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Design Review of Industrial Facilities

Providing confidence that your design achieves best practice standards


Companies in the oil & gas, power and process industries need to have high levels of confidence that their facilities will operate as intended. If lifetime costs are to be minimized, problems must be identified and eliminated from the design.

Owners want facilities to be built to standards that have been proven by the experience of industry, and meet their own exacting requirements for operational, safety and environmental performance.


What is Design Review? 

Design review is an independent review of the design intent of an engineered system or process, as defined by documented standards. The scope of review will normally include structures, vessels, pipelines, and safety systems. The review process also aims to identify errors or failures in the design (or operation) of the engineered systems and processes. Bureau Veritas Technical Centres provide two types of systematic design review according the needs of clients – either a 100% appraisal of the design against relevant design standards, or a verification (sampling) review against standards defined by the facility operator. The latter is based on the goal-setting approach which originates with UK safety case regulations and verification against DCR and PFEER.

Your Benefits
The review provides confidence that your asset design is compliant with well-proven standards, and guidelines that draw on the best-practice experience of the oil & gas industry. Where design review is required by regulation, a certificate is provided as evidence of compliance. By confirming that the design is based on best practice standards, the review also contributes to demonstrations that risks are ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable).


Our Technical Centres for design review services are established in strategically important oil and gas locations worldwide. Bureau Veritas is recognized as an industry leader in design review.

Our teams have high levels of technical competence with monitoring and assessment that is open to scrutiny. The international network of Technical Centres share knowledge and experience to ensure that the right specialist advice is always available.

The service is also supported by a secure online management information system (BVnet) which allows clients to monitor the status of the review in real time.


  • What is the difference between a 100% design appraisal and the newer verification approach?

    A full design appraisal involves review against standards such as API, ASME, NACE etc. and will normally be followed by issue of a certificate of conformity. The verification approach comes from the goal-setting approach to safety management. It involves review of “safety critical elements” and “performance standards” which have been defined by the owner / operator. Successful design verification is marked by the issue of a statement of “initial suitability”.


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