The In-Service Robotic Tank Inspection Course is a game changer for operators and asset owners that want to utilize robotic inspection methods to eliminate or defer internal tank inspections of crude oil, diesel or other hazardous fluid storage tanks. The two-day course guides participants from conventional inspection methods through an in-depth exploration of in-service robotic tank inspections. Attendees will gain a solid understanding of benefits, risks and challenges, risk mitigation tools, and key project and program management requirements for in-service robotic tank inspection projects.
Tank bottom inspection generally involves Confined Space Entry (CSE) inside out-of-service tanks.
CSE, which includes de-inventorying, fluid transfer, cleaning, hazardous waste disposal, and many other hazardous activities, is a high-cost endeavor. The associated activities can range in cost from $500K to over $1 million for large storage tanks. Revenue losses for some operators from unavailable tanks in critical production service can be multiples of this amount.
Case studies have demonstrated that internal in-service robotic tank inspection can:
- Eliminate the HSE risks and hazardous activities associated Confined Space Entry (CSE)
- Reduce overall emissions
- Avoid significant revenue losses caused by taking production critical tanks out of service
- Lower overall costs versus the conventional inspection approach
- Some asset owners have realized net operating cost and revenue benefits of greater than $ 1 to 1.5 million for a given tank.
George Williamson, P.E. is VP of Integrity, Risk Management & Litigation Support at Integrity Emission Reduction Partners (IERP), LLC in Houston, Texas. George has over 30 years of integrity management, operations, and maintenance experience as a major asset owner with ARCO and BP. His roles have included managing global oil & gas production facilities, pipelines, and subsea systems in over 20 countries. He has also been accountable for developing and managing the implementation of modernization strategies which include utilization of robotics, permanently installed sensors, modular components, inherently safe designs, and data analytics.
Subject matter expert on the deployment of robotic integrity solutions. His experience as a service provider includes over 10 years of development and field integrity management at Diakont and Oceaneering. Steven contributed to introducing the industry’s first hazardous environment certified robotic system for application in potentially explosive environments. The robotic platform uses eddy current, magnetic flux leakage for detection, and conventional direct beam ultrasonics for sizing, shaping, and characterizing top side and bottom side features in aboveground storage tank floors. Steven is Business Development Manager and Integrity Management Consultant at Quasset.
Quasset Academy provides workshops and training courses to explore the latest industry developments and technologies. We have a practical, hands-on approach to understanding and applying the tools and techniques of tomorrow. Quasset Academy is part of Quasset: building networks, driving innovation, and accelerating digital transformation in asset management.
Integrity & Emission Reduction Partners (IERP), LLC concentrates on the optimization and modernization of integrity management, emission, and maintenance programs with specialization in threat and risk assessment. Key technology focus areas are the utilization of robotics, aerial systems, sensors, and advanced software applications. The company develops strategies and coordinates emission reduction programs that include fixed monitoring, hand-held, drone, aircraft, and satellite deployed sensors.