Risk Based Inspection

A course to understand the RBI process, its benefits and how to implement an RBI programme.

Asset integrity is key to ensuring operations are safe, profitable and productive. Maintaining integrity whilst minimising downtime leads to a difficult balance.

Inspection of assets provides vital information on the condition of the asset but can include intrusive examinations involving expensive preparation of equipment and down time but giving little information on the remnant life of the equipment. Prescriptive practises do not take account of the risk and consequence of failure of specific equipment. They neither focus inspection on the areas of greatest concern nor take into account the knowledge of the actual operating conditions.

Risk Based Inspection (RBI) offers significant benefits over conventional inspection. As well as improved risk management, typical benefits include more uptime and reduced costs.

In the UK the Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) have increased the opportunity to move from prescriptive intervals and schemes to a RBI approach. The RBI approach ensures that the optimum interval and scheme of examination is implemented, concentrating on specific deterioration mechanisms and focusing on the areas of greatest concern. RBI allows operating conditions and the results from previous examinations to be used to optimise the inspection undertaken. The journey through this risk process is diversely knowledge based.

The rigour applied often reveals risks that have not been considered previously. The challenge is to use this understanding of deterioration mechanisms, failure modes and associated risks to focus attention and prioritise on critical or ‘real risks’.

RBI can be applied in many ways, using a qualitative or quantitative approach, screening equipment to adopt more rigour for the highest risk items etc. The approach is governed by risks associated with the items under study.

What the course will cover

 - The steps involved in a qualitative (team based) RBI study, meeting the requirements of API 580
 - The methodology within each step of an RBI
 - How individuals can contribute to RBIs most effectively
 - The information and commitment required
 - The benefits of RBI

On completion you should be able to:

 - Understand the RBI process
 - Understand how to establish a RBI programme within your business
 - Understand some of the key technical issues involved in RBI studies
 - Understand the benefits of RBI

The training method
Lecture presentations are supplemented with case studies and exercises to reinforce the formal learning.



Wednesday 28th June 2017 - Time: 08:45 till 16:15
Thursday 29th June 2017 - Time: 09:00 till 16:30

  • Where

  • ABB Consulting Head Offices
    Daresbury Park
    Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4BT
    +44 (0) 1925 741111