Monday, April 28, 2008

API meeting in New Orleans

I attended the API meetings in New Orleans. There were some things addressed. Here is a brief summary.

1) Addendum 1 to the 11th Edition of API-650 should be released by the end of May. The proof copy we received was incomplete and they have not resent the complete proof copy yet. I will let you know when that occurs.
2) All of the agenda items approved at last falls meeting and this spring meeting are supposed to be coming out in addendums by the end of the year.
3) Table 5-21 was revised to conform to the combination loadings. This should be in Addendum 2.
4) Self-supporting roof calculations are changing that would use the strength of the material. This could reduce the compression ring area when highe strength materials are used. This should be in Addendum 2.
5) Clarification of the API-620 references in F.7 are still being worked on.
6) Shell nozzles larger than 48" is still being worked on.
7) Several minor items were approved and several are being reworked or reballoted.

Inquiries that had been submitted for review were not considered due to some timing problems. Hopefully this will be resolved by the next meeting.

Not much came out of this meeting. I will keep you informed as to when Addendum 1 is ready to release.

Monday, April 14, 2008

API meeting

I am currently at the API meeting in New Orleans. The day has been very disappointing. I found out that Addendum 1 for API-650 now will probably not be released until at least June. In fact the draft I have is incomplete. When released it should include new appendices X and SC. We shall see.

The other disappointment was that they did not review design or fabrication inquiries. They were scheduled to take place. However, it seems that all those inquiries we sent to API staff never made it to the heads of the committees in time to be sent out to the other committee members to review. Therefore, none of them are being reviewed at this meeting.

We will see if tomorrow is any more productive. We will continue to add to and update ITSdesign. We will also keep you updated on what is happening here at the committee meetings.