Risk-Based Inspection

Systematic management and prioritization of testing, inspection and maintenance activities on stationary equipment.

After years of cost cutting and regulatory changes, it is in some cases unclear if inspection programs meet safety requirements, or are cost effective. Inspection of stationary equipment accounts for a large proportion of the maintenance costs of plant facilities.

Inspection requirements differ in every country, making the provision of standardized software solutions possible in only a certain number of situations. For example, a solution that satisfies API 580 is different from a solution that satisfies national pressure system regulations.

The practice of systematically categorizing risk, based on probability and the impact related to the failure of a particular component, is now widely practiced.

Applus RTD has completed a number of implementations worldwide and, in doing so, has learned that the key to offering an appropriate solution is to combine local, highly experienced inspection specialists who have participated in the development of national regulations, with best practices from around the world.

Applus RTD, which operates globally and has bases in 33 countries, has key success stories and case studies from wide-ranging operations, including:

Australia: Applus RTD has extensive experience in design phase risk-based inspection (RBI) of offshore gas and LNG facilities, integrating the need for developing a written scheme for the inspection with issues regarding vendor inspection, fabrication and commissioning.

The Netherlands: Applus RTD has developed a proprietary RBI method for tank storage facilities and chemical plants, which has been approved by the TCTD (Dutch pressure vessel authority). This method is particularly suited for small to medium-sized facilities and focuses on eliminating unwanted and unnecessary loss of production and release of hazardous materials.

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