NISTM Hosting Annual Tank Conference and Trade Show


Today (Dec. 1) kicks off the National Institute for Storage Tank Management’s 14th annual National Aboveground Storage Tank Conference and Trade Show in The Woodlands, Texas.

Taking place from Dec. 1-2 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, the free event plans to connect aboveground storage tank professionals with new services, products and technology.

The AST Conference hours and the Trade Show hours run 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, followed by a Network Mixer on the trade show floor at 5 p.m. AST Conference hours on Thursday, Dec. 2 are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Trade Show hours are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A schedule for the event is as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 1

8:30-8:45 a.m.

  • Introduction by Marshall Mott-Smith, NISTM

8:45-9:30 a.m.

  • Texas AST Legislation and How it Affects You – Panel Discussion

9:30-10 a.m.

  • Corrosion Prevention – What can AMPP do for you?

10-10:30 a.m.

  • STI 2020 Product of the Year Awards

1:15-2 p.m.

  • EPA’s National Focus on Storage Tank Air Emissions from Organic Wastes; and
  • A New Innovative Technology to Support the New API-2350 Standard for Tank Overfill Prevention.

2-2:30 p.m.

  • Using Cathodic Protection and VCIs in Combination – What you Need to Know; and
  • SPCC Facilities – Updates, New Sites and What Gets Missed?

3:30-4 p.m.

  • Integrated Tank Maintenance Program: Saving Time and Money; and
  • 2202 Lean Duplex Stainless Steel for Storage Tanks.

4-4:30 p.m.

  • Tank Bottom Cathodic Protection Systems – Replacement Options; and
  • Dike Volumes, Hoping for the Best or Planning for the Worst?

4:30-5 p.m.

  • Failure Prevention Methods for AST Under Wind Loads During Construction; and
  • Increase Tank Capacity and Reduce Costs.


Thursday, Dec. 2

8:30-9 a.m.

  • Aboveground Shop Fabricated Tank Equipment Accessories, Installation and Operation; and
  • Above Ground Storage Tank Soil-Side Bottom Corrosion Due to Varying Oxygen Levels and Proper Mitigation Techniques.

9-9:30 a.m.

  • Bolted Tanks… They are Back to Stay; and
  • Next Generation Tank Floor Scanning – Total Inspection Efficiency.

9:30-10 a.m.

  • How Bulk Liquids Storage Terminals Can Embrace the Digital Supply Chain to Improve their Operations and Customer Experience; and
  • Ground Improvements for Tanks.

10:30-11 a.m.

  • Using 3D Data to Increase Efficiency, Improve Safety and Save Money; and
  • API 656 Natural Hazard Triggered Disasters and Tank and Terminal Risk and Preparedness.

11-11:30 a.m.

  • Advanced Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E) Tools; and
  • 3 Reasons to Rethink Your Tank Gauging Method.

1:30-2 p.m.

  • Managing Tank Data Quality

2-2:30 p.m.

  • Using an Innovative Low Damage Anchorage System for Industrial Tanks and Vessels

2:30-3 p.m.

  • Presentation on Hazardous Area Static Control at Terminals

3-3:30 p.m.

  • Subsurface Investigation Methodology – Achieving Zero Utility Strikes

On Nov. 30, the conference opened with the NISTM’s seventh annual Golf Tournament at Tour 18 Golf Club in Humble, Texas. Two courses—Tanks 101 and AMPP Basic Corrosion—were also offered during the day.

The Tanks 101 Course was aimed at engineers, inspectors, regulators, administrators and managers responsible for storage tank facilities who wish to improve their overall knowledge and understanding of these facilities in the petroleum, chemical, aviation and paper and pulp industries, as well as providing opportunity to network with others in the same situation and ask questions and consult with experts.

The course was taught by Andrew Yearwood and Brock Trotter of PEMY Consulting.

AMPP’s (formerly known as NACE and SSPC) Corrosion Fundamentals Course was held by Louis Koszewski, of U.S. Tank Protectors, Inc.

A Welcome Reception, sponsored by Fisher Tank Company, J2 Resources and Smith Tank & Steel, was held that evening to welcome guests to the conference.

Additional event information can be viewed here.


Tagged categories: Business matters; Conferences; NA; Networking; North America; Program/Project Management; Tank exteriors; Tank interiors; Tanks; Tanks; Water Tanks

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