Joel L. Andreani, P.E.

Mechanical & Structural Engineering Director / Principal Engineer II

Years of Experience: 33

Education and Licenses:

  • Master of Science, 1985, Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • Bachelor of Science, 1983, Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1983, Pre-Engineering, Baldwin Wallace College
  • Registered Professional Engineer Licenses: OH, IN, MI

Areas of Specialization:

  • Design of Tankage, Piping, and Pressure Vessels
  • Fitness-For-Service and Remaining Life Assessments
  • Tank Settlement Analyses
  • Tank Risk-Based Inspection Assessment
  • Steel and Concrete Structure and Foundation Assessments
  • Engineering Specification Development and Management
  • Mechanical Integrity and Structural Integrity Programs
  • Tank and Fitness-for-Service Training
  • Engineering Training Program Development
  • Fatigue, Structural Reliability, and Risk Assessment
  • Analysis of Wind, Mechanical, and Flow-induced Vibration
  • Piping Flexibility and Vibration Analyses


A pressure-containment and structural specialist, Mr. Andreani has worked in various refinery technical service groups providing engineering support to refineries and chemical plants worldwide.  Mr. Andreani performs Fitness-For-Service evaluations; code compliance calculations; interpretations for storage tanks, piping, pressure vessels, structures, and foundations; engineering specification and design support; engineering training development; and project consulting on a wide variety of refinery and chemical plant equipment.


Mr. Andreani has also managed company specification and training programs.  He has developed over 50 design, fabrication, inspection, and testing specifications for tankage, piping, and structures, and specifications for wind, seismic, and blast load criteria for petrochemical equipment and structures for U.S. and international petrochemical facilities.  He has also developed mechanical integrity practices and MI implementation programs.  He performs design reviews for tankage, piping, pressure vessels, structures and foundations as part of major refinery capital projects, including expansions, revamps, and de-bottlenecking projects.  He has also developed and managed training programs for refinery and petrochemical plant engineers and has instructed courses in aboveground storage tank design and evaluation, fitness-for-service, and risk-based inspection.


Mr. Andreani serves on the Design subgroup of the API Subcommittee on Aboveground Storage Tanks (SCAST).  He is an expert in tank settlement and risk-based inspection assessment of storage tanks.  Mr. Andreani was one of the primary developers of the current edge settlement procedures in Appendix B of API 653.  He was the leader of the API project that recently re-wrote API 653 Appendix B rules on differential shell settlement.  Mr. Andreani was also involved in the development of the current tank module in the API RBI software.  He has performed a number of RBI assessments of storage tanks, including comprehensive evaluations of tanks that have combined Fitness-for-Service and Risk-Based Inspection assessments to develop inspection plans. Most recently, Mr. Andreani has developed a number of new Tank RBI procedures for API 581.