Effective Mechanical Integrity (MI) programs are key to managing risk, costs, and regulatory compliance. But what are the fundamentals that should be in place for an MI program? Where should you start? Let’s dive in.

Vision is Key

The initial fundamental any program should have in place is a vision. Every program should have an end-goal in mind before diving into program improvements and investing time and money into these initiatives.

Once you have established a vision for where you want your program to be in five to ten years, you can then build a roadmap for how to get there and begin to implement projects and initiatives that drive you towards your goals.

Check out Steve Flory’s article, Achieving the Full Potential of Asset Performance Management Platforms, in which he discusses the importance of vision and goal setting when it comes to effective MI programs.

After your vision is in place and your personnel have become aligned to the shared vision, you want to focus on fundamentals such as full data/documentation coverage, efficiently organized data, and properly implemented management systems.

In practice, what this means is:
1. All facilities should have available and digitized documentation.
2. Piping should be organized by circuits, and isometrics should be broken up by these circuits for inspection.
3. Inspection data should be housed and updated in an Inspection Data Management System (IDMS).

Common Gaps We’ve Seen

A common (and huge) gap we see is data coverage and quality. All of the MI fundamentals previously pointed out have a central focus on data and closing the existing data gaps. In order to have a complete MI program, a facility needs to have:

  • Process Safety Management (PSM) Documentation: U1s, Repair Documentation, Construction Drawings, etc.
  • Available Pipe Specs
  • Master Asset List
  • All of this documentation organized and digitized in an easily accessible location
Build Upon the Fundamentals for Program Optimization

The fundamentals are the foundation to an efficient MI program. Once these are in place, you can begin to “build upon the foundation” and work towards optimizing your program.

For example, once your foundation is in place, you are then able to:

  1. Implement risk management strategies
  2. Improve asset performance by optimizing your risk management strategies, which can be done through:
    a. Planning/Scheduling
    b. Turnaround Management
    c. Management of Change (MOC) Integration
    d. Capital Project & Special Emphasis integration

It’s important to note that while many facilities may want to jump straight to optimizing processes, if the fundamentals are not in place, you ultimately end up back-tracking to ensure fundamentals before proceeding with optimization activities.

How Pinnacle Can Help

Mechanical Integrity (MI) is often viewed as a series of separate actions, however, organizations lacking a planned approach often suffer from unnecessary costs, uncontrolled documentation, poor communication, uninformed decisions, and wasted time and efforts. For organizations looking to achieve a Mechanical Integrity program of best in class caliber, Pinnacle provides the expertise, state of the art technology, and proprietary methodologies to deliver a world class program within the specified time frame. Whether your facility is large or small, a comprehensive approach is essential to running a safe and effective program, and Pinnacle is able to assess your facility and create a completely customized and integrated MI program. Use the button below to get in touch and learn more.

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