SHB/SafeChina course II-R04a RBI-PETRO, Risk Based Inspection - Petro
October 17 - 21, 2011
Training center,
Beijing, China


General data of the course


Principles of risk based inspection, existing approaches and gives links to applied codes and standards. The focus is given to API 581/580. Levels of analysis and usage of analysis results will be elaborated and illustrated with examples.

The course elaborates risk issues in petrochemical industries and explains principles of risk based inspection. It deals with existing risk-based approaches and gives links to applied codes and standards. The focus of the course is given to the standard of American Petroleum Institute API 581 and its application in petrochemical industry.

In the end of the course students will know the answers to the following questions:

  • Why RBI analysis is used and what are benefits and limitations of various RBI technologies?
  • What are differences between qualitative and quantitative approaches to RBI methods?
  • What is the scope of equipment covered in RBI techniques?
  • How RBI provides input to minimum requirements for programs that meet RP 580?
  • What are future industry trends in RBI?
Target profile of attendees Engineers (university level), managers, inspectors, legislators and other professionals dealing with risk and safety in industry.
Course contents (divided in units) Unit 1: Risk, sources of risk, risk identification, risk perception
  • overall view on risks, their sources and basic principles of risk management process
  • links to the applied methods, standards and code
Unit 2: Introduction to the qualitative assessment approach
  • basic principles of qualitative risk assessment techniques
  • definition and agreement of common scale
  • necessary expertise and background knowledge
  • results evaluation and consensus building
  • basics of AHP approach and its implementation to the Risk assessment
Workshop: Application of expert assessment and AHP on risk assessment of refinery components

Unit 3: API 581 Qualitative approach
  • basics of API 581 qualitative approaches
  • necessary data and background knowledge
  • API 581 Unit-based methodology is covered
  • API 581 Component Based method is covered
Unit 4: Modeling of consequences and Release modeling
  • introduction to the modeling of consequences as described in API 581, including the release modeling.
  • API 581 modeling of consequences Level I and Level II is covered
Unit 5: Likelihood assessment –statistical and API 581 approach
  • basics of statistical and data based approach towards likelihood assessment
  • basics of API 581 approach to likelihood assessment
Unit 6: Inspections and inspection effectiveness
  • different inspection and monitoring strategies and their effectiveness
  • effects on the risk reduction shown
Unit 6: Risk Based Inspection planning and inspection results evaluation
  • overall picture of the risk based approach
  • guidelines for use of risk assessment technique to optimize inspection planning
  • inclusion of the inspection results in the risk management processes
Case Study: Application of the results of RBI analysis on decision-making

Unit 7: Review of the main course issues and preparation for final exam

Unit 8: Final exam

    Course duration 5 days
    Certification The course includes certification exam.
    Special remarks, warnings none

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