Benefits of the API RBI Course

  • Learn “Is RBI Right for Us?”
  • Learn how to convince management of RBI’s value. (Reduce risk up to 60 – 80% while achieving 30 – 40% ROI by reducing inspections.)
  • Learn the key points (what you really need to know) of an 800-page document.
  • Learn why API 581 is not just for refiners. (Petrochem plants can achieve big advantages, too.)
  • Learn how to manage your RBI contractor for greatest benefit.
  • Learn how to interpret your RBI contractor’s recommendations.

Course Description
Risk-Based Inspection was initiated and managed by the American Petroleum Institute (API) within the refining and petrochemical industry:

  • API RP 580 Risk-Based Inspection RBI
  • API RP 581 Risk-Based Inspection RBI Technology(Only Introduction Not for Examinations)

API RP 580 introduces the principles and presents minimum general guidelines for developing a RBI program for fixed equipment and piping. API RP 581 provides quantitative RBI methods to establish an inspection program. Together, these two documents comprise a widely-recognized standard for industry-accepted RBI practices.

This API training course helps attendees understand and use RBI Risk Based Inspection technology, develop a program, and learn which RBI Risk Based Inspection  procedures and working processes comply with industry standards.

The calculation of risk in API RBI Risk Based Inspection involves the determination of a Probability of Failure combined with the Consequence of Failure. Failure in API RBI is defined as a loss of containment from the pressure boundary resulting in leakage to the atmosphere or rupture of a pressurized component. As damage accumulates in a pressurized component during in-service operation the risk increases. At some point, a risk tolerance or risk target is exceeded and a more effective inspection is recommended to better quantify the damage state of the component. The inspection action itself does not reduce the risk; however, it does reduce uncertainty thereby allowing better quantification of the damage present. API Risk Based Inspection RBI technology systematically factors risk into inspection decision-making, helping identify areas of vulnerability by confirming equipment condition, identifying damage mechanisms and rates, and predicting Probability of Failure. The outputs of a Risk Based Inspection RBI study help plant personnel make more informed decisions and target inspection dollars where they are needed most and more effectively manage reliability.

It also includes:

  • Worked example exercises to demonstrate the step-by-step calculation of risk, as outlined in API RP 581, Second Edition
  • Discussion of risk determination and inspection planning for pressure vessels, piping, pressure relief devices, aboveground storage tanks and heat exchanger bundles.

Who Should Attend
Refining and petrochemical engineers and inspectors.
Plant personnel from the pulp and paper, oil and natural gas, and chemical industries may also find the course beneficial.
A working knowledge of basic equipment is recommended.