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serious incident to happen and the government to intro- duce more legislation. It is crucial to be proactive, rather than just reacting to past events,” says John Lockwood. Doug Pauling adds: “In China we see a large number of maintenance projects in progress everywhere, mainly in gas. The facilities are ageing and have to be maintained properly.”

Safety and Risk Expertise

With their risk engineering expertise, IRS offer structural and earthquake engineering, evaluation of structural de- terioration, offshore jacket inspection plans, LNG storage and terminal design assessments as well as finite element analysis of complex structural configurations. Advanced inspection techniques offered by IRS utilize state-of-the- art technology to evaluate pressure vessels, storage tanks, piping and heat exchangers for their continued mechani- cal integrity. This includes long-range ultrasonic pipeline evaluations, acoustic emission testing, magnetic flux scan- ning and other special ultrasonic thickness measurement methodologies.

John Lockwood explains the philosophy behind the process safety services: “Risk is a combination of the se- verity of the consequences and the likelihood that these events occur. The ultimate consequences are much easier to determine by computer modelling: how big the explo- sion is, how far the toxic cloud may travel, etc.

The likelihood of such events, however, is more difficult to predict accurately since it depends largely on human factors and the effective implementation of the client’s process safety management system. Therefore one has to take an even closer look at the factors affecting like- lihood, particularly in this current unpredictable world- wide economic downturn, and try to ensure these events will never occur.”

IRS encourage their clients to implement and maintain all the elements of the process safety management sys-

tem in an effective manner. “These elements need to be monitored and audited in-



Ever since its foundation in 1992, IRS has contributed to the safety, reliability and environmental performance of onshore and offshore installations, pipelines, termi- nals, refineries and all types of chemical plants through- out Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

The company assists operators in managing plants more efficiently through both online and offline-based services. 80 engineers with both field and analytical expertise serve customers throughout the region.

dependently as part of ‘total quality management’ to re- duce the likelihood of major accidents to a level as low as reasonably practicable.” Under the current economic con- ditions, proposed cutbacks and/or changes in inspection and maintenance schedules must be subject to a risk as- sessment prior to implementation. Failure to do so will sig- nificantly increase the likelihood of a major accident, i. e. an incident that has been considered very unlikely or im- possible could happen tomorrow.

A Close and Fruitful Cooperation

Germanischer Lloyd has been taking a similar approach in its asset integrity services, which have been offered for more than twenty years. John Lockwood explains: “GL and IRS have the same commitment to high professional stand- ards in the prevention of all types of losses. And this is just one of the reasons why everybody is looking forward to a close and fruitful cooperation.” With effect from April 2009, IRS trades under the name “GL Industrial Services Singa-


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For further information: GL Industrial Services Singapore, Phone: +65 6778 4637, E-Mail: irs@pacific.net.sg

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