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Why Reality Capture is a must to report anomalies in industrial inspections

Industrial inspections consist of reporting anomalies to later perform maintenance plans. For this purpose, companies display several methods to inspect assets that can be divided into two major categories: the traditional methods and the digitized ones. In this context, these two groups present clear disparities in the benefits they generate to operators. While traditional methods still expose professionals to risky and time-consuming activities, new digitized ways of capturing reality have intuitively fostered safety and uptime for industrial inspections. Indeed, the new optimized methods of visually inspecting assets have accurately illustrated industrial realities to streamline maintenance actions. Thus, reporting anomalies with [...]

AI-driven Hull Inspections: Streamlining Safety and Efficiency

Vessels are crucial parts of different industrial operations. Considering this, the ship's main body: the hull, must be regularly inspected to ensure high asset integrity, safety, and efficiency standards. Hull damages such as cracks can lead to oil leaks, which can implicate direct emergency costs that surpass USD 50,000,000, which is 100x more expensive than the investment to repair the defects on time (before the accident) not including compensations, fines, and asset depreciation. In this regard, hull inspections are a maintenance procedure that helps energy companies and bulk cargo transporters maintain high safety, compliance, and efficiency standards. However, inspecting offshore [...]

January 31st, 2024|Asset Integrity Management, Mining, Oil and Gas|

How Equinor achieved optimal FPSO Integrity with Digital Fabric Maintenance

Equinor is an international energy company headquartered in Norway. With over 22,000 employees in 30 countries, they are committed to long-term value creation in a low-carbon future. They aim to turn natural resources into energy for people and progress for society using innovative solutions. In this context, they’ve collaborated with Vidya Technology on two offshore Oil and Gas projects. The first result of the collaboration is the DFM application of the Wellhead Platform, which started in 2021.   Wellhead Platform   Project Summary   Vidya and Equinor first joined forces through the Equinor Bridge 2021 innovation program. The project’s initial [...]

How Vale Enhanced Integrity Management with Digital Structural Integrity

Vale, an international company committed to sustainable mining, operates across over 20 countries. Far beyond mineral extraction, Vale’s extent encompasses logistics, managing an extensive network of railroads, ports, and terminals, while actively involved in the energy and steel sectors. In this context, Vale partnered with Vidya Technology to improve the Conveyor Belt’s integrity strategies with the DSI (Digital Structural Integrity) application in the ‘’M-spot’’, a mining-oriented innovation program. And, after a successful pilot, the collaboration extended to a rollout of 5 additional assets.   Project Summary   Vale and Vidya started their collaboration in 2020. The project’s mission was to [...]

What is the difference between AIM and APM?

Asset Integrity Management (AIM) and Asset Performance Management (APM) are concepts that often get confused. Indeed, both focus on enhancing maintenance plans while reducing costs. However, it is necessary to understand which problems they specifically address to visualize the scope of their benefits. In this context, let’s learn about the main differences between these two vital concepts for heavy asset industries.   The role of AIM   As the name suggests, Asset Integrity Management focuses on the physical integrity of the asset, its purpose is to improve operational safety and maintenance planning. This strategy provides necessary outputs to industries about [...]

Why predictive maintenance isn’t always an answer

Intro   Predictive maintenance has proven to be an effective methodology for enhancing the lifespan of valuable assets in the industrial sector, as it allows companies to predict when equipment is likely to fail or stop. This way, proactive measures can be taken to prevent downtime and reduce maintenance costs.     Besides that, a November 2021 report from IoT Analytics estimated that the $6.9 billion predictive maintenance market would reach $28.2 billion by 2026. This showcases the immense potential this technology has, allowing companies to optimize their outcomes while reducing downtime. However, if this technology isn’t adequately implemented, [...]

Unlocking AI’s accuracy and reliability

AI's growth scenario   From its early days as a theoretical concept to today's omnipresent reality, AI's journey has been characterized by exponential growth. According to a 2022 IBM research, more than a third of companies (35%) report the use of AI in their business, a four-point increase from 2021. This illustrates a key change in the way we face reality, but different from other technological revolutions: today’s tool learns from its own experience at increasingly higher speed and scale.     These tools are programmed to have a human-like thought process. Moreover, they are now a reality in the [...]

Challenges of Corrosion Under Insulation

Intro Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a pervasive problem in industrial process units that can lead to serious consequences if left unaddressed. It occurs when moisture becomes trapped between the insulation material and the metal surface, leading to accelerated corrosion. In this blog post, we will explore what CUI is, the risks it poses to process units,  and the costs associated with it. What is Corrosion Under Insulation? Corrosion under insulation refers to the corrosion that occurs beneath insulation materials used to protect industrial equipment and pipelines. When moisture is present within the insulation, it creates a corrosive environment that [...]

July 31st, 2023|Asset Integrity Management, Corrosion, Oil and Gas|

Exploring Remote Inspection Techniques in the Oil and Gas Industry

Intro The oil and gas industry plays a critical role in powering our modern world. However, ensuring the integrity and safety of assets in this industry can be a very complex and dangerous task. Traditional inspection methods often involve significant manpower and time, along with potential safety risks due to the nature of offshore production processes. In recent years, remote inspection techniques have emerged as a game-changer, revolutionizing the way inspections are conducted in these kind of facilities. In this blogpost, we will delve into the possibilities offered by remote oil and gas inspection, such as drones and 360 cameras. [...]

July 17th, 2023|Asset Integrity Management, Oil and Gas|

La importancia de la gestión de integridad de activos para la industria

La gestión de integridad de activos, Asset Integrity Management (AIM) en inglés, representa la capacidad de un activo industrial en desempeñar su función con precisión y eficacia, con tiempo de vida óptimo y seguridad adecuada. La gestión de activos es necesaria desde la fase de diseño hasta el final de su vida útil. Hay que tener en cuenta todas las etapas del proceso para que haya una gestión eficaz para predecir posibles riesgos para el medio ambiente, las personas involucradas y la instalación industrial que forman parte. En este post, exploraremos los principales desafíos de la gestión de la [...]

July 7th, 2023|Asset Integrity Management|
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