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PD457 - B31.3 Process Piping Materials, Fabrication, Examination & Testing

PD457 - B31.3 Process Piping Materials, Fabrication, Examination & Testing

Date & Location   Member Price List Price Qty

Houston, TX, USA
Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018


Norman, OK, USA
Oct 11, 2018 - Oct 12, 2018


New Orleans, LA, USA
Dec 13, 2018 - Dec 14, 2018




Length: 2 days    CEUs: 1.50    PDHs: 15.00

This course commences around 1PM on the first day of the course.

A comprehensive, supplemental course to PD014,"ASME B31.3 Process Piping Design;" this course is designed to illustrate the relationship of the Fabrication & Examination rules of the B31.3 Code to the Design and Materials rules.  Examples of problems that occur as a result of not understanding the relationship of the ASME code to design rules and materials selection are featured.  The primary goal of this course is to provide insight into the rules relating to the ASME B31.3 Fabrication and Examination code.

You Will Learn
 - Describe the materials selection process and limitations
 - Identify fabrication rules and their bases
 - Describe the relationship between B31.3 design and the fabrication & examination requirements
 - Explain the welding qualification requirements
 - Identify the inspection, examination, and testing requirements

Please click HERE to view the course outline.

Who Should Attend
Piping engineers and designers, fabricators and erectors, QA/QC personnel, engineers and maintenance personnel who desire a more in depth understanding of the Fabrication and Examination rules of the B31.3 Code covering process plant piping systems.

Save up to $845 by enrolling in PD581 – a combo course consisting of this course (PD457) and PD014 “B31.3 Process Piping Design.”

For venue information, please click HERE.

  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD457
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


Philip D. Flenner, P.E., has spent more than 40 years in welding qualifications and training, engineering training, power plant maintenance, and performance assessment. He has developed several guidelines on material control, repair methods, and the usage of Codes and Standards for the power industry. Mr. Flenner participates significantly on several piping Codes, welding qualification Codes, and materials Codes for nearly 40 years, and has gained the honor of ASME Life Fellow during his career. He has taught multiple ASME Training & Development Courses for nearly 30 years. He has participated in industry research on the effects of PWHT on ASME materials. He has been instrumental in sponsoring changes in the Code requirements covering preheating and PWHT.

John P. Swezy Jr. is the founder of Boiler Code Tech, LLC, which provides consulting services for ASME Non-Nuclear Pressure Equipment. He has over 35 years’ experience in steam and combustion driven prime mover electrical generation plants and associated engineering auxiliary systems and over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing detailed procedures, work instructions, and QC programs for design, welded fabrication, repairs, and alterations of pressure equipment following ASME, B31, NBIC, API, DOT and various International Codes and Standards. He also has extensive experience in the area of nondestructive examination.

Mr. Swezy has been a member of various ASME Codes & Standards Committees since 1996. He is a National Board Commissioned Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector and an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). Mr. Swezy served honorably in the U.S. Navy in various engineering capacities onboard nuclear powered submarines, completing his service as the Machinery Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. He earned his Associate of Science degree from the University of the State of New York.

Joe W. Frey P.E., is a consulting engineer with over 37 years of experience in the installation, inspection, maintenance, and repair of piping systems. He has specialized in emergency response to failures, providing fitness for service (FFS) evaluations, repair plans, and path forward assistance for catastrophic failures in piping and coal silos. Mr. Frey also has extensive experience in fire damage assessment in refineries and chemical plants. He is currently the Vice Chair of the B31 Code committee, past chair of B31.1, and a member of numerous other piping code subcommittees. Mr. Frey has been instrumental in sponsoring changes in the Code requirements addressing piping maintenance.

Walter J. Sperko, P.E., is President of Sperko Engineering Services, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in metal fabrication technology. He is Chairman of Standards Committee IX and a member of several of its subgroups; a member of Standards Committee III and its Subgroup on Materials, Fabrication and Examination; a member of the B31 Standards Committee; and the past Chairman of the AWS International Standards Activities Committee, which represents the US at meetings of ISO/TC44, Welding and Allied Processes and a member of AWS Technical Activities Committee. He is a professional engineer registered in several states and holds five US patents.
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