Industry Insights Archive


No Documentation, No Problem. OSHA Compliance is Still Feasible.

Author: Brian R. Macejko, Group Head Consulting Engineer II

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires owner-operators to maintain essential documentation authenticating adequate design and maintenance of pressure vessels and storage tanks. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to find equipment operating in industry with minimal or no documentation.

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Fitness-for-Service for Aboveground Storage Tanks

Author: Katelyn J. Gustoff, Consulting Engineer I

A discussion of the opportunities and benefits of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 technology. The identification of damage is often an inevitable part of the life cycle of industry fixed equipment.

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Prevention of Overfill for Atmospheric Storage Tanks

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

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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Evaluating a Tank Fixed Roof Structural Failure

Author: Derek Slovenec, Ph.D., Senior Engineer I

Aboveground storage tanks are susceptible to damage from many factors, including (but not limited to) environmental loads, process upset conditions, strength reduction due to metal loss, tank settlement, or some combination thereof.

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