Takeaways from the API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit 2022

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Posted on August 18

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Takeaways from the API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit 2022 

Last week HUVR was an exhibitor at API Inspection & Mechanical Integrity Summit in San Antonio. It was readily apparent that the industry is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and looking to discover and adopt new technologies and innovative solutions to address long standing industry challenges.

What an event! We met a wide variety of owners/operators, service, technology, and subject matter experts—and to say we learned a great deal and had a definitive common ground would be an understatement!

We were also proud to sponsor the Women in Mechanical Integrity event recognizing some amazing people—including Kimberley Hayes of Valkim Technologies, Katelyn Reynolds of Invenergy, Leslie Ward of Enbridge, and our very own Julia Guimiot.

Data management is the challenge

A common theme we encountered while speaking with asset owners and technology providers is the challenge of aggregating, automating, and analyzing the vast amounts of inspection data. Critical information and insight are often being delivered late, on thumb drives, as PDF reports or in various proprietary cloud repositories—none of which is ideal when further evaluation and action is required, especially on a broad geographic scale.

We heard some real horror stories from owners and operators who utilized many software packages to fulfill their inspection needs: that they were mostly on-prem, requiring hugely inefficient data sharing workarounds which often lead to delays in forming a plan of action. These delays had the potential to cause situations that could easily have been avoided had the information been available to the right people at the right time.

Furthermore, it was stated that leveraging the benefits of existing and new technologies was often compromised as it was not always possible to upload the data and/or analytical results to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system of choice. This added yet another complication, resulting in the ineffective adoption of these technologies as they were often perceived as being yet another tool in the toolbox that didn’t communicate with anything else.

These all too common situations place unnecessary workload demands on operations and business units who are already strapped for resources with ever-increasing time constraints.

HUVR can help

Owner/operators stressed that an appropriately designed inspection data management system (IDMS)—specifically tailored to the application, asking the right questions and providing the right answers to the right people at the right time—with the ability to seamlessly integrate with existing ERP systems, would greatly alleviate the challenges that the industry is facing.

This was no great surprise to us at HUVRdata, as through the advice of our network of advisors, such as Earl “The Tank Whisperer” Crochet, our IDMS platform readily accommodates these industry needs. In fact, we were very pleased to receive positive feedback from existing and prospective customers alike, confirming that HUVR’s purpose-built IDMS platform was a key element to link inspection data from all sources to the human decision-making process. It was very clear that the word was spreading—HUVR is someone you need to talk to!

The HUVR solution aggregates, automates, and analyzes all inspection data seamlessly so asset owners can confidently leverage the unique and specialized inspection technologies that are advancing at an astonishing rate, as well as data gathered via manual collection methods. The derived insights are globally available to those that need access to it through the ERP of choice: simply put, connecting the dots from the tool to the technician to the integrity engineer to the owner/operator.

If you’d like to know more about our plans for the future, or how we can help you today, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to talk it through with you, as the future is not on the horizon: it’s already here.

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