Prevention of Overfill for Atmospheric Storage Tanks

7 / 27 / 2021

Author: Phillip J. Smith, Ph.D., Instrumentation Staff Engineer II

The 5th edition of ANSI/API Overfill Prevention for Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities was published in September 2020. The revision was informed by regulatory concerns over several incidents of gross overfilling leading to serious consequences affecting employees and nearby communities.

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Tank RBI, Not Just an Inspection Deferral Tool

7 / 27 / 2021

Author: Joel L. Andreani, P.E., Senior Vice President of Consulting Engineering, Principal Engineer II

In recent editions of API STD 653, Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction, the use of risk-based inspection (RBI) has been permitted as a means of determining the next inspection date for initial and subsequent internal inspection of storage tanks.

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Improving Your Mechanical Integrity Program

6 / 29 / 2021

Author: James R. Olson, Mechanical Integrity Team Leader

Continuous improvements to your mechanical integrity (MI) program will save time, reduce inspections, and save money without impacting the program’s performance. In this article, James Olson will highlight a variety of techniques that will proactively help you and your organization free up both time and resources.

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Special Emphasis Areas in a Mechanical Integrity Program

6 / 29 / 2021

Author: Joel L. Andreani, P.E., Senior Vice President of Consulting Engineering, Principal Engineer II

Mechanical integrity (MI) programs are an essential aspect for the safe and reliable operation of processing facilities. In this article, Joel Andreani investigates the Special Emphasis Mechanical Integrity (SEMI) programs, which are an important subset of an MI program.

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The Importance of Pre-Turnaround Reviews

5 / 25 / 2021

Authors: Paul J. Kowalski, Staff Engineer I and Brian L. Jack, Principal Engineer II

Efficient completion of the turnaround (TA) work scope (i.e., scheduled maintenance) is arguably one of the largest factors in determining if a given site will satisfy the annual budget. Of course, opportunity feedstocks, increased charge rates, unplanned shutdowns, among many other items can significantly impact the annual budget.

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Turnarounds: Executing a Problem-Solving Team

5 / 25 / 2021

Author: Kraig S. Shipley, P.E., Piping & Fired Heaters Principal Engineer I

Did you know 66% of turnarounds (TAs) finish late and overrun budget by 10% or more? In fact, 40% of TAs exceed budget by 30% or more, costing facilities tens of millions of dollars. There are several key strategies to the execution of a successful TA such as project scope management, minimizing schedule delays, controlling costs, and transparent communication.

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