API 579/ASME FFS-1 (2016 updates) Fitness-For-Service Workshop

Stress Engineering Services, September 19, 2017


This course will provide training in the fitness-for-service evaluation methods of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 (2016) Standard…including the many new additions and changes in the 2016 edition. Attendees will learn the basic rules and principles for Level 1 and Level 2 assessments of damaged equipment.

This 3½ day course will cover all of the sections of API 579, from Part 3 (Brittle Fracture) to the new Part 14 (Fatigue) and also review introductory materials in Parts 1 and 2. Numerous hands-on examples, case studies, quizzes and class-work assignments will provide a departure from a straight lecture format and maximize participant involvement. Numerous demonstrations and guest lectures are also included to provide real-world techniques and solutions to fitness-for-service problems.


  • Chemical
  • Petrochem
  • Refining
  • Pipeline
  • Power
  • Process


Our unique course includes embedded demos and supplemental presentations scattered between technical presentations to give you first hand exposure to technologies and technical concepts important to Fitness-for-Service assessment. Included are such diverse topics as:

  • New scanning technology that facilitates Level 3 pit assessment
  • Charpy testing and the effect of temperature on toughness
  • New mini-boat sampling technology (scoop sampler)
  • Live acoustic emissions testing demo
  • NDT, and more…


  • New additions and changes in the 2016 edition
  • Applicability and limitations of the methods
  • Damage mechanism review and discussion
  • Step-by-step instruction in Level 1 and 2 methods
  • Examples of Level 3 techniques
  • NDT methods for use in inspecting damage mechanisms
  • Quizzes and student-worked examples
  • Worked examples and case studies of FFS evaluations
  • Live demos, video-demonstrations, supplementary technical talks


  • Assessment Procedure
  • Brittle Fracture: Charpy testing and transition curve behavior
  • General Metal Loss: Case Studies in Vessel and Piping Failures
  • Local Metal Loss: Phased array UT: Mapping of midwall anomolies
  • Pitting Corrosion: 3-D pit scans for Level 3 pit assessment
  • Hydrogen Blisters/Damage, HIC & SOHIC
  • Weld Misalignment and Shell Distortions: Laser scanning to characterize shell distortions
  • Crack-Like Flaws: Acoustic emission testing demo
  • Creep: Creep testing and scoop sampler
  • Fire Damage: Material testing and characterization
  • Dents & Gouges
  • Assessment of Laminations
  • Fatigue


Greg Garic, P.E. – Stress Engineering Services

Mr. Garic has over thirty-five years of experience in analysis and fitness-for service assessment. He has spent most of his career working in the areas of structural integrity assessment and remaining life evaluation of pressure vessels and piping.

He has served as a member of the ASME Subcommittee on Flaw Evaluation, the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping (PVP) Conference’s Design & Analysis Committee, and the ASME Task Group on Post Construction Issues. He is an associate editor of several PVP volumes relating to fracture mechanics and fitness-for-service issues. Mr. Garic has taught numerous courses and seminars on topics related to engineering mechanics, analysis, and fitness-for-service assessment.

Mr. Garic is a Principal of Stress Engineering Services and Managing Principal of the New Orleans office. He has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of New Orleans in Mechanical Engineering and is also a registered Professional Engineer.

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