Avoiding LDAR Documenting Pain Points, (Part 2/2)

And we’re back! Welcome to Part 2 of 2 from The Blog Formerly Known as "A Better Blog." Thanks for sticking with us - now where were we…(and make sure to read to the bottom for a YouTube link to our favorite Prince song).

Documenting LDAR equipment is more challenging than tagging when you consider the volume of data collected during a typical LDAR inventory/retag project. Thankfully, it’s not “1999,”and instead of spreadsheets we use databases, such as LeakDAS®, GuideWare™, and the soon-to-be-released, Chateau by LDARTools.

For our current project, we anticipate documenting 25,000 components and populating LeakDAS with 15 pieces of data per component (e.g., Tag Number, Location, Manufacturer, Drawing, Stream, etc.). This equates to 375,000 pieces of data that will be added and edited (and more than 500,000 if you consider component data to be deleted/inactivated for non-LDAR / heavy liquid equipment).

We believe that capturing precise and accurate LDAR documentation is the most important thing we do during a retag project, so we employ Documenting SOPs and Training (as seen in Part 1 of our blog for Tagging), but with another level of “enginerdness” (no, that is not a Prince-related reference).

This is where intelligent P&IDs help differentiate the work of our LDAR professionals from that of LDAR contractors.

Specifically, intelligent P&IDs make it possible to create a direct link between components tagged in the field, documented in the database, and drafted onto the P&ID.

It means we eliminate over 50% of the work involved in collecting standard data points during an LDAR retag. For our current project, it reduces manual collection from 375,000 data points to about 187,500 (“Let’s Go Crazy!”).

FieldTech Toolbox™ (right) comes in to make it easier for our technicians to document new components. Notice the data fields that are shaded - Type (Class + Type), Stream, and Size. Also notice that Drawing and Chemical State are not shown - these data fields, along with the Unit field are all intrinsically related to the intelligent P&ID. That’s 7 data fields that Ei automates for retag data collection. Our technicians focus on QC, documenting new and old tag numbers (when retagging), and recording accurate location descriptions that conform to the Documentation SOP.

Finally, intelligent P&IDs help us document accurate location descriptions. We use two features of the FieldTech Toolbox™ to do things differently than other teams.

Location Importer - Our client and their LDAR contractor for our current retagging project in Louisiana swore up-and-down that their location descriptions were good. In fact, they spent years and thousand of hours (not to mention dollars) bridging the gap of between LDAR technicians and maintenance personnel on how to reference locations to find and fix components found leaking. So, we implemented an “easy-refresh” button (illuminated green circular-arrow), so that any time our LDAR professional records an old tag from the facility’s LeakDAS or Guideware™ database, we can import that location description and do simple clean-up, as necessary.

Location Builder - Location descriptions typically consist of 4 parts: Elevation Code (EC), Primary Reference Point (PRP), Directional Reference (DR), and Secondary Reference Point (SRP). There are a number of variations in how to document components - just try documenting components in Chinese for a chemical plant client that implemented Guideware!. Our Location Builder gives our LDAR professionals a simple and easy-to-use tool to learn the “location description language” of the facility. It’s not “The Greatest Romance Ever Sold,” but it’s still a pretty neat LDAR retagging tool.

Next week, be prepared to speed things up - we’ll focus on Productivity Improvements along with Quality Controls and Assurance. We’ve already lost a few days to Mother Nature, and we’ve got the refinery pipe racks to tag and inventory, so we know that we have to pick up speed like a “Little Red Corvette” while working at grade in the tank farm!

To sign-off this edition of the blog formerly known as A Better Blog we’ll share a YouTube link to our all-time, favorite Prince song: The Most Beautiful (Retag) Girl in the World” (see what we did there?). 

Innovatively Yours -> Ei