Matrix Service Tank Training

Tank School

For over 30 years, Matrix has set the standard for operations, knowledge sharing and growth in the storage tank and terminal market. As part of the Matrix initiative to promote learning, the Matrix Tank Training School offers endless opportunity 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 on the engineering and construction aspects of storage tanks and terminals projects.

In this course, we will cover common configurations, design features and code requirements, basic API calculations, API requirements, advantages and disadvantages of various options and configurations and much more. Participants will come away from the Matrix tank training course with a basic understanding of design requirements, inspection and hydro test exemption criteria of API 653, which will help them in planning future tank repairs. Each segment of the course will include a small quiz to help each participant document the content learned in the course.



If you would be interested in future Tank School courses, please email Pascal Durby
Course: Technical Aboveground Tank Training Registration
Fee: No charge to valued Matrix customers
Note: Attendees are responsible for hotel accommodations. If you plan to stay near the event location, we recommend booking a room as early as possible.


Dates: June 18th – June 19th, 2019 Location: 
15333 JFK Blvd. Ste. 400
Houston, TX 77032
Who should attend?
• Engineering Managers
• Project Engineers
• Project Managers
• Inspectors
• 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. Eng. 

With nearly 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 and a certificate in management from the University of Tulsa.



David Redman – Chief Shell & Plate Engineer, P. Eng. 

During his nearly 18 years with Matrix, David has served as a design engineer and engineering supervisor for the Tank Design Group, Sr. R&D Engineer for Engineering Standards

and most recently as Chief Engineer for Shell and Plate. David also serves as a member of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Subcommittee for Aboveground Storage Tanks

which encompasses the design and construction of API 620, 625, 650, 653 and 2510 tanks. David earned his Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Tulsa.




Tank training course and collaboration presented by 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.