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2017 API Inspection Summit

Online Registration is Closed, Please Register Onsite

When: January 30, 2017 - February 02, 2017

Where: Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, Texas

Open for Registration Details

Asset Integrity Through Corrosion Management, Inspection, and Engineering Technology

Preliminary Program

Panel Descriptions

The API Inspection Summit was designed with you in mind. This four-day summit includes three days of presentations spanning over 120 topics. Addressing issues involved in asset condition evaluation for drilling, production systems, pipelines, terminals, refining, chemical manufacturing and storage facilities. In addition, an optional day of  training is conducted by subject matter experts. Each day focuses on presentations relevant to upstream, midstream, downstream operation and integrity management. API Inspection Summit provides an opportunity to learn about new and existing industry codes and standards, to hear about emerging trends from experts, and to discuss new and existing issues in inspection and AIM technology. 

The API Inspection Summit is the only networking event for inspectors and other inspection support professionals in the industry. As stated by attendees, “The API Inspection Summit is the best inspection related conference in the petroleum industry”.

Keynote Speaker

Railroad Commissioner, Ryan Sitton

Equipment Integrity, Reliability, and the Future of Energy
The world of energy and commodity production has changed dramatically over the past ten years, and the recent election promises to bring even more changes. What will the short and long term opportunities look like for Texas and the United States? How will these opportunities translate into changes from today’s norms? And finally how will reliability and integrity programs figure into this new normal? With his perspective as Texas’ energy regulator and his passion for studying global markets, Ryan will explore all of these areas and more to help the audience understand where the world we work in is going.

Railroad Commissioner, Ryan Sitton grew up in Texas, where his parents were both science teachers. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has spent his entire career in the energy industry and in 2006 founded an engineering and technology company, helping make the world’s most complicated facilities more reliable. Since then Pinnacle Advanced Reliability Technologies has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held business in the world… three years in a row. Today, PinnacleART employs over 500 people.

In 2014, Ryan was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission, and is the first engineer in 50 years to serve as a railroad commissioner. He is working to make the commission more efficient and effective, so that Texas can lead America to energy independence. Ryan is also widely considered an expert in energy and regulatory policy. He is a proud husband to Jennifer and father, to Sarah, Luke, and Lance, and is often asked about his family’s impressive collection of over 100,000 Legos.

Official Media Sponsor



Email: or Call: 202-682-8195

Course Schedule

Training Courses are available at an additional fee and are not included in the Summit’s registration fee.

January 30th Training Courses

8 Hour Courses: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Storage Tank Fabrication and Inspection
This course will provide a basic understanding of aboveground storage tank designs, construction/fabrication and inspection. The course will focus mainly on API 650 tanks; however, a general background of tanks built to other design standards, such as API 620 and the API 12 series, will also be covered. The course will also provide a basic understanding of the inspection and evaluation of existing storage tanks in accordance with API 653, including the determination of tank minimum thickness, prescriptive inspection intervals based on corrosion rate, the use of risk-based inspection to set inspection intervals, repair practices, hydrostatic test requirements, and settlement evaluation. An overview will be given of Level 1 fitness-for-service methods in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 that are applicable to tanks. Relevant best practices and case studies of tank design, fabrication, inspection, evaluation and repair will be discussed.
Instructor: Joel Andreani 

Understanding Ultrasonic Phased Array Testing
This 8-hour course will overview the fundamental physics and performance of ultrasonic phased array testing (PAUT) toward an increased understanding of this widely used NDT method. A comparison of PAUT to conventional ultrasonic testing will be explained and demonstrated for both corrosion and weld inspection applications for damage mechanisms outlined in API 571 as well as the applications used for API risk based inspection and fitness for service codes. The course will include advanced ultrasonic theory instruction followed by demonstrations on real world damage samples and optional hands on experience. A new emerging PAUT technology (Full Matrix Capture/Total Focusing Method) shall also be explained and demonstrated.
Instructor: John Nyholt

