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Offshore safety maximised with first independent bolted joint integrity calculator

12 June 2015

The world’s first independent bolted joint integrity calculation engine has been developed in North East England by a global leading light of the offshore industry. Robert Noble, who is recognised as one of the foremost authorities within the sphere of bolted joints, spearheaded the development of the innovative software from Asset 55, which is set to revolutionise integrity assurance.  

Robert Noble, technical director at Asset 55
Robert Noble, technical director at Asset 55

As the first to provide independent assurance of bolted joint integrity, process integrity and hydrocarbon leak reduction to oil and gas companies operating globally, the ground-breaking software solution and consultancy service will consider the stress, materials and service conditions of every joint to assess and evaluate both long and short-term integrity issues.

Validated by two global independent authorities on bolted joint integrity, Asset 55 is the first independent calculator of its kind and was developed to increase safety by eliminating the risk of leaks and lengthening the life cycle of joints.

Robert Noble, technical director at Asset 55, has 35 years’ experience operating at the leading edge of engineering and is a major contributor to industry bodies, such as ASME, helping to shape global industry standards and policies.

He said: “Over the past 15 years the importance of how bolted joints are managed and maintained has increased rapidly, with the UK leading the way in oil and gas safety.

“With a typical production platform featuring between 10,000 and 25,000 bolted joints, even the smallest leak can result in the closure of the site and in a worst case scenario lead to fire, natural disaster or even loss of life. Therefore ensuring the integrity of every joint is critical.

“Through Asset 55 companies across the world are able to benefit from a truly independent solution that is continuously being updated and verified to utilise the latest industry standards and materials. This ensures all calculations and advice is based on today’s best practice.”

As part of his role at Asset 55 Robert is working alongside a proven senior management team, which brings together leading technical experts with those paving the way in software, including David Frame, executive director; Paul Cheesmond, finance and acquisitions director; and Andy Walton, technology and innovation director. All of which are supported by a growing team of software and mechanical engineers.

To ensure capability and access to the latest releases anywhere in the world, the team has developed Asset 55 to provide both an online and offline service. When used without an internet connection the solution is supported by an overnight check to verify calculations.
In addition to joint integrity review and calculations verified to the latest standards, as part of Asset 55’s software solutions and consultancy services for bolted joint integrity companies can access strategic review and development, technical support and troubleshooting, universal tool selection and gap analysis.

In the last nine months alone Asset 55 has welcomed 10 new team members into the business and is currently recruiting further engineers and systems developers to support the business’ global growth.

Based in North East England, Asset 55 is an independent organisation with a clear mission to assist clients with process safety, hydrocarbon leak reduction and bolted joint safety issues by providing traceable and balanced engineering advice. For further information visit

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