What Is Condition Monitoring Location Optimization?
Condition Monitoring Locations (CMLs) are specified areas on piping and pressure vessels where thickness measurement examinations are performed to observe the presence and rate of damage and corrosion occurring within an asset. CML selection is an inspection strategy used to drive mechanical integrity and mitigate potential risks in a cost-effective way.
CML optimization ensures effective CML coverage and placement by determining the most appropriate monitoring locations on an asset. CML optimization makes inspection efforts more efficient by focusing on areas where degradation is likely to occur, resulting in an elimination of unnecessary CMLs that will not provide value, and, at times, an addition of CMLs where necessary. Overall, the goal of CML optimization is to target high risk areas and effectively allocate resources. In the cases where CMLs are greatly reduced, resources can be reallocated to monitor other damage types through advanced Nondestructive Examination (NDE) techniques.