Scott Vest is the Inspection Supervisor for the BP Whiting Refinery's Utilities and Hydroprocessing areas. He was originally hired as a Materials and Corrosion Engineer seven years ago. Prior to coming to refining, he held numerous positions in the military, primary metals, and manufacturing industries over the previous 22 years. His experience has included leadership and technical positions in Operations, Logistics, Engineering, Quality and Maintenance, with the last 5 years being in Inspection. Scott has a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota and is both a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Licensed Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector by the State of Indiana.
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September/October 2014 Inspectioneering Journal
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.