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PD581 - B31.3 Process Piping Design, Materials, Fabrication, Examination and Testing Combo Course

PD581 - B31.3 Process Piping Design, Materials, Fabrication, Examination and Testing Combo Course

Date & Location   Member Price List Price Qty

Kansas City, MO, USA
Feb 25, 2019 - Mar 1, 2019


Houston, TX, USA
Mar 25, 2019 - Mar 29, 2019


Chicago, IL, USA
Apr 29, 2019 - May 3, 2019


Houston, TX, USA
Jun 10, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019

Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.

Pricing and Availability

This course's price: and is available in Kansas City MO, Houston TX and Chicago IL.



Length: 5 days    CEUs: 3.80    PDHs: 38.00

Created to save participants time and money, this course is a back-to-back offering of “Process Piping Design” (PD014) and “Process Piping Materials, Fabrication, Examination & Testing” (PD457).  If you opt to take this combination course, you could save up to $665.

PD014 demonstrates how the B31.3 Code has been both correctly and incorrectly applied by using hundreds of real-world examples as well as the personal experiences of the instructors. PD457 is a comprehensive, 1-day supplemental course designed to illustrate the relationship of the Fabrication & Examination rules of the B31.3 Code to the Design and Materials rules.  See each individual course for more detailed information. 

Each participant will receive a copy of the ASME codebook, B31.3 Process Piping Design.

You Will Learn To
 - Identify what issues to take into consideration when designing process piping
 - Explain the pressure design of piping and piping components
 - Analyze piping flexibility and gauge the limitations of piping and piping components
 - Identify Pipe supports, leak testing, piping failures and their causes
 - Describe the materials selection process and limitations
 - Identify fabrication rules and their bases
 - Describe the relationship between B31.3 design and the fabrication & examination requirements
 - Explain the welding qualification requirements
 - Identify the inspection, examination, and testing requirements

Please refer to the individual courses for detailed descriptions and outlines.

Who Should Attend
Piping engineers and designers who need an understanding of the requirements for compliance and the trends of Code changes for piping design and analysis, fabrication, examination, and testing.

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  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD581
  • Language: English


Ronald W. Haupt, P.E., is a consulting piping engineer for Pressure Piping Engineering Associates, Inc. He has over 40 years of professional experience in the design and analysis of industrial process and energy-related structures, equipment, piping, pipelines, and supports. Mr. Haupt is a member of the ASME B31 Code for Pressure Piping Standard Committee, the B31.1 Power Piping Section Committee, B31.3 Process Piping Section Committee, and other ASME and national codes and standards committees.

Philip D. Flenner, P.E., has spent more than 40 years in welding qualifications and training, engineering training, power plant maintenance, and performance assessment. He has developed several guidelines on material control, repair methods, and the usage of Codes and Standards for the power industry. Mr. Flenner participates significantly on several piping Codes, welding qualification Codes, and materials Codes for nearly 40 years, and has gained the honor of ASME Life Fellow during his career. He has taught multiple ASME Training & Development Courses for nearly 30 years. He has participated in industry research on the effects of PWHT on ASME materials. He has been instrumental in sponsoring changes in the Code requirements covering preheating and PWHT.

Jim E. Meyer, P.E., has over 40 years of experience in refining petrochemical, chemical, power generation and industrial facilities. He is a principal engineer at Louis Perry and Associates, a full service engineering and architectural firm, located in Wadsworth Ohio. Jim is experienced in overall project coordination/management, pressure equipment, piping design, analysis, specifications, support design, mechanical system requirements and documentation requirements. In particular, areas of his technical competence include ASME piping and pressure vessel codes, stress analysis, field troubleshooting piping system support, vibration, and expansion problems.

Jim is a member of ASME and has been involved in the ASME B31.1 and ASME B31.3 Section committees for over 35 years. He is currently Chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Section Committee, Chair of the ASME B31 Standards Committee, and serves on the ASME Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards. Jim has also served as Chair of ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code Section Committee.

Most recently, Jim co-authored chapters in the "ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Companion Guide," 4th Edition, covering the ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code and the B31.3 Process Piping Code. Past projects and work experience has involved major oil refineries, petrochemical plants, fossil, nuclear, solar and alternative energy generation, as well as cryogenic and vacuum test facilities.

John P. Swezy Jr. is the founder of Boiler Code Tech, LLC, which provides consulting services for ASME Non-Nuclear Pressure Equipment. He has over 35 years’ experience in steam and combustion driven prime mover electrical generation plants and associated engineering auxiliary systems and over 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, B31, NBIC, API, DOT and various International Codes and Standards. He also has extensive experience in the area of nondestructive examination.

Mr. Swezy has been a member of various ASME Codes & Standards Committees since 1996. He is a National Board Commissioned Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector and an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). Mr. Swezy served honorably in the U.S. Navy in various engineering capacities onboard nuclear powered submarines, completing his service as the Machinery Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. He earned his Associate of Science degree from the University of the State of New York.

Joe W. Frey P.E., is a consulting engineer with over 37 years of experience in the installation, inspection, maintenance, and repair of piping systems. He has specialized in emergency response to failures, providing fitness for service (FFS) evaluations, repair plans, and path forward assistance for catastrophic failures in piping and coal silos. Mr. Frey also has extensive experience in fire damage assessment in refineries and chemical plants. He is currently the Vice Chair of the B31 Code committee, past chair of B31.1, and a member of numerous other piping code subcommittees. Mr. Frey has been instrumental in sponsoring changes in the Code requirements addressing piping maintenance.
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