Austin, TX — At Tanknology, the safety and well-being of our employees and clients is always our priority, and we recognize the important role we play in continuing to provide our customers with compliance and testing solutions, even through these trying times. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation and taking steps to help keep our communities safe. We wanted to share with you some steps we are taking. Aligning with Public Health Authorities Tanknology has a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic. We are closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19 and we will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis. Protecting Our Employees and Clients As our employees interact with customers and the general public, we have taken steps to limit exposure to the virus. We have put restrictions on some travel, limited the size of meetings, provided remote-work solutions, and continue to reinforce safe behavior in every environment. Each of our technicians will be stocked with sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, as well as masks and gloves to prevent the spread of the virus. Assisting Our Employees We are in continuous communication with our employees reminding them about the importance of good hygiene, providing them with health education and support whenever needed. Employees who fall ill have been told to not report to work and we have specific quarantine and communication procedures in place should an employee be diagnosed with COVID-19 or is asked to self-isolate by a public health authority, and to provide comprehensive benefits to support them. As always, thank you for being a customer and for your continued trust as we manage through this time together. Allen Porter President & CEO Tanknology Inc.
Austin, TX – Tanknology Inc. the world’s largest provider of environmental compliance testing and inspection services, hosted their first International Licensee Summit in Barcelona, Spain, February 18-20, 2019. This flagship event included attendees from more than fourteen countries, including Panama, the UK, Italy, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Portugal The Summit opened with an address from Tanknology President & CEO Allen Porter, discussing Tanknology history – and with it the development of underground storage tank regulations in the United States, market changes including a history of the retail market from 2000. Attendees also discussed regulations around the world, preventative maintenance programs and client program choice, varying regulations, automatic tank gauge certifications and vapor recovery programs and the importance of tank calibrations. Leslie Retief of South Africa-based Tanknology SA Petroleum Solutions spoke on tank conversion methods and tank lining services. Fuel quality was a topic of concern throughout the Summit. Given Tanknology’s industry-changing camera technology with PetroScope and TankCam, the Licensee network has a unique view into this sector. Mark Orr of UK-based LCM Environmental spoke about their Fuel Quality Management – including on-site testing and analysis of water, particle, and bacterial content, and efforts to ensure operators are more involved with their fuel. One of LCM’s core services is tank cleaning, aided by Tanknology’s PetroScope camera. LCM is also involved in researching the long and complex supply chain related to fuel in the United Kingdom, and how biofuels may cause issues with reliability. Rick Causey, of Tanknology Australia, discussed their fuel filtration system, along with the Australian market’s underlying concern for fuel quality – a 2015 report ranked Australia at 66 out of 100 countries based on Sulphur content of their fuels. Similar to Australia, ultra-low Sulphur diesel is a concern in the United States. Brad Hoffman, Tanknology VP of Engineering presented on this topic. In his presentation, Hoffman stated that increased corrosion and microbial activity inside tanks were present inside of tanks, and that vapors are causing severe corrosion on submersible turbine sumps. His presentation included a new Tanknology-developed service, STS ProTec, that is designed to combat sump corrosion caused by vapors. Tanknology Quality Manager Mike Levesque delivered a presentation on how to ensure ongoing quality in reports and from technicians, how to correctly maintain equipment and resolve common issues, and a refresher on safety procedures. All of these topics led to in-depth, roundtable type discussions where licensees were encouraged to present their own findings, services and market perspective. It is hoped that the connections through the Summit will spark ongoing conversations on technology, processes, methodologies and research.
Austin, TX — Tanknology Inc. announced today that Jared Beavers has been promoted to Vice President of the company’s Cathodic Protection and Corrosion Prevention Division. In this capacity, Beavers will be responsible for the operations of Tanknology’s nationwide Cathodic Protection and Corrosion Prevention Group.
During his time at Tanknology, Beavers has served in multiple positions including several management positions, Gulf Coast Regional Manager, Senior Account Manager, Cathodic Protection Operations Manager and Cathodic Protection Division Manager.
A 21-year industry veteran, Beavers holds a NACE Cathodic Protection Technician certification and STI Cathodic Protection Testers Certification and participates in NACE chapter meetings. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Texas State University.
“I am extremely pleased to have Jared in this role,” said Tanknology CEO Allen Porter. “He is a very talented and dedicated individual, whom I know will maintain the same drive and determination as he tackles the opportunity to grow our Cathodic Protection and Corrosion Prevention Division.”
Based in the company’s Austin, Texas headquarters, Beavers can be reached at (800) 964-0150 or via email.
