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Educating the Next Generation – Training SMEs

Authors: Mark Harmody; Joel Andreani

With 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 clients that is devoted to mechanical integrity programs and centered around our life-cycle management philosophy. In this article, Mark Harmody discusses the curriculum and how we apply the program at E2G.

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Let E2G’s SMEs Train Your Future SMEs!

Knowing the fundamentals of industry programs, codes and standards, and technology will prepare new engineers for long-term success. At E2G, we have developed a new training course that supports knowledge transfer between industry experts and junior engineers, plus fills the gap for those companies without a formal training program. This article expands upon the June 16th webinar in which Mark Harmody introduced the curriculum for the Fundamentals of Asset Lifecycle Management course (FALCM).

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Prevention of Overfill for Atmospheric Storage Tanks

Author: Phillip J. Smith

The 5th edition of the ANSI/API Overfill Prevention for Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities was recently released. In this article, read about the recent changes to API 2350 and an 11-step procedure that you can apply at your processing facility.

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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.; Kraig S. Shipley, P.E.

Although rare, the consequences of brittle fracture are typically catastrophic, and preventing brittle fracture is essential when establishing fixed equipment life-cycle management strategies. This article discusses E2G’s proprietary Level 1 and Level 2 procedures for establishing minimum allowable temperatures (MATs) for low-temperature applications of ASME B31.3 piping.

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

Author: Brian R. Macejko

Conducting suitability-for-service (SFS) assessments helps owner-operators obtain OSHA compliance for any fixed equipment that lacks documentation. In this article, Brian Macejko highlights E2G’s six-step process, based on API 510 Pressure Vessels, that helps owner-operators comply with OSHA requirements.

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Fitness-for-Service for Aboveground Storage Tanks

Author: Katelyn J. Gustoff

This article explores applying the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 (API 579) FFS standard to aboveground storage tanks and shares several case studies to illustrate how FFS techniques can help you make informed run-repair-replace decisions for a facility’s storage tanks.

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Turnarounds: Executing a Problem-Solving Team

Author: Kraig S. Shipley

A successful turnaround has five main stages: setting goals, project scoping, detailed planning, execution, and post-turnaround planning. This article focuses on the advantages of a problem-solving team to resolve equipment inspection discovery and efficiently minimize lost opportunity costs.

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The Importance of Pre-Turnaround Reviews

Authors: Paul J. Kowalski; Brian L. Jack

A turnaround can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of a dollars per day. In this article, you’ll learn how Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) helps to manage the costly impact of turnarounds through proper pre-planning to minimize the overall downtime.

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Evaluating a Tank Fixed Roof Structural Failure

Author: Derek Slovenec

Aboveground storage tanks are susceptible to damage from many factors, including environmental loads, process upset conditions, strength reduction due to metal loss, tank settlement, or some combination thereof. This damage often manifests as buckling of the tank shell, which is thin relative to its large surface area.

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