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PD394 - Seismic Design and Retrofit of Equipment and Piping

PD394 - Seismic Design and Retrofit of Equipment and Piping

Date & Location   Member Price List Price Qty

Houston, TX, USA
Mar 19, 2018 - Mar 22, 2018


Chicago, IL, USA
May 14, 2018 - May 17, 2018




Length: 4 days    CEUs: 3.00    PDHs: 30.00

Several National Standards and regulations (such as the National Hazard Reduction Program -NEHRP by FEMA, the ASME and UBC Codes) have recently introduced explicit requirements for the seismic design or retrofit of critical plant and facility systems and equipment.

This course provides plant owners in earthquake prone areas, who are concerned about reducing public risk and financial loss caused by earthquakes, with ways to implement cost-effective preventive upgrades to essential equipment. It covers the explicit requirements of the latest national standards and regulations, including FEMA’s National Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP), as well as ASME and UBC Codes, for the seismic design or retrofit of critical plant and facility systems and equipment.  Each participant will receive a copy of the B31E - 2008 Standard for the Seismic Design and Retrofit of Above-Ground Piping Systems and ASCE 7-10 - Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures Standard.

You Will Learn To
 - Identify the requirements for the seismic design or retrofit of critical plant and facility systems and equipment to comply with the latest national codes
 - Explain how to evaluate plant piping and equipment to ensure those requirements are met, and practical methods to resolve items which do not meet requirements
 - Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of seismic design and analysis and the applicable codes, standards and practices
 - Explain how to apply the engineering methods necessary to assess the seismic ruggedness of structure

Please click HERE to view the course outline.

Who Should Attend
Senior engineers, structural managers and engineers, and design piping, and stress engineers.  The participant should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Civil-Structural Engineering, or the equivalent.

For venue information, please click HERE.

  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD394
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


George Antaki, P.E., Becht Engineering, is a Fellow of ASME, with over 40 years of experience in pressure equipment. He is an ASME Fellow, internationally recognized for his expertise in design, analysis, and fitness-for-service evaluation of pressure equipment and piping systems. He is the Chairman of ASME B31 Mechanical Design Committee, Chairman of ASME III Working Group Piping Design, member of the ASME III Subgroup Component Design, ASME QME, and ASME Operation and Maintenance Subgroup Piping. He is the author of three textbooks on the subject of pressure equipment design and integrity evaluation, including, “Fitness-for-Service for Piping, Vessels, and Tanks.”

Mr. Antaki earned his degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Liege, Belgium in 1975, and his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985.

Michael W. Salmon is the Team Leader for the Probabilistic Structural Mechanics Team, part of the Nuclear Design and Risk Analysis Group in the Decision Applications Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to joining LANL, Mr. Salmon served as a Principal Engineer at EQE Incorporated in Costa Mesa, CA, for 7 years. Before that, he was employed as a staff engineer at ABB/Impell Incorporated and SMA/NTS in Southern California where he participated in a number of probabilistic risk assessments of commercial nuclear power plants for external events.

Mr. Salmon has extensive experience in seismic risk assessment, dynamic analysis of structures and components, and structural and component fragility analysis. He is currently serving as the Chair of ASCE’s Dynamic Analysis of Nuclear Structures technical committee. He holds a BS in Civil/Structural Engineering from Purdue University, a MS in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a MBA from Long Beach State University. Mr. Salmon is the author of several research and conference papers.

Mr. Salmon’s most current research has focused on the dynamic response of safety class nuclear structures to beyond design basis earthquakes. His focus is on identifying those structural and component limit states that are needed for safety. Frequently, those limit states go beyond code type allowable strength and deformation limits and require innovative techniques to allow for reasonable analysis and conclusions.
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