Risk Based Inspection

By Stephen J. Gliebe

Is Risk Based Inspection (RBI) for You?

Are you looking to improve reliability and possibly reduce the cost associated with fixed equipment inspection and maintenance? A risk based inspection approach may be what you need.

A well designed RBI program can:

RBI Methodologies

There are three primary types of RBI methodologies described in API RP 580, Risk Based Inspection:

Getting Started - The Qualitative Approach

While all three methodologies may ultimately be applied in your facility, a qualitative assessment may be all that is needed. The following example illustrates the use of a qualitative analysis.

There is certainly a place for all three approaches to RBI, and there are various methodologies used for each of them. But many plants can achieve most, if not all, of their goals using a qualitative approach.