Joel Andreani, P.E.: About the Author
Senior Vice President, Knowledge Management; Principal Engineer II, The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.

Joel Andreani, P.E.

Mr. Andreani has worked in various refinery technical service groups as a pressure-containment and structural specialist. He has developed over 50 design, fabrication, inspection, and testing specifications for tankage, piping, and structures and has also developed mechanical integrity practices and implementation programs. Since 2003, Mr. Andreani has served on the Design subgroup of the API Subcommittee on Aboveground Storage Tanks (SCAST). As an expert in tank settlement and RBI assessment of storage tanks, he was one of the primary developers of the current edge settlement procedures in Appendix B of API 653. Mr. Andreani was also involved in developing the current tank module in the API RBI software.

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March/April 2024 Inspectioneering Journal

Engineering practices collections for downstream industries contain many useful practices for similar equipment used in midstream operations.


This short blog article explains why developing an internal best practices collection is preferred over other options, and provides recommendations on how to best develop, implement, and maintain an internal best practices collection.

May/June 2022 Inspectioneering Journal

The assessment procedures in API 579 may also be applied to pressure-containing equipment constructed to other recognized codes and standards. The author will examine the application of these procedures to aboveground storage tanks.

July/August 2021 Inspectioneering Journal

This article examines the quantitative tank RBI method found in API 581 and discusses uses for tank RBI other than deferral of scheduled internal inspections.

November/December 2019 Inspectioneering Journal

Much like the equipment and piping they support, structures should be part of a comparable structural integrity (SI) program. This article will examine key components of a comprehensive SI program as an essential companion to an MI program.

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