Pasadena, TX – February 2, 2018

PinnacleART’s Engineering Manager, Norman Brown, will present at the upcoming International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association (IPEIA) Conference on March 7, 2018 in Banff, Alberta.

The presentation titled, “CML Optimization: Effective and Efficient Coverage & Placement,” will provide an overview on CML Optimization and how it ensures facility resources are best used to perform effective inspections.

Condition Monitoring Location (CML) selection can be a daunting task that requires a systematic and thought-out approach. Inspectors or engineers sometimes adopt a “shotgun” approach, where multiple locations are used in hopes of capturing degradation without consideration for the expected damage mechanism. This leads to either excessive CMLs where damage is not likely to occur, or worse, not enough coverage where it is likely to occur.

CML Optimization combines inspection history, corrosion expertise, and a statistical analysis to provide inspectors with the information needed to confidently identify where a damage mechanism is likely to manifest itself, and defines the optimal extent, location, and technique to find the damage. This practice refocuses inspection resources to find degradation where it is likely to occur and removes unnecessary CMLs that do not add value.


The IPEIA Conference began over 20 ago years and has become an internationally recognized annual conference to gather Pressure Equipment Integrity industry groups together to further improve best practices and provide education for those committed to this specialty in the energy sector.

The Presenter

Norman Brown is the Engineering Manager at PinnacleART. In his current role, he manages a specialized team of over a dozen engineers whose main goal is to improve safety and reliability for our clients. Norman is also responsible for the growth and technical expertise of PinnacleART. He works to improve processes and technologies in order to improve the department’s management, planning and development.

Norman has more than 15 years of experience in the oil & gas industry focusing on fixed equipment and reliability engineering. Before joining PinnacleART, he served as the Advanced Facilities Engineer for Marathon Oil Corporation where he was responsible for overseeing implementation of the corporate reliability program for multiple assets. Norman’s expertise includes developing maintenance plans, leading investigations to determine the root cause of failure, and strategic planning.

Norman obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey as well as his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas.