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Detail Engineering of Piping Systems (Virtual Classroom)

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Develop Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P & IDs), plot plans, and arrangements for process, power and utility equipment piping systems.

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  • Jun 10-14th, 2024


  • Jun 24-27th, 2024




This course commences at 1 PM and ends at 6 PM Eastern each day, with breaks scheduled throughout.

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Does your work involve engineering, designing, detailing and/or laying out process, power and utility equipment piping and instrumentation? If so, this course on detail engineering will provide you with the necessary background to design, engineer and complete piping assignments. 

The course introduces engineers, designers and construction personnel to the various procedures involved in the development and engineering of Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), Equipment Plot Plans, and Piping Arrangements. Additional material includes pipe sizing, pump calculations and piping stress analysis as covered by the B31 Codes. 

Traditionally, there has been little formal training in this area and design decisions often have to be made based on practical considerations without formulae or code reinforcement. This course offers participants a unique insight into detail engineering of piping systems beyond the scope of B31. 

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Interpret piping specifications, instrumentation and process control 
  • Prepare equipment specifications and drawings 
  • Specify piping components, valves and fittings, piping hangers and supports
  • Select and size pumps and equipment
  • Perform a static piping stress analysis
  • Produce pipe sizing calculations and complete pressure drop calculations

Who should attend?
This course should be of interest to people employed in any area that piping is present (Refinery, Chemical, Power, Pulp and Paper, Utility etc.) including: 

  • Piping engineering and design personnel wishing to expand their knowledge of piping and instrumentation
  • Engineers, designers, CAD operators and draftspersons in the piping field
  • Practicing engineers and designers who may have experience in related disciplines and wish to expand their knowledge of the piping area
  • Piping fabricators, contractors and suppliers wishing to understand the relationship of manufacture and fabrication to the design, layout and construction of piping systems

Course Materials (included in purchase of course)

  • Detail Engineering and Layout of Piping Systems, by Bob Wilson (Notice: you will be provided with a digital edition of the book for class.  After class ends, the publisher will ship a hard copy of the book to you). If your shipping address is outside of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, we can only provide digital access to the book.
  • Downloadable course notes via ASME's learning platform

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform. A certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course


Note: This is a general outline for the course. Your agenda will be discussed in detail on the first day of your virtual course.

Module 1: Introduction to Plant Design
Piping Introduction, A Typical Plant Design Project, Plant Layout, Process Flow Diagram, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, Piping Layouts, Isometrics

Module 2: P&ID’s Symbols, Piping Specifications and Line Lists
P&ID’s, Piping and Equipment Designations and Symbols, Instrumentation Designations and Symbols, Piping Line Lists, Piping Documentation (Drawing List, Equipment List, Piping Specifications)

Module 3: Piping
Piping, Pipe Manufacture, Pipe Fabrication Practices (Shop Fabrication, Field Fabrication, Joining Pipes, Modular Design, Pressure Testing), Pipe Designation, Fittings (Butt Weld Fittings, Threaded and Socket Weld Fittings, Victaulic Fittings, Compression Fittings, High Density Polyethylene Pipe (HDPE)), Branch Connections, Flanges, Shop Inspection, Installation) 

Module 4: Valves   
Valve Function, Gate Valves, Globe Valves, Plug Valves, Ball Valves, Check Valves (Swing Check Valves, Lift Disc Check Valves, Ball Check Valves, Wafer Check Valves, Silent Check Valves), Butterfly Valves, Diaphragm Valves, Pinch Valves, Valve Symbols, Valve Dimensions

Module 5: Pipe Supports
Pipe Supporting Systems, Recommended Pipe Spans, Pipe Spacing, Pipe Shoes, Base Ells and Dummy Legs, Pipe Guides, Pipe Restraints (Limit Stops), Rod Hangers, Variable Spring Hangers, Constant Load Hangers

Module 6: Steam Piping
Steam Piping, Steam Traps, Steam Trap Selection, Steam Control Sets, Steam Tracing, Hose Stations, Expansion of Steam Lines

Module 7: Pumps
Centrifugal Pumps, ANSI End Suction Pump, API 610 Pumps, Pump Piping, Cavitation, Pump Curves, Pump Calculation

Module 8: Thermal Expansion
Piping Stress Analysis Logic, Minimum Flexibility Requirements, Allowable Expansion Stress Range, Flexibility, Stress Analysts’ Function, Allowable Expansion Stress Range, Codes and Regulations, Scope of Code Rules, Flange Leakage, Building Flexibility into your Layouts, Loads at Pumps, Loads at Steam Turbines, Loads at Compressors, Loads at Exchangers, Loads at Vertical Vessels, Excessive Thrusts or Moments on Connected Equipment
Module 9: Line Sizing
Calculating Wall Thickness, Code Formula for Wall Thickness, Wall Thickness Example Problems, Friction Loss Calculations for Water, Friction Loss Calculations for Viscous Fluids, Friction Loss Calculations for Gases, Vapors, Steam and Air

Module 10: Review, Case Studies and Assignment


Robert Wilson

R.B. Wilson & Associates, Ltd.

Bob Wilson is an Engineering Consultant with R.B. Wilson & Associates Ltd. Dundas, Ontario, and former Engineering Professor at Sheridan College.

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