The Problem with LDAR Retags – Not Linking your Tags, your Database, and your P&IDs

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This section is Part 1 of our series on addressing the issues that result from industry-standard LDAR inventory / retag projects, which lead to significant, recurring costs and compliance risk.  Ei’s technology-based solutions are debunking the myths are these projects to reduce project costs while implementing industry-best technology to prevent typical project cost and compliance risk.. One of the biggest shortcomings of the "old way" of doing an LDAR inventory / retag project is that the three sets of data that are produced as a result of the project - LDAR-highlighted P&IDs,  equipment tags hung in the field, and LDAR database records - are not linked.  These projects begin with significant, up-front effort to “get it right," including speciation review, LDAR applicability determinations to generate highlighted P&IDs, etc. But at the end of the project, usually LDAR program coordinators rely on the contractor’s project team and quality assurance (QA) processes to ensure everything has been tagged.  When the project is over, the facility has an updated LDAR database – but there has never been a good way to know that it represents everything on the highlighted P&IDs.

With Ei’s FieldTech Toolbox™ and intelligent P&IDs, it is possible to identify individual valves which have not been inventoried (shown in blue circles above)
With Ei’s FieldTech Toolbox™ and intelligent P&IDs, it is possible to identify individual valves which have not been inventoried (shown in blue circles above)

If you want to maximize LDAR compliance, you must link your LDAR highlighted P&IDs, tags, and database to allow for adequate QA/QC so you can be confident that your inventory is accurate.  With Ei's "new gen" technologies for LDAR inventory and retag projects, we form a linkage between every LDAR-applicable valve on the P&ID, tags hung in the field, and individual component records in the database.

3-Way LDAR Retag Linkage
3-Way LDAR Retag Linkage

We create this linkage (shown above), as well as increase efficiency to reduce costs by executing LDAR inventory and retagging projects with our FieldTech Toolbox™ software and data-driven P&IDs.  When a technician clicks on a valve and enters the tag number to document the component - the three-way linkage is formed between the tags number, the valve on the highlighted P&ID, and the LDAR database.

Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series, which will present improved ways to highlight P&IDs in a way that makes all facility P&IDs searchable in the field – enabling technicians to locate specific equipment within a >100 P&IDs in just seconds.