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Evaluation and Selection of Risk Based Inspection (RBI) Software

By Ibrahim Kodssi, Senior Integrity Engineer at Cenovus Energy. This article appears in the July/August 2018 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.


Asset integrity management (AIM) is more important than ever, especially under the current market-driven trend of prolonged operation. This necessitates a notable effort for risk reduction as part of operational excellence and to comply with stringent safety regulations. Risk Based Inspection (RBI) is a key AIM tool by which risk is minimized and costs are optimized. Usually, implementation of an RBI is done through a software that models variables and solves complex equations.  Such software may be a legacy system which the owner-user developed, or it could be one of the many available options on the market today.

Software implementation, including RBI, comes with a lot of ad-hoc challenges and pitfalls as suggested by Flory [2] and Webb [3].  There are numerous options for RBI software currently available, and they may differ by design, purpose, function, scope and capabilities. Maguire [4] recognizes the difficulty in deciding which software to opt for. This article highlights several key integrity-related aspects to consider when selecting RBI software.

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Posted by Abdulrahman Alghamdi on September 5, 2018
Thanks for this subject. One item that is... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by John Harville on October 22, 2018
A timely article, thanks Mr. Kodssi. One... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Christos Christoglou on October 24, 2018
Thank you for this contribution, interesting read... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Muhammad Irfan Sultan on December 17, 2018
Thanks Ibrahim Kodssi for writing such an article... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Praveen M N on April 4, 2020
A really good read indeed. However, I do agree... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

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