RBI is essentially the optimisation of inspection schemes to ensure that neither too little, nor too much inspection is carried out.
Although the concept of RBI is easy to understand, the successful implementation of a robust, valid and credible RBI process is far from straightforward and depends critically on many things:
- Good data management
- Correct targeting of inspections
- Good system knowledge
- Proper understanding of risk
- Effective workflow control
Risk Based Inspection is often poorly implemented, however at Plant Integrity Management Ltd (PIM) we pride ourselves in our pragmatic, quality approach, which utilises the correct mixture of experience, analysis and practicality to ensure our clients get the most robust yet cost effective and transparent RBI that is available today.
At PIM we have created our own industry leading methodologies for the development of Risk Based Inspection (RBI) strategies, covering PSVs and Static Pressure Systems. By using a web based approach, we have been able to optimise the data input tasks to enable more accurate and consistent collection of information. In addition, access to the RBI output and new inspection frequencies is made easier.
PIM have tried-tested RBI processes which combine all the key expectations of any RBI and fully address industry guidelines. These are applied within a pragmatic and efficient framework based on many years of accumulated experience including:
- Building RBIs from scratch (for new sites)
- Reviewing existing RBIs to identify failings and to suggest improvements
- Taking over existing dysfunctional RBIs and re-implementing them using the PIM process
In addition to the experience above, PIM are currently developing a complete RBI workflow tool which will further enhance the way we manage RBIs within PIM. This tool merges all our knowledge, experience and expertise into a framework that provides industry leading data management and by doing so will ensure that PIM provides the best RBI services available in the industry.