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2021 API Inspection Webinar Series

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When: August 12, 2021 - August 12, 2021

Where: API Virtual Event

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Join API along with subject matter experts for a weekly webinar series presented to the inspection community.

Each week will touch on inspection topics relevant to downstream operation and integrity management. These webinars will provide 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.

You can register for the entire series or select individual sessions based on your interests. 

Attendees will have access to an appointment scheduling feature that will allow you to network with the presenters and sponsors.

See the schedule below for our kickoff sessions. More sessions will be added on an ongoing basis and your registration will include the duration of the series.

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, August 12, 10:00 AM Central
Bridging the Gaps in NDT Technician Qualifications and API In-Service Inspection Code Requirements
John Nyholt, John Nyholt Consulting

API In-service inspection codes are increasingly reliant on material flaw detection, characterization and sizing for Risked Based Inspection and Fitness for Service Inspection assessments. Inspection technology advancements, new NDT methods and improvements to existing inspection technologies are now capable of providing additional information as to the type, extent and trending of equipment damage and a significant reduction in inconclusive or false call data.
The API NDT technician Qualification Exam program uses practical hands-on exams to identify and measure NDT technician skills to meet these new challenges.

Previous Webinars

Thursday, May 27, 10:00 AM Central
Existing, Emerging, and Eventual Technology; What do Tank Owners need or want?
Earl J Crochet, P.E., Crochet Midstream Consulting

A look at existing and emerging technologies used to determine the integrity of tanks. Some of these allow the conditions of tank to be determined while still in service. Also some potential technologies that may soon be available.

Thursday, June 3, 10:00 AM Central
Trust BUT Verify with Positive Material Identification (PMI) - To Mitigate Corporate Risk
Don Mears, Analytical Training Consultants (ATC)

This presentation will inform the QA/QC project managers as to how to: “Trust but Verify” Material Test Reports (MTR’S) by checking the “Material Chemistry” with a handheld X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) or Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) or Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) analyzers. This verification is to compare the MTR’S, for all Piping, Valves & Fittings/ Assets and all Tank Component’s, so the “Heat Number” from the Mill’s MTR is qualified at the start of the project in all “Sectors of the Oil & Gas Industry.” This action can also provide complete records of “Material Chemistry Verification” for your Construction Quality Program. This requires operations and construction to, “Verify” they are using the correct materials to "Mitigate Corporate Risk."
By following the API “Codes and Specifications” and applying the API 578 PMI API-U Approved Training course to your requirements, it will Improve & Ensure the quality and performance of the XRF & OES & LIBS operator. This action is considered, “Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice” (RAGAGEP). This also offers a Cost/Loss-”Benefit Ratio”-By increasing your piping and its assets safety and reducing the chance of incorrect material entering the construction process or finished product. You now can “Provide Proof to Regulators” that the Piping/Tank/ Valve & Assets MTR Chemistry is being verified as required by project quality programs and owner requirements.

Thursday, June 10, 10:00 AM Central
Fitness for Service
Joel Andreani, P.E., Senior Vice President of Consulting Engineering, E²G | The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.

This presentation will demonstrate the evaluation of damage to Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs), such as metal loss, crack-like flaws and weld defects, and distortion (out-of-roundness, dents and buckling). Case studies of Fitness-for-service (FFS) assessments of ASTs and associated piping and pipelines will be presented, with an emphasis on FFS methodologies in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 (API 579). These case studies will illustrate how FFS techniques can be used to make run-repair-replace decisions, determine remaining life, and when repairs are inevitable, how to determine and limit the extent of repairs needed. The presentation will also discuss some of the pitfalls of using API 579 for AST FFS assessments and how these can be addressed.

Thursday, June 17, 10:00 AM Central

Robotic Inspections Part I
Steven Trevino, Sprint Robotics

API 653 In-service robotic inspections can be a challenging concept to address when deploying for the first time. SPRINT Robotics not-for-profit organization has released guidelines capturing the state of the art for in service robotic tank inspections with the intent of accelerating utilization and development. These guidelines serve as the basis for API, ASME, AMPP, etc. to develop codes and standards focused on the adoption of in-service and out-of-service storage tank robotics.

Robotic Inspections Part II
Brian Kinsey, Veritank

An overview of the technology, methods and capabilities of robotic in-service inspections of above ground storage tanks. The presentation will review the value drivers associated with in-service inspections and identify which tanks could be ideal candidates. It will also discuss the technical capabilities of the robot, including navigation/mapping as well as on-board sensors (NDT, visual, etc.). Finally, a case-study will be presented that profiles the entire process including mobilization, deployment, inspection, post processing and final report out.

Thursday, June 24, 10:00 AM Central
RBI in a Post-Pandemic World
Greg Alvarado, Solutions Principal, Pinnacle
From it's inception, RBI provides responsible practitioners the ability to figure out, within a myriad of competing interests and traditional time-based activities, the ability to see what really needs to be done and when it needs to be done. At the same time it provides options for executing work and shows the risks associated with selecting any option, as well as the risk reward. It minimizes human interaction via inspection activities to the optimal point, i.e. the optimized the necessities for getting into confined spaces, often with others.

In this time of sensitivity to social distancing due to Covid 19 and its variants, we have learned to use and become quite adept at the use of remote meeting tools. This has enabled RBI engaged teams to meet remotely. With the proper up front planning team members can collaborate from the privacy of their home offices and offices at the facility, lowering exposure potentials, not just at the plant or office but eliminates the need for public transit, i.e. buses, planes and trains. This allows for effective validation, damage mechanisms reviews and inspection planning meetings to take place remotely. The benefits include transit time savings too! This presentation will provide a quick high level overview of the RBI work process as it relates to API RP 580 compliance and highlight the benefits described above.

Exclusive Sponsor Presentation

Thursday, July 29, 10:00 AM Central
Digitalize and Enhance Your Mechanical Integrity (MI) Program with MISTRAS Digital® Field Service Management
Ryan Streeter, Divisional Vice President of Digital Operations, MISTRAS Group

Traditional, paper-based inspection field service management can be time-consuming and prevent your mechanical integrity program from unlocking its highest potential.

In this presentation, MISTRAS Digital® will discuss how plants can maximize efficiencies and improve the quality of inspection data by digitalizing the mechanical integrity field service management process.

Compared to traditional, paper-based methods, digitalized field service management helps inspection and maintenance management personnel make more informed and timely decisions on their assets. Digital field execution on mobile devices, automated reporting, IDMS/CMMS systems integration, and optimized scheduling work together to enable plant personnel to stay ahead of regulatory compliance deadlines by executing work according to due dates and asset proximity, providing real-time notification of delays and inspection anomalies, and delivering up-to-the-minute key performance indicators (KPIs) and reports.

This presentation will discuss how digitalizing the inspection process helps to:

  • Eliminate manual data entry.
  • Ensure use of standardized reporting templates.
  • Promote scheduling best practices, enabling your team to focus on higher-value tasks.
  • Allow inspection, maintenance, and reliability teams to communicate and oversee third-party contractor tasks like insulation, scaffolding, blasting, painting, and coating.

Join MISTRAS Group at this webinar to learn how MISTRAS Digital® field service management can enhance your plant’s mechanical integrity program.

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