5 Steps for Improving Risk Based Inspection Assessments
ABS Group Technical Inspection and Verification
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How to Avoid Common Inspection Pitfalls
2. Manage data quality during the collection and documentation process.
Data collection is a simple but fundamental component in the RBI assessment which can be overlooked or underestimated. Furthermore, if the data that is collected is inadequate, the final product will also be inadequate.
Unorganized data exhausts time and resources, so it is important to organize and prioritize. Inaccurate, outdated and insufficient (or missing) data can also compromise inspection efforts such as when assets or equipment have been replaced and are not accounted for with the proper equipment documentation.
Vast quantities of data do not necessarily equal quality data. Excess data may even increase the likelihood of errors. Those who are not as familiar with the facility may be more likely to choose incorrect data if they have too much available to use. Therefore, it is better to tailor the quantity of data given to the engineer performing the review or seek out a third party to provide objective data analytics.
Not providing data on time is another pitfall that could affect the pace of the inspection, leading to rework and cost overruns, so project quality management is critical to success.
3. Perform a damage mechanism assessment.
Damage mechanism review is a required element of a process safety management program and an important step in developing an effective MI plan. If a facility does not perform a comprehensive review of potential damage mechanisms based on criteria such as service, operating conditions, metallurgy and start-up/shut-down conditions, inspection efforts may be compromised. And if there is a lack of procedure for classifying damage mechanisms, such as corrosion under insulation, to address these suspect areas, inspection efforts and data may be compromised.
To learn how to perform a damage mechanism review and access additional resources on this topic, request our Damage Mechanism Review Toolkit.
4. Define a comprehensive risk model strategy and profile for your facility.
Our technical inspection team was requested to inspect a chemical company's plant facilities and merge the results of the RBI assessments. However, it was discovered that the facilities were using different risk matrices. The objective to merge the facilities' inspection results
That said, every facility type is different, and it is well understood that each facility will have its own consequences of failure (COF), such as an acid leak in a chemical plant or a pipeline rupture in a refinery. Similar to organizing and controlling data quality, all assets, systems and associated equipment should be well documented within each facility in a master asset list to optimize inspection procedures.
With all of these moving parts involved, it is also important to be decisive and capture all of the relevant information that will be required in a timely manner. Do not underestimate the leadership skills necessary to facilitate effective risk-based decision making. Assembling the right team is another fundamental step to avoid the above common pitfalls and improve the inspection process.
5. Hire a qualified team.
Having a qualified team in place will not only enable your facility to outline a comprehensive MI plan, but experienced RBI practitioners and corrosion specialists will help you rank critical assets and identify recommended actions to help reduce the potential for damage and expensive maintenance over the long term.