OGF Article How To Find the Right Data System for Equipment Inspections

Stephen Whitfield, Senior

SPE.org 

Inspection data management systems (IDMS), software programs that organize data in a facility’s fixed-equipment analysis program, have been in use for decades, but choosing the right software can be a challenge. Determining exactly what they want out of the software, and understanding how each program under consideration fits with their business needs, can make that search and subsequent implementation go much smoother. Most IDMS software focuses on two primary tasks: creating and keeping track of inspection schedules for various equipment, and recording the results of each inspection for later review and analysis. It assists in assessments of corrosion rates and in-line inspections, among other things. Several programs integrate the methodologies for risk-based inspections with the functionality of IDMS, and these programs have become widely used today.