New Pressure Vessels and Piping MasterClasses to be Presented This Spring

Jan. 13, 2017


ASME Training & Development will present three new MasterClass courses as part of its Pressure Vessels and Piping (PVP) MasterClass Series, which will be offered in Denmark, Italy and the United States this spring.

Presented by a panel of leading PVP and ASME codes experts, ASME’s PVP MasterClass Program consists of applications-based courses discussing technologies and codes that establish rules of safety governing the design, fabrication and inspection of pressure vessels and piping systems. 

One of the new MasterClasses, “Design-by-Rule Requirements in ASME Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII Division 2,” is a two-day course that is intended to provide practical knowledge and an in-depth examination of the Design-by-Rule methods found in Part 4 of the ASME B&PV Code Section VIII Div. 2. The course’s discussions will focus on the design methods found in Part 4, including design loads and load case combinations; design rules for welded joints; design rules for shells under internal pressure; and design rules for openings in shells and heads. The instructor, James C. Sowinski, P.E., is a consulting engineer for Equity Engineering Group Inc. and a recognized expert in the use of Fitness-For-Service (FFS) technology throughout the industry. He is currently the vice chair of ASME BPV VIII Subgroup on Design and is a member of various code committees.

A second new course, “Practical Application of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII Division 1,” is intended to provide a deeper look into the detailed code rules of ASME Section VIII, Div. 1, thereby offering participants more than a basic introduction to the subject. The class will provide students with a detailed explanation of the requirements for materials, design, fabrication, toughness, examination, inspection, testing, and documentation of pressure vessels, enabling them to develop a better comprehension of the practical application of code rules for the construction and certification of pressure vessels. John P. Swezy, Jr., the instructor for this MasterClass, has more than 40 years of experience in steam and combustion driven prime mover electrical generation plants and associated engineering auxiliary systems, and more than 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 BPV, B31 Piping, NBIC Repairs and Alterations, and various international codes and standards.

“Risk-Based Inspection Planning Using ASME and API Standards,” which is also being offered for the first time this spring, is a two-day course that offers attendees an detailed look at the risk analysis principles, guidance, and implementation strategies presented in the ASME Standard PCC-3, Inspection Planning Using Risk-Based Methods, as well as specific requirements from API 581, Risk-based Inspection Methodology. The course, which will be taught by Philip Henry, P.E., will provide guidance to owners, operators and designers of pressure-containing equipment for developing and implementing a risk-based inspection program. Henry, a specialist in the design, installation, sizing and selection of pressure relief devices and relieving systems, is the technical advisor for Equity Engineering Group, and has more than 25 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries.

The PVP MasterClass Series will be offered three times during the first half of 2017, beginning in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the series will be held from March 13-17. The courses will also be offered from April 3-7 in Denver, Colo., and from June 19-23 in Milan, Italy.

For more information on the PVP MasterClass Series — including the full schedule of courses to be presented in Copenhagen, Denver and Milan, and instructions on how to register — or to learn more about the other courses offered by the ASME Pressure Technology & Standards MasterClass Series, visit, or contact Jennifer Delda, program/business manager, by e-mail at