Webinars provide an opportunity to learn about relevant industry topics from E2G subject matter experts. We strive to share knowledge based on the experience gained by continually working on industry committees, consulting activities, through the development and enhancement of products and services.

The most recent webinar topics are listed below. For a full listing of available webinars visit the Library page on this site.


Upcoming Webinars

Corrosion and Materials Considerations for Renewable Diesel and other Fuel-from-Biomass Units
Thursday, August 19, 2021 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Nate Sutton and Kenneth Kirkham, P.E.

As governments around the world promote lower-carbon fuels, credits are available for renewable fuel producers.  A critical factor in determining the profitability of a renewable diesel unit (RDU) or other fuel-from-biomass project is the speed with which the producer can bring their products to market in states or countries offering credits.  E2G has consulted on the damage mechanisms, materials selection, and inspection needs for several types of renewable fuels units, including those processing soybean oil, distiller’s corn oil (DCO), animal fats (tallow), and co-product oils from other biomass sources.  Some renewables units require pretreatment that poses additional corrosion challenges.  In every case, there is a need to balance reliability with speed to market.

What You Will Learn:

  • The major damage mechanisms which affect sections of renewables processing units
  • How traditional petroleum-processing damage mechanisms and experience apply to renewables
  • What to consider when repurposing existing equipment to process renewables
  • Appropriate specification of materials of construction, balancing reliability with the need to get fuels to market quickly
  • How integrity operating windows can be incorporated into the project to provide flexibility in time and cost
  • How to predict corrosion/degradation rates for equipment processing renewable feedstocks

Who Should Attend:

  • Engineers and Capital Projects personnel at facilities undergoing or considering installation of a renewables processing unit
  • Corrosion and Materials Engineers tasked with specifying materials of construction
  • Unit inspectors who will be responsible for inspection of renewables processing units
  • Anyone interested in learning more about materials and corrosion in the energy transition

Presenter(s) Bio: Nate Sutton & Ken Kirkham

Both Mr. Sutton and Mr. Kirkham have provided expert consulting services for renewable fuels units.  Their work has included performing damage mechanism reviews, providing materials selection recommendations, and specifying integrity operating windows for such units.  They have worked directly with capital project groups to maintain project costs and schedules while ensuring the equipment utilized is robust against the applicable mechanisms.  Mr. Sutton and Mr. Kirkham are also active in industry-sponsored projects that seek to develop corrosion test data for common materials in renewables-processing streams.

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Past Webinars


Heat Exchanger Bundle Threat Assessment Methodology
Presenter: Philip A. Henry

During this webinar, you will hear about how E2G partnered with a major oil company operating in the Gulf of Mexico to analyze over 100 exchanger bundles on several offshore platforms.  A threat assessment and mitigation procedure provided a solution to the short and long-term risks associated with heat exchanger tube bundle failures.  The foundational principle for the threat analysis is the quantitative risk-based inspection (RBI) methodology presented in the 3rd Edition of API 581, “Risk-based Inspection Methodology” and as implemented in the API RBI software, V10.0.  Results from these analyses are risk mitigation recommendations with the goals of improving reliability of each heat exchanger bundle and reducing the risk associated with lost production due to unplanned failures. 

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Turnarounds – Executing a Problem-Solving Team
Presenter: Kraig S. Shipley, P.E. and Jim Olson

This webinar will present the key aspects of turnaround planning to set up the team for success.  Items such as the turnaround premise, training, scope review, and contingency plans will be highlighted.  The concept of a Problem Solving Team will be introduced as a vital asset for a successful turnaround.  The recommended makeup of the Problem Solving Team will be discussed and the Pros and Cons of On-site vs. Off-site support will be provided.  Lastly, a few case studies of the Problem Solving Team in action will be provided.  

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Practical Approaches to Improve Fatigue Damage Tolerance
Presented by Phillip E. Prueter, P.E.

This webinar is intended to offer practical design, operation, and inspection considerations to maximize damage tolerance of pressure equipment functioning in cyclic service.

