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API 650, 653, and 620 Storage Tanks

Course Overview
This two-day course is designed for petroleum or other industry personnel, suppliers, or subcontractors responsible for the design, construction, inspection, maintenance, regulatory compliance, or operation of API above ground storage tanks. The session will provide a comprehensive overview of the relevant standards for new construction and existing tank inspection, repair, alteration and maintenance, highlighting the most recent revisions and upcoming changes. Emphasis will also be placed on essential storage tank technology not covered by the standards. Copies of the standards are not included in the course fees.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
15-Sep-14 Denver (2 days) $ 1,995 USD
More than 5 seats available
21-Oct-14 Houston (2 days) $ 1,995 USD
More than 5 seats available
23-Oct-14 Calgary (2 days) $ 1,995 CAD
More than 5 seats available
Average participant rating 4 out of 5 stars
19 participant evaluations
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Course Outline
  • Tank site, Foundation Design & Construction
  • Preventing Bottom Leaks, Tank Settlement
  • Materials - Carbon Steel, Aluminum, Stainless
  • Design, Sample Problems, Heated Tanks
  • External/Internal Pressure, Seismic, other Loads
  • Nozzles and Roof Types
  • Fabrication (Shop Work)
  • Erection, Welding Requirements
  • Testing & Tolerances
  • Inspection, Radiography, Ultrasonic Alternative
  • Welding Requirements
  • Marking, API Monogram
  • Documentation, Special Service Standards, Inquiries
  • Failures Leading to these Requirements
  • Organizations that may use the standard
  • Definitions of Authorized Inspector, Storage Tank Engineer
  • Evaluation to determine suitability for continued use plus example
  • How to evaluate and keep bottoms leak free
  • Brittle fracture considerations
  • Inspection and required frequency
  • Repair and Alteration requirements
  • Examination and testing
  • Exercise to Optimize Internal Inspection Timing
  • 70 slides of tank problems and discussion of solutions
  • Refrigerated and Cryogenic (such as LNG) Tanks
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Jack Mooney has provided worldwide consulting services on tankage, pressure vessels and piping for the world's largest petroleum producers and engineering companies, and is regularly engaged as an expert witness for OSHA and law firms. Jack has taught worldwide courses for the American Petroleum Institute and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Kansas, is a member of the API Subcommittee on Aboveground Storage Tanks, and former Chair of the ASME Pressure Vessel Code Special Working Group on Toughness.

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Training Venue

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Participant Evaluations
Average participant rating 4 out of 5 stars
19 participant evaluations
Very Good
Very Poor
All course reviews are unedited.
May 12, 2014, Project Engineer, Calgary
Training was excellent with a variety of information covered. This training could be taken by personnel new to tanks as well those with extensive experience. The instructor really encourages discussion and the introduction of any particular experiences from the students to discuss and help create conversation. Would highly recommend this course to anyone involved in the design or maintenance of AST.
May 9, 2014, Production Foreman, Calgary
Very good course, recomended for anyone working with large tanks/vessels.
May 5, 2014, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Calgary
the course was overall good and informative. i would rather see more materials on structural design, calcs and theory of desiging API tanks.
October 11, 2013, Mechanical Engineer, Calgary
Good course
October 18, 2013, NSK Tank Cordinator, Calgary
This is an excellent overview of the API 620, 650, and 653. Jack does very well in comunicating the purpose of these standards which comes from thorughly understanding them himself.
October 19, 2013, project engineer, Houston
Good training provided by an experienced teacher.
October 14, 2013, Sr. LP Project Engineer, Houston
I like the fact that Mr. Mooney used many real-world examples from his career, and taught us his lessons learned. Much more effective than simply reading code.
October 11, 2013, Mechanical Engineer, Houston
The course is a 10,000 ft overview of the standards. It will provide a basic understanding of Storage Tanks.