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2017 API Tanks, Valves, and Piping Conference & Expo

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When: October 23, 2017 - October 26, 2017

Where:Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA

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The 2017 API Tanks, Valves, and Piping Conference & Expo will give attendees an opportunity to learn about new and existing industry codes and standards, and to hear about emerging trends from industry experts. This two-day conference offers over 50 sessions addressing the needs of individuals involved in production systems, pipelines, terminals, refining and chemical manufacturing, and storage facilities. Each day focuses on presentations relevant to upstream, midstream and downstream.

Co-Located with the API Safe Tank Entry Workshop

Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations - Tank Trank

Call for Presentations - Valves & Piping Track

Online Submission Site

Schedule at a Glance 

October 23 October 24  October 25-26
API/NFPA Safe Tank Entry Workshop
API Tanks, Valves, and Piping Conference

STI/API Tank Fundamentals Seminar
Tank Track
Valves & Piping Track

Who Should Attend

  • Tank, and Valves and Piping Professionals
  • Tank owners, managers, or operators
  • Experienced storage tank professionals 
  • Senior tank designer or construction specialist 
  • Representatives of oil and petrochemical refineries, utilities, pipelines, tank cleaning firms, and others interested in confined spaces and safe tank entry
  • Refinery and terminal owners, managers, or operators
  • Senior design or construction specialists
  • Representatives of oil and petrochemical refineries, utilities, pipelines, cleaning firms, inspectors, and others interested in refinery equipment safe operation

Media Sponsors




Past Conference Presentations Include

Tank Track

  • US Energy Markets: Key Trends and Outlook
  • Tank Pads and Corrosion - Your First Line of Defense
  • What a Difference a Proper Tank Foundation Makes
  • The Apparent and Real Limits to Replacement of Tank Bottoms
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Impacts of RTR on Tanks
  • FAST Floating Roof Problems, Solutions, and Design
  • Influence of Wall Thickness and Insulation on the Breathing Requirements of Aboveground Storage Tanks
  • HJ3 Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) Technology for API 653 Equivalent Repairs
  • The Structural Importance of Door Sheet Stiffening for Tank Repair Projects
  • Panel Discussion: What to Look for when Completing Due Diligence of a Tank Farm
  • Case Study on Relocating an Aboveground Storage Tank
  • Panel Discussion: Strange Stories and Unusual Tales
  • How to Prepare for a PHMSA Tank Facilities Audit

Valves and Piping Track

  • API Fugitive Emissions Valves Standards Update
  • Standards and Training for Enhanced Safety: Sealing Device Technology for Valves and Pipelines
  • Performance Testing of Vacuum Breaker Valves
  • Motor Operated Valve Sticking Failures Reduction, Six-Sigma Analysis Project
  • Critical Check Valves - A Systematic Approach
  • Hot Isostatic Pressed Valves in Refinery Applications
  • Understanding Enhanced LDAR and Consent Decree Compliance for Valves
  • Valve Fugitive Emission Performance in Service
  • Good Packing Installation Techniques for Fugitive Emission Service
  • Quarter Turn FE Testing is Coming
  • Corrosion Protection of Shorted Pipe Casings Using VCIs
  • EPA Clean Air Act - Ramifications for Our Industry

Refinery Equipment Track

  • Consequential Fatigue Failure of Above Ground Terminal Piping
  • Cryogenic Storage Tanks
  • Next Generation of Compliance Document and EPA Enforcement Target: Storage Vessels
  • Damage, Overflow, Environmental and Alarm Levels for Aboveground Storage Tanks
  • In-pipe Turbine Generator as a Power Source for Remote Locations
  • Robotic Inline Inspection of Alyeska Valdez Marine Terminal Ballast and Oil Lines
  • Rapid Implementation of a Pipeline Leak Detection System without Existing Flow or Pressure Meters
  • A Proactive Approach to Addressing Corrosion Under Insulation
  • The Right Paint Reduces Project Delays
  • LiRecent Seismic Activity in the Central US: Effects on Storage Tanks and Infrastructure
  • New Gasket Technology
  • API 6D Update
  • The Use of Drones / UAS Technology in Storage Tank Operations to Reduce Cost and Increase Safety
  • The Possibilities With and Limitations of Duplex Stainless Steel

API Safe Tank Entry Workshop: October 23-24, 2017

Attendees learn the basics of ensuring safe tank entry and maintenance.

