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Piping and Pipeline Fundamentals (Virtual Classroom)

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Get hands-on training in piping & pipeline design, materials, & construction in ASME's virtual course. Enhance your knowledge & skills with the online course.

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  • Apr 29-May 20th, 2023


  • Jun 03-24th, 2023




The course sessions are scheduled over three weeks, commencing at 11 AM and ending at 3 PM Eastern each day (for 10 days total).  Please download this document for the session dates. 


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This course offers intensive knowledge and practical experience in piping components and its specialties, considering all construction aspects such as materials, design, and manufacturing. The course presents the required practical information needed in daily work activities in engineering and production companies, such as material serviceability, end-preparation suitability, supplementary requirements, and purchasing techniques. Demonstrating the practical engineering deliverables and DWGs essential for any engineer dealing with process plants.
By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Identify different types of industrial plants.
  • Distinguish between different types of piping systems.
  • Explain the differences between codes, standards, and specifications. 
  • Describe key project documents. 
  • Explain different types of piping components and piping specialties.
  • Select and specify the suitable piping item. 
  • Evaluate different types of piping specialty datasheets and fabrication DWGs.
  • Analyze process and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) in detail.   
  • Describe piping department main deliverables (Plot Plan, Equipment arrangement, Equipment orientation and ISO DWGs).

Course Materials (included in purchase of course): 
Digital course notes via ASME’s Learning Platform for 90 days

Who should attend?
Any engineer dealing with process industry such as: Piping engineers, pipeline engineers, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, construction engineers, maintenance engineers, production engineers, process engineers, mechanical engineers, I&C engineers, electrical engineers, project engineering managers.


Content to be covered over 10 classes:

Part l: Fundamentals of process plants and international design Codes & Standards

  • Introduction to piping & pipeline engineering
    • What is pipeline & pipeline engineering?
    • Who are piping engineers?
  • Introduction to process industry and typical plants
    • Process plants classification
    • Project types & phases  
    • Roles and responsibility
  • Project main key documents (PFD, MSG, MEL, P&ID, PMC, Plot Plan)
    • Case study on project engineering deliverables
  • Introduction to codes and standards
    • Differences between codes, standards, and specifications
    • Code types and categories
    • ASME codes history
    • Spot on the main codes & standards
    • Case study on ASME B16.5 & ASME B31.3
  • Material selection background
    • Classification of engineering materials
    • Properties of materials
    • Heat treatment phases
    • Metallic materials
    • Non-metallic materials
    • Corrosion basics
    • Material selection factors

Part 2:  Piping Components and Specifications

  • Piping components classifications
  • Piping bulk (Pipes flanges, fittings)
  • Piping valves (Gate, Globe, Check, Ball, Butterfly, and Plug)
  • Piping specialties (Strainers, Steam traps, Chemical injection fittings, etc.…) ASTM     and API material designation for piping & pipeline components
  • Case study on project MTC (Material Test Certificate)
  • Piping material specification criteria
  • Case study on project P.O (Purchase Order) and company specification

Part 3:  Pipeline specifications & Pigging System

  • Pipeline Components (Line pipes, Bends, Isolating joints, Split tee, etc....)
    • Case study on project P.O and company specification
  • Pipeline pigs types and classification basics 
  • Pigging procedure and launchers & receivers basics       
    • Case study on Pig trap DWG                
  • Hot taping basics
    • Case study on project report

Part 4: Introduction to Piping design and Plant Layout

  • Piping design
    • Stress analysis basics
    • Wall thickness calculation (as per ASME B31 & B16 series)
    • Pipe sizing Loads on pipes
    • Piping flexibility
    • Criticality curve
    • Types of pipes supports
    • Pipe span 
  • Plant layout basics
    • Plant equipment overview
    • Equipment spacing
    • Pipe Racks
    • Plot Plan
    • Plant layout considerations
  • Case study on Piping department main deliverables (Plot Plan, Equipment arrangement, Equipment orientation and ISO DWGs)
  • How to read the P&ID? 
    • P&ID structure and sections         
    • P&ID Legend (Piping, Process, I&C and fire work)     
    • Case study on project P&ID DWGs
  • Introduction to piping engineering software (CAESER II & PDMS)

Amr Srag, MSc.

Principal Engineer, ENPPI

Amr A. Srag, MSc. has more than 14 years of practical experience in all stages of Oil & Gas and petrochemicals projects specializing in piping, pipeline, and pressure vessel engineering.

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