Industry Insights Archive

 

Educating the Next Generation — Training SMEs

Authors: Mark Harmody and Joel Andreani, P.E.

With the baby boomers making up the largest portion of today’s workforce, it’s time to implement a corporate knowledge sharing program. E2G has developed a training program for our engineers and our clients that is devoted to mechanical integrity programs and centered around our Lifecycle management philosophy. In this article, Mark Harmody discusses the curriculum, and how we apply the program at E2G.

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Establishing Fracture Mechanics Based on Minimum Allowable Temperatures for Low-Temperature Applications of ASME B31.3

Authors: Seetha Ramudu Kummari, Ph.D., P.E., Group Head, Senior Engineer II; and Kraig S. Shipley, P.E.

There are numerous risks with operating equipment at low temperatures, including brittle fracture. Although rare, the consequences of brittle fracture are typically catastrophic and preventing brittle fracture is essential when establishing fixed equipment lifecycle management strategies. This article discusses E2G’s proprietary Level 1 and Level 2 procedures for establishing minimum allowable temperatures (MAT) for low-temperature applications of ASME B31.3 piping, which is based on the state-of-the-art fracture mechanics methodology (WRC 562).

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Converting Units to Process Renewable Feeds: Materials & Corrosion Concerns

Author: Nathaniel G. Sutton, Staff Engineer

At present, government-driven credits are available for fuels that satisfy various low-carbon or renewable fuel standards. In the United States, the most common standards discussed include California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Renewable Fuel Standard.

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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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Improving Your Mechanical Integrity Program

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

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

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

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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Q&A: Structural Integrity Programs

Authors: Joel Andreani, Senior Vice President of Consulting Engineering, Principal Engineer II and Derek Slovenec, Senior Engineer I

Deteriorating structures, foundations, and other infrastructure cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars per year.

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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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Vibration Risk-based Inspection Services

Vibration Risk-based Inspection Services

Authors: Anthony J. Feller / Michael F.P. Bifano, Ph.D., P.E.

Vibration problems are often identified by operators when observable at eye-level or after a failure has occurred. E2G’s Vibration Risk-Based Inspection (VRBI) service performs a comprehensive vibration risk evaluation assessment of your entire facility to prevent failures before they occur.

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Turnarounds Are Expensive. Making the Right Decisions at the Right Time is Critical to Maximizing Your Return.

Shutdowns are one of the most significant portions of a plant’s yearly maintenance budget, and there is significant risk to the bottom line that is directly related to the level of readiness for the turnaround. While production departments plan for loss of production during the outage, the potential for lengthening the shutdown window is very high. (EE Pub 086)

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Are You Prepared for Your Next Turnaround?

This webinar is intended to provide some ideas and insights for efficient execution of your next turnaround from the perspective of ensuring your inspection plan is on point and your technical staff are as prepared as possible.

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