BANFF, ALBERTA, CANADA – February 24-28
For over twenty years, the International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association (IPEIA) has drawn together industry professionals for a week-long conference located alongside the breathtaking Canadian Rockies in Banff, Canada. The conference provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to over 850 attendees, including specialty networking events, technical presentations, certified training courses, industry group meetings, workshops, an exhibition hall and hands-on demonstrations.
This year, the exhibition hall was filled with an abundance of emerging inspection technologies and the technical program boasted an impressive range of presentations focusing on topics including:
- Asset Integrity Management
- Advanced NDE Technologies
- Risk Based Inspection
- Reducing Turnaround Exposure
- Data & Technology
Playing a part in the technical program, Pinnacle Program Manager, Lewis Makin, presented “The Path to a Sustainable Piping Program” on Thursday, February 27. In the presentation, Lewis walked through a four-step process to develop effective and efficient piping program strategies to optimize cost, focus resources and drive business impact, including:
- Understanding Your Current State
- Leveraging Holistic Risk Based Management to Identify a Fit-For-Purpose Approach
- Developing a Condition Monitoring Location (CML) Placement and Management Strategy
- Implementing and Evergreening Your Program
As the presentation was underway, Lewis sparked the audience’s attention the most when he began discussing how leveraging holistic risk based management to identify a fit-for-purpose approach can allow you to foster a best-in-class piping program with refinery availability ranging from 93-97%. A holistic view includes having fully integrated cross-functional teams (shared budgets across all assets), fully integrated systems (IDMS, EDMS, CMMS), cross-referencing all available data to make decisions on a system and plant level (integrated asset model) and rolling up system, unit and plant-level focused mitigation activities into one.