Amanda Nurse: About the Author
Maintenance & Reliability Engineer, BP


Amanda Nurse

Amanda Nurse is a Maintenance & Reliability Engineer at the BP Whiting Refinery. In her current role she is working on a project reviewing and risk assessing hydroprocessing piping damage mechanisms within BP's Refining & Logistics Technology group. In prior roles she resolved maintenance and operational issues related to equipment reliability, unit availability, and mechanical integrity in the hydro-processing area of the Whiting Refinery. She has supported several turnarounds, the refinery powerhouse and a variety of projects. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds B.S. degrees in Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Miami.

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Published Articles

Repair Strategies for Civil Structures Utilizing New Risk Based Inspection Methodology
May/June 2015 Inspectioneering Journal
By Amanda Nurse at BP, and Josh Havekost at BP

Assessing risk is an integral part of working at a refinery. Infrastructure supporting the miles of piping, process vessels, and the platforms and ladders used in daily unit operations are often taken for granted. The Civil Structures Management Program (CSMP) at the BP Whiting Refinery was developed in 2004. Since the program’s inception, millions of dollars have been spent in the yearly execution of refinery structural repairs.

Stress Assisted Corrosion and Fitness for Service in 66 Year Old Boilers
September/October 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
By Amanda Nurse at BP, John Companik at BP, and Scott Vest at BP

Maintaining mechanical integrity for aging power boilers can be challenging. This article provides a case study on how mitigating one damage mechanism led to the discovery of another, and how refinery engineers collaborated with industry experts to fully understand an unfamiliar damage mechanism and perform a fitness for service assessment for the safe and reliable operation of power boilers.