FITNESS FOR SERVICE
As industrial plant increases in complexity, damage to critical items of equipment can result in lengthy downtime. Soon after an accident occurs, critical decisions have to be made, requiring equipment to be categorised as follows.
- Needs to be replaced.
- Can be restored temporarily, perhaps down rated, but otherwise has to be replaced as soon as possible.
- Can be restored to full functionality.
- Not significantly damaged.
Our engineers and metallurgists investigate accidents full time and are therefore well placed to determine the fitness for service of engineering structures and materials. This is particularly so for suspected fire damage as fire origin and cause investigation is carried out by all of our consultants, many of whom are certified by IAAI or NAFI.
API 579 Fitness For Service
A systematic method of assessment used in industry which is increasingly being used for damage as a result of fire damage. Although originally intended for pressure vessels and piping after fire, the methodology is rigorous and arguably applicable to a wider range of equipment. Most importantly, assessment in this way carries the imprimatur of a code of practice, lessening the opportunity for disagreement on the basis that it is just opinion.