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Risk-Based Inspection (RBI)

Preventing shutdowns and protecting the environment

Business Challenge

In today's highly competitive market, it has become a priority for heavy duty industrial companies, particularly in the Oil & Gas sector, to avoid any unplanned shutdowns.

 Additionally, worldwide regulatory incentives are also pushing for improved risk management aimed at protecting the environment and citizens from major industrial hazards. Companies must therefore ensure that their equipment is safe, reliable and does not pose a risk to the surrounding environment.

What is Risk-Based Inspection (RBI)?

Risk-Based Inspection is a process that identifies, assesses and maps industrial risks (due to corrosion and stress cracking), which can compromise equipment integrity in both pressurized equipment and structural elements. RBI addresses risks that can be controlled through proper inspections and analysis.

During the RBI process, engineers design inspection strategies (what, when, how to inspect) that most efficiently match forecasted or observed degradation mechanisms.

What are the key benefits?

Operators of heavy duty industrial sites implementing RBI can benefit from the following:

·     Increased knowledge of equipment which may pose a potential risk;

·     More reliable equipment and plant operation;

·     Increased safety;

·     Cost optimization through switching to non-invasive inspection techniques;

·     Possibility to tailor shutdown scope;

·     Option to extend run lengths where applicable national regulations permit it;

·     Increased teamwork during the implementation process

Development of a knowledge database including equipment design, process features, damage mechanisms and inspection strategies.


Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

q Bureau Veritas has developed an RBI approach following API 581 and API 580 principles and has created user friendly software tools integrating RBI: "RB.eye" for quantitative analysis and "RBB.Qeye" forqualitative analysis. RB.eye is a Total R&M Corporate RBI tool.

q More than 30 refineries worldwide currently use RB.eye and its user interface is available in many languages. Bureau Veritas is also licensed to use and distribute the Total E&P Corporate RBI tool called "Fame+".

qThe services also include Pipelines Integrity Management and fatigue based inspection schemes for fixed steel structures.

 

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of defect to look for?

    This problem is related to the types of damage mechanisms that may occur in all or a portion of the equipment being evaluated. In the first case, process conditions and equipment material need to be reviewed. In the later, inspection records need to be considered.

  • Where to find this defect?

    The first step is to identify which piece of equipment is involved in the damaged mechanism.

    The second step is to define and prioritize which specific areas of the identified part need inspection (e.g. bends, dead ends, low points, nozzles, etc.).

  • What is the best technique to apply?

    This depends on the defect in question and should be decided on a case-by-case basis .

  • Is there a best time to make inspections?

    Defining inspection dates is key to the success of RBI and depends on the project's unique configuration. Inspections normally take place regularly until all the criteria are met .

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