile application is immediately available across the platform. Custom inspection reports are ingrained within the mobile application and with the push of a button the report is uploaded directly to the program IDMS and web platform for real-time project KPIs. The real-time project KPIs allow you to view current inspection statuses and measure real-time percent complete by unit, project, or facility.

As an Inspection Manager, Connected Field™ will help you drive effective project execution while easily monitoring your budget.

Conclusion

By making the data you need more accessible and faster than ever, new innovations in technology are making it easier and easier to manage inspection activities and budgets. What technologies have you or do you plan to implement to make your inspection programs more efficient?

Learn more about how Connected Field™ can optimize your inspection program by contacting us here.