How a Successful Software Implementation Delivered Great Dividends

In-depth assessments and analyses with NIMA

In order to manage and improve asset security and achieve effective resource allocation, we deployed our NIMA Integrity Management Software, which organizes, stores and further processes the data of an operator’s multiple assets in one single software solution. Read more on how this successful software implementation delivered great dividends below.

The challenge

The customer, a global leader in energy storage and hydrocarbon transportation, owns and operates tanks and terminal facilities in multiple locations, totaling an estimated product storage and handling capacity of over 60 million barrels. The company’s business model focuses on shorter turnaround times and blending products at lower operating costs than its local competitors. The success of the business and its sustained growth over time made it necessary to strategically align the company’s reliability efforts so its business model and vision could be maintained. This company partnered with ROSEN in order to develop and implement an Integrity Management Program (IMP) aimed at supporting the management and improvement of physical asset security and effective resource allocation.

Portrait of Cesar Espinoza who works as an engineer for the ROSEN Group.
Nowadays, asset operators have access to vast amounts of asset integrity data. With technology advancing rapidly, the volume of data will only increase, and can become overwhelming if there isn’t a process to manage and leverage it. Our mission is to foster a data-driven culture that prioritizes safety, efficiency, and reliability. By leveraging the NIMA digital platform, we empower industry partners to achieve these critical objectives.
Cesar Espinoza, Principal Engineer, ROSEN Group

Our solution

The customer selected NIMA as the Integrity Management Software solution for its needs based on discussions with ROSEN's integrity and software specialists. NIMA offers configurable parameters that allow the evaluation criteria to be adapted to the requirements and objectives of each company, increasing the flexibility of the IMP implementation process. Any changes in working conditions or new operational data are taken into account through continuous calculations, which means the systems can be integrated into the operator’s business.

NIMA facilitates the development and implementation of the IMP by offering:

  • Structured risk assessments to identify threats and hazards to the assets and assess their likelihood and consequences of failure
  • Evaluation of the likelihood and potential impact of incidents
  • Comprehensive analysis to aid the decision-making process regarding risk management and reduction activity
  • Integration of available information, all in one place

The customer wanted some main elements for its facility, which ROSEN implemented with NIMA:

  • Identification of high-consequence areas (HCA) through map visualization with aerial imagery of different layers, overlapping HCA and asset locations to give an overview of the most critical zones and consequences, with regular updates.
  • Cloud-based solution that allows all users and departments to store their collected data in one place, making it usable for the various assessments.
  • NIMA process templates with lists of required parameters and types of information needed for analysis.
  • Quantitative risk-based inspection (RBI) methodology in accordance with API 581 – 2016:2019[2] recommended practice, including the calculation of probability of failure (PoF) and consequence of failure (CoF) and a risk evaluation using a customizable risk matrix and an ISO risk diagram, plus inspection-planning based on a user-defined maximum tolerable risk.
Aerial Map showing High Consequence Areas (HCAs) and assets.Figure 1: Aerial map with HCAs and the assets
Chart showing RBI assessment results for pressure vessels and piping.Figure 2: RBI assessment results for pressure vessels and piping
Different types of risk graph showing a risk matrix and ISO risk.Figure 3: Different types of risk graphs, risk matrix and ISO risk
Chart showing comparison between risk trend with and without inspections.Figure 4: Comparison of risk trend with and without inspections

Your Benefits

NIMA integrity management software does not just store data and enable its visualization, it also processes it with in-depth assessments and analyses, yielding the following benefits for the operator:

  • Display custom dashboards by role with KPIs that allow users to easily find and reflect the information they need, supporting the needs of different users across the organization and the appropriate access and control levels.
  • Accurate representation of risk profiles at different levels of the hierarchy (plant, unit, equipment and circuit level), making it possible to identify what risks exist and where they are located, which in turn results in higher production uptime, more-efficient operations and more-reliable predictions.
  • A centralized data repository that allows for a single source of information for all departments involved, with clear procedures for all aspects of data collection protocols.
  • Increased transparency in the inspection process thanks to a robust data management system that can handle the complex relationships between different data types and sets while being able to manage multiple assets in one platform to meet compliance requirements.
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