Determining the actual condition of the material and/or the primary and secondary causes of the damage or deterioration observed or anticipated are prerequisites of a fitness-for-service or a risk based inspection study. Ion has CSWIP qualified experts in condition and damage assessments in accordance with API 571 and VGB-S-517, fitness-for-service assessments according to BS 7910, API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, API 1104, and developing and implementing a risk based inspection according to API 580 and API 581.
Catastrophic failures of critical plant production systems may result in personal injury, environmental impact, loss in production volume or quality. Monitoring deviations between the design and the service conditions of a system and mitigating or avoiding such deviations are concerns of reliability engineering. A viable reliability engineering program contents a root cause failure analysis process in which the damage mechanisms and their causes are determined.