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Experience

Why choose BakerRisk for your facility siting study?

A BakerRisk facility siting study helps you comply with regulations, as well as leverages our unique knowledge and skills to develop your facility’s overall safety plan. We can recommend upgrades for buildings, windows, and doors for hazard mitigation and perform building leak tightness testing to ensure your workers are protected from the hazards involved with your specific processes.

Leveraging our years of industry experience with extensive research and development programs, as well as our uniquely designed software tools such as SafeSite3G©, we can provide comprehensive solutions to address your facility siting concerns. BakerRisk is at the forefront of setting and maintaining facility siting study best practices.

Our professionals are well-versed in applicable recommended practice documents from around the world. We actively participate in several American Petroleum Institute (API) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) committees and are part of the committees that developed and updated API Recommended Practice (RP) 752, API RP 753, and API RP 756. BakerRisk also performed the full-scale testing program to help develop requirements for the placement of process plant tent structures under API RP 756, and is actively involved in other relevant NFPA committees, including NFPA 59A, NFPA 30, NFPA 68/69, NFPA 654, etc.

Process

How we perform facility siting studies.

BakerRisk facility siting studies are designed to collect extensive data and provide maximum value for you. Our methodology is grounded in robust research and development, which includes internally funded research as well as research funded by several Joint Industry Programs (JIPs), such as the Explosion Research Cooperative (ERC).  We have also investigated thousands of notable industry fire, explosion, toxic, and structural collapse events worldwide. Lessons learned from investigating such incidents help us continue to improve and update our methodology and proprietary technology and provide you with practical information and recommendations necessary to protect your facility, personnel, and the public.

Software Tools

Our experts understand the importance of defining Maximum Credible Event (MCE) scenarios for a consequence-based approach to ensure that the consequences are not understated and your personnel are properly protected. BakerRisk’s industry-leading consequence analysis software SafeSite3G© goes beyond just determining the hazard endpoints to determine building response and indoor/outdoor occupant vulnerability. With the use of SafeSite3G©, BakerRisk professionals are able to evaluate hundreds of thousands of potential scenario outcomes in a typical study to produce results with the granularity to feed a quantitative risk assessment (QRA) and/or aid your decision-making process for risk mitigation.

FSS Report

BakerRisk documents each facility siting study in a comprehensive report that defines inputs, explains calculation methods, provides interim calculation results to allow verification and validation of the methods employed, and summarizes results in a range of meaningful forms. Composite contour plots of overpressure, flammability, thermal radiation, and toxicity define key endpoints and provide an overview of areas vulnerable to impacts from assessed hazards.

Results Presentation

We compile facility siting study results in an extensive spreadsheet showing the maximum impact for each hazard scenario and each building assessed. In addition, results are presented in summary tables for easy tabulation of results. Consequence impacts to each building assessed are presented in terms of building damage level (BDL), flammable gas concentration categories, and fire/toxic occupant vulnerabilities.

SafeSite3G©

BakerRisk’s proprietary software, SafeSite3G© enables us to evaluate the impact of changes to the facility – as well as potential mitigation measures – easily and efficiently.  Combined with our unique knowledge and expertise, forged from years of industry experience and extensive research and development, BakerRisk assists clients with providing and evaluating practical, feasible, and proven solutions to address facility siting concerns.

Examples of Applicable Facilities

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Refineries

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Terminals

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gas plants

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Lng and Lpg Operations

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Pipeline Systems

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Offshore Platforms

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FPSO Facilities

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Oil and Gas Wells

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Ammonia/fertilizer

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Hydrogen

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Biofuels

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Petrochemical

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Chemical

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Pharmaceutical Plants

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Use Cases

Facility siting studies are useful in many situations.

  • Choosing a location for a new facility
  • Master planning of facility layout, unit layout, and building locations
  • Locating/designing buildings at a facility to protect people, critical emergency response/release mitigation assets, and provide business continuity (minimize interruption)
  • Adding new processes or units to an existing facility
  • Planning for turnarounds
  • Planning for mitigation
  • Assessing mitigation strategies
  • Analyzing concerns associated with asset damage or unit interdependencies
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