CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2021 API Inspection & Mechanical Integrity Summit

American Petroleum Institute, July 13, 2020

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is currently seeking presentations abstracts for the 2021 Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit, scheduled for June 7-10, 2021 in San Antonio, TX. The deadline to submit your abstract for consideration is September 15, 2020.

The Summit will once again cover the O&G, Chemical, and Petrochemical sectors and have three core tracks that run concurrently Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, there will be focused tracks on specific topics as listed below. Individual presentation sessions will be 40 minutes in length. The following topics were selected by the Program Committee based on need, relevance of topic, and feedback provided by attendees of the 2019 Summit.



  • Inspector Roles and Responsibilities
  • Inspection Careers, Training and Certification
  • Inspection – Programs and Practices
  • Vendor Surveillance and Shop Inspection
  • New Construction QA/QC and Acceptance Criteria
  • Inspection methods as applied to: Pressure Vessels, Piping, PRVs, Storage Tanks, Heaters, Cooling Towers, Process Hoses, Offshore Topsides Equipment, Subsea Systems, Onshore and Subsea Pipelines, Terminals, and onshore and offshore structures
  • Nondestructive Examination Techniques and Applications
  • Integrity Monitoring Methods
  • Permanently Mounted Sensors
  • Inspection Data Management Systems (IDMS)
  • Robotics/UAS/Drones for Inspection/Monitoring
  • Utilizing digital models to increase accuracy and productivity
  • Application of Mobile Technology for Inspection
  • Experience with NDE Performance Demonstration Programs
  • Advances in Tubular Inspection Techniques
  • Improvements in Buried Piping Inspection


  • Coatings/Linings, Cathodic Protection
  • Welding/Joining Practices
  • Failure Analysis
  • Corrosion Control/Mitigation
  • Chemical Treatment Programs
  • Degradation Mechanisms
  • Materials of Construction
  • Corrosion Monitoring Methods
  • Case studies of failures
  • Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs)
  • Corrosion Control Diagrams (CCDs)
  • QA/QC for Coatings/Linings

Engineering & Asset Integrity Management

  • Risk Analysis and Risk Based Inspection (RBI)
  • Engineering Evaluations and Fitness for Service (FFS) Assessments
  • Asset Integrity Management
  • Equipment Failure Investigations/Case Studies
  • Codes and Standards
  • Learning from Incidents
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Advances in CUI/CUF Insulation and Refractory Systems
  • Big Data and Digitization Information and Work Practices
  • New Repair Methods/Practices for Equipment
  • Advances in Bolting and Gasketing practices
  • Integrity Assessments of Non-Metallic Equipment
  • Composite Temporary Repairs


Risk Based Inspection

  • Case Studies for RBI Implementation (successes/opportunities/misses)
  • Methodology Selection
  • RBI Evergreening (planning, forecasting, management)
  • Code Changes and Guidance
  • Application to Specific Component Types (e.g. heat exchanger tubes, piping, PRDs, stacks)
  • Onboarding Contract Inspectors/Technicians to the Site Program Expectations
  • Utilizing Similar Service in RBI (limitations/benefits)

Storage Tanks

  • Non-Intrusive Assessment Methods for Tanks
  • Cryogenic Tanks Integrity Program
  • Fitness for Service Assessment of AST Post-Fire Incident
  • Revising the Design of API 650 Wind Loading Provisions
  • Stainless Steel Tank Bottoms Providing Both Cost and Corrosion Control
  • Elements of a Successful Tank Turnaround Management Program
  • Finite Element Analysis Success and Pitfalls in Tank Applications

Abstract Elements

  1. Title of your presentation (limited to 15 words)
  2. Industry sector and track, from those listed above, that your presentation topic is most applicable.
  3. Short abstract of the proposed presentation with no more than 125 words. Please include how it is currently relevant to the industry, what objectives you will cover during the session, and the intended/target audience e.g. inspectors, engineers, managers, etc.
  4. Brief speaker biography with no more than 100 words that details your qualifications to speak on the subject
  5. Target level of presentation content as either introductory, intermediate, or advanced.

Your abstract should contain enough information to allow the Program Committee to make an accurate judgment of the content of your proposed presentation.


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