Process Plant Inspection

Why Attend

Facing competitive industry and strong global competition, it is critical that organizations gain the most from their equipment and plant while protecting their life expectancies and reliability for return on investment. Plant operators can be stretched when challenged with unforeseen problems or when time-investment is required for long-term planning. The key is to identify the most cost-effective practical solutions using state-of-the-art assessment tools and techniques while using Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) methodologies to protect workers and the environment.
This practical but detailed course provides participants with an essential understanding of the engineering and management principles of plant inspection.

Course Methodology

The material used in the training course will be based on exercises as well as regional and international case studies. In addition to group discussions, participants will frequently work in pairs with one another as well as in larger teams.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the main principals of engineering inspection methods and conduct an effective plant inspection
  • Explain what pressure equipment is and the inspection methods
  • Identify standards and the governing legislation
  • Implement safety and risk-based inspections
  • Plan and run an effective inspection program

Target Audience

Participants wishing to gain an overview and understanding of plant inspection needs, techniques, and requirements. Those working in operations, maintenance, commissioning and risk management, from planners and technicians to engineers, contractors, supervisors, and managers, will benefit from this course. This course is also suitable for those working in other industries/functions and wishing to transfer into plant inspection and seek a greater understanding.

Target Competencies

  • Engineering Inspection Methods
  • Pressure Equipment Inspection Methods
  • Safety Standards and Legislation
  • Safety Inspections
  • Risk-Based Inspections


South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

Course Duration:

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Course Fees

Note: Please fill in the online application form on the left or bottom if this page to receive a quotation with detailed pricing from AATICD.

How to Apply:

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When filling the online application form; please take note of your desired Training Month, Duration in Weeks and Training Session. This will give us the exact dates you will be attending your classes.

Also note that Tuition Fees must be paid upfront on or before training start date. This is to ensure that all resources are made availabe for you before you start. You will not be allowed into training if fees are not paid and verified.

Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to pressure equipment and associated facilities
    • Introduction to pressure equipment
    • Inspection of pressure vessels
    • Inspection of pipelines
    • Inspection of storage tanks
    • Inspection of paint systems and linings
  • Planning and reporting on inspections
    • Inspection reporting
    • Record keeping
    • Use of codes and standards, legislation, rules and regulations
    • Roles and duties of the plant inspector
    • QA/Inspection
    • Inspection and test plans
  • Inspection skills and safety understanding
    • Inspection safety
    • Basic inspection skills, visual inspection skills
    • Inspection of materials
    • Visual examination of welds
    • Inspection and Non-destructive Testing (NDT)
  • Inspection engineering, mechanisms, prevention and control
    • Pressure vessels
      • Engineering materials
      • Material properties
      • Material degradation
      • Key damage mechanisms in major oil and gas production
      • Refining and manufacturing processes and where they can be found
      • Corrosion processes
      • General metal loss
    • Localized metal loss, pitting, laminations, weld misalignment, and shell distortion
      • Flaws and creep
      • Fire damage
      • Hydrogen blisters
      • Hydrogen damage associated with Hydrogen Induced Cracking (HIC) and Stress Orientated Hydrogen Induced Cracking (SOHIC)
      • Dents and gouges
    • Process parameters
      • Prevention and control and the most appropriate inspection and non-destructive testing methods for damage mechanisms
    • Introduction to risk-based inspection
      • API/ASME related codes and standards
    • Fitness for service
  • Risk-Based Inspections (RBI)
    • Reasons for implementing RBI
    • Benefits of using RBI
    • Practical implementation of RBI
    • Planning successful RBI implementation projects
    • Preparing inspection plans and optimizing maintenance and inspection intervals