A typical day for an industrial site inspector

11 March 2020

As each site has its own procedures and working methodologies, adapted to the constraints of the site it is working on, there is no "typical day" for an inspector, generally.

Depending on the department in which the inspector works :

  • Recognized Inspection Service (SIR)
  • Inspection service not recognized
  • Service of the site that has been given the task of monitoring the equipment (in addition to its initial load)

His day will not be the same and their tasks may be different.

However, it is possible to list all the tasks of a Recognized Service Inspection (SIR) inspector, knowing that an inspector can be assigned on-site:

  • A particular area
  • A set of zones
  • A particular type of equipment (e.g. steam generators or a tank farm)
  • Or be dedicated to a more or less administrative task (carrying out the inspection plans)


Its tasks also differ according to the period of activity: during a period of shutdown, its tasks will be different from a period of activity of the equipment.


What are the duties of an inspector?


His tasks when working with pressure equipment :

  • Manage schedules
  • Carry out Inspection Plans and regulatory follow-up NDC and inspection
  • Monitor interventions on pressure equipment
  • Monitoring the work: construction of boiler making equipment and piping associated with the engineering department.
  • Preparing for major pressure equipment shutdowns
  • Manage several people during these shutdowns (external inspectors, controllers, boilermakers, pipefitters, etc.)
  • Elaborate criticality studies for pressure equipment
  • Preparing for DREAL audits
  • Elaborate quality procedures
  • Multi-unit versatility
  • Etc..


Its tasks within the framework of the equipment subject to the modernization plan (some may be subcontracted):

  • Establishment and updating of individual storage tank records
  • Setting up the initial states of the storage tanks
  • Routine visits to storage tanks
  • Foundation monitoring visits and retention basins
  • Gutter monitoring visits
  • Sump Monitoring Visits
  • Pipe surveillance visits
  • Pipeline bridge monitoring visits
  • Conducting criticality studies according to EEMUA 159, API 581 or other standards on tanks
  • Five-year” operating visits to storage tanks
  • Ten-year” non-operational visits to storage tanks


What is the added value of using a digital tool for the inspector?


The job of an inspector is multi-tasking: he has to deal with many situations, each as different as the next, have knowledge in many fields, whether intellectual (writing procedures, inspection reports, etc. …) or technical (carrying out inspections, non-destructive testing, etc. …).


Because of the multitude of these tasks and the knowledge required to carry out this job, the inspector could not properly carry out his mission without having at his disposal a digital, reliable, user-friendly tool that will facilitate his task in many areas.


An adapted digital tool is an “all-risk insurance” for the inspector. Even if the “zero” risk does not exist, the inspector will be able to limit the industrial risk with the help of a reliable digital tool on which he can rely.

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