WEBINARS

You’re busy but still want to learn — E2G webinars are a great choice for relevant and timely topics for engineers working in the oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, and other industrial processing industries. E2G offers high-quality and technical webinars each month to help fuel your curiosity and grow your industry knowledge.

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Upcoming Webinars

Advanced Analysis of Piping Thickness Data and How to Use It

Year after year, piping thickness data accounts for a significant portion of a plant’s inspection budget and maintenance efforts. Facilities WANT to better understand what is happening in their piping circuits, however, they continue to use the same non-destructive engineering (NDE) technology with 30 year old scheduling methods. During this webinar, you will learn about CorrSolutions’ patented methodology that combines expert opinion and thickness data to calculate a more informed corrosion rate than typically calculated using API 570. Branden Stucky will explain how the CorrSolutions’ methodology includes probabilistic modeling and provides CML optimization, circuitization quality, input on which CMLs provide the most value for an RBI inspection and many more. Register today and learn how to visualize corrosion behavior, streamline inspection planning, and optimize inspection and maintenance

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Past Webinars

Engineer In Training Course – 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 specifically for engineers in training (EIT) to assist with knowledge transfer and support companies without a formal engineering training program.  During this webinar, Mark Harmody will introduce you to E2G’s new EIT training course, which teaches process safety management (PSM); the fundamentals of plant equipment design, inspection, and reliability; and lifecycle management of fixed

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Structural Solutions – Case Studies in E2G’s Balanced Approach

Learn how structural engineering focuses on finding a balance in terms of equilibrium.  Derek Slovenec explained how E2G takes this concept of “balance” to heart by applying structural engineering theory and techniques to fit any project’s needs. Sometimes, hand calculations ranging from simple beam theory to complex buckling equations are needed, while other problems may necessitate skillful structural modeling to provide an accurate solution.  Using a variety of case studies, Derek Slovenec details several projects where our structural engineering expertise provided key insight into analysis, design, retrofit, and repair efforts.

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FFS Assessment of Aboveground Storage Tanks: Common Pitfalls & Case Studies

Join us on Thursday, May 12th at 1:00 PM (CDT) as E2G teams up with Inspectioneering for their latest webinar, “FFS Assessment of Aboveground Storage Tanks – Common Pitfalls and Case Studies.” In this webinar, Kate Gustoff, Group Head – Mechanical and Structural Engineering at E2G, will discuss storage tank lifecycle management using FFS and provide examples of some common pitfalls owner-operators run into when evaluating their aboveground storage tanks for various flaws.

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Strategies for Difficult Level Applications

During this webinar, Melissa Westbrook will outline measurement objective and constraints, review the methodology for evaluating difficult level measurements, and discuss how to choose the best technology for an application. Using a variety of case studies, you will learn how to approach difficult level applications and evaluate technologies in a systemic way.

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Tank Overfill Prevention: API 2350 Overview and a Risk Assessment Approach

During this webinar, you will hear about recent changes to API 2350 Overfill Prevention for Atmospheric Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities, how owner-operators can meet the new regulations, and a new risk assessment procedure. You will also learn:

  • Overview of the changes in the fifth edition of API 2350
  • Risk assessment requirements in API 2350
  • E2G’s risk assessment process for atmospheric storage tanks
  • Tank overfill prevention systems available in the Equity Engineering Practices (EEPs)
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Asset Criticality – What You Need to Know

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. During this webinar, you will hear an overview of asset criticality and the different methods for conducting an asset criticality assessment. Jim Olson will divide the presentation into three phases – preparation, analysis, and next steps.

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Re-Use and Re-Purposing of Assets for a Change in Service

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. 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 Re-Use Practices (RUPs). 

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Piping Brittle Fracture Evaluations

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 lifecycle management strategies. Listen to this discussion-based webinar that examines the API 579 Part 3 brittle fracture methodology with a particular focus on Level 3 evaluations.

