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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:
1-May-14 Calgary (2 days) $ 1,895 CAD
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
13 participant evaluations
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Course Outline
  • ATMOSPHERIC TANKS
  • 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
  • EXISTING TANK EVALUATION, INSPECTION, REPAIR, ALTERATION AND RECONSTRUCTION
  • 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
  • LOW PRESSURE STORAGE TANKS
  • Refrigerated and Cryogenic (such as LNG) Tanks
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Instructor

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

To avoid potential course disruptions caused by the attendance of unconfirmed registrants, the training venue address will ONLY be provided to registrants upon receipt of payment (via an email confirmation note).

Participant Evaluations
Average participant rating 4 out of 5 stars
13 participant evaluations
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All course reviews are unedited.
Which sections of the course were covered and delivered well?
April 26, 2013, Sr. Civil Engineer, Houston
API 650. Instructor was very knowledgeable and enjoyed his experience and expertise. Good class participation and involvement.
April 26, 2013, Tank Execution Team Lead, Houston
The material is terrible and very difficult to read. The font was all the same size with all bullet points that ran over. I could think about 100 ways to make the material more usable and meaningful. In many cases tables could be used. The instructor drew some great diagaram and a picture is worth 1000 words. These pictues and diagrams need to be incorporated into the right place in the material. Formating such as underlining headings and making sub bullets would help too. Seems like this is the class he has always given and there is not too much care about how difficult it is for the participants to read it. Instead of coming out of the class with a useful refrence doc we come out with a hunk of junk. I did not even print it as it is not worth the paper. Also -doing calcuations was boring. Modernize it. Do the calcs in an excell sheet. Once again the participant would come out of the course with something useful and meaningful for the future. Very old school college professor approach to teaching. Too bad.
April 26, 2013, Geotechnical Engineer, Houston
I thought all sections were covered and delivered pretty well.
May 2, 2013, Senior Compression / Facility Engineer, Houston
Material could be updated. A printed copy should be made available.
May 2, 2013, Area Maintenance Engineer, Houston
All
May 2, 2013, Lead Mechanical, Houston
API 650 section
April 20, 2013, Consultant, Calgary
All of them
April 21, 2013, Sr.Engr.Mechanical, Calgary
Shell Thickness Design
April 22, 2013, Terminal Supervisor, Calgary
All information was valuable. But in the future it would be nice to get the US information either at the same time or after the Canadian rules are gone over.
April 26, 2013, Sales, Calgary
Large volume tanks
April 26, 2013, owner, Calgary
API-653 was the best presented , and the question periods were informative.
April 26, 2013, Senior Engineer, Calgary
I was mostly interested in structural design and it was covered very well
November 6, 2012, Director - Project Management, Houston
Very knowledgeable and approachable instructor. Balanced between infromation presentation and discussion.
November 6, 2012, Field Construction Superviser, Houston
All of them
November 7, 2012, Project Engineering Management, Houston
Class was good - I did feel like the instructor spent most of the time just reading the handout and not really "teaching". Material is dry" and I'm not sure there is an effective way to adress that. I wanted a good overview and the class provided that.
November 13, 2012, Senior Auditor, Houston
Course was fine, however I think more practical examples could be included in order to make in more dinamic.
November 13, 2012, Asset & Facilities Integrity Manager, Houston
Most all. I would like to have had a little more comparison to API 12 F tanks and UL rated horizonal storage tanks. However, I also thought the questionaire prior to the training was good to feel out the interest of the participants.
November 13, 2012, Salt Water Disposal Area Manager, Houston
All of them
November 13, 2012, Engine Laboratory Operations Supervisor, Houston
All secetions were covered in detail
October 2, 2012, Static Equipment Specialist, Calgary
Examples of failures
October 3, 2012, Project Manager, Calgary
The basic overview of tanks was covered well.
October 3, 2012, Mechanical Associate Design Engineering Specialist, Calgary
The course provide general idea and design requirement for tanks. The learning material has highlights of three API standard which can be a great tool in future use.
October 3, 2012, Project coordinator, Calgary
API 650
October 7, 2012, Project Engineer, Calgary
API 650 section was covered well
Which sections of this course could be improved (and how), deleted, or expanded?
April 26, 2013, Sr. Civil Engineer, Houston
It is a lot to cover in 2 days. I would have liked more information on the foundations. Slides need to be jazzed up.
April 26, 2013, Tank Execution Team Lead, Houston
See 6.
April 26, 2013, Geotechnical Engineer, Houston
Some of the example problems could be a little more useful by explaining more of the rationale for formulas that were used. Since we finished early there was plenty of time to add more explanation of the derivation or rationale for the formulas.
May 2, 2013, Lead Mechanical, Houston
In general more pics and videos instead of pp full of wording
April 26, 2013, Sales, Calgary
Smaller tanks such as 750 - 3000 bbl tanks that are shop built but still technically fall under API 650 due to pressure requirements of 12 - 16 oz.
April 26, 2013, g.m., Calgary
more insight on 2500bbl and less shop fabricated tanks
April 26, 2013, owner, Calgary
1-extra day would go a long way for some uncovered material .
April 26, 2013, Senior Engineer, Calgary
If any improvement should be recommended it would be focused on closer relations between presentations and some specific forumas application. For example App F formula F4.2 is applicabe only for non anchored tanks but this is not mentioned in the standard API 650, and it is not explained during presentation. Of course that I am aware that it is not possible to have presentation cover all details like this, but this is a thing that I had to search myself after the seminar. I am not complaining just trying to give usefull suggestion.
November 6, 2012, Field Construction Superviser, Houston
In 620, the formulas he used were not easily understandable.
November 13, 2012, Senior Auditor, Houston
Include more practical examples, exercices.
November 13, 2012, Asset & Facilities Integrity Manager, Houston
Expand more on 653 and the maintainence and repair issues, lessons learned, participant experience sharing, etc. I would have like to see more data on maintaining existing tanks but I also felt the information presented was pretty thorough.
November 13, 2012, Salt Water Disposal Area Manager, Houston
API 650 was to long
October 2, 2012, Static Equipment Specialist, Calgary
Settlement calculations. Shell settlement was not well discussed.
October 3, 2012, Project Manager, Calgary
Based on the course description I read online I was disappointed with the course content. I felt more like I attended a "Tanks 101" class intended for people with no prior tank experience than an API 650 course. I had hoped the course would dive more into the actual code, what it contains, and how to navigate it. As someone with tank experience it was a lengthy two days. It is just my opinion that the course description should clearly state that it is geared for beginners and not those with prior tank experience. I spoke to others that had the same opinion, hopefully they reflect that in their evaluations as well.
October 3, 2012, Mechanical Associate Design Engineering Specialist, Calgary
The pace of the course is a little fast for beginners.
October 4, 2012, Applications Specialist, Calgary
It would be nice if the units were in metric for Canadains and imperial for the US.
October 7, 2012, Project Engineer, Calgary
The calculations segment could be improved for novices.