For nearly 40 years, Matrix Service Company and its subsidiaries have set the standard for turnkey EPC solutions in the storage tank and terminal market, fostering a strong culture of giving back to the industry through knowledge sharing. Our Technical Aboveground Training offers learning opportunities for Engineering Managers, Project Engineers, Project Managers, Inspectors, and Procurement Managers alike. This two-day course reviews the various components of typical API 650 tanks. Engineers and inspectors may look forward to gaining technical insight while procurement personnel can count on attaining greater knowledge of the engineering and construction aspects of storage tanks and terminals projects.

This course covers common configurations, design features and code requirements, API requirements, advantages, and disadvantages of various storage tank configurations and much more for new construction. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of design requirements, inspection, and hydro test exemption requirements per API 653, which will help in planning future tank repairs. Each segment of the course includes a short quiz to help participants reinforce the content learned in the course.

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis to Matrix clients. To register, please fill out the form below.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Mason.


Fee: No charge to valued Matrix clients
Note: Attendees are responsible for airfare and hotel accommodations
Dates: April 23 and 24, 2024
Location: Calgary Marriott | 110 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5A6
Who should attend? Engineering Managers, Project Engineers, Project Managers, Inspectors, and Procurement Managers
Course topics:

  • Material selection
  • Foundations
  • Tank bottoms
  • Tank cylindrical shells and shell thickness calculations
  • Shell nozzle reinforcement
  • Welding
  • Fixed roofs
  • Floating roofs
  • Seals
  • Emissions
  • Hydrostatic testing


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Rama Challa – Business Unit Director, Ph. D, P.E., P. ENG. 

With three decades of experience, Rama is an expert in design, detailing, estimating, planning and scheduling of steel plate structures/turnkey industrial facilities.

He serves as the chair of the Refrigerated Tank Task Group for the American Petroleum Institute (API). At API, he is also an active member of the subgroup fabrication and task groups that address terminal facilities and LPG facilities. Rama has his Ph.D. in structural engineering from Iowa State, a certificate in management from the University of Tulsa and is a graduate of the CII Executive Leadership Program at UT Austin.



Kevin Huffman – Senior Engineer I, Tank & Vessel, P.E., P. ENG. 

Kevin has over 25 years of experience, including expertise in design of above-ground storage tank projects involving structural design and venting design using Math CAD calculations, venting programs or 3D structural analysis and design software.

 Additionally, he has designed industrial structures, plate and shell structures, ASME, API 620, API 650, and AWWA storage tanks, silo equipment, and other specialty structures or specific items to be repaired, replaced, or analyzed for fitness.





This course is hosted by Matrix Service Company in collaboration with our subsidiaries, Matrix PDM Engineering and Matrix Applied Technologies

Matrix PDM Engineering provides aboveground storage, foundation, material handling, balance of plant and complete terminal front-end engineering designs. Matrix PDM employees hold professional licenses in 49 states, plus Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and five Canadian provinces. Over half of all Matrix PDM engineers hold a Master’s or Doctorate degree.

Matrix Applied Technologies develops, designs and manufactures various AST components and appurtenances used within the industry. These include floating roof seals, jet mixers and gauge hatches, among other things. This group also serves as the primary research and development arm of the business and holds numerous domestic and international patents.

Please feel free to forward this email to colleagues within your organization. If you have other colleagues who may be interested, kindly reach out to Mary Mason. Registrations are subject to approval from Matrix Service Company