Reynolds Wrap Up: Planning for the 2017 API Inspection Summit

By John Reynolds at Intertek. October 27, 2016

I hope by now, everyone is aware that the next API Inspection Summit will be held again at the Galveston Convention Center from January 31 – February 2, 2017. As usual, the day before the Summit begins (Monday, January 30), will be “Training Day,” which will offer many 4 and 8 hour classes covering the following subjects and taught by well-known subject matter experts (SME’s). Visit the API Inspection Summit website in the near future for abstracts on each of these training courses:

  • Tank Fabrication and Inspection, presented by Joel Andreani
  • Understanding and Applying Phased Array UT, presented by John Nyholt
  • Refining and Petrochemical Damage Mechanisms, presented by Marc McConnell
  • Fitness for Service Analysis, presented by Dave Osage
  • RBI, presented by Lynne Kaley
  • Welding Procedure Preparation and Review, presented by Robert Yagle
  • ASME PCC-2 Repair Procedures for Process Equipment, presented by Don Kurle
  • Mechanical Integrity and Corrosion Issues in Crude Units, presented by Clay White et al
  • Advanced NDE for High Temperature Applications, presented by Dave Bajula
  • Implementing CCDs and an IOW Program, presented by Gerrit Buchheim
  • Bolting/Torqueing/Gaskets – How to do it right every time, presented by Warren Brown
  • Bolted Joint Assembly Inspection and QA/QC for Inspectors, presented by Warren Brown
  • Welding Inspection and Metallurgy, presented by Terry McLane and Jeff Majors
  • Characteristics of High Performing Inspectors, presented by Mark Smith

Then on Tuesday, February 1, three days of Inspection Summit presentations begin. This year we received many more proposed presentations than we have room for, so unfortunately we could not fit them all in. However, this situation did provide us the opportunity to put together a diverse, wide-ranging set of over 175 presentations covering hundreds of aspects of fixed equipment mechanical integrity and over a dozen panel discussions of SME’s that will involve Q&A with the audience. Panel discussion topics will include:

  • Advantages/Disadvantages of CUI NDE techniques
  • Solving Difficult Bolted Joint Problems
  • Future of RBI? Where is it going?
  • The latest in NDE Performance Qualification Programs
  • How owner-users are responding to the latest edition of API RP 941 on HTHA?
  • Inspection with Remotely Operated Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
  • What’s new in all the new and revised API Standards in the last 3 years
  • Owner-users talking about implementing effective IOW programs
  • Corrosion Challenges Resulting from Processing Shale and Opportunity Crudes
  • Owner-users talking about how they are inspecting buried piping
  • Summary of all the new and planned API 934 Standards on Cr-Mo Alloy Equipment

The full program will be available in early November, but until then, here is a list of just a few of the presentation topics that will be covered:

  • Case Studies of Sulfidation Corrosion Failures and several other damage mechanisms
  • New tools/techniques for addressing Coke Drum failures/cracking
  • Improving performance with Deep-Dive Assessments of fixed equipment mechanical integrity programs
  • Several case studies on RBI Implementation – pitfalls and successes
  • Integrating LOPA into RBI
  • Effective and efficient integration of RBI into a turnaround plan
  • Integrating RBI into a pipeline integrity management program
  • A full program on pipeline integrity management methods and techniques
  • Improvements in ECDA technology for pipelines
  • Dealing with regulatory compliance issues with minimal historic records
  • Correlating field NDE and laboratory examination results
  • Applying new generation robotics to in-service tank floor inspection
  • Case studies of applications of permanently mounted sensors for thickness measurements
  • Portable XRF devices for measuring silicon levels in installed carbon steel in sulfidation services
  • Evaluating equipment in cyclic service for both crack initiation and growth
  • Risk-based approach to avoiding and managing vibration induced fatigue failures
  • A full day of presentations on the latest technology/methodology for CUI inspection and mitigation
  • Robotic inspection of offshore platforms
  • Many presentations/case studies on integrity management of upstream equipment and facilities
  • On-line monitoring of defects with AET until repairs can be conducted
  • The latest in HTHA inspection techniques
  • Cracking of Duplex SS in hydrotreater units
  • The new source inspection certification program – is it worthwhile? Who needs it?
  • Cracking failure of high pressure hydrocracker REAC piping
  • Several more case studies on stress corrosion cracking failures – why were they missed?
  • What is the cost of a quality management program – pay me now or pay me a lot more later
  • Localized sulfidation failure in convection section of a hydroprocessing heater
  • Application of API 585 to discover the root and contributing causes of a heater tube failure
  • Detecting and mitigating of that insidious MIC corrosion
  • Latest technology and experiences with multiple NDE methods for tubular inspection
  • Unique failures and inspection challenges for equipment in HF Alky plants
  • Analysis and management of the humongous amount of inspection data in your IDMS
  • Inspecting and maintaining pipe supports to avoid unexpected piping failures
  • Engineering and applying pipe wrap repairs per ASME PCC-2 – avoiding quality problems
  • Innovative solutions to inspecting and maintaining offshore structures (splash zone and subsea)
  • Remotely operated aerial vehicle inspections
  • New applications of EMAT Guided Wave Inspections
  • Integrating Damage Mechanism Reviews (DMR) into inspection plans
  • Avoiding auto-ignition of UT couplants when inspecting at high surface temperatures
  • The inner workings of the API Inspector Certification Program (ICP) – Everything you ever wanted to know
  • PRV inlet deadleg failure – a case study on why it went undetected
  • Failure of weld overlaid pipe components in high pressure hydroprocessing equipment
  • Over 50 presentations on the latest developments in NDE technology to help the inspector
  • And 101 more presentations too numerous to mention in this short wrap-up

Be sure to check back on and the API Inspection Summit website for more information on the program in the next couple months. This event, in my opinion, is the best opportunity for mechanical integrity professionals (engineers, inspectors, technicians) to become informed of the latest developments, experiences, and advancements in inspection/NDE techniques and asset integrity management methods, as well as understanding why and how equipment and piping failures continue to occur.

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