Kiefner & Associates Inc.

Asset Reliability and Integrity: Prioritizing Equipment Health and Operational Safety – Risk

Ensuring Optimal Asset Integrity

In accordance with the high standards and guidelines set forth by the American Petroleum Institute (API), Kiefner has honed numerous strategies focused on comprehensive asset integrity inspection. These encompass areas such as pressure vessel inspection, pipeline scrutiny, and the examination of above ground storage tanks (AST). The meticulously crafted approaches we adopt are designed to reduce potential risks, extend the operational life of systems, and reinforce safety, ensuring that stakeholders can navigate their operations with heightened confidence.

Streamlined Data Delivery

Kiefner’s methodological systematization ensures that clients receive precisely structured information, customized to cater to diverse facets of facility lifecycle management. This encompasses clear identification of results, in-depth discernment of potential concerns, and robust supporting data. Our structured process allows clients to harness all the requisite information through a thorough and meticulous implementation of the API’s asset integrity inspections and management protocols. In doing so, it guarantees adherence to all the mandates, whether they are federal, state, or jurisdictional, thereby reinforcing asset stability and the overarching lifecycle management protocol.

Accessible Inspection Services

Operating in proximity to pivotal industry zones, Kiefner offers an expansive spectrum of inspection services, spanning pressure vessels, pipelines, and storage tanks. Our global reach ensures that clients have ready access to our certified, well-trained, and seasoned NDT professionals.

Guided by API Standards

API’s recommendations form the backbone of Kiefner’s asset integrity management system reviews. By integrating in-house expertise with state-of-the-art technologies, we guarantee unparalleled quality, consistency, and efficacy in every project.

Industry-Specific Expertise

Kiefner’s proficiency in asset integrity management is particularly accentuated in the oil and gas sectors, with expertise spanning:

  • Upstream operations
  • Midstream logistics
  • Downstream processing
  • Onshore and offshore NDT

Furthermore, our services are not limited to the realms dictated by API standards. We extend our methodologies to cater to diverse requirements across multiple industries, ensuring assets remain service-ready and efficient.

Unwavering Commitment To Compliance

Kiefner is unwavering in its commitment to ensuring that all client assets align with federal, state, and jurisdictional regulations. This is achieved through meticulous adherence to API and ASME guidelines for pressure vessel and pipeline inspections. Our systematic data capture and analytical processes equip clients with a nuanced understanding of their assets, enabling informed decisions and reinforcing continued operational viability.

With the resources and expertise at Kiefner’s disposal, we offer clients timely and comprehensive asset integrity analysis. This not only reduces downtime but also amplifies safety measures and enhances profitability, ensuring that clients can operate with absolute confidence.

Asset Reliability and Integrity – Compliance


The integrity and safety of pipelines are paramount for operators. As pipelines age, they can become susceptible to defects, such as corrosion and cracks. Remaining Life Assessment (RLA) is a systematic approach used to evaluate the health of pipelines, gauge their lifespan, and ensure that they operate safely for their intended service life.

Regulatory and Standard Framework

Several standards and regulations guide the RLA process:

  • 49 CFR 192.939: Defines requirements for confirming the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) for segments of transmission pipelines.
  • API 1169: Specifies the qualification of pipeline personnel to ensure safety during pipeline construction and maintenance.
  • ASME B31.8S: Details the process for managing system integrity of gas and liquid pipelines.

Approach to Remaining Life Assessment

  • Pressure Cycle Fatigue Analyses: Determines the number of cycles a pipeline can safely endure at a given pressure range. The more cycles at higher pressures, the shorter the pipeline’s remaining life might be.
  • Rainflow Analysis of Pressure Spectrums: This method counts cycles in a complex pressure spectrum to determine fatigue damage, shedding light on the potential life of the pipeline.
  • Flaw Sizing Non-Destructive Examination (NDE): Flaws and defects are sized using advanced non-destructive testing techniques to understand their nature and severity.
  • Growth Rates for Time-Dependent Anomalies: Different types of defects grow at different rates. By understanding these rates, one can predict the time it might take for a defect to become critical.

Importance of Remaining Life Assessment

  • Safety Assurance: Regular RLA ensures that potential threats to pipeline integrity are detected and addressed before they lead to catastrophic failures.
  • Operational Efficiency: By predicting and preventing potential failures, operators can avoid costly downtimes and maintain efficient operations.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Adhering to the guidelines and standards ensures that the pipeline operations are in compliance, avoiding potential penalties.
  • Informed Decision Making: With accurate RLAs, operators can make informed decisions about repair, replacement, or further monitoring of the pipelines.


Remaining Life Assessment is a vital component in the management of pipeline assets. With the potential risks associated with pipeline failures, such as environmental damages and safety hazards, RLA provides an essential service. By integrating techniques such as pressure cycle fatigue analyses and using advanced NDE methods, operators can ensure the safety and longevity of their pipeline assets, meeting both operational and regulatory standards.

Aligning with API Guidelines

Kiefner offers meticulously developed strategies for asset integrity inspection, seamlessly aligning with the recommended practices of the American Petroleum Institute (API). These cover pressure vessel inspections, pipeline inspections, and above ground storage tank (AST) inspections. Our structured approach to asset integrity inspection ensures risk mitigation, extended system lifespans, and upholds a secure working environment, while providing comprehensive asset integrity insights.

Systematic Reporting for Facility Lifecycle Management

At Kiefner, we prioritize the delivery of conditioned information tailored to our clients’ specific needs. This encompasses the identification of results, potential areas of concern, and essential supporting data to facilitate informed decision-making. By deploying a robust API asset integrity inspection and management strategy, we ensure that all relevant federal, state, and jurisdictional directives regarding asset stability and facility lifecycle management are not just met but exceeded.
Our extensive service spectrum, spanning pressure vessel inspections, pipeline inspections, and storage tank inspections, positions us proximate to major industry hubs, enabling swift access to our team of skilled, industry-leading NDT personnel.

Ensuring Compliance and Quality

API’s guidelines form the foundation of our asset integrity management system reviews. At Kiefner, our commitment to quality drives us to incorporate both in-house and industry-leading technologies, ensuring that our offerings are consistently at the forefront of industry standards.

Applications Across the Oil and Gas Spectrum

Our services, grounded in the pertinent API standards, extensively cover the oil and gas sectors:

  • Upstream
  • Midstream
  • Downstream
  • Onshore and Offshore NDT

Beyond these primary sectors, Kiefner’s methodologies have also been adapted for diverse industry sectors, assessing the continued service suitability of varied assets.

Ensuring Standards and Minimizing Downtime

At Kiefner and Associates, Inc., our mission is ensuring our client’s assets are compliant with all federal, state, and jurisdictional directives. We meticulously adhere to API and ASME guidelines for inspections. Our cutting-edge data capture and analysis techniques provide clients with an unparalleled understanding of their assets, backed by precise equipment-specific data, affirming their continued service suitability.

With Kiefner’s expansive resources and expertise in asset integrity management, we guarantee quick reporting turnaround times and a thorough asset integrity analysis. This results in minimized asset downtime, bolstered safety measures, and enhanced profitability. Trust in Kiefner to provide unparalleled expertise in asset integrity inspections.

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