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.

Past Webinars

Asset Criticality – What You Need to Know
Presenters: James Olson

Prevent and/or mitigate major incidents by developing an asset criticality assessment and help prioritize inspection, testing, and preventative maintenance (ITPM) activities for your assets.  The detailed asset criticality assessment will also set priorities for Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) reviews and apply root cause analysis (RCA) on asset failures.  You will also be able to identify necessary spare parts and redundancy to reduce risks for the plant during the project design phase and during operation.

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Re-use and Re-Purposing of Assets for a Change in Service
Presenters: James Olson and Joel Andreani, P.E.

With the global increase in focus on sustainability for products and services, government policy and consumer preference are shifting demands in the refining, petrochemical, and chemical industries.  This has resulted in the increased focus on renewable energy sources.  Our industries have responded with many companies evolving and adapting facilities to meet the future demand for renewable diesel and other green / blue energy sources and products.  The re-use of existing equipment for revamp projects or asset debottlenecks and reliability improvements has grown into entire process units being evaluated for these sustainable products. Our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) have developed practices, reviewed metallurgy for changes in service, rerated equipment, determined remaining useful life, designed necessary modifications, evaluated existing foundations and structures for the new loads imposed by facility re-purposing, and assisted with economic evaluations of re-use.   We are currently putting much of this knowledge into a new offering in our Equity Engineer Practices (EEPs), the Re-Use Practices (RUPs).  This webinar will focus on the key steps in the process for evaluating the re-purposing of existing plant assets, the data needed in this evaluation, the economics of re-use and other related best practices that E2G SMEs have implemented in our consulting and in our new Equity RUPs.  These RUPs become a key part of the Management of Change (MOC) process evaluations and documentation to meet the Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements.

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Piping Brittle Fracture Evaluations
Presenters: Kraig S. Shipley, Stephanie J. Dux, and R. Branden Stuck

Brittle fracture is the sudden, rapid propagation of a crack-like flaw under stress where the material exhibits little or no evidence of ductility.  Although rare, the consequences of brittle fracture are typically catastrophic and preventing brittle fracture is essential when establishing fixed equipment life-cycle management strategies.   

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Vibration, Fatigue, and Risk-Based Inspection
Presenters: Michael F.P. Bifano, Ph.D., P.E. and R. Branden Stucky

Vibration in industrial equipment and facilities may lead to piping degradation, failure, loss of production, or safety issues. Oftentimes it is difficult to determine whether the vibration is acceptable or if it requires immediate attention. Standard risk-based inspection (RBI) ranks each asset based on its risk and then uses that list to prioritize future inspections. However, most risk models don’t have a methodology to account for the effects of vibration and fatigue on piping.  E2G has developed vibration RBI (VRBI), a novel approach to determining the risk of failure for vibration specific damage mechanisms. Join us on Thursday, September 16 to hear Michael Bifano and Branden Stucky discuss how VRBI builds upon E2G’s extensive RBI experience to proactively identify risk on a facility-wide scale. 

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Corrosion and Materials Considerations for Renewable Diesel and other Fuel-from-Biomass Units
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.

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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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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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