Available Dates and Locations:

Course Location:
Holiday Inn Express Calgary University
2373 Banff Trail NW
Calgary AB  T2M 4L2 Canada
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Date: October 2-5, 2018
Earn: 3.2 CEUs

IMPORTANT: A thorough understanding of the damage mechanisms covered in API RP 571 are critical to API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 assessment. It is highly recommended that CASTI's API RP 571 - Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry course be taken in advance.

Prior API and ASME code experience is highly recommended before taking this course. For individuals with limited API and ASME code experience, it is recommended that the CASTI's ASME Section IX - Welding Codes and Metallurgy course be taken in advance.


The basic and intermediate methodologies of inspecting and assessing equipment for continued service, the need for more advanced evaluations, and the possible remediations available will be discussed in accordance with the methodologies given in API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. A limited discussion will be presented on advanced methods of assessment.

The role of the inspector in gathering data and evaluating that data will be discussed as will be the role of the technologist and engineer in appraising the data and employing it in engineering calculations. While the 2016 edition of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 will form the basis for the course, reference to prior editions will be made as techniques vary slightly between editions and use of prior editions remain applicable.

Who Should Attend

Inspectors, engineers, and technologists who are involved in performing API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 evaluations, inspecting and analyzing pressure vessels, pressure piping, tanks and pipelines for safe operation when there is a change in service, or where they have been found to be damaged, distorted, cracked, blistered, experiencing metal loss or other forms of damage and deterioration.


CASTI is recognized by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), under the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard, for good practices and quality continuing education and training programs.

Each participant will receive a CASTI Certificate of Completion with 3.2 CEUs for attending all 4 days of the classroom training.


Scope of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1:
  • Responsibilities of owner-user, inspector, engineer
General Assessment Method
  • Data requirements:
    • What is required
    • Who is responsible
    • How is data obtained and organized
  • Remaining strength factor
  • Need for in-service monitoring (inspection frequency)
Brittle Fracture Resistance:
  • Governing thickness concept (as per ASME VIII)
  • Hydrostatic testing
Metal Loss Evaluation:
  • Point thickness methodology
  • Grid thickness methodology
  • Supplemental loading
  • ASME B31.1 and B31.3 flexibility analysis
  • Pitting evaluation
Problem Solving Workshop
HIC and SOHIC Evaluation:
  • Blisters and hydrogen induced cracking
Problem Solving Workshop
Evaluating Geometric Irregularities
  • Bending and section axial forces
  • Weld misalignment
  • Out of round
  • Bulges and dents
  • Gouges
Evaluation of Cracks and Crack-like Flaws:
  • Non-fracture mechanics method
  • Fracture mechanics method
  • Leak before break concepts
Problem Solving Workshop
Creep Damage Assessment
Heat and Fire Damage Evaluation
Lamination Evaluation
Fatigue Damage Assessment
Remaining Life Determination

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 code to this class. This code document can be purchased from CASTI. A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI. (Purchase Code Documents)

About the Instructor

Dr. Bruce Ball is a professional engineer with over 35 years consulting experience in failure analysis and inspection of plant facilities and mechanical equipment. He has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering, was a CSA W178.2 certified welding inspector and was an API 510 pressure vessel inspector. He has been awarded a fellowship by the Canadian Society for Nondestructive Testing and was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has been a member of the Canadian Standards Association Committee on Weld Inspector and Weld Inspection Organization Certification for more than 30 years and has served as vice chairman of this committee.