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New module: manage your pipeline inspections

In this day and age, the availability of asset data is recognized as a large problem in the process industry. A lot of daily time is being wasted on the search for information.

In fact, research shows that companies are spending up to 60% of their time searching and validating information. Resources are wasted on a huge search through files and paperwork to prepare the inspection instead of investing the time into planning and executing the inspections.

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A data-centric approach

The root cause of this problem is that often times asset data is not managed in a structured way. Asset data can be found in multiple software applications, paper copies and excel files.
Adopting a data-centric approach to manage your asset data will help you to store the data in a structured manner, keeping it as-built and making it available across your company. Plant4D is our software solution to enable you to do just that. Your asset data not only up-to-date and reliable, but also always available and shared from one source.

Benefit from up-to-data asset data

Plant4D’s data-centric structure is an important base for the new inspection module. This module enables users to benefit from the up-to-date and correct information already in the database. No more time wasted on searching for information, but immediately executing the core of your task; performing inspections as efficiently as possible.

Manage your asset data data-centrically

Plant4D is used to create and manage all drawings and models required to perform the pipeline inspection. All necessary information is either imported or created in Plant4D. A data model is used to structure and align this information, making sure you always look at the latest information available. For instance the 3D model is now always generated based on the latest data, so the model is always a true representation of the as-built.

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Figure 1.1, An as-built 3D model of pipeline generated from available asset information in preparation for new inspection points.

Plan and prepare pipeline inspections

Now you have your asset data and the as-built 3D model in Plant4D you can use the pipeline inspection module to create the actual inspection plans. Pipelines can be added to the inspection plan, inspection points are assigned on the 3D model, and the inspection isometric is automatically generated. All plans are stored for future use.

Having an as-built 3D model is also beneficial in preparation of the actual inspection. The 3D model can be used to identify inspection points difficult to reach or potentially hazardous situations so precautions can be taken beforehand. 

PS_ss(5.2)Figure 1.2, inspection points viewed in 3D model (left) and P&ID (right) of the pipeline(s).

Manage inspection results

All inspection plans, results and generated data are stored, in accordance with the data model, in Plant4D. All inspection data is now available to everyone in your company. This data can now be used when future inspection plans are to be created, reports need be made or for analysis to plan preventive or risk based inspections.

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Conclusion

The pipeline inspection process is often characterized by spending a huge amount of time on searching and validating asset data. Adopting a data-centric solution to manage your asset data is a necessary step towards managing your asset data more efficient and to make it available across your company.

Plant4D combines this data-centric approach with specific functionality to manage your pipeline inspection process. This pipeline inspection module will not only save you loads of time while preparing and executing the inspection, it will also make sure are inspection data is stored consistently so it can be optimally used.

 


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