Assess the Risk
Risk is increased when there is a lack of, or uncertainty in, the key information required to assess integrity.
ACET Helps owners and duty holders demonstrate that the risk assessment and inspection planning processes are being implemented effectively.
ACET Helps demonstrate compliance with regulations such as:
• Pressure System Safety Regulations
• Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations
• Design and Construction Regulations
• Prevention of Fire and Explosion, and Emergency Response Regulations
• Pipelines Safety Regulations
• Health and Safety Legislation
• Pressure Equipment Regulations
Management and Control
Like other activities relating to Health and Safety, asset integrity requires effective management if it is to be implemented successfully.
ACET Helps confirm that the asset owner or duty holder continues to demonstrate the effective identification, management and control of major accident hazard risks on their assets.
Changes over time in personnel, corporate structures and ownership of assets can have an impact on an organisation's ability to maintain asset integrity to the required levels.
Such changes can all contribute to a loss of corporate knowledge and the loss of historical (design, inspection, damage and repair) data with the resultant loss of information about the condition and performance of the installation.
ACET Helps with knowledge retention and provides operators assurance that continuity of knowledge and experience is maintained.
Information on the asset condition may not necessarily be available. Furthermore, data on the original design criteria, material properties, fabrication quality and installation performance are also required.
Detailed information on the condition of the structure, components, equipment and inspection strategies are stored within ACET. This provides accurate information on the assets condition, and an understanding of the maintenance performance required to deliver asset integrity effectively.
ACET Helps retain the history of asset condition information and records in a single database.
Ageing is, in general, characterised by deterioration, which can be significant and result in serious consequences for installation integrity if not managed properly. Asset integrity and its management is the principal barrier to safeguarding the asset and its workforce.
ACET Helps control the increased risk of failure associated with ageing assets through the assessment and presentation of inspection and monitoring information.
As installations age, the level and rate of plant, structures and fabric degradation increases rapidly. Inspection programmes can quickly fall behind and reducing the backlog, in this respect, can become difficult. In addition, the levels of data produced can be high, and if not managed carefully to ensure continuity, resources can be overwhelmed to the point where they cannot keep up.
ACET Helps reduce data backlog by transferring the large data quantities generated from the inspection and monitoring activities using automated, resource efficient processes.