How to Transition Legacy Inspection Software to an Integrated, Feature Rich Mechanical Integrity Database

Many owner operators in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation industries encounter issues with their asset data — whether it be through spreadsheets, asset integrity management (AIM) systems, inspection data management systems (IDMS), legacy inspection software, or otherwise. Most often, it comes down to data: they will have issues retrieving all of the data out of a system or into it. Perhaps it’s access-only privileges, which is limiting data entry and continuity. Other times it will be out of date software that has sat around for a decade but hasn’t kept up with the evolving technology and digitalization of current times. Sometimes databases are simply showing their age, while others have been completely discontinued. Another common issue is the information silos that are created when too many different systems are being used — some for inspections, another for risk based inspection, or different systems at different sites — or when integration with other legacy systems such as ERP/CMMS/SAP are not possible.

Issues like these can create costly issues when data is difficult to access or maintenance resources are wasted on the wrong assets. It can be valuable for operators to take the time to compare the current database setup with what else is out there in the market, and what kind of technology would help extract more value from their data. Often, the most cost-effective solution with the quickest return is to transition to a more feature-rich, innovative asset integrity management software or mechanical integrity software with a centralized, digital database.

How exactly is that done? What does it cost? What are the options? This whitepaper attempts to answer those questions and more. It will provide insight on:

  • The specific challenges operators can run into with outdated or discontinued legacy inspection software;
  • The latest solutions and asset integrity management software types available, including integrated features such as risk based inspection, digital twin, and inspection data management on a single database;
  • A road map for how to transition to a new system (including how to assemble the right team, maintenance compliance, data integration, data mapping, and training); and
  • A cost-benefit analysis.

“ The global market for digital twins is expected to grow 38% annually to reach $16 billion by 2023.”

– Deloitte, Expecting Digital Twins


Mobile Technologies for Asset Integrity Management

Mobility for asset integrity management includes so much more than just a mobile app to view static data. Mobile technologies like apps, wearable devices, remote assistance, and remote collaboration help operators expedite maintenance operations by accelerating the speed at which asset data is accessed and shared between team members. There are actually four dimensions (or levels) of the technology available to capitalize on.

In this white paper, Floyd Baker, digital asset integrity expert with over 39 years of experience, examines each of these dimensions: what they enable you to do, what devices they include, and, perhaps most importantly — just how surprisingly simple and cost-effective they are to implement.

In this white paper, you will learn:

  • The challenges operators of asset-intensive industries face in an increasingly digital and remote working climate
  • Mobile technology as a solution for more efficient, versatile and instant inspections/reporting/maintenance
  • The four dimensions of mobility: what they are, enable, and include
  • Implementation: a look at how simple cost-effective it is to integrate these technologies to mechanical integrity programs

Asset Integrity in the Digital Era

Operators of asset-intensive plants and facilities in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation sectors are facing many changes that affect their ability to remain profitable. Namely, the multitude of new and emerging technologies alongside rapidly changing workface demographics. What does profitable asset integrity management (AIM) look like in this new climate?

The answer lies in interconnected mobile technologies: integration with legacy systems, digital twins, mobile platforms for accessibility via mobile device, and the latest addition – “connected worker,” remote assistance enabled wearables that connect onsite field personnel to the digital AIM platform.

In this white paper, you will learn:

  • The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the technologies it brings for AIM;
  • In-depth look at integration, mobility, digital twin and connected worker technologies; and
  • Strategic approaches to connect these technologies for enhanced profitability in the digital era.

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