The integrity of pipework is essential for the safe and reliable operation of process plants. Inspections are traditionally performed at many individual test points, with the results recorded in an inspection database. This approach has generated a large amount of valuable data that is often underutilised. When used to its full potential, this data can be used to enhance the integrity management process.
Pipework Assessment and Inspection Planning
Inspection of individual test points generates a large amount of data but once recorded, this data often plays a minor role in the integrity management process, or is only used locally at the individual locations. Sonomatic’s methodology makes better use of this data by analysing it to identify trends across an inspection circuit or sub-groupings within a circuit (such as feature type).
Once the data has been modelled, data from new inspection campaigns can be dropped into the analysis for immediate update of the models. At this stage, a change in behaviour will be identified more quickly and incorrect entries can be identified and queried.
The planning process includes:
Underpinning our pipework analysis methodology is our in-house software, SPIDARS. This software has a range of features which enhances Sonomatic’s pipework analysis.
- Automatic Spurious Entry Data Screening
- Data Grouped and Sub-Grouped to Identify the Different Trends Within the Data
- 3D Isometric Model Which Acts as a Digital Twin, Where Inspection Results, Analysis and Photographs Can be Accessed
- 3D Model Includes Illustrative Display on Historic Inspection Frequency, Number of Times Inspected, and Corrosion Rates etc.