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24 May 2019

Inspection & centralized data with RBI mobile application

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Transition from an EXCEL / SAP-based organization to a 100% digital solution

RBI (Risk Based Inspection) is an approach designed to optimize the inspection of industrial installations.


The purpose of this methodology is to reduce the risk as much as possible without over-inspection.


In particular, it aims to develop a risk-based inspection program. This is intended to increase the operating life, reduce downtime of the installations and extend the calculated residual life of the equipment while maintaining an equivalent level of risk.


The RBI methodology is widely used in the inspection services of SEVESO classified establishments, for example.


What problem? What problem?


The inspection generates a lot of data (thickness measurements, inspection plan, criticality matrices, photos, videos etc.). An inspection strategy requires rigor in data management so as not to overwhelm inspectors and mask important information.


An inspection data management system based on Excel and Word has limitations in terms of digital archiving, reporting and processing of paper / Excel sheets. This has a concrete financial impact on the inspection service (time-consuming paper management, complicated reporting to authorities), but also on the safety of the installations.




The customer feedback below illustrates the benefits of an inspection service using mobile and dematerialization to collect and centralize its data.


Example of the implementation of an RBI solution at STORENGY: First French natural gas storage company


In order to ensure the digital transition of all STORENGY and ELENGY’s (Engie Group) preventive maintenance processes, SIRFULL™ has deployed its platform on all the company’s sites.


Today, STORENGY operates more than 4,000 pressure equipment located in more than 14 storage sites classified as SEVESO high threshold in France. Deployed in 2017, the SiRFULL™ industrial platform welcomes more than 68 users to the cloud. Every day, the solution processes and shares data related to regulatory monitoring and the reliability of critical assets. In addition, field measurements are performed using the mobile tablet application SiRFULL™.


Mobile Inspection Service


Equipped with mobile tablets, inspectors now enter their inspection data directly in the field (observations, photos, thickness measurements, etc.). Back at the office, this data is synchronized with the user’s PC and the inspection report is automatically generated.


From now on, “Storengy has homogeneous and centralized information, and also a geographical representation of the collection network: any defect detected is listed and geolocated“, emphasizes Pascal Merrien, project manager at the Storengy Expertise Centre. In addition,”[…] inspection dates are easily retrieved, and all technical data can be used via dashboards and other statistical analyses.” he adds.


With the SiRFULL™ solution, STORENGY takes advantage of its data by harmonizing the regulatory monitoring of its assets, reducing the cost of its field inspections and taking a first step towards the planned maintenance of its installations.


SiRFULL™ | inspection management


SiRFULL | inspection management is a module of the SiRFULL™ platform using the RBI or IBC “Criticality Based Inspection” methodology and which helps users to improve their inspection programs for chemical, oil, gas and petrochemical sites.


It meets the requirements of the SiRFULL | inspection management includes a “regulatory” section that adapts to the country’s legislation and indicates to which section of the regulations each piece of equipment is subject. SiRFULL™ | inspection management is perfectly adapted to the management of SEVESO high and low threshold sites.


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