Damage Mechanisms Affecting Equipment In the Refining and Petrochemical Industries
This class will provide a general background on the material contained in API 571 (Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries). As we all know, a key first step in safety and reliability of our mechanical equipment is the identification and understanding of the relevant damage mechanisms. Proper identification of damage mechanisms is important when: 
1. implementing the API Inspection Codes (510, 570 & 653), 
2. conducting risk based inspection per API 580, and 
3. performing a fitness-for-service assessment using API 579. 
Damage mechanisms need to be understood and considered to determine corrosion rate, location (general or local) and opportunities for mitigation.
Instructor: Marc McConnell

The one-day Fitness-For-Service (FFS) Short Course provides an overview of the Fitness-For-Service (FFS) Assessment Methods in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, 2016 Edition. This course includes a review of the FFS assessment levels with a concentration in the Level 1 and Level 2 assessment methods and a discussion of what constitutes a “best-buy”, i.e. what assessment level to use and the inspection data required.  In addition, this course also includes an overview of the assessment procedures for brittle fracture assessment, volumetric damage, HIC/SOHIC damage, crack-like flaws, creep damage and fire damage assessment, and how these FFS assessment procedures are incorporated into the Life Cycle Management of fixed equipment. Numerous example problems will be discussed. A review of the differences between 2016Edition and the 2007 edition will also be provided.
Instructor: David Osage

Risk-Based Inspection 
The details of API’s recommended practices (API 580 Third Edition and API 581 Third Edition) will be presented by recognized industry experts and leaders in the development and use of RBI methodology. API RP 580 introduces the principles and presents minimum general guidelines for developing a RBI program for fixed equipment and piping. API 581 provides quantitative RBI methods to establish an inspection program. Together, these two documents comprise a widely-recognized standard for industry-accepted RBI practices. Both of these recommended practices were updated and new editions released in 2015. The course helps attendees understand and use RBI technology, develop a program, and learn which RBI procedures and working processes comply with industry standards. Additionally, changes between the Second and Third Editions will be highlighted and discussed
Instructor: Lynne Kaley

Using ASME Section IX and Reviewing Welding Procedures and Welder Qualification
This eight hour presentation will provide an overview of the 2015 Edition of ASME Section IX – Welding Qualification. The discussion will include: Part QG – General Requirements; Part QW – Welding including: Article I - Welding General Requirements; Article II - Welding Procedure Qualifications; Article III – Welding Performance Qualifications; Article IV - Welding Data; Article V – Standard Welding Procedure Specifications (SWPSs). The presentation will include reviewing a Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) and its Procedure Qualification Record (PQR) answering four basic questions: 
1. Is the Welding Procedure complete?
2. Is the Welding Procedure supported?
3. Is the Welding Procedure qualified?
4. Is the welding Procedure certified?
The workshop will also determine and document, on a Welders Performance Qualification (WPQ) form, the range of qualifications for the welder who welded the test coupon for the WPS qualification.
Instructor: Robert Yagle

ASME  PCC-2 – Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping
This course is an overview and discussion of the ASME PCC-2 repair methods. Subjects covered include welded repairs, mechanical repairs, and nonmetallic repairs. Failure scenarios will be presented and possible repair methods will be discussed.
Instructor: Don Kurle, P.E.

Mechanical Integrity for Refining – Crude Units
This 8 hour course is designed to inform the Crude Unit Inspector / Corrosion Engineer on the basic operation of the Unit, potential damage mechanisms that can occur and how to inspect for the anticipated damage. This course differs from the typical API-571 course in that it adds a process overview for Crude Unit operation with specific emphasis on operating / process parameters that can impact corrosion. In addition, a more detailed look into inspection planning (scope, techniques, locations and frequency) will also be reviewed. To emphasize the learning, multiple Unit specific examples of corrosion damage and failures will also be reviewed.  
Instructors: Clay White, Jason Nigg, Brian Jack, Brian Batts

