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How is AI applied to corrosion detection?

Intro   Corrosion detection in the oil and gas industry can be a very challenging and risky activity, time-consuming and also expensive. The global costs of corrosion are estimated to be US$2.5 trillion, which is equivalent to 3.4% of the global GDP (2013). On top of that, it requires the workforce to inspect every edge of an enormous environment full of flammable hydrocarbons. However, the use of artificial intelligence is revolutionizing this procedure. AI-powered corrosion detection uses drones and sensors to digitally map the asset. And by adopting cutting-edge technology, this new method is proving to be more efficient and [...]

August 23rd, 2023|Artificial Intelligence, Corrosion, Industry 4.0|

Making the most of POB on offshore assets

Intro The management of People on Board (POB) it’s a crucial and inherent challenge to the oil and gas industry. As a risky environment, it claims for meticulous assignment of activities for professionals onboard. It involves the proper mapping of demands that require work. Beyond natural risks involving people working in an offshore facility, unplanned events happen, which claims for workers to solve the occurrence. This event harms the planning of the POB previously done and increases the downtime of the asset, which leads to significant financial losses and possible legal outcomes. Therefore, it’s urgent that the industry rethinks how [...]

August 16th, 2023|Corrosion, Industry 4.0, Oil and Gas|

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|

Maximizing Efficiency and Cost Savings with Effective Coating Management

In today's highly competitive business landscape, maximizing efficiency and cost savings is crucial for any organization that wants to succeed. One area where this can be achieved is through effective coating management. Whether it's in the manufacturing, construction, or transportation industry, proper coating management can help businesses save time, money, and resources while ensuring high-quality results. From selecting the right coating materials to implementing a robust maintenance program, there are many steps that can be taken to streamline the coating process and minimize waste. In this article, we'll explore some of the best practices for coating management and how they [...]

June 14th, 2023|Corrosion|

Paper vs Digital Inspections

Intro Oil and Gas operations pose unique challenges to their operations when the matter is inspection and maintenance. Since this kind of activity involves a variety of risks and complexities, it is not uncommon to find field workers filling out paper reports, and walking around the facility looking for potential problems.   This is a traditional-manual method, on which oil and gas companies relied throughout the years when performing risk assessments with the goal of preventing potential hazards that could compromise the continuity of the operation. Meanwhile, digital transformation has been disrupting the way things are done with increasingly advanced [...]

The Corrosive Process in the Oil and Gas Industry

Intro Corrosive processes are one of the main challenges for the oil and gas industries around the world. From the extraction process to refining and transportation, corrosion is an ongoing element in oil and gas plants. Besides being a high-risk problem for operators in the field, corrosion is also responsible for a large cost. According to NACE, the cost of corrosion prevention in an industrial environment is around 49 billion dollars, with at least 50% of this amount referring to atmospheric corrosion. In this blog we will talk about the main challenges and impacts generated by corrosion in the oil [...]

August 2nd, 2022|Asset Integrity Management, Corrosion|

Structural Integrity: aspects of one of industry’s main challenges

Intro The structural integrity of a piece of equipment or part is essential for the proper functioning of an industrial operation. To ensure safety within industries, it is in the operation and maintenance phase that integrity managers have the great challenge of ensuring that all equipment in operation can maintain their levels of productivity, safety, and performance through continuous monitoring and corrective actions, if necessary. In this blog, we will talk a little about the main characteristics of problems related to the structural integrity of equipment, and how these problems can be addressed. What is it Structural integrity refers to [...]

July 27th, 2022|Asset Integrity Management, Corrosion|

How is maintenance performed in process plants

    Maintenance is a fundamental process for any industrial operation. It is very true that maintenance is not a type of investment that will result in more profits, however, investing in maintenance could be the same as not losing money.     In this blog, we will explain key concepts for understanding the real value of maintenance programs and routines in a heavy-asset industrial process.    Why is it necessary?   As mentioned before, effective maintenance programs could be the key to not losing unnecessary money.   Investing in maintenance is to ensure that processes, assets, and equipment [...]

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