External visual inspection remains vital.

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Author: A. Anwer
Date: Feb. 2019
Publisher: Gulf Publishing Co.
Document Type: Article
Length: 912 words
Lexile Measure: 1400L

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Innovations continue to evolve at a steady pace. This is particularly true with inspection technologies in the oil and gas industries (FIG. 1). Four decades ago, no one could have predicted that radiography inspection would be replaced by ultrasonic inspection, eddy current testing would transform in so many directions to help identify the most difficult discontinuities, robots would start crawling over the tanks, and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) would be effectively replacing divers and perform subsea inspections.

However, in these rapidly advancing times, the basics remain important. There will always be a reliance on the established, basic set of practices, procedures and policies to ensure that while we move forward, we do not ignore something vital that acts as the foundation for all our advancements. External visual inspection is one of those basic sets of practices.

It has been observed that equipment and piping onsite are well managed as far as their internal inspection and suspected damage mechanisms are concerned. Many techniques are utilized to look for the effect of damage mechanisms on equipment health. An evaluation is then made, recorded and referred to in the future, when required. All of this is monitored through robust systems with either separate software for risk-based inspection (RBI), inspection management (including reporting and analysis) or all-in-one solution. Everything is monitored, and RBI software provides overdue inspections, details of inspection techniques to...

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