Downtime has a significant influence on the productive capability of offshore topside operating systems. Integrity assessment and control (IA&C) disciplines face major challenges in implementing a plant integrity control strategy, due to the lack of a methodology for incorporating fuzziness present in the data. To date, the employed IA&C practices face challenges in maintaining uniform quality from one integrity control program to another, due to the variability present in the technical IA&C process, especially among the different integrity assessment experts. Hence, it is vital to use expert systems-based approaches to sustain IA&C activities at an anticipated level and maintain the performance of operating assets at a target level. This manuscript provides a methodology and an illustrative case for how to perform IA&C activities for offshore topside piping. The illustrative case is demonstrated using a fuzzy inference system (FIS). Technical condition (TC) and relative degradation (RD) are selected as the inputs to the FIS for assessing the likelihood of failure (LoF). Expert system-based calculations, and how to use such results for IA&C, are demonstrated. The practical significance of the suggested approach is also discussed.

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