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2019 API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit

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When: January 28, 2019 - January 31, 2019

Where:Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, Texas

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Asset Integrity Through Corrosion Management, Inspection, and Engineering Technology

NEW KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED: John Reynolds, MDC, Principal Consultant, Intertek Asset Integrity Management, Inc.

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

The following oil, gas and chemical sectors will be covered:

  • Upstream (Drilling, Sub Sea, Production Systems, Integrity Management)
  • Midstream (Pipelines, Terminals)
  • Downstream (Refining, Chemical & Storage)

Monday, January 28 will be dedicated to Training Courses run by Subject Matter Experts.

Three primary topics – Inspection/NDE, Metallurgy/Corrosion, Engineering & Analysis (tracks) will run concurrently each day (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).  

Schedule at a Glance 

January 28 January 29, 30, & 31

Training Courses

Inspection / NDE Track
Metallurgy / Corrosion Track
Engineering & Analysis Track

Media Sponsors



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 28th Training Courses

8 Hour Courses: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 

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, P.E., Principal, Trinity Bridge, LLC;

This one-day course provides the inspector or engineer with an in-depth overview of the Fitness-For-Service (FFS) Assessment Methods in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, 2016 Edition. The course includes a segment describing how the document is organized, insights on how to navigate through the document to apply FFS technology (i.e. either reactive or proactive), and a review of the three FFS assessment levels and what constitutes a “best-buy,” how do decide on which level to use based on the damage mechanism and NDE information provided. An overview of the Life Cycle Management process for fixed equipment is also provided explaining the interactions between the AMSE and API construction codes, API Inspection codes, and API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. All FFS assessment methods will be discussed with an emphasis on the volumetric damage assessment methods for general and local metal loss and pitting, HIC./SOHIC and hydrogen blisters, crack-like flaw assessment methods and remaining life estimation for high temperature components including an overview of MPC Project Omega. Attendees are encouraged to bring current problems to the class for discussion. The notes provided for the course will cover all Parts of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, 2016 Edition, and are provided to the students for general Information.
Instructor: David Osage, ASME Fellow, PE, The Equity Engineering Group

Design, Inspection and Assessment of Aboveground Storage Tanks
This session will cover: API 620, 650 and Series 12 Storage Tank Designs – What’s required in the main standards; Other Best Practices. In-Service Inspection of Storage Tanks – API 653 Inspections; Tank RBI in API 653; Other Best Practices. Assessment of Existing Storage Tanks – API 653 Assessments; API 579 Techniques applicable to Tanks; Settlement/Foundation Assessments; Other Tank Mechanical Integrity Best Practices.
Instructor: Joel Andreani, P.E., Principal Engineer, The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.

Recent Modifications to the API Standards for Design, Installation and Inspection of Pressure Relief Devices
This class will cover: API Pressure Relief Document Overview – API 520 Overview – Basic Terminology; PRV Design and Operation; Sizing and Selection; Installation Requirements. API 521 Overview – Design Philosophy; Overpressure Scenarios. API 576 Inspection of Pressure Relief Devices – RBI for PRDs per API 521; Inlet Pressure Drop-3% rule; Tube Rupture Scenario; What’s coming in API PRS Standards.
Instructor: Phil Henry, Principal Engineer, Equity Engineering

Fired Heater Integrity Optimization Management 
This course is designed for engineers, operators, maintenance, inspectors, safety, and training personnel working with or responsible for integrity issues associated with fired heaters. Fired Heater Integrity Optimization Management helps attendees learn the science of optimizing reliability and performance factors that affect tube integrity management of fired heaters and reformers. This course applies the essential theories, such as IOW, RBI, etc., provided in API Standards and Recommended Practices and practical approaches to fired heater monitoring to evaluate operating risk, damage mechanisms, failure analysis, safety, fitness-for-service and remaining life of critical components. Learn the necessary elements to inspect and maintain fired heaters using best practices that minimize risk, minimize the amount of shutdown work and maximize performance.
Instructor: Tim Hill, Process Engineering Optimization Manager, Quest Integrity USA, LLC

