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Try these four questions to test your appreciation of the role of the Integrity Assessor/Integrity Engineer (or some such similar title). This is one of the higher-level roles in the industry so you can expect the questions to test your technical appreciation of the subject, to give you an idea about what the job entails. Once again, there’s only one correct answer to each question. You can access the answers via the link at the end but have a proper go at the questions first before looking at them.

Q1. Integrity FFP evaluation

Fitness-for-purpose (FFP) assessments are carried out on pressure equipment or structural components that are corroded or damaged in some way. Looking at it from a code-related rather than practical viewpoint, what exactly is an integrity assessor trying to do during an FFP assessment?

a) To prove the item still meets its original design code
b) To achieve a concession to the original design code
c) To link in with RBI in some way
d) To do an out-of-code assessment

Q2. The Integrity evaluation job

Which of these practical obstacles would you say provides an Integrity Assessor with the biggest problem when trying to assess the integrity of a seriously corroded item of pressure equipment?

a) It is difficult to decide which design or FFP formulae to use
b) NDT readings may not be accurate enough to allow valid FFP calculations
c) FFP methods are very academic and need complicated computer software
d) FFP methods ignore the possible consequences of the item failing

Q3. Responsibilities of the Integrity Assessor

By its nature, Integrity Assessment is carried out on plant that is highly dangerous, with the possibility of causing multiple fatalities if it fails. You are often doing these assessments on plant that is damaged or degraded in some way so it can be a risky business. If you are employed to do the assessments and you get it wrong then who will step up to support your technical judgement?

a) Probably no-one
b) Your employer
c) The technical committees that wrote the code document you followed
d) Your insurers (if have liability insurance)

Q4. The Integrity engineer job

Not all integrity engineers get involved in actually doing FFP evaluations of heavily corroded items; much of the job is more routine. Which of these hands-on activities will you probably not be involved in doing?

a) Visual inspections
b) Code calculations
c) Assessing material certificates
d) NDT

These are not easy questions.Check out The Answers and see how you did. If you have any queries about them, then give us a call.

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