Roles and Responsibilities in the Asset Integrity Management Process

  • Definition of Roles and Responsibilities: Necessary for effective Integrity Management.
  • Will vary depending on validity of Operators' existing management structure.
    Below is an example:

Asset Integrity Management Process

RBI Concept

Asset Integrity Management Process

RBI Process, Inputs and Outputs

Asset Integrity Management Process
Document Integrity Management Strategies and RBI Guidelines

  • Integrity Management Strategies, as outlined in this example, would be formally documented before the IM System is considered operational.
  • RBI Guidelines must be documented for proper control of the process.
Produce Performance Standards

  • Performance Standards shall be produced for critical assets.
  • Performance Standards define the purpose of the equipment and its required integrity envelope, as well as how performance is measured and assured.
  • Performance Standards are used as a guideline by internal or external integrity auditors.
Produce Integrity Management Procedures

  • Once Integrity Management Strategy and RBI Guidelines have been defined, the 'how-to-do-it' documents (procedures and work instructions) are required.
  • Some typical Integrity Management Procedures are:

- Anomaly Management Procedures.
- Workscope Preparation Procedures.
- Event-Triggered Action Procedures (Marine Vessel Impact, Earthquake, Fishing Incident, 3rd-Party Encroachment, Extreme Weather, etc).
- Monitoring Procedures.
- Data Management Procedures.
- Integrity Status Reporting Procedures.

Establish Integrity Management Software, Databases

  • Quality Data is fundamental for Integrity Management in terms of: Storage, Ease of Retrieval and Data integrity, i.e. data which is complete, accurate and up-to-date.
  • In most cases (the exception is a small asset base with few integrity threats), an organised database with an easy to use front-end application is necessary for effective Asset Integrity Management.
  • Various applications and databases are available on the market, some catering to specific equipment types (e.g. Pipelines), some only catering to certain steps in the AIM Process - e.g. RBI.
  • The situation is dynamic and must be effectively managed.
  • Some Operators have incomplete or ineffective systems in place.
  • SBS provides a very efficient "hosted" data management system which avoids the need to define, purchase and maintain an in-house system.

A simple evaluation study, carried out by an SBS asset integrity specialist to establish
the most appropriate system, is recommended.