AM 4 Hour Courses: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 

High Temperature Advanced NDE
The ability to perform on-stream inspection of pressure vessels, reactors and other critical components in lieu of shutting down is invaluable to operating plants. During times of expected higher production rates or lowering costs by the refineries and process plants, coupled with the increasing dangers associated with entering confined spaces, creates enhanced awareness and appreciation for alternative inspection techniques.  This workshop will focus on the power and evolution of Phased Array as the key tool for on-stream inspections. Over the course of the past 5 years, phased array has become the ultrasonic technique of choice. Once thought to be an ambient technique or limited to low to medium temperatures only, this course will go over in detail the advances in the technology which is now capable of performing critical inspections at temperatures up to 750F. During the past 3 years, we have developed, perfected and performed numerous fully automated High Temperature Phased Array (HTPA) examination throughout the world saving owner/users Millions of dollars in unnecessary down time and at the same time providing them with the very highest probability of flaw detection with exceptional flaw sizing which than allows for successful monitoring. This workshop will provide full details on the technology, advantages, cost savings, the onerous qualification processes that was used to qualify the technology and techniques and many examples of field results. Depending on the audience, I will also present details on the history of phased array, the basic physics and expectations for the future including some insight into Full Matrix Capture (FMC) and/or 4-D imaging.  
Instructor: David Bajula

Creating and Implementing Corrosion Control Document (API 970) and Integrity Operating Windows (API 584) – A How To Guide
This course will focus on the following: An overview of API 584 and API 970 contents; The value of CCD’s and IOW’s to your inspection program; Resources/team members needed in CCD/IOW creation; Sources of information and data collection; Process info validation – a vital quality step; Concise Inspection Highlights and use of existing CML data; Understanding the important parameters in degradation; Detailed outline of CCD deliverables and work process descriptions; Initial damage mechanism - assignment expected likelihoods; Team meeting (who, when, what), including defining process deadlegs, injection point and mix points; Defining IOW terms (standard, critical, and informational) and defining limits and actions/responsible parties; Finalizing CCD’s/IOW’s - validation of the results; Use of CCD’s and detailed IOW implementation after parameters are defined; Handling and communicating of exceedances; Example of a hydrotreater unit and one other unit.
Instructor: Gerrit Buchheim

Bolting/Torqueing/Gaskets - Bolted Joint Integrity
This course is intended to provide an overview of the most important aspects for achieving leak free joint operation. The course emphasises the importance of the full life-cycle approach and each stage of the life-cycle is examined to demonstrate this concept. The most critical aspects for design, fabrication, assembly and maintenance are detailed in order for the attendee to be able to determine the status of their current joint integrity program and what will be required to bring it up to best practice. The course is suitable for engineers and managers wishing to improve joint integrity at their facility. It will be taught by Dr Warren Brown, vice chair of the ASME PCC-1 committee and author of over 50 publications on the subject of joint integrity.
Instructor: Warren Brown

PM 4 Hour Courses: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Joint Assembly Inspection for Inspectors
Using the IJAQ TED Rig ( the attendees will learn the aspects of joint integrity that rely on their skills and also have the chance to gain experience in inspection practices that may be required during the joint assembly process in a controlled environment. The TED Rig allows all required inspection practices for the assembly process to be taught and practiced by the participants. The course offered is from the IJAQ ASME PCC-1 Appendix A bolted joint assembler qualification course and, as such, addresses all inspection requirements that are listed in ASME PCC-1. This includes defect and flatness assessment per Appendix D, joint alignment per Appendix E and joint assembly alignment. The participants will also be shown site inspection practices for common gasket types. A sample of the available flange inspection tools will be used during the course, in addition to common rules-of-thumb. The course is suitable for both inexperienced inspectors and engineers and experienced inspectors and engineers wishing to further hone their skills. It will be taught by Dr Warren Brown, vice chair of the ASME PCC-1 committee, principal author of PCC-1 Appendix D and principal SME for IJAQ.
Instructor: Warren Brown