Guided Wave Testing of Pipeline, Pressure Vessel, and Tanks
API RP 583 included guided wave testing (GWT) as a screening method to identify potential areas of CUI damage on piping in 2014. After that, this guided wave testing (GWT) method has been much improved in spatial resolution and sensitivity. GWT method can examine accumulated pitting corrosion of less than 1 % of the pipe cross sectional area and detect 0.3 inch by 0.3inch and half-wall localized defect at 10-ft distance in any diameter of pipe, pressure vessels, and tanks. This course will present basic knowledge of guided wave testing, sensitivity of guided wave testing, spatial resolution, selection of operating center frequency, inspection range, inspection report, high-temperature pipeline testing, CUI and PMI application, and field testing examples of piping, pressure vessels, and tanks. Reports generated with many field testings are presented for showing capabilities and limitations of GWT method. During the course, the GWT method will be demonstrated with sample pipe and plate structure having defects. It is designed for API inspectors, maintenance management personnel, operators responsible for piping, pressure vessels, and tank in oil or gas companies, refinery, chemical, and petrochemical plants. Participants will gain an understanding of ultrasonic guided wave testing method for inspecting piping, pressure vessel, and tank.
Instructor: Sang Kim, Ph.D., CEO, Guided Wave Analysis, LLC

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). Everyone in the refining industry today, including the refinery owner, refinery operator, mechanical engineer, metallurgist, and process engineer, is looking for ways to prevent or minimize the effects of corrosion. Corrosion control is paramount to the safe and productive operation of a facility. 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: Implementing the API Inspection Codes (510, 570 & 653), conducting risk-based inspection per API 580, and 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. We will start the day with basics of corrosion and work our way into the most common details of causing corrosion. Audience participation will be greatly encouraged. Those attending are welcome to bring Power Point slides of opportunities and have the class comment on them.
Instructor: Isaac Pabon, Materials Engineer, ExxonMobil, Deric Masten, Welding Engineer, Motiva, Carlos Palacios, Ph.D., Upstream Specialist, CIMA-TQ, Tom Pickthall, Jr., Pipeline Specialist, EnhanceCo, Marc McConnell, Corrosion Engineer, Pro-Surve

Hydroprocessing Inspector Training
The Hydroprocessing Inspector Training is designed to provide a more in depth understanding on the operations, the basic corrosion / damage mechanisms and inspection considerations specifically found in hydroprcessing units (hydrocrackers and hydrodesulfurization units). This training approach, focusing on the process unit, differs from the typical API 571 (Damage Mechanism) course by providing a wholistic view of unit operation and targeting the specific problems areas for inspection and process monitoring. A fundamental understanding on the operation basics and process control with the resulting damage mechanisms provides a better foundation for establishing a comprehensive mechanical integrity program. This 8 hour training course will cover three key aspects of hydroprocessing as follows; Unit Operation – taught by a Corporate Process Engineering Lead (Scott McArthur – P66) covering the background on unit operation, process variables and control, including basic reactions and potentially corrosive byproduct produced in typical hydrotreating and hydroprocessing units; Damage Mechanisms and Inspection – taught by a Corrosion / Materials Engineer (Brian Jack – former Chief Engineer at P66) covering the different key damage mechanisms that can occur in hydroprocessing, including the typical locations of concern, process variable monitoring (Integrity Operating Windows) and inspection techniques.
Instructors: Scott McArthur, P66 and Brian Jack

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

CCDs/API 970/API 584
This training course will introduce the attendees to the concepts of Corrosion Control Documents (CCDs) and Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs). This course will review the recommendations and requirements within each API recommended practice for both topics, API 970 for CCDs and API 584 for IOWs, as well as the interaction between the two programs. Additionally, the course will cover how to implement a CCD/IOW program including: resources, team members, process information, inspection highlights, CML data, and among others. Finally, example CCDs and IOWs will be reviewed.
Instructor: Gerrit Buchheim, Refining Metallurgical and Corrosion Expert, Becht Engineering Co., Inc. and Matt Caserta, Mechanical Integrity and Inspection Expert, Becht Engineering Co., Inc

Bolted Flange Joint Inspection Training
Hex Technology trains individuals on the design and importance of each individual part of the BFJA (academic training). This will cover: Introduction to ASME PCC-1; Introduction to “Appendix-O” of PCC-1 and Limiting Factors; Joint cleaning for inspection requirements; Inspection and mitigation for flange/nut contact region; Inspection for gasket seating surface finish; Inspection for gasket seating surface imperfections; Inspection for gasket seating surface flatness; For both raised face and RTJ; In-Service inspection criteria; Setting manual & “Powered Equipment” wrenches.
Instructor: Scott Hamilton, Founder and CEO, Hex Technology

Characteristics of the High Performing Inspector
Most 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 today’s inspectors. Sometimes, technically qualified inspectors, still underperform in their work assignments. Why? Often it is because of their limited abilities in important non-technical skills. This training session will help inspection personnel see a broad picture of the make-up of a High-Performing Inspector. Key focus in this training session will be the non-technical skills and character qualities that set apart the High Performing Inspectors. Throughout this session there will be plenty of “real-world” illustrations of individuals demonstrating the Key Points! Major points in the discussion include: Keep developing new talents – both technical and non-technical skills (writing, organizing, persuasive communication, directing others, etc.). Many inspectors run from important issues like corrosion mechanisms. The most successful will “run toward their fears”; Go the “Extra Mile” – do more than expected; Get excited about making others successful; Avoid organizational killers - no whining, no back stabbing, etc.
Instructor: Mark Smith, MSTS-Training

