Transferring Thickness Grids Between Excel and INSPECT

Another useful feature of INSPECT is its ability to export\import thickness inspection grids to\from Excel. This streamlines the process of setting up thickness inspection points (CML’s) and improves coordination between Engineers and Inspectors. The INSPECT work flow eliminates manual data entry as copying and pasting data back and forth is not required. It also reduces errors and confusion because the Engineer and the Inspector are always working with the same data.

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Transferring Thickness Measurement Grids (CML's) To\From Excel
Transferring Thickness Grids Between Excel and INSPECT

Transferring Thickness Measurement Grids (CML’s) To\From Excel

Using INSPECT, the Engineer first specifies the measurement locations on the equipment 3D model. This grid is then exported as an Excel spreadsheet. The measurements are then entered into Excel and sent back to be imported directly back into INSPECT for analysis.

The INSPECT workflow collects thickness inspection data in three easy steps:

  • The number and location of inspection points (CML’s) are specified on the INSPECT equipment model. If no COMPRESS or INSPECT model exists, new models can be quickly created using the Vessel Wizard. Equipment owner\operators often request the COMPRESS CW7 file when ordering new equipment because it simplifies this step.
  • Export the inspection grid as an Excel spreadsheet and hand it over to the Inspector. The Inspector then takes the thickness measurements and fills out the grid using Excel.

  • The Engineer then imports this spreadsheet back into INSPECT and runs the analysis. This quickly determines equipment information like the next inspection date and remaining life.

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