Above Ground Storage Tanks: Operation, Inspection & Maintenance

Online /
Nov 19 - 21, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1135-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Select the most suitable storage tank for your application
  • Use the proper method of sizing of storage tanks of different designs
  • Solve practical problems encountered in everyday operation of the system
  • Choose the right approach to troubleshooting problems by analyzing their root cause
  • Apply the latest methodology to reduce corrosion and fouling of storage tank surfaces
  • Improve the profitability of your operation by increasing the reliability and efficiency of the unit

Above-ground storage tanks are widely used as valuable equipment for storing various petrochemical products, like crude oils and others. These fluids are, by nature flammable, and their handling poses a significant safety hazard. Storage tanks may also contain compressed flammable gases for short, medium or long-term storage.

This course will cover the most important practical issues related to selecting and sizing various types of above-ground storage tanks for various industrial applications. The course will cover their operation, inspection, maintenance and repair based on API standards and codes (API-650, API 620, API 2610, API 653). The course will emphasize technical principles and their explanations and clarifications. The course will present the best practices for efficient operation, inspection, maintenance and repair of storage tanks.

Several workshops will be included with case studies and real examples from engineering practice. They will enable the analysis of the root cause of the problems and their effective troubleshooting.

Course Outline

  • Storage tank design components and construction methods
  • Materials used for construction and fabrication
  • Storage tank performance
  • Tank safety issues based on standards and codes
  • Inspection methods and procedures
  • Failure mechanisms including corrosion
  • Protection methods including linings and cathodic protection
  • Best practices for maintenance and repair

Who Should Attend
Mechanical and Chemical Engineers • Plant Process Engineers • Operation and Maintenance Personnel • Technical Service Engineers • Inspection Personnel

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.



Tank Construction & Structure

  • Liquid Petroleum & Natural Gas Technical Characteristics
  • Tank Design & Safety Engineering Considerations
  • Tank Farm Characteristics & Requirements
  • API Codes & Standards
  • Water Drainage System
  • Spill Prevention & Fire Protection Measures
  • Workshop: Examples & Solutions


Tank Operation & Control

  • Operation & Control of Tank Farms
  • Loading & Unloading Process
  • Bill of Lading
  • Flow Measurements & Custody Transfer
  • Pipeline Transfer & Losses
  • Pumps & Pumping Stations
  • Workshop: Examples & Solutions


Tank Inspection, Maintenance & Repair

  • Tank Inspection Techniques & Management
  • Leak Detection Response & Reporting
  • Bunkering
  • Tank Calibration & Recalibration
  • Tank Gauging & Metering
  • Best Practices for Tank Maintenance
  • Summary & Conclusions


Mike Ivanovic, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Ivanovic is the President of UBAMIP Consulting and a former Adjunct Associate Professor with over 30 years of experience in thermal engineering. After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting, dealing with analysis and problem-solving in the operation of vital stationary and rotating equipment in the process and petrochemical industry. Mike has also been active in providing training technical courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in the industry in Canada, the USA and overseas.

His expertise, among others, includes the design, operation and maintenance of various types of storage tanks, pressure vessels, piping systems, and pumps and compressors. The focus of the consulting projects has been on risk assessment during operation and maintenance activities, as well as equipment failure analysis and accident prevention technologies based on inspection results and fitness for service studies.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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