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Practical Piping Design

Apply the ASME B31.3 code with problem solving and complex decision-making skills related to designing piping systems without the use of software.

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This self-study program is designed to be taken at your convenience, and on your own schedule. You have 90 days to complete the course from the date of purchase.
Learn more about our ASME B31 Process and Power Piping Design Learning Path.

Leveraging ASME’s deep history with the B31 Code, we have built the Practical Piping Design learning path with a focus on the complex decision making and critical thinking required to safely and properly design piping through applied learning in real-world situations. The series of four eLearning courses is relevant to the application of B31.3 code, with a specific focus on the design of piping systems.
Learners engaged in this learning path have the opportunity to think critically about real-world scenarios and case studies as they walk through sections of B31.3 and learn to safely and properly design piping systems according to the world-renowned ASME standard.
Over-reliance on software without a fundamental understanding of the underlying principles of engineering has become a common industry issue, proving that the “garbage in, garbage out” adage still holds true even with the advent of advanced software. The courses intentionally focus on developing problem-solving and complex decision-making skills related to piping design without the use of software.
The learning path covers the core knowledge required to effectively and efficiently design a piping system, including engineering essentials (foundational skills), and B31.3 Code knowledge.
By completing this learning path, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Read and interpret the B31.3 Code
  • Safely design piping
  • Think critically through problems and make complex piping design decisions without the use of software
  • Use formulas and pressure/temperature tables to calculate complex design criteria

The Practical Piping Design Learning Path includes four self-paced eLearning courses and a final exam.

  • Course 1: Loads, Design Criteria, and Hoop Stress
  • Course 2: Case Studies (Part 1)
  • Course 3: Modelling, Loads, and Support
  • Course 4: Expansion Joints and Case Studies (Part 2)
  • Practical Piping Design: Final Exam

Who Should Attend?
This course was designed for mechanical engineers, managers, inspectors, welders, anyone involved in piping design, and others with an interest in learning more about B31.3 and piping design.

Course Developer

Jim Meyer, P.E.

Principal/Lead Engineer, CDM Smith

Jim E. Meyer, P.E., has over 45 years of experience in refining petrochemical, chemical, power generation and industrial facilities. He is a principal engineer at CDM Smith, a full-service engineering and architectural firm.

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