Take Part in Our Intertek Asset Integrity Management Training Course

October 05, 2022

Intertek is offering a 5-session virtual training course from Oct. 24th – 28th that provides a sound review of asset integrity management strategies for compliance with regulatory requirements and company safe-delivery targets. It is highly interactive and takes the form of lectures and case studies. On completion of the training course, participants will have a solid understanding of the procedures and practices required in a robust Asset Integrity Management program.

These will include:

  • The compelling business case for AIM and the severe consequences of things going wrong.
  • Main components of an AIM system and the historic development. 
  • AIM people aspects, including leadership and competency.
  • Developing a risk-based management system to guide all inspection, maintenance, repair, and other AIM work.
  • AIM threats, their monitoring, and mitigation.
  • AIM anomalies frequently discovered; the processing of these and fitness for service evaluation.
  • Implementation of additional AIM activities, both onshore and offshore.
  • Other important issues including incident investigation, management of change, emergency response, practices/procedures, and performance management. 

Who Should Attend:

  • Operation Management
  • Production/Plant Supervisors
  • Structural Engineers
  • Pipeline Engineers
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Corrosion Engineers
  • Subsea Integrity Engineers
  • Asset Integrity Engineers
  • AIM Service Providers 

Intertek USA is pleased to deliver this Asset Integrity Management (AIM) course for oil and gas, chemical and refining industries, which teaches the people, process and plant management principals and implementation methods required to ensure safe and efficient production operations.

Course Fee: $250.00

Register today!

Course Agenda

Session 1 – AIM Business Case, Historical Basis and People Components
Monday, October 24, 2022 
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Following introductions, the business case for AIM is established. The scope of the main issues is discussed, as well as impacts on industry and society. 

  • Introductions
  • High level overview
  • The AIM business case
  • Major AIM Incidents and videos 

An overview of AIM definitions, ISO basis, historical development, and main components is delivered.

  • AIM definitions / benefits
  • Holistic AIM systems / ISO basis
  • Historical development
  • Main AIM components 

Following further AIM system discussion, important people aspects of AIM are reviewed.

  • Leadership
  • Competency management and assurance
  • Exercise: AIM roles and responsibilities

Session 2 – Risk Assessment & Management
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

An introduction is then made to hazard and risk assessment as a main component of AIM strategy.

  • AIM hazards and risks
  • Evaluation of hazards
  • Risk assessment methods
  • Risk Assessment results 

The discussions on risk assessment continue, including qualitative and quantitative methods. 

  • Likelihoods of failure
  • Consequences of failure
  • Risk mitigation and management
  • Inherently safer design
  • Exercise: HAZID and risk assessment 

Session 3 – Additional Key AIM Processes
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT 

The risk assessment discussion is concluded, and other key AIM processes are outlined. Practices and procedures are discussed.

  • Uses of risk assessment results
  • Engineering practices and standards
  • Company standards
  • Operating practices
  • Maintenance procedures
  • Safety related procedures 

The discussion of AIM moves on to management of change (MOC) and incident investigation.

  • Why MOC; basic process
  • MOC implementation and follow-up
  • Exercise: MOC
  • Why investigate AIM incidents?
  • Investigation process, use of root-cause analysis and follow-up 

Emergency response (ER) aspects of AIM are reviewed.

  • Emergency response and contingency planning
  • ER drills and follow-up 

Session 4 – Performance Management & Plant Aspects of AIM
Thursday, October 27, 2022
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Performance Management and plant aspects of AIM, including wells, process, pipelines, structures, export, processing, refining and petrochemical systems.

  • Development and uses of key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • AIM system audits
  • Exercise: Establishing KPIs
  • Plant scope, design and construction
  • Example design and other failures 

Plant issues are further discussed, particularly problems that are most common. Plant AIM systems are presented.

  • Wells / pipelines / processing plant
  • Cranes / flare tips
  • Management of Plant AIM
  • Introduction to inspections - Why inspect 

Session 5 – Inspections, Maintenance and Protective Systems
Friday, October 28, 2022
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Review of inspections and maintenance bases and practices are made.

  • Inspection methods
  • Risk-Based inspection
  • Example inspection results
  • Exercise: Pipeline inspection plan

Maintenance principals are reviewed. Plant protective systems are discussed.

  • Maintenance basics / computerized maintenance management
  • Planned, corrective and predictive maintenance
  • Scope of plant protective systems
  • Protective systems upkeep management
  • Wrap-up 

All live course sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants to view playback on-demand after each day’s presentation is completed.

A certificate of completion will be provided to participants. 

Register today!

Course Instructor: Stephen W. Ciaraldi, Ph. D. 

DR. STEPHEN CIARALDI is a Consultant & Senior Advisor with Intertek Engineering consulting. He has been engaged in asset integrity management of the petroleum industry and related facilities for over 40 years. Through this period, he worked 30 years for BP as a materials/ corrosion consultant, asset integrity engineer, inspection/corrosion team leader, integrity and engineering manager, and pipeline/integrity technical authority. He served in the USA, Norway, Egypt, Trinidad, and Indonesia/Asia Pacific. He subsequently worked 4 years for Velosi in Jakarta and independently before joining Intertek 5 years ago. His work clients have included ADMA-OPCO, ADNOC, BP, Exxon-Mobil, Mubadala, PT Badak LNG, Santos, VICO, Pertamina, and Kuwait Gulf Oil Company. 

Stephen received B.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA. During most of his career, he has been involved with developing and implementing asset integrity programs that not only ensure worker and process safety but also help maximize production and reliability. Most of his experience is with mature assets, including subsea integrity aspects, but he has also provided integrity consulting to several new upstream, midstream (LNG), and downstream development projects. His expertise includes issues with wells, process plant, pipelines and export systems.