Webinar: FFS Assessment of Aboveground Storage Tanks - Common Pitfalls and Case Studies

Inspectioneering & The Equity Engineering Group, Inc., May 12, 2022


Fitness-for-Service (FFS) is a recognized industry practice for assessing equipment mechanical integrity when unanticipated damage is found and can often be used to extend service life while minimizing downtime and avoiding costly repairs. FFS can be leveraged in Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) integrity assessment to address common damage such as corrosion and distortion. As with other fixed equipment, the success of an FFS evaluation for an AST relies heavily on the accuracy and availability of the required data inputs. While advances in technology, specifically related to inspection methods, have yielded better, more accurate data, there still exist challenges in this area. This webinar will review the application of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 (API 579) FFS and API 653 standards for common damage associated with in-service ASTs and will highlight pitfalls in relation to the required data inputs and available assessment methodology. Several case studies will be provided to illustrate these pitfalls and show how FFS techniques can be used to make run-repair-replace decisions and determine remaining life.

Join us on Thursday, May 12th at 1:00 p.m. (CT) as Inspectioneering teams up with E2G | The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. for our latest webinar, "FFS Assessment of Aboveground Storage Tanks - Common Pitfalls and Case Studies." In this webinar, Kate Gustoff, Group Head - Mechanical and Structural Engineering at E2G, will discuss storage tank life cycle management using FFS and provide examples of some common pitfalls owner-operators run into when evaluating their aboveground storage tanks for various flaws.

This webinar is complimentary and registration is easy – simply click here or the button below to claim your spot.

Note: All attendees who complete the live webinar will receive a Certificate of Attendance that may be eligible for continuing education credits, including API's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program. Click here to learn more.

Topics Covered

  • What is Fitness-For-Service?
  • Relevant Codes and Standards
  • General and Local Metal Loss
  • Brittle Fracture/Hydrostatic Test Exemption
  • Shell Out-of-Roundness/Distortion

Who Should Attend

  • Inspectors
  • Corrosion/Materials Engineers
  • Process/Unit Engineers
  • Fixed Equipment Engineers
  • Managers/Supervisors

About the Speaker

Kate Gustoff is a Group Head within the Mechanical and Structural Engineering Team at E2G | The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. where she uses advanced engineering principles and technologies to support her clients’ inspection programs, root cause analyses, fitness-for-service (FFS) evaluations, and general maintenance activities. Kate routinely conducts FFS assessments in accordance with API 579 to extend equipment life, and she specializes in fatigue and brittle fracture analysis with research in the development of criteria for crack propagation in complex stress fields. Since joining E2G, Kate has performed numerous advanced FFS assessments for clients in the O&G and Chemical industries, including pressure vessel fatigue life evaluations, assessment of undocumented equipment, and critical flaw sizing assessments.


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