Austin, TX – Tanknology Inc. the world’s largest provider of environmental compliance testing and inspection services, announced today that it will hold an International Licensee Summit in Barcelona, Spain. The event will be held at the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel, February 18-20, 2019. The event will be Tanknology’s first International Licensee Summit. The company plans to host the event tri-annually, rotating locations among Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. The Summit will include discussions, workshops, and informational sessions on topics such as: The Transition from Reactive to Preventative Maintenance for Fueling Facilities; Tank Cleaning, Fuel Polishing, Biocides, and Ethanol; Tanknology Best Practices: Operational and Promotional; Providing Tank Tightness Testing Services in Non-Retail Markets; and new service line opportunities such as STS ProTec and Fuel Quality Management. Tanknology will also host a Marketing Workshop for Licensees in attendance. The topics of discussion will include industry publications, advertising, trade shows and expos, social media, as well as general discussion of email marketing campaigns, brochures and other marketing materials. Speakers for the event include Brad Hoffman, Vice President of Engineering for Tanknology; Mark Orr, Managing Director of LCM Environmental; Megan Stewart, International Manager for Tanknology; and Allen Porter, CEO and President of Tanknology. Tanknology expects eighteen representatives from twelve of their International Licensees to be in attendance, reaching from the U.K., to the Philippines, to Mexico. “We are looking forward to this opportunity to both strengthen long-held partnerships and support newly established licensees, furthering our mutual success,” said Stewart, the organizer of the event. Founded in the United States in 1988, Tanknology has been operating internationally for 28 years. “Market conditions, regulations, and technology vary around the world, and continue to evolve, but there is commonality in our customers, challenges, and the services we provide,” Stewart continued. “Coming together as a network at the Summit offers a unique chance to learn, grow, and innovate.” Stewart can be reached via email or at + 1-512-380-7104.
Austin, TX – Brad Hoffman, Vice President of Engineering for Tanknology, will speak at the 2018 NACE Diesel Day. NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, presents NACE Diesel Day to discuss severe corrosion issues faced by owners of diesel fueled vehicles, equipment, generators, heating oil tanks and fuel storage tanks. The event communicates at a high, non-technical level, the evolving risks related to diesel fuel. The event will be held on November 6, 2018 at Logistics Management Institute in McLean, VA. NACE Diesel Day is part of the NACE Corrosion Technical Series on Diesel Corrosion. The series is specially organized for the trade groups and government agencies whose constituents have diesel fueled vehicles, equipment, generators, heating oil tanks, and fuel storage tanks. Hoffman has over 30 years of experience with Underground Storage Tank systems, testing and compliance. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and currently serves as Vice President of Engineering and R&D for Austin-based Tanknology, where he develops equipment for testing, inspecting, and cleaning tanks, and manages the safety, quality, and training programs. Hoffman is active on several PEI and API committees, and holds a Class A Engineering License in California as well as several state contractor licenses. He is a former field engineer and program manager for Exxon. Based in Tanknology’s Austin Headquarters, Hoffman can be reached via email or at (512) 451-6334.
Austin, TX – Tanknology Inc., the world’s largest provider of environmental compliance testing and inspection services, announced today the transfer of the Italian international license to Ecology System. Ecology System, based in Mantova (Mantua), Italy acquired the Tanknology license from Tanknology di Olson Rodney in late 2017, following Rod Olson’s retirement. Ecology System will continue to offer the many services introduced under Tanknology di Olson Rodney, including VacuTect® tank tightness testing, TLD-1™ line tightness testing, LDT-5000 TM leak detector testing, TankCam®visual inspections, and also offer fuel polishing services for diesel fuel, tank cleaning, and aboveground storage tank compliance services. Though under new management, their field technicians have established expertise and over 20 years of experience with the technologies. “We are confident that Ecology System will build upon Tanknology di Olson Rodney’s eighteen-plus years of success in Italy, both in the commercial and non-retail fueling sectors,” stated Megan Stewart, a Tanknology International Manager. “Ecology System is innovative, dedicated, and an exceptional partner for Tanknology’s tank testing and inspection services.” Ecology System was founded in 2002 with a goal of offering environmental services to meet the ever-increasing needs of the industrial waste management and treatment sector. They have numerous certifications, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and are listed on the Register of Environmental Managers Category 8- Class B, Category 4-Class B, and Category 9-Class D. They also offer services for asbestos remediation, chemical sampling, civil waste management, and mobile sludge dehydration. Ecology System employs 30 staff members, supported by 150 qualified suppliers, serving over 230 active customers – and continues to grow. “Our goal is to grow the Tanknology services in Italy and beyond, which today represent the best standard in the safety of tanks worldwide,” commented Nicola Federici, Director of Ecology System. “Our strength lies in our values: Responsibility, Reliability, and Excellence, but above all in the people of Ecology System, who, with their constant commitment, identify our group as a guarantee of safety, quality, and punctuality, in compliance with current environmental regulations through continuous training and updates in the search for innovative solutions.” Ecology System will exhibit at the upcoming Oil & NonOil Trade Fair in Verona, Italy October 9-11, 2018. You can visit them in Pavillion 6, Stand D6.1. That same week, October 8-10, you can find Tanknology Inc. at PEI at the NACS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Booth #6953. Nicola Federici can be reached via email here or here, or call +39-0376-392767. Megan Stewart can be reached via email or at +1 (512) 380-7104.