Welding and Welding Metallurgical Fundamentals for Inspectors
This is a course designed for the entry to mid-level inspectors, maybe some senior level inspectors to help develop some basic and critical inspection / welding knowledge. We will discuss an array of things from welding procedures to some basic metallurgical items relating to welding. We plan on discussing other items such as Low Residual Element welding for HF Alky units, filler material choices and some heat treatment items. This course will be slightly modified from the course we taught at the 2015 Inspection Summit.
Instructor: Terry McLane and Jeff Major

Characteristics of the High Performing Inspector
Most petrochemical inspectors are on jobs that present significant challenges. Technical situations, relationships with other plant departments, and high workloads are just some of the common challenges facing inspectors. Sometimes, technically qualified inspectors still underperform in their assignments. Why? Often it is because of limited abilities in important non-technical skills. These non-technical abilities are usually as important as technical skills, but unfortunately are often difficult to learn. This training session will help inspection personnel see a broad picture of the make-up of a High-Performing Inspector. We will look at the various job demands and match up important non-technical characteristics needed for those assignments. We will also briefly explore ways of developing these successful characteristics in the workforce.  
Instructor: Mark Smith

Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus

Exhibitor Floor Plan

Fax to 202-682-8222 

Application Deadlines

Sponsor/Exhibitor Applications and booth selection can be submitted according to the following acceptance windows:

Up to 5:00 PM Eastern on Monday, August 22, 2016

Between 5:01 PM Eastern on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 and 5:00 PM Eastern on Monday, September 12, 2016

Between 5:01 PM Eastern on Monday, September 12th, 2016 and 5:00 PM Eastern on Monday, September 26, 2016

After 5:01 PM on Monday, September 26, 2016 (until the exhibit area sells out)

Please do not submit your application prior to the schedule above. If you submit your application before the above dates, your first choice may not be available.

Exhibitor Regulations

In adherence to the good neighbor policy, please note the following rules and regulations:
  • 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 Westin 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. Booth activities deemed too disruptive may be discontinued at Show Management's discretion.
  • 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.
  • 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. No booth element can impede the aisles. End-cap or 20x20 booths must not impeded line-of-sight above four feet to the front 5 feet of neighboring 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.

Exhibitor Registration

Each exhibiting company receives one full conference registration with the purchase of booth space. In addition, exhibiting companies may register up to three additional staff for the full conference at a discounted rate of $495 each. Discount codes will be provided to the “Main Contact” listed on your exhibitor application upon email confirmation of your booth assignment. If you have not received these codes, please contact

Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors receive complimentary passes as identified in the Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus, in addition to the 3 discounted registrations allotted with the booth.

Exhibit Hours

Tuesday, January 31 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
(with Opening Reception from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)
Wednesday, February 1 7:30 am - 6:45 pm
(with Texas BBQ and Entertainment 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm)
Thursday, February 2 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Exhibitors are welcome to attend all sessions. API recommends an exhibitor representative be in their booth during the scheduled coffee breaks and receptions.

Exhibit Hall Set-Up and Tear Down 

Exhibitor set-up is Monday, January 30: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Set-up outside of these times is prohibited; All exhibitors must be set by 6:00 PM.

Exhibitor tear down is Thursday, February 2: 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM 

Exhibitor Order Forms

Each exhibit booth includes: 8' black drape behind booth, 3' black drape between booths, one 6' x 30" skirted exhibit table, Carpet (black, without padding), two side chairs, and one wastebasket. One (1) 120 volt electrical outlet will also be provided to each exhibit booth. Free wireless internet access is provided throughout the exhibit hall.

Exhibitor is responsible for ordering the following from Freeman:

  • AV 
  • Booth furniture
  • Plants
  • Etc.

Freeman Decorating Services Handbook

Order early to take advantage of advance order discount rates; Place your order by January 16, 2017.

You can order the same materials in the Decorating Services Handbook above using Freeman Online.

Freeman AV Order Form (Available Soon) - Note: One (1) 120 volt electrical outlet is already provided for each exhibitor. To order additional AV, please contact: Dawn Hoover at 713-853-8226 or

Shipping Information

Exhibitors are highly encouraged to ship directly to Freeman. Shipping address details are found in the Freeman Handbook.

