Risk Based Inspection - API 580


Risk Based Inspection (RBI) is an inspection methodology that serves as an alternative to more traditional condition-based inspections. RBI methodology revolves around the assessment of the probability of failure and the consequence of failure of each piece of equipment to be inspected. The equipment is then categorized by risk and inspection efforts are prioritized based upon this categorization so that equipment with a high probability of failure can be given a higher inspection priority than those with lower chances of failure.

RBI is can be used for the inspection of piping, pressure vessels, pressure relief devices, and pipelines among other equipment. Compared to traditional inspections, RBI is more cost effective and tends to result in increased standards of health and safety. As a process, RBI is incredibly useful for minimizing downtime, ensuring effective use of resources, and ensuring equipment longevity for facilities.

Hi-Tech Testing has extensive experience with RBI. All Hi-Tech inspection services are performed as specified by API RP 580, which provides the rules and baselines for a comprehensive risk based inspection.

All of our inspectors are API certified, and as inspections are performed by our inspectors, data is acquired and appropriate NDE examinations are performed. This information is entered into our ICON software by Hi-Tech Testing personnel. Calculations and inspection results are evaluated by the API inspector and reports are produced. Hard copy reports can be printed and bound, or electronic reports can be loaded onto a compact disc for easy access and minimal storage.

We are dedicated to the highest standards of quality for RBI and have the equipment, procedures, and qualified technicians to meet both your needs and all code, standard, or specification requirements.

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