Austin, TX, September 6, 2018 — Brad Hoffman, Vice President of Engineering for Tanknology, will participate in a panel discussion on Fuel Compatibility at the 2018 National Tanks Conference and Exposition. The panel will convene on Tuesday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m. Also participating in the panel are Tiffany Yee, Environmental Engineer, Arizona DEQ and Ryan Haerer, Program Analyst, U.S. EPA OUST. The panel will be moderated by Jonathan McRae, Supervisor, UST/LUST, Nevada DEP. The 26th National Tanks Conference & Exposition will be held September 11-13, 2018, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Hoffman has over 30 years of experience with Underground Storage Tank systems, testing and compliance. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and currently serves as Vice President of Engineering and R&D for Austin-based Tanknology, where he develops equipment for testing, inspecting, and cleaning tanks, and manages the safety, quality, and training programs. Hoffman is active on several PEI and API committees, and holds a Class A Engineering License in California as well as several state contractor licenses. He is a former field engineer and program manager for Exxon. Based in Tanknology’s Austin Headquarters, Hoffman can be reached via email or at (512) 451-6334.
Austin, TX – Tanknology Inc., the world’s largest provider of environmental compliance testing and inspection services, announced today that David Edens has been promoted to Operations Manager for the Southeast Region. In this capacity, Edens will oversee the daily execution of Tanknology’s core services; including scheduling and dispatching in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. Edens will also provide technical and customer support. Edens came to Tanknology in 2012 as a Service Technician in the Western Plains Region. Since 2015 he has served as the Quality Control Manager for the Northeast Region. Edens is Marine Corp veteran and has a degree in Criminal Justice. “David is a great addition to the Southeast team,” said Allen Porter, Tanknology President and CEO. “His experience in the field and his time as a Quality Control Manager adds intrinsic value – both internally and externally. We couldn’t be more excited about this move.” Based in the Tanknology’s Suwanee, Georgia office, Edens can be reached at (800) 964-0070 or via email.
Austin, TX – Tanknology Inc., the world’s largest provider of environmental compliance testing and inspection services, announced today the launch of the DieselCheck™ Inspection Program to prevent fuel contamination. The DieselCheck Inspection Program allows site owners to prevent site disruption or shutdown caused by contaminated diesel fuel. This is achieved by taking a proactive approach to identifying potential problems in a site’s diesel fuel stock. Tanknology’s DieselCheck Inspection utilizes periodic fuel sampling and analysis to give site owners a glimpse into the health of each tank and an opportunity to treat or filter the fuel to sustain optimum system performance. On scheduled intervals, Tanknology field technicians use a proprietary sampling method to collect fuel samples from single or multiple points in aboveground or underground diesel storage tanks. The collected samples are visually analyzed for particulates, microbes or bottom water, indicating the potential for existing or potential microbial growth. If water is found, it is removed using Tanknology’s FuelPure™ fuel filtration service, which removes the water – and other impurities – and returns clean fuel to the tank. If the fuel contamination is substantial, a fuel additive or biocide can be employed to address the problem. If the fuel is anything less than ‘clear and bright’, it may be sent for laboratory analysis. If lab results indicate a problem requiring further intervention, Tanknology’s TankCam™ visual internal inspection, coupled with the TankClean™ thorough tank cleaning process may be employed. “With the introduction of ultra-low sulfur diesel, we have seen a greater number of tanks holding diesel stock contaminated with water, particulates and bacteria,” said Allen Porter, President and CEO of Tanknology. “We have seen firsthand how damaging that contaminated diesel can be, not only to the engines that burn it, but to sites that must be shut down to remedy the situation.” “Our new DieselCheck Inspection Program aims to proactively identify and remedy any situation in which the diesel has become contaminated, leaving the site with only clean, ‘clear and bright’ diesel fuel.” To learn more about the DieselCheck Inspection Program, visit tanknology.com or call (800) 964-0150.
