Equipment refers to a single piece of equipment or a combination of technical installations joined up in a drilling asset specified to adequately meet the intended operational and contractual requirements. In Operational Asset Integrity, “Equipment” refers to “hardware”-in-operation and focuses on safely meeting performance standards. Equipment inspections are very effective at identifying potential problems and assessing their criticality at any point in time. ModuSpec was the first to recognize this need.
25 years after the world’s very first rig inspection, ModuSpec has performed over 5000 rig inspections and ModuSpec inspections have become the reliable rig health-check for many Clients in the Drilling Industry. This robust service is still evolving, taking new input from every rig inspection we do and the continued appreciation for our root service is valued highly.
It did not take long for our Clients to recognize that as well and as a result, ModuSpec became involved at a much earlier stage in many new-build and refurbishment projects. Today, close to 300 projects include ModuSpec expertise early on in the process, ranging from overseeing the commissioning to full-scale project management. “Difficult oil”, comes with more challenging operational conditions, e.g. in theArcticand in deep water. These developments and a turbulent market call for innovative designs. Obviously, new equipment comes with new complexities. The new knowledge resulting from new-build and refurbishing projects finds its way back into the inspection checklists and keeps our training programs continuously up-to-scratch.
In my series of blogs about the aspects which influence the Operational Asset Integrity of a drilling rig, this Equipment blog would seem the easy part. After all; unlike people and systems, equipment can be “hard-coded”. Judging from equipment failures and problems, it might be a little more complicated. In my next blog you will read all about how different aspects blend together.
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