Fifth Edition of Boiler Code Companion Guide Now Available

Jan. 12, 2018


This month, ASME Press will issue the fifth edition of the classic reference manual Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes. The two-volume set, which was edited by K.R. Rao, has been completely updated to address the 2015 Boiler & Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Code, as well as topics pertinent to the most recent edition of the Boiler & Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Code, which was released in 2017.

First published by ASME Press in 2001 and regularly updated through five editions, the Companion Guide is recognized as an authoritative reference work that supports ASME’s standards publications for the benefit of the worldwide engineering community. 

The new 1,800-page guide encompasses 40 chapters — many of which are entirely new or extensively rewritten — that cover the 12 sections of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, as well as relevant piping codes. Each volume features a concise, easy-to-comprehend introduction outlining the contents of that volume. The guide also includes two special chapters addressing expected trends related to the Code, a comprehensive index of 8,000 Code-related items, and biographical data for the 51 B&PV Code experts who contributed to the handbook.

ASME members can purchase a print edition the two-volume Companion Guide for $499 — a savings of $130 off the list price. ASME members can also order each volume of the set separately, in either print or eBook format, for $299 apiece.

For more information on the Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes, Fifth Edition, or to order a copy of the two-volume print version, visit To purchase individual volumes of the guide in print, click here to order Volume 1 or click here to order Volume 2. To purchase the Companion Guide in eBook format, visit