API 653 ICP Certification Examination Preparation

Course IDCourse NameDateLocationStatus
CP53API 653 ICP Certification Examination Preparation (Welded Steel Tanks for Oil Storage) Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction2-6 December 2013LondonScheduled

Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction



This training program will provide a comprehensive introduction to API 653 for the tank inspector and engineer.

A practical discussion of cost-effective tank management, including tank integrity testing; leak detection and monitoring; tank leak clean-up; selection of new tanks and monitoring equipment; new tank installation; existing tank inventory; existing tank retrofit; and compliance with tank regulations.


Course Objectives

The key objectives of this course are as follows:

  • To assist participants in clearly understanding and applying the various aspects of API 653 & API 650 codes & Standards to ensure mechanical integrity through effective inspections in a responsible and cost-effective manner.
  • To enhance the knowledge and skills of the participants in hazard identification, analysis and in risk assessment and management.
  • To provide participants with practical and effective methods and tools to perform practical likelihood and consequence analyses.


Training Methodology

The course combines sound engineering principles, methods, and applicable codes & standards and best industry practices.  Actual major incidents as well as industry experience will be reviewed in depth to reinforce every topic.


Organisational Impact

  • The company will be able to achieve measurable improvement in mechanical integrity through effective interaction between engineering, operation and maintenance functions.
  • The company will be able to implement recognised and established tank inspections methods and procedures, and to allocate resources for optimum benefit
  • The company will be able to enhance its ability to use risk-based inspection and maintenance resulting in lower life cycle costs while complying with codes, standards and other regulatory requirements


Personal Impact

  • Delegates will enhance their knowledge and expertise in above ground storage tanks design, and will be equipped with structured procedures and effective guidelines to perform design calculations.
  • Participant will gain a sound working knowledge of the interdependence of design, operation, and maintenance on integrity, reliability and cost-effectiveness of above ground storage tanks.
  • Participant will extend his/her knowledge of the requirements and application of API 650 and 653, as well as relevant API Codes, standards, and Recommended Practices such as 571 and 580 in above ground storage tanks design, operation, inspection repairs and alterations.
  • Participants will add to their ability and skills in above ground storage tank failure detection and analysis, estimating failure consequences, and fitness-for-service assessment.
  • Participants will enhance their competence and productivity thereby enhancing their competence and performance level and making additional value added contributions to their organizations.


Competencies Emphasised

Delegates will enhance their competencies in the following areas:

  • Mechanical design of above ground storage tanks in compliance with applicable codes, standards, and regulations.
  • Engineering materials properties and selection criteria for specific applications.
  • Identification and assessment of active degradation mechanisms and the failures they may cause.
  • Hazard identification and risk analysis and management.
  • Application of risk-based methodologies in inspection and maintenance.
  • Fitness-For-Services assessments


Who Should Attend?

This course is particularly valuable for petrochemical plant tank inspection personnel, as well as for project and consulting engineers, engineering, maintenance and operational personnel involved in tank inspections, maintenance and operations.


Programme Outline

·         Day 1

    • An introduction to Above Ground Storage Tanks
      • Codes, Standards, and Regulations
        • API 650, and 653
        • Body of Knowledge
        • ASME B&PVC
      • Storage Tank Construction and Design Calculations
        • Shell thickness calculations
        • Stress evaluation
        • Cylindrical Components Under Pressure
      • Tank Inspection
        • Safety
        • Resources

·         Day 2

    • Damage Mechanisms & Repair
      • ASME V Nondestructive Examination
        • NDE techniques & technologies
        • Inspections on line and off line
      • ASME II & ASTM Materials & Corrosion
        • P grouping for ASME IX & ASME II
        • Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention
        • API RP 571 Typical damage mechanisms
      • Tank Dismantling and Reconstruction
        • Repair and Alterations

·         Day 3

    • Roof & Floor
      • Tank Roofs
        • Floating roofs (internal & external)
        • Inspection of roof sealing
        • Inspection & repair of roof
      • Tank Foundations & Tank Settlement
        • Evaluation of tank bottom settlement
        • Foundation repair or replacement
      • Shell and Bottom Evaluation
        • Actual & minimum thickness determination
        • Annular plate ring considerations

·         Day 4

    • Practical Considerations
      • Tank Inspection, Repairs, and Reconstruction
        • Shell penetrations
        • Repair of tank bottoms
        • Repairs within the critical zone
        • Entire bottom replacement
        • Roof repairs
    • Inspection Considerations
      • Frequency of inspections
        • Internal/external
        • Alternate inspections
    • ASME IX Welding
        • Procedures for shell, bottom and critical zone.
        • Welder & Weld Qualification
        • WPS & PQR
        • Weld inspections
      • Groundwater Protection
      • Seismic Considerations

·         Day 5

    • Working with API 653
  • Inspector Certification
    • Exam Procedure.
    • Sample Questions
    • Integration of API 653
      • Overview of API RP 579 for aboveground storage tanks
      • Assessment Methods and Acceptance Criteria
      • Acceptability of Corroded Area
    • Final Test
      • 20 Questions, multiple choice, open book