Monday, January 14, 2008

Risk Based Inspection in India

PP SIMTECH (UK) has partnered with TCR Engineering Services, India's leading Material Testing, QA and Inspection Company. The joint venture has resulted in formation of TCR PP SIMTECH Pvt. Ltd. Based in Navi Mumbai and Vadodara (India), TCR PP SIMTECH will implement reliable and proven Risk based Inspection (RBI) technology process incorporating the key guidelines given in API 580/581 and UK HSE. PP SIMTECH has successfully implemented RBI at BP, Dow Chemicals, GPIC, ADNOC-Fertil, Norsk Hydro, BASF, and INEOS.


TCR PP SIMTECH will ensure reliable assessment and calculation of risk profile of items in a plant, based on its "active" and "potential" Damage Mechanism ensuring that the resulting inspection interval for the item is reliably optimized in a safe and cost-effective manner.


rbiAsyst™ is a fully auditable & transparent software system developed by PP SIMTECH, is designed to facilitate the RBI team study and successful implementation of RBI technology process at a plant site.


Speaking at the company formation, Mr. V.K. Bafna, Director, TCR PP SIMTECH said, "Effective use of RBI will allow Petrochemical, Power, Fertilizer and Oil/Gas companies in India to have an inspection which includes an increase in plant availability and cost saving, minimum duration of shutdowns, change in inspection strategies and intervals and improved safety compliance. The RBI team study will also improves the team working and communication between all plant departments."


Mr. Ron Selva, director TCR PP SIMTECH, said, "The RBI team study facilitated by TCR PP SIMTECH and rbiAsyst™ software provides all plant management and operations team a reliable method to identify and resolve complex item technical issues associated with static equipment including reactors, furnaces, strippers, distillation columns, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, reformers, boilers, fired heaters with associated items such as interconnected piping and storage tanks."


The TCR PP SIMTECH team includes Mechanical Engineers, Metallurgists, Corrosion Engineers, NDT Experts, RBI Experts and Project Managers and provides plants with RBI, Fitness-For-Service (API 579), Material Damage Mechanisms Assessment, Metallurgical Investigation & Failure Analysis and In-service Inspection.


The TCR PP SIMTECH approach to risk-based inspection is based on a strong co-operation between the plant personnel and TCR PP SIMTECH experts. The adopted process of guided expert judgment is based on operational experiences and sound technical basis for the evaluation of possible degradation mechanisms.


For more information about risk based inspection, analytical and material testing facilities at TCR Engineering Services and her associate companies in Mumbai, Vadodara, Navi Mumbai, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia and USA, please visit


For more details on PP SIMTECH, based in UK, please visit

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