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Digitalization of Corrosion
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Digitalization of Corrosion Management

What would it mean for your company if you could identify and correct corrosion before it becomes a problem? Most companies currently rely on a reactive approach to corrosion management that is expensive, labor-intensive and incurs a high safety risk. Digital technology is shaping the future of the oil and gas industry, changing how companies operate and maintain their assets. Newer technologies create a superior predictive maintenance program that will allow companies to transform corrosion management from reactive to proactive, reducing costs, and improving safety.  

Consequences of Poor Corrosion Management

Poor corrosion management and asset integrity management can have significant consequences on core operations. These consequences can include:

  • Leaks and equipment failures
  • Shortened lifespan of equipment and parts
  • Corrosion at unexpected locations
  • Poor asset integrity performance
  • Health, safety, and environmental (HSE) incidents and regulatory impacts
  • Unplanned downtime and reduced productivity
  • Increased costs

Many companies rely on reactive corrosion management practices based on human judgment and require periodic manual inspection. Traditionally these manual inspections are based on a priority list of perceived risks, and performing inspections often requires workers to access hazardous areas, introducing additional risks. This reliance on human judgment frequently means that some equipment may be over examined while other pieces of equipment are missed. Due to this inefficient corrosion management process, companies end up with unreliable data and high maintenance and inspection costs.

Predictive Corrosion Management Opportunities

Corrosion management’s digitalization makes it possible to interconnect physical assets like never before, allowing companies to manage pipelines, plants, facilities, and equipment through a single database.

Transforming corrosion management is happening through the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced data analytics, and data visualization tools. When sensors, connectivity, and processes all come together, operators can more accurately determine where and when corrosion inspection is needed. Together, these innovative technologies can provide operators with a vast amount of data. This operational data offers a dynamic overview of the facility’s efficiency, integrity, and safety. It all starts with enabling operators to carry out targeted inspections at the right time and in the right area. Through these targeted inspections, operators can reduce the risk of leaks or failures and improve operations’ productivity.

To better predict the zones and lines that are most at risk of corrosion, operators transform corrosion management from presumptive and costly to predictive and data-driven. Some of the advantages that operators are likely to see include:

  • Increased asset integrity
  • Improved safety
  • Reduced cost of inspection
  • Reduced cost of turnarounds
  • Reduced unplanned shutdowns/optimized maintenance
  • Reduced environmental risk
  • Improved productivity/Reduced labor effort

With far-reaching benefits, digitalization can transform your approach to corrosion management. However, to see the most significant benefit, organizations need to have the ability to take advantage of all the intelligence the data can provide. At Inteleum, we are a highly specialized petroleum engineering and technology firm providing expertise in corrosion management. Contact us today and see how we help our clients identify and evaluate breakthrough technologies to help them achieve their goals.

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Key Takeaways

  • Poor corrosion management and asset integrity management can have significant consequences on core operations.
  • Many companies rely on reactive corrosion management practices based on human judgment and require periodic manual inspection.
  • The digitalization of corrosion management is making it possible to interconnect physical assets like never before.
  • Transforming corrosion management is happening through the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced data analytics, and data visualization tools.
  • When sensors, connectivity, and processes all come together, operators can more accurately determine where and when corrosion inspection is needed.
  • At Inteleum, we are a highly specialized petroleum engineering and technology firm providing expertise in corrosion management.

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