The convention center does not have a receiving dock open to accept packages prior to January 30. If shipping to the convention center instead of the recommended Freeman warehouse, your items can arrive at the convention center between 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM on Monday, January 30th. The convention center staff has notified us that in the past they have had several problems with vendors sending their items too early (when the building is closed). Subsequently, they get returned to the sender. If you like, shipping directly to your hotel is another option. If shipping to one of the 3 conference hotels, you are allowed 3 days prior to the day the group starts, however larger items (i.e. palates) need to ship directly to the convention center.

Exhibitor Floor Plan

Sponsors & Exhibitors Booth Number
Sonomatic 102
Sky-Futures UAS 105 
Imperium 106
Acuren 107
Sensorlink AS
JIREH Industries 109 
Koch Specialty Plant Services 110 
Virtual Media Integration 111
IRED Thermal Group 112
Creaform 113
NVI 114
Thermo Fisher Scientific 115
Siemens Process Safety 116
Turner Specialty Services 117
INOVX Solutions 118
Guided Ultrasonics 119
GE Digital Solutions
Sonaspection International – Sonaspection
G2 Integrated Solutions 206
Metegnty Corp. 207
TCI Services 208
ClampOn 209
American Aerospace Technologies 210
Frontics America
Consulting and Field Services 212
MVA Inspection, Inc. 213
NDT Global 214
American Society for Nondestructive Testing 215
Lloyd's Register
The Phased Array Company 217
Sentinel Integrity Solutions
Pan American Industries
Pro Surve Technical Services
Team Industrial Services 302
Quest Integrity
Magnetec Inspection 306
DNV GL 307
Provenance Consulting 308
HMT 309
Dakota Ultrasonics 310
Operational Sustainability 311
PK Technology 314
Innospection Americas Inc. 315
Intertek AIM 317
Olympus America
Echo Ultrasonics 406
MFE Enterprises  407
Danatronics 408
Capitol Ultrasonics 410
Access Plug Flange 411
Oxford Instruments 414
ABS Group 415
Versa Integrity  416
Stress Engineering Services
Equity Engineering 502
QSA Global 503
Carestream NDT 506
Maintenance & Turnaround Resources 507
Inspection Plug Strategies 508
Curran International 509
Bureau Veritas 510
NDT Seals 511
FlawTech 512
Eddyfi Technologies 513
Becht Engineering 514
PinnacleART 516
Carbon Steel Inspection
Ionix Advanced Technologies 603
Zerust 605
CodeWest 606
Plant Integrity
CST Covers 608
Oceaneering International 609
TUV SUD America, Chemical Oil & Gas
Advanced Corrosion Technologies & Training 612
Kordata  613
Mobideo Technologies 614
Sensor Networks 615
Atlas Inspection Technologies 616
Guided Wave Analysis 617
MISTRAS Group 618
TesTex 619
CTI Industries 621

Platinum Sponsors

Conference BagIntertek
Conference LanyardMistras
Texas BBQ PartyStress
Opening General SessionTeam
Exhibit Hall Welcome ReceptionVersa

Gold Sponsors

Conference AppEquity
Continental Breakfast Jan. 31Magnetec
Continental Breakfast Feb. 1Olympus
Continental Breakfast Feb. 2MTR

Silver Sponsors

AM Break: Jan. 31Amerapex
PM Break: Jan. 31CTI
AM Break: Feb. 1Quest
PM Break: Feb. 1Echo
AM Break: Feb. 2DNV

San Luis
5222 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551
Call: 409-744-1500
Room Rate: $175, Mention API Group Rate
Reservation Deadline: January 7, 2017 or until room block is sold out

Hilton Galveston Island
5400 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, Texas, 77551
Online Reservations
Call: 409-744-5000
Room Rate: $165, Mention API Group Rate
Reservation Deadline: January 7, 2017 or until room block is sold out

Holiday Inn
5002 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, Texas, 77551
Online Reservations
Call: 409-740-3581
Room Rate: $145, Mention API Group Rate
Reservation Deadline: January 7, 2017 or until room block is sold out