Inspectioneering
Inspectioneering Journal

Advancements in Integrity Management - Obtaining Greater Value from Thickness Data

By Craig Emslie BSc at Sonomatic Ltd., and Karen Gibson at Sonomatic Ltd.. This article appears in the July/August 2010 issue of Inspectioneering Journal

Introduction

Inspection intervals for equipment have in the past been defined in a prescriptive manner. However, industry is now embracing the Risk Based Inspection (RBI) approach which in contrast prioritises inspections based on an assessment of the risk to each individual item.

The key outcome of any RBI scheme is a prioritised and focused inspection schedule. This ensures high-risk items get correct scrutiny and produces a safety-focused and cost-effective inspection scheme. RBI is now recognised as a key tool in meeting legislative requirements, as detailed in the HSE’s best practice guidelines.

There are many RBI schemes in use, but they have a number of common elements:

  • Assessment of the credible threats to an item of equipment
  • Potential failure modes and mitigation measures
  • Resulting consequences
  • Associating a measure of risk with each item
  • Combining risk with inspection history to determine future inspection intervals and methodologies.

 

This content is available to registered users and subscribers

Register today to unlock this article for free.

Create your free account and get access to:

  • Unlock one premium article of your choosing per month
  • Exclusive online content, videos, and downloads
  • Insightful and actionable webinars
GET STARTED
Interested in unlimited access? VIEW OUR SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS

Current subscribers and registered users can log in now.


Comments and Discussion

There are no comments yet.

Add a Comment

Please log in or register to participate in comments and discussions.


Inspectioneering Journal

Explore over 20 years of articles written by our team of subject matter experts.

Company Directory

Find relevant products, services, and technologies.

Job Postings

Discover job opportunities that match your skillset.

Case Studies

Learn from the experience of others in the industry.

Event Calendar

Find upcoming conferences, training sessions, online events, and more.

Industry News

Stay up-to-date with the latest inspection and asset integrity management news.

Blog

Read short articles and insights authored by industry experts.

Asset Intelligence Reports

Download brief primers on various asset integrity management topics.

Videos

Watch educational and informative videos directly related to your profession.

Expert Interviews

Inspectioneering's archive of interviews with industry subject matter experts.