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API 579-1 Fitness-For-Service Simplified

INSPECT assists personnel engaged in plant inspection and turn around activities by quickly creating Fitness-For-Service (FFS) assessments for pressure vessels, heat exchangers, piping and above ground storage tanks. It manages inspection data and seamlessly uses thickness surveys to determine inspection intervals and retirement dates. INSPECT makes re-rating pressure vessels simple and helps Engineers make run, repair or replace decisions.  IT departments also appreciate that INSPECT does this without the need to purchase, deploy and learn several different software “modules”.

Depending on your needs, INSPECT’s API 579-1 FFS can assess individual components, complete vessels or even model entire process systems. INSPECT also reduces regulatory compliance risk by quickly documenting undocumented pressure vessels. And when it becomes necessary to repair your pressure equipment, INSPECT’s integration with our Shopfloor welding management system helps speed up that process too.

INSPECT features a 3D inspection data management system (IDMS) that has the unique ability to show CML’s and API 579-1 flaws directly on your equipment models. This 3D flaw visualization includes GPS location information to help quickly locate the flaws being monitored. INSPECT’s 3D equipment models also save money because they make possible the rigorous tmin calculations that can extend vessel remaining life and inspection intervals.

INSPECT is a Fitness-For-Service and IDMS extension of our market leading COMPRESS pressure vessel software. It includes all available COMPRESS functionality and shares the same user interface and file format. This commonality makes the transition from COMPRESS to INSPECT easy and efficient. Users new to Codeware products benefit from an easy to learn user interface that minimizes training time and reduces implementation costs.

INSPECT Features API 579-1 Fitness-For-Service (FFS), 3D Plant Modeling, Pressure Vessel Re-rating and Inspection Data Management (IDMS)
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INSPECT Highlights

INSPECT:  Comprehensive Mechanical Integrity (MI) Software

INSPECT's API 579 FFS assessments cover a wide range of equipment and flaw types

API 579-1/ASME® FFS-1

Taking equipment out of service is expensive but leaving damaged equipment in service can be risky. INSPECT’s Fitness-For-Service assessments assist Engineers in determining if repair or replacement is really necessary. A wide range of flaws are addressed including general and local metal loss, pitting corrosion, grooves, dents, gouges and cracks. Complete Part 3 brittle fracture checks automatically support INSPECT flaw assessments as well. INSPECT’s data logger integration can quickly turn thickness survey readings into FFS results and help ensure turn arounds stay on schedule. INSPECT produces detailed API 579-1 remaining life reports that let you verify the calculations performed and provide RAGAGEP support for your recommendations.

INSPECT Includes API 653 Storage Tank Evaluations, Inspection Data Management, Calculations and Reports

ASME VIII, API 510, API 570 and API 653

INSPECT’s mechanical integrity capabilities include a flexible inspection data management system that lets you specify the CML data to track. Rigorous tmin, remaining life and inspection interval calculations are built-in. All API 510 and API 570 Code results are supported by full ASME VIII, ASME B31.3, ASME B31.4 and TEMA calculations and reports. INSPECT helps safely extend equipment life and inspection intervals by implementing the most economical Code allowable stresses and weld joint efficiencies permitted by the NBIC / API 510. API 653 storage tank assessments include consideration of shell out-of-plane and edge settlements, floor bulges and patch plates.

INSPECT performs pressure vessel re-rating and shows the governing API 510, API 653 or API 570 CML on the equipment 3D model

Pressure Vessel Re-Rating

  • INSPECT quickly performs ASME compliant pressure vessel re-rating calculations complete with supporting design documentation.

  • INSPECT accurately determines what equipment re-rating does to equipment remaining life and inspection schedules.

  • Unlike other mechanical integrity systems, INSPECT produces extensive audit trail reports that document all API 510 calculations performed.

Recent INSPECT API 579-1 Fitness-For-Service Additions

  • Level 1 crack-like flaw assessments

  • Support for ASME® Codes dating back to 1950

  • Import/Export Excel® inspection data files

  • Drag and drop CML placement

  • ASME PCC-1 – Analysis of bolted flange assemblies per ASME PCC-1, Appendix O is now available.

  • API 579 Flaw Locations – GPS locations may now be specified for API 579 flaws. Flaw locations can be displayed in Google Earth by clicking on the GPS coordinates in the corresponding flaw report.

  • Part 3 MAT Charts – API 579 Part 3 pressure versus minimum allowable temperature (minimum pressurization temperature)  charts  can now be generated for each flaw.

  • API 653 Nozzle and Roof Assessments – API 653 tank nozzle and roof assessments have been added.

Meeting National Board \ API 510 Requirements With INSPECT

View a webinar on meeting National Board Requirements with INSPECT. Topics include:

  • A brief overview of COMPRESS (for new construction) and INSPECT (covers both new and post construction activities)

  • NBIC considerations – Re-rating pressure vessels and relocating equipment between jurisdictions

  • Pressure Vessel Re-rating Using INSPECT – NBIC Interpretation 98-14 – Brittle Fracture, UCS-66 and Minimum Design Metal Temperature (MDMT) – Inspection Schedules for Corrosion – Benefits of Modeling Longitudinal Welds on Pressure Vessels