Facility Siting Studies

Siting Study Overpressure contours

Facility siting studies are most often used for regulatory compliance or to determine the appropriate location of buildings on a process plant site. The codes and guidelines referenced in siting studies include API RP 752 and API RP 753, NFPA 30, NFPA 58, NFPA 59A, 49 CFR 193, CSA Z276, EN 1493, API 2510, or IP 9.

Our facility siting services feature various sets of consequence analysis calculations (using CANARY by Quest) to determine the potential impacts to offsite areas, onsite buildings, or to specific areas within a facility. The potential impacts evaluated may include overpressure from vapor cloud explosions, fire radiation (jet/torch fires and/or pool fires), toxic gas infiltration, or flammable gas infiltration.

Siting studies can also involve risk-based methodologies such as quantitative risk analysis (QRA) or overpressure exceedance analysis (OEA). When consequence-based methods demonstrate potential adverse impacts, these powerful techniques provide a quantitative evaluation to better determine the construction or location of buildings on existing or proposed sites.

Review our experience in conducting siting studies.