How to successfully manage critical assets – Part 2 : IT tools & practical tools

12 May 2022

In our last article, we have taken a deeper look into how industries worldwide manage critical installations.

This compilation of common issues and good practices has been gathered by a special project of the OECD, intended to centralize mutual knowledge in order to help industries overcome certain difficulties.

Today, we are therefore going to look at the tools, which are commonly used in the context of critical asset management and which the OECD has managed to gather during its project.


1. Digital tools:

Most companies have developed or purchased digital tools, aiming to facilitate the work of inspectors, as well as to implement a more efficient manner of carrying out inspections – in terms of strategy, costs, time, etc. Even the most simple tools, such as joint databases have shown to be of great use to inspectors, as they allow for better coordination, overview, and visualization of planned and passed inspections across different authorities.

Furthermore, digitalized documents have increased inspector’s effectiveness, accuracy, and rapidity of execution significantly: only if safety-related documents are being processed in one standard form (hence the benefit of setting up a standardized and pre-defined form/protocol for inspection related data), can inspections ensure the reliable implementation of inspection strategies.


2. Remote inspections:

Some countries have reported making use of remote inspections in order to gain time, avoid traveling and save resources for minor inspection operations. Of course, such interventions are only possible if the site is well-known, has not suffered from any changes, or is subject to threatening accidents. Nonetheless, connection and security issues have been reported to cause concern.


3. Checklists:

Similarly, and complementary to point 1, checklists and forms have been developed in order to help inspectors perform more effectively: evaluation of safety standards, compliance with regulations, etc. These checklists ensure a more structured approach in terms of data collection, monitoring, and assessment of whether the given production site is in control or not.


In the light of these elements, gathered from various industries worldwide by the OECD, Sirfull’s inspection software introduces itself as a major tool in implementing a more effective, cost- and time-saving approach to critical asset management. Our team is capable of providing first-hand experience and expertise, as we already benefit from customers worldwide using our system with great satisfaction and reliability.


Check out our page on our inspection software and contact us to book a free demo with our team!

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