Our MD was recently interviewed by a technical reporter from a Corporate In-House Magazine of a Production Facility in UK. It is reproduced here with some edits for brevity and their copyright permission. The 360integrity concepts are well formed and already deployed in a number of locations, however the 360integrity package is not yet launched. We felt our clients and followers would appreciate reading the interview to get a glimpse of what 360integrity is all about.
An Interview with Ian RJ Cordingley – Managing Director of Strategic Corrosion Management (SCM) and developer of 360integrity.
Interviewer: Strategic Corrosion Management appears to be ‘the new kid on the block’ in the UK corrosion world – where did the company spring from?
IRJC: Well, in many respects we could be the best kept secret in the corrosion world (chuckle). In fact, as TCI Services and TCI Worldwide, we have been delivering services to the Energy sectors here in UK and overseas for more than 30 years. We rebranded to SCM last year to make our name more representative of what we do!
We actually first deployed Inspection personnel in 1985, and our first incarnation of the Fabric Management system ‘TCI Project Paint’ on Shell Southern platforms in 1987 – so we have been around a long time.
Interviewer: Why is it you seem to be new to the market then?
IRJC: In addition to rebranding, which in some ways means we need to broadcast our name again, the main reason is that we have been very focused on remaining small and specialist, which in turn meant limiting our business focus to a select number of clients and maximising what we do for them.
Interviewer: What sort of Clients are you currently servicing?
IRJC: Right now we have a major client in the Danish sector for which we deploy the RISCm system on more than 60 offshore assets; similarly we deploy the Fabric Management Systems for Centrica on their Irish Sea platforms and onshore processing facilities at Barrow. Another major deployment is on 18+ offshore assets in the Middle East. Others clients include BP and Maersk.
In short, around 80+ on and offshore assets currently deploy our management systems and more than 300+ are operating using our tools and techniques. Not quite as small an operation as some would expect!
Interviewer: For sure, that’s more than we would have anticipated based on industry knowledge of your company. You mentioned RISCm, what is that exactly and more importantly what is this 360integrity we are hearing more and more about lately?
IRJC: Well, first off 360intergity is a term we have coined to describe the mechanisms that allow us to completely integrate Integrity and Fabric Maintenance Management. To date these two essential aspects of managing energy sector facilities have been disparate and difficult to either reconcile (the data between them) or combine.
The problem has been one of differing data formats, differing aims and objectives of either aspect so tying the two together has been difficult at best or hugely error prone at worst.
Most operators stop trying to combine them after a while and let separate contracting organisations deal with each ‘hoping’ they would integrate; it’s never happened effectively anywhere in the world as far as we know!
RISCm is the flagship tool-set we have developed to make 360integrity possible.
The basis of 360integrity is ‘Information-Integration-Intelligence’, that means through the structure of RISCm all necessary information regarding facility Components, Corrosion and Fabric are logged and maintained in an ‘associated format’. This format allows the complete integration of all aspects of the system, so that, for the first time, a user can search-and-interrogate his entire management system in one place, using the same tools, and develop Planning, Maintenance, Corrosion, Threat and Analysis intelligence directly from his keyboard.
Interviewer: When you say intelligence, that could mean almost anything – what do you mean by that term?
IRJC: The best way to describe that would be through an example scenario. Imagine the head of maintenance for a large company (who have RISCm deployed) has a problem at home and will be out of the office for the next week. You are charged with taking over for the week and he’s left little in the way of handover notes. Where would you start?
With RISCm, you’d immediately go to your ‘dashboards’ and within minutes have a complete picture of all aspects of your plant or facility’s ‘condition and status’ at that point in ‘real time’.
What alarms are firing now, which are due in the next 48 hours, next week etc?
How do the KPI figures stand on ‘Inspection’ and ‘Corrosion Trending’?
Where there are challenges alarming use the drill down facilities to immediately see what the data refers to and what the base situation is on it.
In short, you’d get a complete handle on what the current situation is, where your attention should flow and about what you should be concerned; right now, tomorrow and in the future!
Interviewer: WOW, that sounds very comprehensive, but there must be a lot of data involved in that; how does it all get in there and kept up to date?
IRJC: Lots of data that’s for sure. But RISCm is designed to maintain the traditional roles I mentioned above, of Integrity and Fabric as separate entities. Because of this no-one needs to ‘know it all’, and the Integrity and Inspection personnel can carry on pretty much as before, looking after their own aspects of the facility, and the Fabric personnel can look after theirs. The integration tools in RISCm do all of the linking and presentation, so that from a management standpoint it’s all one useable box of data.
Interviewer: So where does the 360integrity concept come in?
IRJC: Well, RISCm is really a box of tools ordered in a specific way, to manage integrity and fabric maintenance as a base. With 360integrity we can add two huge benefits to the management process:
First; we are able to add many other aspects of plant that might otherwise be considered separate or difficult for maintenance or inspection tasks. For example, Transits & Penetrations, Temporary Repair Solutions, Flanges & Bolting, Valves, Pipe and Spring Hangers, Pipe Saddles etc. are all often either not properly understood in terms of the ‘big-maintenance-picture’, are not even considered or are managed as a ‘tack-on’ to some other activity. In 360integrity these can all part of the entire management programme, handled as an integrated system.
Second; 360integrity allows outside suppliers to operate a specialist area of RISCm as their own in-house tool. This means where they are a supplier and their client is an operator say, and that operator has deployed RISCm as their HUB system, the specialist supplier can ‘plug-in’ directly to the HUB and deliver their service, often in ‘real-time’.
Interviewer: 360integrity and RISCm combined certainly seem like a useable approach to getting better facility corrosion management, but these systems are really expensive to deploy, are they not?
IRJC: They can be, and where the operator is deploying two or more separate systems the costs can be prohibitive; unfortunately some operators are only now coming to that conclusion after 5 or more years working with them.
If 360integrity and RISCm were not financially viable they would have no place in the industry but fortunately the tools are incredibly flexible and start-up costs can be very low indeed.
Some clients have specified a slow build-up, where they continue to deploy their current integrity management systems and allow RISCm to simply share that data through the built in data translation-engines.
That can offer the best of both worlds short term, and allow a test and trial period. Add to that a slow deployment, say over high criticality process first, and a build up to the rest of the plant over years and the deployment costs can be less than those of a basic Inspection regimen.
Interviewer: So clients can crossover from their current systems to RISCm or deploy it as a new system? If so does that mean they can take advantage of the obvious benefits available through 360integrity?
IRJC: Yes, there are multiple levels of deployment of the systems, but whichever the client chooses he will be able to expand at any time to gain all of the benefits of 360integrity.
Interviewer: One last question, I have heard that SCM may be offering RISCm to some clients for free – how can that work?
IRJC: You are right, there are some clients, particularly overseas, who are currently at serious risk from corrosion challenges, and as yet don’t have the necessary technology to manage it effectively – and in some cases even understand it.
We decided to make available a ‘Lite’ version of RISCm to those clients. This will offer them some low level tools to manage criticality, inspection and maintenance projects immediately. It sounds rather altruistic of us, but its only partially so as we anticipate they will be back to us for other services and the full RISCm tool-set as their business and level of sophistication increases!
Interviewer: Thanks for your explanation Ian, I hope the readers take as much from this as I have.
IRJC: You are welcome and I appreciate your interest in SCM.