Blog: What's on the minds of Asset Optimization Consultants

From breaking ground with the development of the base resource document for API 580 to writing corporate risk policies for major refiners and petrochemical manufacturers, AOC's consultants have provided thought leadership in many areas of asset integrity, asset performance management, and risk based inspection. Our blog provides a forum for our consultants to share industry insights, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and anything else pertaining to what we do. Check in frequently to see what is on our minds.

Risk Analysis: Good In, Good Out - A Risk Analyst's View

by John Dickerson, 11/16/2018

Tags: Data Collection Data Validation Risk Analysis Technology

An AOC Team Lead reflects on the importance of ensuring your data is accurate and on the impact that having poor data can have on your risk analysis. Having even just one or two erroneous data points can make all the difference in the risk assigned to an asset and the subsequent inappropriate assignment of maintenance and inspection resources. Assigning low risk to a high risk asset because of bad data can result in unexpected and painful consequences.

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Guidelines for Providing Process Conditions for Risk Based Inspection (RBI) Implementation and Revalidation

by Vibha Zaman, 10/24/2018

Tags: Risk Based Inspection

Our Senior Corrosion and Mechanical Integrity specialists provide useful insights into the determination of the process information to be used for Risk Based Inspection (RBI) projects. Incorrectly assigning process conditions for a particular piece of equipment can result in overlooking a variety of applicable damage mechanisms and a skewed calculation of risk. Guidance derived from experience is provided to ensure the process conditions are appropriately identified for a number scenarios that have an impact on damage mechanisms and consequence calculations.

This is the first in this eight-part series.

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Risk Based Inspection Seen Through the Eyes of the Experts

by Lenin Elorza, 8/27/2018

Tags: Mechanical Integrity Risk Based Inspection

An AOC Consultant facilitates a virtual panel of Risk Based Inspection (RBI) experts to gain insight into the challenges and value of RBI implementation. Our experts consider why organizations implement RBI, common challenges, and strengths of an RBI champion.

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Qualitative RBI of a Commercial Refrigeration System

by Rob Sladek, 8/7/2018

Tags: Consequence Probability Process Safety Management Risk Risk Based Inspection

How the application of qualitative RBI helped a client prioritize equipment damage mitigation in order to effectively scope a refurbishment project and achieve their system reliability goals. This scenario highlights a significant problem for some refrigeration system owner/users who may be maintaining their assets as prescribed but are unaware of the damage mechanisms that could affect the reliability of their assets and safety of their personnel.

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Process Safety Management (PSM) and Commercial Refrigeration

by Mike Hurley, 7/18/2018

Tags: Process Safety Management

Organizations that have commercial refrigeration facilities need to be aware of new OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations. Since these facilities are something of an outlier, when compared with chemical processing and refineries, it may not be readily apparent. However, anyone with large quantities of anhydrous ammonia at their facilities needs to prepare for potential NEP audits.

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Skills Validation - Moving from Learning to Performance

by Leon Johnson, 7/12/2018

Tags: Human Factors Skills Validation Training

Training alone may not necessarily improve team performance. Skills Validation is an effective tool for realizing the benefits of training. What are the benefits of Skills Validation and how do you implement it?

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Dynamic Risk - Mechanical Integrity

by Paul Raithby, 6/26/2018

Tags: Mechanical Integrity Risk Based Inspection

Things are always changing. Including your risk profile. AOC helps companies manage their dynamic Mechanical Integrity (MI) risk. AOC can help you implement and sustain an effective Risk Based Inspection (RBI) program.

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The Difference Between Safe Operating Limits (SOL) and Integrity Operating Windows (IOW)

by Lenin Elorza, 6/18/2018

Tags: Integrity Operating Windows Mechanical Integrity Safe Operating Limits

An AOC consultant, a process engineer, and a reliability engineer discuss the differences between Safe Operating Limits, Standard Limits, and Integrity Operating Windows.

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Risk Management for Kids

by Leon Johnson, 6/12/2018

Tags: Community Outreach Consequence Office Life Probability Risk Based Inspection Risk Management

One of our consultants brings Risk Based Inspection into the grade school classroom for Career Day.

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