Training Course

Risk-Based Inspection

By Mark Harmody, Training Team Leader and RBI Technical Authority at The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.

Course Description

This course offers an understanding of API RP 580/581 Risk-Based Inspection. It is one of several courses offered by the Mechanical Integrity Professional Academy, a joint training initiative between the American Petroleum Institute and Inspectioneering Training Solutions. This course provides a general overview of Risk-Based Inspection focusing on the fundamental concepts of mitigating risk through inspection. Topics covered will include an introduction to risk and uncertainty, and how they relate to Risk-Based Inspection planning; an overview of API RP 580; an overview of API RP 581; Probability of Failure; Consequence of Failure; and risk calculations and inspection planning.

This course includes:

  • 1.25 CPDs/PDHs (certificate provided upon completion)
  • 1.25 hours of on-demand video, including comprehension checks and an exam
  • Access for 90 days upon beginning the course
  • Slides are not available for this course

What You’ll Learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the concept of risk and its correlation with uncertainty.
  • Describe how risk depends on the Probability of Failure (POF) and Consequence of Failure (COF), and how RBI utilizes risk in inspection planning.
  • State the purpose of API RP 580 and API RP 581, explain the main differences/similarities between those two documents, and describe how each applies to a risk assessment.
  • List the factors affecting Probability of Failure and Consequence of Failure, and how they relate to the API 581 methodology.
  • Discuss the critical role of damage mechanisms in RBI assessments and how active damage mechanisms impact the overall risk of equipment.
  • Plan your next inspection based on a given risk value.

Who This Course Is For

  • Plant inspectors
  • Mechanical integrity or reliability engineers
  • Central engineering staff
  • Consultants for the refining and petrochemical industry
  • Reliability or inspection professionals in the pulp and paper, natural gas, chemical, and other industries that use, maintain, or inspect pressurized equipment

Course Outline

  1. Course Overview
  2. Risk and Uncertainty
  3. What is RBI?
  4. Risk Assessment of a Car's Tires
  5. RBI Program Types and Benefits
  6. API RP 580 Overview
  7. API RP 581 Overview
  8. API RP 581 – Probability of Failure
  9. API RP 581 – Consequence of Failure
  10. Risk and Inspection Planning
  11. Conclusion


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