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Risk Based Inspection by TCR Arabia - PP SIMTECH
The reliable and proven Risk based Inspection (RBI) technology process developed by PP SIMTECH (UK), with key guidance from API 580/581 and UK HSE, has been accepted globally as good engineering practice by leading international companies. PP SIMTECH has successfully implemented RBI at BP, Dow Chemicals, GPIC, ADNOC-Fertil, Norsk Hydro, BASF, INEOS.

In Saudi Arabia, PP SIMTECH (UK) has partnered with TCR Arabia and the joint team of TCR Arabia – PP SIMTECH includes Mechanical Engineers, Metallurgists, Corrosion Engineers, NDT Experts, RBI Experts and Project Managers and provides plants with RBI, Fitness-For-Service (API 579), Material Damage Mechanisms Assessment, Metallurgical Investigation & Failure Analysis and In-service Inspection.

RBI technology offers oil and petrochemical industries, chemical, fertilizer and power plants the immense benefits of a risk-based approach to inspection which includes an increase in plant availability and cost saving, minimum duration of shutdowns, change in inspection strategies and intervals and improved safety compliance. The RBI team study also improves the team working and communication between all plant departments.

rbiAsyst™, a fully auditable & transparent software system developed by PP SIMTECH, is designed to facilitate the RBI team study and successful implementation of RBI technology process at a plant site.

The RBI team study facilitated by TCR Arabia - PP SIMTECH and rbiAsyst™ software provides all plant management and operations team to identify and resolve complex item technical issues associated with static equipment including reactors, furnaces, strippers, distillation columns, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, reformers, boilers, fired heaters with associated items such as interconnected piping and storage tanks.

Reliable assessment and calculation of risk profile of an item, based on its "active" and "potential" Damage Mechanism ensures that the resulting inspection interval for the item is reliably optimized in a safe and cost-effective manner. The approach to risk-based inspection is based on a strong co-operation between the plant personnel and TCR PP SIMTECH experts. The adopted process of guided expert judgment is based on operational experiences and sound technical basis for the evaluation of possible degradation mechanisms.

The hallmark of TCR Arabia – PP Simtech’s RBI technology process is the method used to reliably assess and calculate the risk profile of an item, based on its "active" and "potential" Damage Mechanism identified by the RBI study team, which in turn ensures that the resulting inspection interval for the item is reliably optimized in a safe and cost-effective manner. Operating limits are also defined by the RBI team to prevent increase in damage rate or initiation of a new damage mechanism. Where the business or safety risks are unacceptable, risk mitigating options are also recommended as part of the output.

Benefits of RBI include:
  • Increased safety and equipment reliability
  • Fewer planned shutdowns
  • Fewer unplanned shutdowns
  • Longer inspection intervals
  • Potential fewer inspection and maintenance costs
  • Evaluation of effectiveness of inspection activities
  • Increased consistency of inspection planning
  • Identification of potential damage mechanisms
  • Priorisation of inspection
  • Identification of key process parameters affecting degradation rates
  • Assessment of proposed process changes that could impact degradation rates
  • Documentation of current plant configuration and materials of construction
  • Improved team working and communication between all departments