Why Inspectivity digital inspection software?

Inspectivity's no-code inspection software offers a unique value proposition for operators of critical infrastructure and engineering teams. No other platform can offer the same level of flexibility to support any inspection use case during any project lifecycle phase.

Inspectivity was founded based on the strategy of improving productivity, collaboration and data quality in relation to asset-centric engineering inspection. The founders saw a significant opportunity to develop a modern approach to replace legacy processes and to address the inherent inefficiencies associated with existing systems.

The marketplace for form-based mobile solutions and engineering asset management is crowded, however, we noted significant opportunities to differentiate with new technology and crucially to address a significant issue facing major projects, asset owners and operators. The fact is that most teams do not have ready access to the engineering asset data they need to analyse, predict or automate.

In a 2019 study by The Economist, executives identified “ease of access to information required to get work done” as the #1 way in which technology can drive productivity.

Inspectivity can supercharge inspection management for owners, operators and service providers. The key value propositions we provide are:

  • Deliver an asset-centric inspection solution aligning with source enterprise systems
  • Provide the perfect home for your asset condition data
  • Deliver a universal system for managing any type of inspection through all project phases
  • Create an immersive, catalogued and connected asset and inspection data set

Asset-centric inspection management

Inspections capture the condition of assets via forms. Historically managed via inefficient paper-based processes. Inspection teams recognising the inherent problems with these approaches are looking to digitise and the immediate reaction is to search for a “digital forms” type of software.

There are some excellent form building products available but these solutions are too simplistic for critical asset management. The key reason is that they are missing the connection between the data recorded (on a digital form) and the underlying asset being inspected. Form building apps are not asset-centric which is fundamental for engineering projects.

How can you maintain inspection history to create a catalogued and accessible data set without taking an asset-centric view?

Form-builder apps are not suitable and Inspectivity recognised this by designing a solution around the asset-centric concept. We ensure inspection history can be linked directly to an asset and maintained throughout its lifetime.

A perfect home for asset condition data

The next value proposition continues with the asset-centric theme but looks at the systems that are used by owners and operators of critical infrastructure. In particular how Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software such as SAP, Oracle, Maximo stores asset condition data.

ERP systems are the source of truth for all asset information and the management of maintenance activities. Primarily they are work order and resource management tools. They manage client infrastructure based on the spine of an asset hierarchy which can be a “systemisation” (system > sub-system > plant), a location-based (business unit > region) or a work-based structure (project > work pack).

Assets (eg. an electric motor) are the “leaf” items modelled in the hierarchy and inspection work is the key maintenance task for understanding its condition. The work order management process (ERP) triggers the inspection and teams then follow protocols to record the status of the asset. Historically protocols are paper-based but now with the drive towards efficiency, teams are looking to software.

Simple form-based tools will allow you to put a digital protocol on a mobile device to capture data in a more elegant way, however, the form has no relationship to the asset. This is a critical disconnect because the outcomes of the (new) digital inspections (when using a form-builder app) are “flat” non-parsable files (eg. PDF documents).  Whilst offering improvements to the fieldwork aspects of the process this creates another headache.

If you use digital tools without the connection to the asset (ie. not asset-centric) then you must rely on other systems (ERP) to maintain the inspection report. This means the non-parseable report is then uploaded and stored against the work order in the ERP system. The ERP essentially becomes a “facade” to collections of non-parsable documents (PDFs).

From an engineering point of view, how can you compare and contrast asset and condition data when stored as PDFs? The underlying engineering data is not accessible which means you cannot do any comparisons or contrast the outcomes. You cannot use the data for automation or artificial intelligence and you cannot use it to improve the confidence level for data inputs for other engineering processes (eg. risk based-inspection).

Inspectivity is asset-centric and works in harmony with the ERP but more importantly provides the perfect home for asset condition data.

Simplify the solution landscape

Major capital projects are multi-phase (design > construct > operate), multi-discipline (ie. electrical, mechanical etc.) and from an inspection point of view, they are multi-use case.

Each use case has a niche requirement for digital efficiency but each works on the same project or asset in its own way. Having their own project breakdown and way of grouping assets into specialist work packages. This often creates data restricted in silos, incompatible between disciplines and even project lifecycle phases and creating an inability to exchange, compare or reuse data. The full value of the data cannot be realised.

Furthermore, substantial time and money are wasted creating as-built documentation to be handed over between project phases. We know through studies done by the likes of McKinsey that on average there is a typical cost overspend of about 37% and schedule overrun of 53% on major capital projects. Project handover delays are part of that problem.

Major capital projects cannot solve these problems with different vendor solutions. It creates a far too complex IT architecture. Clients, therefore, need to simplify the solution landscape and address the demand more holistically.

Inspectivity addresses these issues by providing a universal system for defining inspections and grouping assets through all stages of a project. By providing all project disciplines with consistency, project data is carried through across the full project lifecycle.

Assemble and learn from your data

Inspectivity allows stakeholders to create immersive, catalogued and connected inspection data sets. A combination of powerful form building capability and asset-centric concepts enable clients to build out comprehensive volumes of “strongly typed” data. Data which represents the condition of assets over time according to four paradigms:

  • Asset specification data
  • Inspection results
  • Issue results (eg. defects, anomalies, follow up work)
  • Media (eg. photos, video and sound)

Project risk is reduced through higher-quality data, a full audit trail and greater visibility of safety-critical and compliance issue status. Higher-quality digital data enables organisations to lay the foundations for a future in “decision science” and automation.

Inspectivity’s media register brings to life photos, video and sound files captured during field inspections. Media assets are automatically catalogued, highly searchable and made accessible to the team. Building up a large volume of media assets will provide valuable learning data sets to form the basis for artificial intelligence programs (eg. photo recognition algorithms) related to further improving your inspection work.

High-quality data provides significant qualitative benefits. Access to data can have a significant impact on compliance, safety and the ability to optimise processes. Data is your most valuable asset and we believe the potential value of previously inaccessible engineering information is very significant.

Inspectivity provides world-class technology to collect and organise inspection data and, critically, presents the opportunity for clients to monetise or “harness” this data.

You can download a PDF version of our unique value proposition whitepaper here.

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