Risk Based Inspection (RBI)




Support Lines works with clients to implement Risk-Based Inspections (RBI), an approach that minimizes downtime and ensures equipment longevity for oil and chemical plants. Analysis of fixed equipment, piping, pipelines, and pressure relief devices at your facility using an RBI approach can increase the effectiveness of your mechanical integrity inspection program while minimizing risk to Health, Safety and the Environment (HS&E) and maximizing resource utilization.

Key Benefits of Risk-Based Inspections (RBI):

  • A more cost-effective alternative to traditional inspection, usually by means of nondestructive testing.
  • More reliable equipment and plant operation.
  • Identification of the operational risks associated with equipment via material degradation.
  • Adherence to codes of compliance resulting in increased safety.
  • Reduction in plant downtime.

Through the application of RBI analysis, process variables and materials of construction are considered to identify the type of damage that can lead to failure, where it may occur, the frequency of inspections that should take place, and appropriate and cost-effective inspection techniques. As a result, items with a high probability of failure and subsequent impact are given a higher priority for inspection than items that are of low impact, allowing for a more rational application of inspection resources. The entire process results in focusing resources on specific assets that are most likely to pose a risk to the facility.