The American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Biennial Inspection Summit was held January 29 – 31, 2019 in Galveston TX. It was the largest API Inspection Summit ever with 1,767 attendees – up 26% from the 2017 conference.
This year, Sensor Networks, Inc, (SNI) was proud to present at several technical sessions including a PIMS (Permanently Installed Monitoring Systems) round-table and panel discussion moderated by John Nyholt.
The API PIMS Panel (Left to right): Thomas Knowles Jackson, Dan Chapman, Blaine LeJeune, John Nyholt, Mike Nugent; Jim Barshinger, Tim Stevenson, Huidong Gao, George Williamson
Michael Nugent, of Equity Engineering Group (E2G) and one of SNI's distinguished board members led a PIMS roundtable called Plant Applications in IOW and FFS. Nugent has 38-years experience in the industry and led a very fruitful discussion on topics such as:
- Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs)
- Failures Due to Poor Operation Control
- Fitness for Service (FFS): Specific Thickness Monitoring for Replacement Optimization
- The Power of Corrosion Rate Monitoring
The discussion concluded by sharing these five points:
- Over the past decade, manual Ultrasonic and Radiographic Testing are being displaced by permanently installed ultrasonic sensors to measure wall thickness degradation.
- These applications are becoming commonplace and are showing technical, economic, planning, and safety advantages over manual methods.
- Frequency, accuracy and precision of these measurements are much greater than the manual methods.
- They allow for continuous monitoring rather than a periodic snapshot of asset health.
- Asset managers often desire a more real-time view of the health of their facilities and equipment similar to the critical process variables view that they also monitor.
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