More and more process facilities are turning toward Risk-Based Inspection (RBI)—an approach used to assign risk to particular assets and prioritize/drive inspection strategies—to manage mechanical integrity in a way that reduces risk, optimizes costs, and ensures compliance.

If implemented properly, RBI will help optimize inspection strategies by enabling facilities to determine where to focus inspection efforts, when to perform the inspections, and which methods to use for the greatest effectiveness (for example, when to replace or repair an asset or when to recommend a design upgrade).

With RBI, facilities can target areas of high-risk, enabling a reduction in unplanned failures, a decreased loss of containment risk, and greater efficiency for inspection programs.

Given the benefits and efficiencies, it’s no wonder why RBI implementations are on the rise. While RBI can deliver significant benefits, we often see RBI implementations fail due to improper preparation upfront.

If you are looking to implement RBI at your facility, here are five areas you need to address before getting started with an RBI implementation:

5 Key Elements to Consider
Prior to Your RBI Implementation

Facility Process Information

Make sure all your facility process information is available and accurate

Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)

Ensure your P&IDs are accurate and up to date

Design Documentation

Identify all design documentation for piping and equipment within the facility

Current Software

Does your facility already have an Inspection Data Management System (IDMS) and/or RBI software in place? If so, ensure key data is available and up to date

Management Team Support

Support from your management team is crucial for a successful RBI program implementation

To get the most value from an RBI program, it is important to dedicate the time and resources to making it a successful implementation. Don’t rush through the process. Provide the effort needed to ensure you have solid/trustworthy data and ensure that all stakeholders are fully invested into making sure the implementation is successful.

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