PM 4 Hour Courses: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Bolted Flange Joint Assembly
The Bolted Flange Joint Assembly (BFJA) has several critical pieces that need to be inspected during assembly. Some of these items include: bolts, nuts, flange surfaces, gasket sealing surfaces, and setting of torque wrenches. In order to understand what to inspect, it is imperative to understand why those items are important to the overall BFJA.
Instructor: Scott Hamilton, Founder and CEO, Hex Technology

Introduction to Metallurgy for the Inspector or Reliability Equipment Engineer
This 4-hour course provides the inspector or fixed equipment/ reliability engineer with an introduction to basic concepts of metallurgy. The course will start with metal processing and forming, go through the various alloys of construction in refining and petrochemical plants, and touch on various aspects of through heat treating and welding. As certain metallurgical concepts are discussed, related damage mechanisms, inspection techniques, and reliability strategies will be covered.
Instructor: Jeremy Staats, P.E., Becht, Jeremy Nelson, P.E. Flint Hills Resources, Dave Moore, Becht Engineering Co., Inc.

Overview of ASME PCC-2 through Case Studies
A four-hour overview of vessels, piping, and tank repair options addressed in PCC-2, through case studies. Each repair technique will include lessons learned, dos-and-don’ts, and similarities and differences in implementation among industries. The repair options are subdivided into welded repairs, mechanical repairs, and non-metallic wrap repairs. For each repair, the overview will provide a practical checklist of the design, implementation, NDE, and leak testing considerations.
Instructor: George Antaki, PE, Fellow ASME, Becht Engineering Company

An Overview for Owner User Inspectors/Engineers to Develop and Execute Turnaround Inspection Plans per Industry Best Practice Expectations
This 4 hour seminar will define key deliverables necessary to support the following four phase Inspection Planning Process; Scoping; Planning; Execution; Evergreening. The training will focus on: Defining the Inspection Planner roles and responsibilities and skillsets necessary to support a facilities Turnaround Planning Program to execute a Best Practice Turnaround effort. Key topics to be discussed include; Validate Risk Based Inspection Plan complies with regulatory compliance; Mitigate inspection discovery (“no surprises”); Facilitate Risk Based Work Selection Process; Optimize planning and prioritize planned work; Develop detailed work execution packages with planners and schedulers; Mitigate critical path impacts during execution; Evergreen inspection plan for next turnaround.
Instructor: John Conway, Inspection Planning Division Manager, Becht Engineering

The Inspector Writes – Technical Writing for Inspectors
This presentation will: Emphasize the importance of good writing skills for individuals in the pressure equipment discipline; Provide a brief overview of the importance and use of inspection narratives; Provide simple writing rules that are useful when performing technical writing, i.e. inspection narratives; Encourage listeners that technical writing skills are a learnable skill! It is not just for those with “natural abilities”!
Instructor: Mark Smith, MSTS-Training

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 Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Between 5:01 PM Eastern on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 and 5:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Between 5:01 PM Eastern on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 and 5:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

After 5:01 PM on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (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

Deadline for registering your additional staff: 5:00 PM EST, January 18, 2019. Please identify your exhibit staff early!

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 29 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
(with Opening Reception from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)
Wednesday, January 30 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 31 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 28: 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, January 31: 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 - Available Soon

Order early to take advantage of advance order discount rates; Place your order by January 11, 2019.

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

Freeman AV Order Form (Available Soon) - Note: One (1) 120 volt electrical outlet is provided for each exhibitor. 

