Advanced Risk Based Inspection

Event Date 08 – 09 July, Location – Abu Dhabi.

Masterclass Overview

RBI stands for Risk Based Inspection and is a methodology applied in the Hydrocarbon and Chemical Processing Industry as part of their Process Safety Management. This is done in order to operate and manage assets and Equipment which is exposed to hazardous chemicals and pressure in a safe manner. The approach is one of many methodologies used to maintain assets are in a safe and reliable condition to keep the chemicals/fluids/gases inside of the pressure boundaries as per the original design criteria. In most countries around the globe, the surveillance of these pressure vessels or pipelines containing hazardous chemicals are regulated with rigid inspection programs.


  • Inspection & Maintenance personnel
  • Materials & Corrosion engineers
  • Plant Reliability engineers
  • Non-destructive testing engineers
  • Materials and corrosion engineers
  • Plant inspectors responsible for managing the integrity of ageing process equipment, pipelines, boilers and storage tanks
  • Technicians responsible for the safe on -going operation of pressure containing equipment in oil and gas facilities and HSE personnel
  • Production and other plant engineers
  • Unit & Maintenance superintendents/supervisors
  • Refinery, Petrochemical, Fertilizer and Process Industries
  • Design & Engineering Consulting Organizations
  • Asset Integrity Professionals
  • Whoever is working related to RBI


  • OBTAIN highly practical approaches to a strategy that will help to improve and optimize inspection activities and effort whilst maintaining or even improving safety
  • IMPLEMENT new systems for your own organization that will assist in developing inspection excellence
  • GAIN new techniques and discover new tools that will improve your inspection and asset integrity performance
  • IMPROVE your own way of dealing with inspection issues by self assessment and worked examples
  • LEARN the value of generic and individual knowledge and specific data
  • LEVERAGE the value of information to develop effective decision making strategies
  • FOCUS your time, skills and capabilities on critical areas that will make a significant difference to your asset performance
  • BENCHMARK against best practices


  • Reliability Risk Assessment and Analysis, Data acquisition and handling for RBI implementation, Specification of risk ranking level and determination of the respective risk acceptance level
  • Development and Validation of Risk based Inspection Plans, Opportunities to Improve RBI, Guidelines of various codes like API 580 and API 581, Validation and Extension of Inspection Intervals.
  • RBI for New Plants, Integrating RBI into Plant Management Systems on a Global Basis (Storage Tanks, Piping, Heat Exchanger bundles and Pressure Safety Valves etc)
  • Risk Management in the Chemical Process Industry, Adopting the Risk Based Strategies for enhancing Reliability Survey of Large Losses in the Process Industry, Mechanical Integrity Improvements and Challenges after a major incident.
  • Risk Analysis & Integrity Operating Windows (IOW)
  • Development of a Corrosion Management Plan
  • Inspection and Practices: applied to Pressure Vessels, Piping, PRVs, Storage Tanks. Specification of the necessary inspection and maintenance tasks
  • Leak Detection & Integrity Monitoring, Equipment Failure Investigations/Equipment Repair
  • Risk mitigation techniques as a tool for Asset Integrity Management, Engineering Evaluations and Fitness for Service (FFS) Assessments and Remaining Life Analysis (RLA)
  • Plant Hazards and risk mitigation by HAZOP study, Identification of failure/ leaks using advanced NDT techniques for effective RBI, Shutdown and Turnaround optimization using RBI Techniques.
  • Various Codes and Standards API, ASME etc.
  • Case Studies

Meet your Prominent Facilitator


(Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-Ing.)

Robert Kauer has in total 30+ years of work experience. He received his engineering degree and Ph.D. from Technical University of Munich. Since earning his degrees, he has been working in the field of pressure vessel and piping technology, starting as an R&D engineer at the Institute of Pressure Vessel and Piping Design, Experimental Stress Analysis and Plant Engineering in Munich where teaching and examination of students was a major part of his work.

Since almost 20 years Robert is with TÜV Süd, one of the leading Testing, Inspection and Certification companies in the word. Throughout his service at TÜV SÜD, Dr. Kauer has handled various national and international projects related Fitness for Service, structural integrity and inspection to design,program development for nuclear and non-nuclear applications in pressure vessel and piping technology. Under those are life time extension programs for nuclear power plants as well as individual failure assessment projects where in depth knowledge in Finite-element Analysis and Fracture Mechanics were required. Part of this work always was promoting results and conclusions of such projects in front of authorities and insurance companies.

Robert was responsible for Consulting Projects for the Oil & Gas, the Chemical and the Power Plant Industry related to Fitness for Service, Risk-based Inspection (RBI) and Asset Integrity Programs.

He is and was member of various national and European committees like CEN TC319 for the European RBI standard EN 16991. He holds a commission as an ASME Authorized Inspector Supervisor and he is member of the ASME International Working Group for Germany. He has initiated and monitored the TÜV SÜD programs for Fitness for Service, Risk-based Inspection, Asset Integrity Management and Process Safety Excellence.

Robert has written more than 50 publications for internationally recognized journals and conferences. He has been invited numerous times to present newest development and experience related to pressure vessel and piping technology and acted as key note speaker and chairman at conferences in Europe, the USA and Asian countries.

Robert is teaching courses in the field of pressure vessel and piping construction (e.g. ASME Sect. VIII, Div. 1 and 2, EN 13445, B31.3) as well as in-service inspection requirement like API 510, API 579, API 570, API 580 and API 581. Internationally recognized companies have already benefited from his experience, such as Chevron, Samsung, OMV, AkzoNobel, Exxon, BP, Bayer, Sabic, Maersk. He is also an appointed instructor for ASME Learning and Development having teached more than 70 courses around the w

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About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf.

Start Time

9:00 am

July 8, 2019

Finish Time

5:00 pm

July 9, 2019


Abu Dhabi

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