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Vibration, Fatigue, and Risk-Based Inspection

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. During this webinar, 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

As part of the energy transition, many companies are changing processing facilities over to renewable fuels. Plus, many governments around the world are supporting this transition by offering credits to renewable fuel producers. It’s important to balance reliability with profitability and speed to market.

This webinar highlights what you need to consider when repurposing existing equipment to process renewables, traditional damage mechanisms and how they relate to renewable fuel processing, as well as how to predict corrosion/degradation rates for equipment that processes renewable feedstocks.

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Heat Exchanger Bundle Threat Assessment Methodology

This webinar discusses 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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Webinar: Turnarounds – Executing a Problem-Solving Team

This webinar presents 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 is discussed, and the pros and cons of onsite vs. offsite support are also provided.  Lastly, a few case studies of the problem-solving team in action are also provided.

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Practical Approaches to Improve Fatigue Damage Tolerance

Learn how to improve fatigue damage tolerance to dramatically extend safe operating life and minimize costly component failures and unit downtime. During this webinar, Phil Prueter shares practical design, operation, and inspection considerations to maximize damage tolerance of pressure equipment functioning in cyclic service. Hear some fatigue damage mitigation recommendations, based on practical experience, and real-life examples of maximizing fatigue damage tolerance in process equipment. He also discusses how advanced thermal-mechanical fatigue analysis techniques are often crucial to establishing remaining life estimates.

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API RBI in PCMS

Improve inspection workflows and manage your infrastructure’s full lifecycle with the integration of PCMS® and API RBI software. E2G and MISTRAS have combined our broad industry expertise to create a best-in-class integrated solution to help advance, accelerate, and communicate plant leadership initiatives to reduce risk. During this webinar, you will learn:

  • How API RBI technology fits in the PCMS workflow
  • How PCMS data drives the RBI analysis
  • How to schedule inspection activity in PCMS with API RBI
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Earthquake Engineering – Demands, Damage, and Design

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 discusses 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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Nozzle Stress Analysis

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. This webinar discusses 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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Mitigating Piping Vibration Risk: Case Studies on Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3

Piping vibration failures are not uncommon in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and chemical processing industries. Typically considered a fitness-for-service (FFS) problem, in-service piping vibration is solved using brute force cycle counting methods combined with fatigue curves or vibration acceptance curves. In this webinar, Dr. Bifano discusses and compares the future API 579 Part 15 method to current industry approaches (ASME OM-3) and uses several case studies to help you identify, evaluate, and mitigate piping vibration.

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Using Fitness-For-Service Methods in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 to Evaluate Damaged Components in the Creep Regime

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

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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Safely Purging Vessels and Equipment

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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Inspection for FFS & FFS for Inspection

This webinar provides an overview of fitness-for-service (FFS), typical FFS inspection data requirements and damage characterization, data issues commonly encountered during FFS evaluations, a case study regarding the impact of inspection data on FFS evaluations, advice on how to deal with data uncertainty in FFS evaluations, and a case study regarding proactive FFS to optimize future inspections.

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Evaluating Large Aboveground Storage Tanks Subject to Seismic Loading

This webinar covers the basics of API 650 and API 620 seismic design requirements, a simplified approach to evaluate tanks subject to seismic loading, the derivation of an equivalent static FEA-based approach for evaluating tanks subject to seismic loading, an overview of different method for performing computational explicit dynamic analyses, a brief summary of how to establish site-specific seismic ground accelerations based on geotechnical soil testing data, and a detailed overview of smooth particle hydrodynamic (SPH) analysis techniques for simulating fluid sloshing behavior in an FEA.

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Pipeline Metal Loss Evaluations per API 579 Fitness-For-Service Rules

The goal of this webinar is to demonstrate how API 579 can be used for fitness-for-service (FFS) of pipeline damage. It provides API 579 metal loss rules, compares critical thickness profiles vs. point thickness readings, and includes a case study that addresses handling millions of data points, hoop vs. longitudinal stress, and the benefit of Part 5 LTA Level 3 (FEA) vs. Level 2.

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