Thomas Kline - Structural Technologies
Understanding subsurface Civil Infrastructure in refineries has always been a challenge. Critical assets, such as reinforced concrete Sulfur Pits, add another layer of difficulty because they are rarely off-line and available for investigation or maintenance. Often, an out-of-sight out-of-mind approach is taken, putting both the structure and its operating personnel at risk.
Advances in technology now allow for a more systematic evaluation – the On-line/Off-line Evaluation Approach – to be implemented. The On-Line/Off-Line Evaluation Approach allows for an initial assessment on-line and data validation during planned short-duration plant outages.
Information gathered during these evaluative efforts provide Maintenance Managers with critical information in order to make informed maintenance decisions.
Through a review of testing technologies and an overview of case histories, this article details how Maintenance Managers can use this effective tool to maintain their critical subsurface assets.