Topics Cover

  • Tank decommissioning, isolation, degassing, safe tank entry, cleaning, return to service, and associated work
  • An understanding of atmospheric monitoring, with instruction in the operation, calibration, and maintenance of field instruments that sample and analyze levels of oxygen, gases, and vapors.
  • Attendees have the chance to calibrate and use the instruments

NFPA will award 0.7 Continuing Education Units for each day of instruction.

US EPA Courses: October 24, 2017

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) will host two half day presentations on October 24:

Preliminary Program - FRP Course - Available Soon

Preliminary Program - SPCC Course - Available Soon

  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: USEPA Facility Response Plan (FRP) Course
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: USEPA SPCC Course

Mark Howard, US EPA OEM will discuss the inspector guidance for the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations (40 CFR part 112). Troy Swackhammer, US EPA OEM will discuss plan requirements for facilities covered by EPA's Facility Response Plan (FRP) regulation (40 CFR part 112). The USEPA will provide an overview of the SPCC guidance and FRP regulations along with examples and explanations helpful in understanding and applying the regulations and amendments. USEPA encourages interested parties to attend, including regulated facilities, SPCC/FRP consultants/planners, and any other persons involved with SPCC and/or FRP complicance. Conference registration required to attend.

API/STI-SPFA Storage Tank Fundamental Course: October 24, 2017

This course is designed for inspectors, engineers, managers, and regulators who wish to increase their knowledge of storage tank facilities. 

Tentative course topics include:
  • Important Regulations – Environmental, Fire Codes, OSHA
  • How to Use Tank Standards
  • Field erected tanks – API 650, including frangible roof design
  • Oil production tanks – API 12F and 12D
  • Shop-fabricated tanks – UL 142 and 2085
  • Foundations and Seismic Design
  • Tank Construction, including steel grades – why would you use something other than A36?
  • Safety
  • Roof designs
  • Measurement and gauging
  • Overfill prevention
  • Inlet diffusers and sumps Inspection and Maintenance

Sponsor and Exhibitor Application and Agreement

Exhibit Floorplan

Fax to 202-682-8222 

Exhibitor Registration

Additional Exhibitors can register here.

Deadline for registering your additional staff: 5:00 PM EST, October 6. After this date additional exhibitors must register onsite. Please identify your exhibit staff early! 

Note: Use this link to register only after your companies Sponsor/Exhibitor application has been accepted. The registration fee is $395. To be eligible for this rate, the additional Sponsor/Exhibitor must be a direct employee of exhibiting or sponsoring company. This fee includes full conference registration, including admission to all conference sessions October 25-26, exhibit area, and receptions. Note this does not include admission Safe Tank Entry Workshop, Tank Fundamentals, or EPA courses offered October 23-24, 2017. To attend those courses you must pay the full admission fee for those courses. Registration badges are not interchangeable; swapping or sharing of badges is not allowed.

Exhibitor Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 
6:30 am - 7:30 am Exhibitor Set-Up (Booths 1-7 only)
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Exhibitor Set-Up (Booths 100-317)
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Services Open
6:30 am - 7:30 am Exhibitor Set-Up (if not set October 24)
7:30 am - 6:00 pm Expo Open, including Welcome Reception 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Services Open
7:30 am - 3:45 pm Expo Open
3:45 pm - 9:00 pm Move-Out
All Exhibitors are welcome to attend the Closing Reception
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Closing Reception

Exhibit Booth Information

Freeman Exhibitor Kit and Additional Services Order Form - Available Soon

New discount order deadline: October 4, 2017

Freeman Online link - Available Soon

Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own AV. Electricity will be provided to all exhibitors, as well as free WiFi.