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 28. 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 28th. 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
Stronghold Inspection 104
Amerapex Corporation
Available 108
Available 109
Available 111 
Available 112 
Available 113
Available 114
Available 115
Northern Inspection Services, LLC 118
ViewTech Borescopes 119
Consulting and Field Services, LLC 120
Available - Reserved for Sponsor 121
The Phased Array Company
Intertek 208
SciAps, Inc 209
Tulsa Inspection Resources 210
ASTM International 211
Available 213
PK Technology 214
Available 215
Sentinel Integrity Solutions 218
AsInt, Inc.
Curran International
Quest Integrity 304
Team Industrial 305
Provenance Consulting
IRed Thermal Group LTD 309
Fortress Oil & Gas, LLC 310
Advanced Corrosion Technologies & Training 311
QSA Global, Inc 312
MPM Products 313
OES Asset Integrity Management 315
Lloyd's Register
Magnetec Inspection, Inc. 320
The Equity Engineering Group 405
JIREH Industries 408
NVI 409
Echo Ultrasonics LLC 410
Frontics America 411
NDT Seals, Inc. 412
Metegrity Inc. 413
Guided Wave Analysis LLC
Sonaspection 415
Irisndt Inc. 418
Stress Engineering Services 419
Olympus America Inc. 505
Sensor Networks, Inc. 508
FlawTech America, LLC 509
Turner Specialty Services, LLC 510
Inspection Plug Strategies, LLC 511
Operation Sustainability, LLC 512
Becht Engineering Co. Inc 513
CodeWest 517
Premium Inspection & Testing 518
Acuren Industrial Services
Siemens 604
Versa Integrity Group 605
Access Plug Flange, Inc. 608
Mobideo 609
Lavender International NDT USA LLC 610
Dakota Untrasonics 611
Available 612
Available 613
Structural Group 614
Available 615
Guided Ultrasonic Ltd 618
Mistras Group, Inc. 619
Wood PLC 620
Available - Reserved for Sponsor 701
Available - Reserved for Sponsor 703
Available 705
Zerust Oil & Gas 707
Available 708
Available 709
Available 710
Available 711
Available 712
PinnacleART 713
Available 714
Available - Reserved for Sponsor 719

Platinum Sponsors

Conference AppEquity
Conference LanyardMistras
Luncheon Jan. 29 Siemens
Luncheon Jan. 30 Stronghold
Luncheon Jan. 31Stress
Conference BagTeam
Epic Pool PartyVersa
Opening ReceptionWood

Gold Sponsors

Continental Breakfast Jan. 29Magnetec
Continental Breakfast Jan. 30PremiumInspection
Continental Breakfast Jan. 31Intertek

Silver Sponsors

Mid-Morning Coffee Break: Jan. 29Quest
Mid-Morning Coffee Break: Jan. 30Lloyds
Mid-Morning Coffee Break: Jan. 31Sentinel
Mid-Afternoon Snack Break: Jan. 29Olympus

John Reynolds

John Reynolds is a Principal Consultant with Intertek Asset Integrity Management, Inc. Prior to this he was a Master Engineering Consultant with Shell Oil's Westhollow Technology Center in Houston. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering, John joined Shell in 1968 and retired from Shell in 2006. Over the 37+ years of employment with a number of the Shell companies, John held various engineering and management positions at Shell's refining and chemical processing sites, as well as central offices in the United States and Europe. Along the way, one of John's favorite activities was providing leadership for Shell's intranet communities of interest dealing with the 101 Essential Elements of Fixed Equipment Mechanical Integrity (FEMI). The focus of John's entire 50+ year career has been on establishing and improving FEMI programs in the petroleum and petrochemical industries. As part of that continuing goal, another of his favorite activities is continuing participation in the API/AFPM Process Safety Site Assessment Program (PSSAP) as one of the FEMI specialists providing feedback to operating sites that seek to improve their FEMI programs.

Since retiring from Shell, John has remained active in FEMI activities serving as an industry consultant and expert witness for numerous refining and petrochemical companies. He has been and is currently the master editor for several API Standards on Inspection and FEMI-related topics, and remains active in both the API Subcommittee on Inspection and Mechanical Integrity (SCIMI) and the ASME Post- Construction Committee (PCC). John is the past Chairman of the API Subcommittee on Inspection, the API Task Group on Inspection Codes, the API Task Group on NDE Technology, the API Task Group on API 580 RBI, and the API User Group on Risk-Based Inspection. He has also been the Downstream Business Sector Lead for the Planning Committee of the API Inspection Summit since its inception in 2007. Over the years, John has authored more than 90 articles and/or presentations on FEMI subjects, many of which have been published with Inspectioneering Journal and are summarized in his book "101 Essential Elements in a Pressure Equipment Integrity Management Program."

San Luis
5222 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551
Call: 409-744-1500
Room Rate: $175, Mention API Group Rate
Reservation Deadline: December 31, 2018 or until room block is sold out

Hilton Galveston Island
5400 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, Texas, 77551
Online Reservations - Available Soon
Call: 409-744-5000
Room Rate: $165, Mention API Group Rate
Reservation Deadline: December 31, 2018 or until room block is sold out

Holiday Inn
5002 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, Texas, 77551
Online Reservations - Available Soon
Call: 409-740-3581
Room Rate: $145, Mention API Group Rate
Reservation Deadline: December 31, 2018 or until room block is sold out

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.

Please contact with any questions.