Operations and Maint Session: Risk Based Inspection (RBI) in a Nutshell

  • Session: Operations and Maintenance
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The intent of this presentation is to provide an understanding of what RBI really is, the key elements that should be considered during an RBI implementation, and debunking the myth behind RBI being a beast.

The fundamental pillars or the “Golden Triangle” for establishing a successful RBI program are: Process, People and Technology, and we must understand how those 3 main components affect an integrity program. It might feel disconnected to talk about the fundamental pillars individually; it might feel like something is missing, and that is why it has to be considered holistically.

Firstly, the Process element focuses on 6 key points: the Definition of Systems and Data Collection, Hazard and Degradation Mode Identification, Probability and Consequence Process, Risk Determination, Mitigation, Inspection Plan and Strategy, and Re-Assessment.

Secondly, the People aspect needs to be “involved”, including process engineering, operations, inspection, maintenance, and asset integrity; with well-defined responsibilities and being trained and qualified in such.

Finally Technology represents the support tools to help processing the work load. This could refer to “software” used to help managing the integrity of a particular process unit or facility.

RBI is a dynamic, systematic process that helps companies gain valuable knowledge about risk and highlights potential blind spots in their process units or facilities (damage mechanisms, risk profile, inspection needs), and allows a proactive approach to enhance and create a safer, more reliable operation.