Risk-Based Inspection

Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) is an analysis methodology and process that requires qualitative or quantitative assessment of the probability of failure (PoF) and the consequence of failure (CoF) associated with each equipment item, piping circuits included, in a process unit. The risk-based approach requires a systematic and integrated use of expertise from the different disciplines that impact plant integrity. Risk-based methodologies enable the assessment of the likelihood and potential consequences of equipment failures.

Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) provides companies the opportunity to prioritize their equipment for inspection; optimize inspection methods, frequencies, and resources; and develop specific equipment inspection plans. This results in improved safety, lower failure risk, fewer forced shutdowns, and reduced operational costs.

A properly implemented RBI program categorizes individual pieces of equipment by their risks and prioritizes inspection efforts based on this categorization.

RBI can be used to prioritize inspection-related activities, usually by means of non-destructive examination (NDE), to reduce the uncertainties around the true damage state of the equipment and the dynamics leading to such. The resulting inspection plan may outline the type and scheduling of inspection for an asset. In addition to NDE, additional risk mitigation activities identified by an RBI assessment might include a change in material of construction, installation of corrosion resistant liners, operating condition changes, injection of corrosion inhibition chemicals, etc.

Consistency and repeatability of analysis are critical to producing an effective RBI program, as RBI is based on relative risks.

Top Learning Objectives

  • Discover the fundamental principles of Risk Analysis
  • Understand the quantitative determination of probability of failure
  • Learn the analysis of consequence of failure methodology
  • Fundamental principles of component integrity through power and heavy industries
  • Purpose, scope and examination of critical steps within the RBI process
  • Using Risk-Based Inspection assessment and exercises
  • Overview of deterioration mechanisms and failure modes affecting plant equipment
  • Using risk determination, risk assessment and risk management
  • Team roles and responsibilities within RBI assessment(s)
  • Personnel training and qualifications required
  • Documenting and record keeping requirements, Learn the latest World Class Maintenance Best Practices and Benchmarking Metrics to assure you stay current with the industry and ahead of your competition

Who Should Attend?

Individuals responsible for implementation of Risk-Based Inspection programs within their companies or plant facility. Mechanical integrity, equipment reliability and inspection personnel that are responsible for maintaining and servicing process plant equipment for a cost-effective inspection program. Plus, maintenance personnel, operations supervisors and process specialists that are involved with making decisions regarding suitability of equipment for continued service.

VPs, Directors, Division Heads, Managers, Assistant Managers, Superintendents, Specialists, Leaders, Heads, Supervisors, Foremen, Planners, Technicians, & Engineers from the following areas:

  • Maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Reliability
  • Plant
  • Quality and HSE
  • Loss Prevention
  • Asset Management
  • Process Management
  • Project Engineering and Management
  • Inspection
  • Operations
  • Production
  • Process Engineering

From industries including but not limited to: Power and Utilities, Manufacturing, Construction, Petrochemicals/Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Transportation & Rail, Construction, Mining, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Food & Beverages, etc.

Trainer's Background

  • A world-renowned subject-matter expert with over 30 years’ experience within Maintenance and Reliability and successfully delivered training throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • He has worked with many of the major companies worldwide such as Shell, Marathon Oil, Conoco Phillips, Dolphin Drilling, Chevron, Total, and DONG Energy, managing and delivering Maintenance and Reliability training in key areas such as Total Productive Maintenance TPM, Reliability Centred Maintenance RCM, Life Cycle Management LCM, Root Cause Analysis RCA, Risk-Based Inspection RBI, Criticality Analysis, KPI Management/Analysis and Maintenance Planning and Scheduling including many other related areas
  • He is an accredited Operational Excellence Auditor within Shell and an International Maintenance & Reliability Trainer and has specialist knowledge within Plant Maintenance interfacing within all other modules

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