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API RBI in PCMS
Presented by Jeremy Aufderheide, R. Branden Stucky, Jeannie Lewis, and Brian Odenbach

Join us for an overview of the official API 581 RBI solution on the PCMS platform.

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Earthquake Engineering – Demands, Damage, and Design
Presented by Derek E. Slovenec, Ph.D., E.I.T.

Earthquakes have challenged—and humbled—structural engineers throughout history. Their immense destructive potential to both life and property requires a risk-based design approach to achieve an acceptable level of public safety while remaining economically viable in terms of initial construction and anticipated repair costs. With modern seismic design codes and construction practices, these goals are perhaps today more readily attainable than ever before. However, advances in earthquake engineering have generally occurred in fits and starts following major seismic events; much of this advancement has come in recent decades, resulting in a population of existing structures which reflect their respective contemporaneous seismic design philosophies. These structures require analysis and possibly retrofit to aggregate a societally acceptable seismic risk.

This webinar will discuss the fundamentals of earthquake engineering, including modern analysis and design methodologies, damage assessment and repair, and retrofit of existing sub-standard seismic force resisting systems. These best practices are focused on mitigating risk for buildings and other structures subject to seismic events.

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Safely Purging Vessels and Equipment
Presented by Philip A. Henry, P.E. and Manuel J. Sanabria Urriola

This webinar will discuss procedures and situations encountered when purging gaseous content from equipment with an inert substance. When activities inside equipment require it to be opened and/or closed, both scenarios expose the process substance to air that can lead to potentially dangerous combustible mixtures, and when toxic substances are present, it is also extremely important to safely purge out equipment to concentrations below accepted threshold values. Different methods for purging can be used depending on the vessel’s geometry, the vessel’s working pressure, and the purging media and gas relief systems available, so that operations can be performed safely. Time and cost can also play a very important role when selecting the procedure..

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Nozzle Stress Analysis
Presented by Daniel W. Spring, Ph.D.

Quantifying stresses at nozzle-to-shell junctions on equipment subjected to supplemental loads is essential when designing pressure-retaining components in the petrochemical, chemical, and nuclear industries. Accurately and efficiently predicting the stress state at nozzle-to-shell junctions is an important aspect of understanding the propensity for failure from plastic collapse and the potential for initiation of crack-like flaws, which could lead to brittle fracture. The intent of this webinar is to highlight and discuss many of the simplified methods that have been proposed for determining the elastic stresses at nozzle-to-shell junctions due to internal pressure and external piping loads.

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Using Fitness-For-Service Methods in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 to Evaluate Damaged Components in the Creep Regime
Presented by Phillip E. Prueter, P.E.

This webinar provides overviews of Part 10, Assessment of Components Operating in the Creep Range, and API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, Fitness-For-Service(API 579); as well as discussing background information on the Materials Properties Council (MPC) Omega Creep Method. In API 579, assessment procedures for estimating equipment remaining life in the creep regime are provided for components with and without a crack-like flaw, subject to steady-state and/or cyclic operating conditions. In general, the accuracy in any creep assessment procedure is highly dependent on the ability to define the stress and temperature history (including start-up, upset, and shutdown conditions) for both past and future operation; however, Omega creep testing can be performed to supplement remaining life calculations for cases where operating histories are unknown.   This webinar summarizes the Levels 1, 2, and 3 FFS assessment procedures for estimating creep damage and remaining life in accordance with API 579.

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An Overview of the Proposed Updates to the 2020 Edition of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, Fitness-For-Service
Presented by Phillip E. Prueter, P.E.

This webinar is intended to summarize the approved and proposed updates to the 2020 Edition of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, Fitness-For-Service (API 579), as well as ongoing development work relating to new technology. Additionally, an overview of the framework for proposed Part 15 guidance for piping vibration screening is provided. Lastly, a summary of the proposed Part 16 for evaluating high temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA) is offered. The technical justification supporting these proposed updates will be briefly discussed.

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