GE Digital announced the general availability of enhanced Compliance Management features in its Asset Performance Management (APM) Integrity software for the oil and gas, chemical and power industries. Developed in collaboration with one of the largest U.S. petroleum refiners, Compliance Management is a major development of GE Digital’s inspection data management capability, an integrated component of the APM Integrity solution.
Inspection planning and auditability continue to be a challenge for the industry. Although planning inspections for thousands of pieces of process equipment is complex, mechanical integrity inspections and non-destructive testing are typically planned and tracked manually. To address the risk of missed inspections on regulated equipment, Compliance Management highlights where an organization may have deficiencies and then streamlines and automates the inspection planning process. This also drastically speeds time to value for new organizations implementing the solution.
“With this new functionality, GE Digital has targeted one of the most basic aspects of a mechanical integrity program: the inspection planning process. It’s difficult for planners to manage thousands of pieces of equipment and ensure there aren’t gaps in the program that could result in regulatory fines or, worst case, a loss of containment event,” said Vipin Nair, APM Integrity product leader at GE Digital. “By automating manual inspection planning processes, Compliance Management gives mechanical integrity planners a new tool to reduce the risk of missed inspections thus reducing regulatory risk, increasing team efficiency and improving safety.”
Leveraging GE Digital’s strong integration capabilities to Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems, APM Integrity’s Compliance Management uses data from an EAM to automatically generate an inspection plan based on the regulatory code that applies to the equipment. This streamlines the inspection planning process, allowing planners to take more of a review-and-approve role as opposed to a manual, planning-and-scheduling process. If a regulated piece of equipment does not have an inspection plan in place, users are automatically notified – providing a layer of protection that ensures inspections are not missed, which could result in a fine from regulators in the event of an audit.
Compliance Management is now generally available on premises or in the cloud as part of APM Integrity, part of the broader GE Digital Predix APM suite.