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

Practical Approaches to Improve Fatigue Damage Tolerance
Thursday, April 15th, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT
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. Several factors are known to influence (improve) fatigue damage tolerance in pressure equipment, including surface finish effects, special fabrication methods for welds, strict dimensional and weld misalignment tolerances, heat treatment, inspection techniques/coverage beyond typical design Code requirements, and limiting severe operating conditions and upset scenarios.

What You Will Learn:
• Practical design guidance to maximize fatigue damage tolerance
• Common pressure vessel and piping locations prone to fatigue damage/failure
• Fatigue improvement methods for welds including surface finish and heat treatment
• Fabrication techniques to mitigate fatigue damage
• Inspection and life-cycle management considerations for equipment in cyclic service

Who Should Attend:
The following personnel in the oil and gas refining, midstream, exploration, petrochemical, power generation, fertilizer, specialty chemical, pulp and paper, mining, and related industries should attend:
• Fixed and Rotating Equipment Engineers
• Pressure Equipment Designers
• Engineering and Capital Project Managers
• Equipment Fabricators
• Plant Inspection, Reliability, and Maintenance Personnel

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Structural Solutions – Case Studies in E2G’s Balanced Approach
Thursday, May 20, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Derek Slovenec, Ph.D., E.I.T.

Structural engineering focuses on finding a balance in terms of equilibrium; E2G takes this concept of “balance” to heart by deftly applying structural engineering theory and techniques to fit the needs of a given project.  In some cases, hand calculations ranging from simple beam theory to complex buckling equations are called for, while other problems necessitate skillful structural modeling to provide an accurate solution.  These techniques have been employed by E2G as a supplement—and, at times, alternative—to more detailed (and often costly) finite element analysis (FEA); the key is finding the right balance to meet our clients’ needs.  This webinar will detail several E2G consulting projects where our structural engineering expertise provided key insight into analysis, design, retrofit, and repair efforts.

What You Will Learn:
• Structural limit states and failure propagation mechanisms
• Strength- vs. stiffness-controlled designs
• Load paths – series and parallel systems
• Buried structures
• Structural theory as an alternative, or complement, to detailed finite element analysis (FEA)

Who Should Attend:
• Civil and Structural Engineers
• Clients with aging structural infrastructure in their facilities
• Clients planning to alter loads on existing structures and/or alter the structures themselves

What Problem Does This Solve:
Industrial and refining facilities are only as reliable as the structures which support critical process equipment.  Still, these structures are often overlooked when clients prioritize which consulting services are necessary to keep their facilities running.  This webinar will highlight some of E2G’s structural engineering successes, whether addressing purely structural issues or working within a multi-disciplinary team, to educate fellow engineers and clients on the benefits of our structural engineering perspective in various (and sometimes unexpected) ways.  The case studies and discussion will shed light on the types of structural engineering problems clients may have overlooked in the past or will encounter in the future, and the creative ways in which E2G can assist in finding the best possible solution.

What Benefit Will This Webinar/Topic Be for the Client:
This webinar will illuminate the essential role structural engineering plays in providing our clients with the peerless consulting services they have come to expect from E2G.  Clients will learn to identify structural engineering issues, whether these are relatively straightforward or as one aspect of a broader problem.  In some cases, this will empower clients to request structural-focused solutions where a more costly and time-consuming approach may have otherwise been taken.  However, even if a client doesn’t know where to start when seeking E2G’s consulting services, this webinar will show how structural engineering contributes within our team-based approach to deliver reliable solutions to a myriad of problems.

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Past Webinars

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.

What You Will Learn:
• How the API RBI technology fits in the PCMS workflow
• How your PCMS data drives the RBI analysis
• How to schedule inspection activity in PCMS with API RBI

Who Should Attend:
• PCMS users considering an RBI program
• Plant personnel considering an integrated RBI and IDMS solution
• Current users of the integrated PCMS and API RBI system

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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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