Austin, TX – Tanknology Inc. recently began its celebration of 30 years in business by unveiling a commemorative web page and a new 30-year logo. The anniversary web page details Tanknology’s 1988 formation and subsequent growth into the world’s largest provider of environmental compliance testing and inspection services. The 30-year logo will be on display throughout the year. See timeline here. Anniversary celebrations are planned take place at the company’s home office in Austin, Texas, as well as its regional offices in California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ohio. Celebrations are also planned in conjunction with Tanknology’s involvement in the upcoming National Tanks Conference in Louisville, Kentucky and 2018 NACS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Tanknology Story The same year that the first nationwide EPA regulations governing underground fuel storage tanks were developed, a company was created to help oil companies and small independent gas station operators come to grips with what was required in the new law — and help them through the testing and upgrade programs necessary to bring their facilities into compliance. That was 1988, when Tanknology was formed with a mission to “Serve the evolving needs of fuel storage tank owners by providing the broadest range of testing, inspection and compliance management.” Those initial 1988 regulations required leak detection for tanks and piping for the first time, in the form of monthly inventory control combined with annual tightness testing, and owners were required to demonstrate financial responsibility for their facilities. By 1998, UST’s were required to be equipped with leak detection, spill & overfill protection and corrosion protection. The new requirements were far-reaching. Too far, for many operators, as many facilities were simply taken out of business. EPA has reported that what began as a population exceeding 2 million tanks in 1988, became a little more than one-half million by 2017. Tanknology’s original mission to “serve the evolving needs of fuel storage tank owners” has never been more important than it is today, with tank operators facing a second major set of federal regulations from the EPA – with compliance deadlines beginning just a few months from now. The new regulations include requirements for secondary containment on new and replaced fuel tanks and piping; approved operator training at facilities; periodic operational inspections and maintenance; and ensuring tank system compatibility before storing certain biofuel blends. EPA also removed the previous deferrals in the original regulations for emergency generator tanks, field constructed tanks and airport hydrant systems. Allen Porter, Tanknology’s President and CEO, said new regulations bring a requirement for new services to help customers achieve compliance. “We pride ourselves on our ability to quickly develop solutions for the evolving regulatory needs of our clients,” Porter said. “This new round of federal regulations is no exception. As examples, we developed enhanced testing systems for spill buckets, efficient processes for sump testing, periodic inspection programs for tank sites, and compliance programs to help operators with the previously deferred tank sites such as emergency generators, all bring their systems into compliance with the new laws.” Porter noted, “Compliance with these new requirements begins for many operators on October 13 of this year – which is not much time for many of them who must now comply with federal environmental regulations for the first time.” Solutions for Evolving Needs Reacting to the testing and inspection needs of the UST market has taken many different forms over Tanknology’s 30 years in business. When in 2013, extensive corrosion began surfacing in the steel components of diesel UST systems, Tanknology’s TankCam® remote visual inspection service was utilized for an EPA study to assess the nature and severity of the problem via remote video. The conclusion: 83 percent of diesel corrosion systems contained moderate to severe corrosion. When use of ethanol-blended fuels came on the scene in the mid-2000’s, it wasn’t long before operators were noticing fuel performance problems in tank systems caused by the presence of water and debris in the tank. Tanknology developed Ethanol Preparation services in 2006 to help operators clean and prepare their tanks for the introduction of ethanol, thereby minimizing phase separation of the fuel and the associated fuel performance problems. Management of testing results and the sharing of data between sites, client headquarters and Tanknology offices became dramatically easier in 1999 when Tanknology released the predecessor to its TANCS™ system, the most robust data access system for compliance testing services available in the industry. Tanknology customers can see from their desktop detailed information about their sites, services performed, schedules, results of tests and site data – dramatically improving their ability to closely monitor their compliance status. The quality of fuel became an especially acute issue in the mid-1990s and Tanknology developed its FuelPure™ fuel cleaning and polishing system which is still provided today. More recently, Tanknology developed the TankClean™ high pressure tank cleaning system incorporating the company’s TankCam system to facilitate the cleaning with a clear view of the inside of the tank throughout the cleaning process. This list goes on, Porter said. “As this industry evolves, we continue to evolve with it.” Tanknology has nearly 30 unique services focused on helping tank owners remain in compliance with myriads of federal, state and local regulations throughout the U.S. and in countries around the world. “We are pleased to be in a position to help so many companies with their regulatory compliance programs,” Porter said, “many of them we have served throughout our 30-year history. As regulations continue to change and evolve, we plan to be right alongside these clients, developing technological solutions and services to help keep them in compliance.”