The potential degradation of facilities due to age related mechanisms such as corrosion, erosion and fatigue is a key issue for the chemical industry. The Health and Safety Executive have recognised asset integrity management and the issue of ageing plant as key topics to address in their strategic inspection programme.
Monitoring the ageing mechanisms of the built assets or structures is an extremely specialist area and requires in-depth knowledge of the following failure modes shown to the right.
The assessment (by a competent person) of ageing structures should therefore be considered as a minimum level of compliance in relation to the application of all measures necessary to prevent major accidents involving dangerous substances, (required by COMAH regulation 4).
The specialist and competent diagnosis and whole-life rectification of infrastructure defects are essential components of a sustainable asset integrity management system on a chemical processing site. Our skilled and experienced team provide an unrivalled service in the assessment and diagnosis of deteriorated buildings and structures. Our competence provides reliable specialist support when our chemical sector clients require assistance in the root cause analysis of structural defects. When a requirement for repair or maintenance work is confirmed, we also provide added value in the form of knowledge and experience of specialist techniques that can be implemented to achieve a successful whole-life outcome at optimal cost.