Each exhibitor will be provided a draped 10’ x 8' exhibit booth. Each booth includes two chairs and a garbage can. A company sign will be provided above your booth. One electrical outlet will be provided at no charge, as well as complimentary WiFi. Note: Set up outside of the set up times listed above is strictly forbidden. No exhibitor badges or materials will be distributed outside of these times.

Exhibitor Regulations

  • All booth activities must take place within the confines of the assigned booth space.
  • Booth activities deemed too disruptive may be discontinued at Show Management's discretion.
  • All promotional activities and distribution of literature must take place within the confines of the assigned booth. Distribution outside of the confines of the booth, including all API and Sheraton Hotel public areas is strictly prohibited.
  • If a booth noise level is particularly disturbing or disruptive, Show Management will direct that the noise be turned down.
  • All speakers must face inward and not out towards the aisles or neighboring Exhibits. Exhibitors found in non-compliance, will be required to modify the direction of the speakers to a more suitable position.
  • No element can impede the aisles; All demonstrations must take place within the confines of the assigned booth space.
  • A maximum height of eight feet is allowed only in the rear half of the booth space, with a four foot height restriction on all materials (product or equipment) in the front half of the booth.
  • All booths should be designed in such a way so as to eliminate line of sight obstructions from one exhibit to the next.
  • Delivery or removal of any portion of an exhibit will not be permitted during exhibit hours

Exhibit Floorplan

Booths 1-7, 100, 103, 115, 202, 203, 214, 215, 301, 302 - Reserved for Sponsors

Exhibitor Booth Number
Allentech  4
Consolidated Fabrication & Constructors
CB&I 202

Co-Sponsored By


Opportunity  Sponsor
"Keynote Presenter" Sponsor  Available
Conference Bag with Logo + Booth Available
Conference Lanyard with Logo + Booth Available
Conference T-Shirt + Booth Available
Conference App + Booth Available
Conference WIFI + Booth Allentech
Conference Program Available
Tank Safe Entry Workshop: Oct. 23 - Luncheon + Booth Available
Tank Safe Entry Workshop + Courses: Oct. 24 - Luncheon + Booth Available
Tank, Valves, and Piping Conference: Oct. 25 - Luncheon + Booth CB&I
Tank, Valves, and Piping Conference: Oct. 25 - Networking Reception + Booth Available
Tank, Valves, and Piping Conference: Oct. 26 - Luncheon + Booth Available
Tank, Valves, and Piping Conference: Oct. 26 - Networking Reception + Booth Consolidated Fabrication & Constructors
Sheraton Seattle
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Online Reservations
Room Rate: $235; Mention API Group Rate
Call: 1-888-627-7056
Reservation Deadline: Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM Pacific.

Avoid Housing Scams

Note: API has not contracted with any third party for hotel arrangements and will not call or email you directly to make housing arrangements on your behalf.

Should you receive a call or email from a third-party provider, please collect as much information as you can and let us know immediately. “Room Poachers” have been known to act as representatives of API, or authorized providers of API, to offer room discounts or alternative accommodations to our attendees – often to the attendee’s detriment. These companies are not affiliated with API, and reservations made through these companies for our meeting cannot be guaranteed.

How It Works

This deceptive practice (called “room poaching”) is carried out by third‐party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers, or even API to solicit registrants for room reservations. The poacher might inform registrants that the hotel room block is “sold out,” and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. Room poachers make it more difficult for us to meet our room block commitments, and expose us to penalties and increased room rates for our events. Room poachers often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non‐existent or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card.

Don’t Be Deceived

If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the API Conference, please get as much information as you can (their name, company name, phone number, etc.) and pass it along to Always make your room reservation directly with the information provided by API or a trusted source.

API will use all legal means possible to prevent these groups from operating.

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