SHIELD Risk Based Inspection (RBI)

SHIELD-RBI is a practical, cost-effective system for RBI.

SHIELD-RBI is a practical, cost-effective system for Risk Based Inspection, with applications across various process equipment and units including:

  • Piping
  • Pressure vessels and heat exchangers
  • Atmospheric storage tanks
  • Pipelines
  • Relief valves

SHIELD-RBI was designed for ease of implementation and for calculation of initial results using built-in models to calculate consequences and probabilities of failure from standard equipment technical and process data. The design minimizes the work done by technical specialists and maximizes the work done by trained technicians and technical assistants.

SHIELD-RBI includes a process whereby the initial risk assessment may be easily updated with inspection data or other specialist knowledge.

SHIELD-RBI also includes a module that we call TaskMaster which will automatically generate inspection tasks and frequencies based on the data in the risk assessment. This provides both efficiency and consistency in the development of inspection and integrity management plans.

Product Overview

  • Home Screen Dashboard
  • Software Configuration
  • Process Units
  • Process Streams
  • Process Circuits
  • Qualitative Assessment (API 571)
  • Integrity Operating Windows (API 584)
  • Equipment/Assets
  • Risk Matrix Distribution
  • TaskMaster
  • Plant Integrity Review
Easily see overdue inspection tasks, as well as future inspection due dates with fully interactive and filterable graphs and charts. Quickly navigate through company, plant and unit directories to find specific equipment using the navigation tree on the left side of the screen.
Easily configure software and database settings with control over which users can edit global or local settings. We have multiple risk matrix configurations available by default within SHIELD, however user specific risk matrices can be easily created. Global settings can be created for consistent company wide rules.
Create production units or plants for equipment and asset grouping. Local settings and rules can be assigned relative to individual plants. Easily track database revisions and assign to relevant personnel for KPI responsibilities.
Easily create process chemical streams by selecting from SHIELD's built in library of chemicals, or create new company specific chemicals. Track contaminant levels within process streams which may affect corrosion rates and damage mechanisms. These properties are used by SHIELD during the RBI assessment process to calculate Probability of Failure and Consequence of Failure.
Create process circuits to hold operating conditions, process descriptions, corrosion descriptions, and API 571 damage mechanism reviews. Using SHIELD RBI you can calculate modeled corrosion rates using both industry standard models and SHIELD internal models, developed over 30 years. API 584 Integrity Operating Windows can also be assigned and monitored through SHIELD RBI. Based on Process Stream information, partial pressures of CO2 and H2S can be calculated automatically, as well as an estimated water dew point.
Through a qualitative assessment, assign API571 Damage Mechanisms to assets for damage mechanism specific tracking and inspections. Houston Integrity Consultants can provide specialist process engineers and corrosion engineers to assist with a damage mechanism review.
Add and track Integrity Operating Windows (IOW's) as defined in API 584. Provide upper and lower limits, damage mechanisms, actions, responsible persons, and comments.
Create an assets of Pressure Vessels, Exchangers, Piping, Pressure Safety Valves (PSV's) or Pipelines. Automatically assigned damage mechanisms and Integrity Operating Winsows (IOW's) based on process information.
Once risk assessment has been conducted, view and manage assets based on their respective risk. Give priority to higher risk assets and visibility see risk reduction through your Mechanical Integrity Program.
Create RBI inspection rules with damage mechanism specific inspections. Inspection methods and intervals are fully customizable. Inspection tasks are automatically assigned to assets to minimize manual task assignment and save significant time.
Evergreen the RBI assessment easily by providing post inspection updates. SHIELD automates the recalculation of risk assessment and inspection program of assets. Plant Integrity Review also allows easily updating of process changes such as operating pressures and temperatures, and automatically recalculates for effected equipment. A full audit trail is logged for any inspection updates input, as well as audit logs of the recalculation process.

SHIELD Competitive Advantages

SHIELD-RBI offers the following competitive advantages over other RBI software:

  • Initial implementation requires 30 to 50 % fewer man-hours than API software.
  • Built-in models require less expert input.
  • Corrosion Control Documents and Integrity Operating Windows are integrated into the implementation process.
  • Data inheritance from fluids to systems to equipment requires less data input.
  • TaskMaster allows users to define standard rules for inspection tasks and intervals. These are automatically applied to all piping and equipment for quick development of the inspection plan.
  • Integration with SHIELD-IDMS makes it easy to include inspection data in the RBI assessment.
  • There is a written procedure for each activity in implementation.
  • SHIELD licensing costs are significantly lower than other programs .
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