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PD442 - BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 1: Design and Fabrication of Pressure Vessels

PD442 - BPV Code, Section VIII, Division 1: Design and Fabrication of Pressure Vessels

Pricing and Availability

This course's price: €1,600.00 - €1,700.00 and £1,495.00 - £1,595.00 and $2,150.00 - $2,250.00 and is available in San Francisco CA, London , Chicago IL and Houston TX.



Length: 3 days    CEUs: 2.30    PDHs: 23.00

Based on the rules for pressure vessel design and construction, this course is a comprehensive introduction to the requirements of Section VIII, Division 1 including background, organization, design, materials, fabrication, inspection, testing and documentation of pressure vessels. It covers the more commonly applied subsections and paragraphs, and includes a practical discussion of individual problems and situations.  Designed primarily for beginners, experienced vessel designers, who would like to update their knowledge of the Code, will also benefit from attending.  

Special features include: an overview of Code organization, offering of updated editions, and expert instruction on how to prepare and submit an inquiry to the Code Committee for Code Interpretation, Code Cases or Code Revision.

Special Requirements
A calculator is required.  It is suggested (but not required) that you bring the latest edition of the ASME codebook, BPVC Section VIII - Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels Division 1.

You Will Learn To:
 - Describe the background of the Code
 - Explain how to apply the Code rules to more common design and fabrication situations
 - Identify the calculations for some of the loadings and situations not addressed by the Code
 - Describe the preparation of design specifications, design reports, data reports, and other documentation

Please click HERE to view the course outline.

Who Should Attend
Those involved with the purchase, design, fabrication, or inspection of pressure vessels. Some technical background will be helpful, but attendees are not required to have an Engineering degree or previous work experience in the subject matter.

Save up to $680 (€800 and £595 in Europe) by enrolling in PD443; a combo course consisting of this course (PD442) and PD441, "Inspection, Repairs, and Alterations of Pressure Equipment.”

Also available as Online, Instructor-supported Course EL501.

For venue information, please click HERE.

  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD442
  • Language: English


For courses held in the U.S.:
Kamran Mokhtarian, P.E., has 40 years of experience in design, analysis and fabrication of pressure equipment. He presently performs consulting services to the pressure vessel industry. He is a member and past Vice Chairman of ASME Code Subcommittee VIII, a member of ASME Post Construction Committee, ASME/API Joint Committee on Fitness-For-Service and a number of other professional organizations. He is also a past Chairman of the Pressure Vessel Research Committee (PVRC).

For courses held in Europe:
Robert Kauer (Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-Ing.) received his engineering degree at the Technische Universität of München in 1991. Since earning his degrees, he has been working in the field of pressure vessel and piping technology, starting as an R&D engineer at the Institute of Pressure Vessel and Piping Design, Experimental Stress Analysis and Plant Engineering in Munich.

Throughout his service at TÜV SÜD, Dr. Kauer has handled various national and international projects related to design, Fitness for Service, structural integrity and inspection program development for nuclear and non-nuclear applications in pressure vessel and piping technology. He is and was member of various national and European committees. Currently, Dr. Kauer is responsible for Consulting Projects for the Oil & Gas, the Chemical and the Power Plant Industry related to Fitness for Service, Asset Integrity and Process Safety Excellence at TÜV SÜD Industry Service, in Munich.

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.

For the session scheduled for Frankfurt:
Ralf Wederhake, Dipl. Ing., is currently a Plan Approval Surveyor at the Lloyd's Register office in Hamburg. Prior to Lloyd's Register, Ralf Wederhake worked for five years as an engineer for Nordex, designing the tower and foundation of wind turbines.

He prepares and reviews the design of pressure equipment for various applications in accordance with the ASME Codes and other international standards. Additionally, he certifies Manufacturer Design Reports and User Design Specifications per the requirements of ASME Section VIII Div. 2 and Div. 3. In recent years Mr. Wederhake developed and delivered several client training courses that focus on the design for fatigue, finite element analysis, and ASME Codes.

Ralf Wederhake received his Dipl.-Ing. degree at the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg in 2001.
Date & Location   Member Price List Price Qty

San Francisco, CA, USA
Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 5, 2017


London, , GBR
May 8, 2017 - May 10, 2017


Chicago, IL, USA
May 15, 2017 - May 17, 2017


Houston, TX, USA
Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 14, 2017


Milano, , ITA
Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 21, 2017

Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.
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