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Advantages of Performing Risk-Based Inspection Analyses During Project Design and Construction Stages

By Muhammad Irfan Sultan, RBI Facilitator/Consultant. This article appears in the March/April 2019 issue of Inspectioneering Journal
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Introduction

Professionals responsible for fixed equipment integrity programs in the process industries, especially at hydrocarbon facilities around the globe, are well-aware of an industry best practice known as Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) and the traditional benefits of implementing this best practice. We often read about the benefits of risk-based inspection during operation and near the retirement of mechanical assets. I was personally involved in and performed many RBI assessments for gas plants, refineries, gas oil separation plants, and tank farms, and am well-aware of the benefits of utilizing risk-based inspection assessments during the life cycle phases of facilities.

API RP 580 provides the basic framework, elements, and requirements for developing and implementing an RBI program for fixed equipment. RP 580 is intended to supplement existing base inspection codes (API 510, API 570, and API 653) related to increasing or decreasing inspection frequencies. These base inspection codes have provisions that allow an RBI analysis to establish inspection plans for fixed equipment in the refining and petrochemical industry. RP 580 also provides provisions of RBI assessments during the design phase of new projects and can benefit owner/users during installation, after start-up, and first turnaround and inspection (T&I).

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Posted by Keith Watson on April 26, 2019
In order to perform a thorough RBI review it is... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Rana Khan on April 28, 2019
A thorough article on Risk Based Inspection. Best... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Riaz Iqbal on April 29, 2019
A Detailed article on Risk based inspection which... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by CARLOS AFRICANO on April 29, 2019
Excellent Article, another complement is the data... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by JUAN CARLOS CASADO on April 30, 2019
Great article by Muhammad Sultan and good comment... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Ick Soo Kim on May 1, 2019
Thank you for your outstanding article Mr.... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Noman Hadi on May 9, 2019
A well estabilished article on Risk based... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Christos Christoglou on May 9, 2019
A nice article about RBI. @Keith: Our Materials... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by YOUSUF HASANI on May 9, 2019 . Edited on May 9, 2019
In EPC stages it is very important to identify... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Abdulrahman Alghamdi on May 13, 2019
Thank you for sharing this topic. Although i... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

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