A Two Day Introduction Course for the Storage Tank Beginner.


This two-day course was designed by Mr. John Cornell in 2001 and has been offered many times in various places around the globe.


This course covers the basics relating to design, construction, inspection, maintenance,  and operation of API above ground storage tanks. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the relevant standards for new construction and existing tank inspection, repair, alteration and maintenance.


Course Outline

Day One: Large Atmospheric Tanks (API-650) – New Storage Tank Basics covering the choice of materials, design calculations, fabrication and shop activities, field construction methodologies. Topics include, shell thickness calculations, floor plate layout, the basics of foundation design and leak detection and containment.

Day two: Inspection and Repair and Existing Tank Evaluation (API-653) – Review of previous tank failures and their causes such as but not limited to brittle fracture and corrosion. A discussion of inspection drivers and considerations, inspection types and schedules, critical zone welding limitations, lap-patch placement and size limitations for both the bottom and shell, safety concerns around tanks, and etc.


The next class date: May 8 - 9, 2018 class will be held in Erie, PA. 

Venue: Inside The Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center.

Training will be in The Sahara Board Room.

Address: I-90 & Peach Streets – Erie, PA 16509

Phone: (814) 866-9999

Class runs from 8:00 am until ~4:30 pm.