- Understand the scope of work
The scope of work is the basis of a Risk Based Inspection program and directs efforts during the lifecycle of this procedure. Failing to have a comprehensive broad discussion about the scope, set up procedures and have a clear assessment approach compromises project success. Setbacks can arise from an underdeveloped arrangement or failure to carry out an appropriate studies required to fully map out a complete scope of work for your benefit and/or capability
Selecting which RBI model to use can also present difficulty areas during the expansion phase. Failures to properly document the approach decided upon can make re-evaluation never-ending, complex and potentially not possible. Therefore, it is significant to know from the beginning what your preferred goal will be, whether that is a fiscal benefit or assessment optimization, as well as your key method indicators so that the assessment team does not lose sight of its targets and predictable results.
Another area of extent to be watchful during qualitative risk analysis is data validation. Without the growth of a complete list of enclosed assets and processes, a project can simply balloon beyond its proposed range, or even worse, leave out serious assets.
- Manage data quality throughout the collection and documentation procedure.
Data collection is an effortless but basic component in the RBI evaluation which can be unnoticed or undervalued. Additionally, if the data that is composed is insufficient, the final product will also be insufficient. Unorganized data consumes both time and resources, so it is significant to systematize and prioritize. Imprecise, outdated and inadequate data can also compromise assessment efforts such as when assets or tools have been reinstated and are not accounted for with the proper tools 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 drawback that could influence the pace of the assessment, leading to revise and cost overruns, so project quality management is significant to success.
- Perform a damage mechanism assessment.
Damage mechanism evaluation 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 carry out an all-inclusive review of possible damage mechanisms based on criteria such as service, operating conditions, metallurgy and start-up/shut-down situations, inspection efforts may be negotiatable. And if there is a lack of process for categorizing damage mechanisms, such as corrosion under insulation, to address these suspect areas, assessment efforts and data may be compromised.
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- Define an inclusive risk model strategy and summary for your facility.
Our industrial inspection team has been involved into many of the inspection tasks whether it is for chemical company’s plant facilities or any other industry specific programme. However, such tasks always discovered that the facilities were using diverse risk matrices. An aim to merge the facilities’ inspection results has been compromised by a lack of synergy among the operating services and a corporate risk model tactic. In this case, the services were operating separately, rendering their efforts as less effectual than if they were to follow a combined and complete risk strategy across the venture.
That said, every facility type is dissimilar, and it is well understood that each facility will have its own outcomes of failure such as pipeline rupture in a refinery or it can be an acid leak in a chemical plant. Similar to systematizing and controlling data excellence, all assets, systems and linked equipment should be well known within each facility in a master asset list to optimize inspection measures.
With all of these moving parts implicated, it is also significant to be vital and capture all of the appropriate information that will be necessary in a timely manner. Do not underrate the management skills necessary to make possible efficient operational risk management based decision making. Assembling the right team is another primary step to shun the above common pitfalls and recover the inspection process.
- Hire a qualified team.
Is your RBI team competent to carry out the range of work efficiently and resourcefully? Is there an RBI leader supervising the team as well as a consumer facilitator managing project excellence? In addition to collecting the right mix of practitioners to achieve an effectual RBI assessment and oversee its victorious execution, facility operators must offer team members with a clear scope of work, quality data and credentials, a wide-ranging inspection approach and the better risk management training and procedures essential to help them attain safer, more consistent operations.
Having a capable team in place will not only facilitate your capability to outline a broad MI plan, but skilled RBI practitioners and corrosion specialists will help you title critical assets and identify suggested actions to help lessen the potential for damage and exclusive safeguarding over the long-term.