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Throughout the course consideration will be given to the economic aspects of pipe systems. The course will also contain several exercises that will assist in the understanding of much of the information presented.

Course Outline
After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:
€¢ increase your awareness of pipe system codes, standards, design and operation
€¢ discover the fundamentals of pipe flow and pressure drop
€¢ appreciate the basic features of pipe system design
€¢ develop a fundamental understanding of the components integral with, and equipment connected to,
   pipe systems
€¢ appreciate the differences of pipe systems in various types of service
€¢ apply an understanding of the inspection and maintenance practices associated with pipe systems


Reliable, safe, compliant and economic pipe systems are essential if the production requirements of process industries and other facilities are to be achieved.  Although the piping system may extend through many plant or facility areas and convey fluids in different forms, pipes are nevertheless as important as any single piece of production related equipment.  This fact is often overlooked.

This course will:
  • Look at the standards, codes and regulations associated with pipe system design and operation.
  • Outline the load considerations and design aspects of pipe systems.
  • Provide information on the various types of fittings, valves, insulation and pipe support methods.
  • Examine flow losses associated with both compressible and incompressible fluids.
  • Provide an overview of pumps and compressors connected to pipe systems.
  • Discuss inspection and maintenance practices of pipe systems.

Throughout the course consideration will be given to the economic aspects of pipe systems.  The course will also contain several exercises that will assist in the understanding of much of the information presented.
As part of this course, a workshop will be held on the development of justifiable, cost effective preventive maintenance activities for pipe systems.  This workshop will enable attendees to develop a list of preventive maintenance activities that can be applied to their own facilities.


To provide an understanding of the fundamentals of a cost efficient pipe systems including pipe flow, pipe fixtures and associated equipment.

Who Should Attend

Plant and facilities managers, engineers, technicians and supervisors who need to be familiar with the fundamentals associated with pipe system; Plant and facilities operations personnel; Managers, engineers, technicians and supervisors responsible for plants and facilities containing pipe systems. Stationary engineers; Consultants and contractors whose work involves pipe systems.

Personnel in the food, chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, water utility and energy industries will find this course of particular interest.

Program Outline

Faculty: Alan Powell M. Sc., P. Eng.

Day I

8:00      Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Preliminary Questions

General Overview
€¢ Pipe uses and designations
€¢ Pipe sizes
€¢ Pipe weights 
€¢ Pipe manufacture
€¢ Materials  

Pipe Connections
€¢ Fittings
€¢ Joints €" welded, bolted and threaded
€¢ Gaskets

Pipes as Structures
€¢ Review of mechanical properties of materials
€¢ Basis of pipe stress code formulas

Regulations, Codes and Standards

Pipe Stresses €- Code Formulas
€¢ Sustained loads
€¢ Occasional loads: wind, snow, ice, earthquake, vibration, water hammer, impact loads
€¢ Thermal effects

Piping Systems
€¢ Pipe supports 
€¢ Insulation and heat tracing

€¢ Welding practice
€¢ Processes
€¢ Welders

Piping Systems Design Layouts
€¢ P and I D€(TM)s
€¢ Pipe flexibility
€¢ Layout considerations

Life Cycle Costs
€¢ Economic Decision Making

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

8:30   Piping Systems Design Layouts
€¢ P and I D€(TM)s
€¢ Pipe flexibility
€¢ Layout considerations

Mechanics of Fluids 
€¢ Properties of fluids
€¢ Inertia pressure
€¢ Flow of fluids
€¢ Bernoulli€(TM)s equation
€¢ Types of flow
€¢ Losses in pipes
€¢ Darcy formula

Fluid Flow in Pipes (Continued)
€¢ Hazen-Williams formula
€¢ Transition losses 
€¢ Pipes in series and parallel 
€¢ Gravity flow in pipes
€¢ Compressible fluids 
€¢ Two phase flow

€¢ Isolating valves
€¢ Throttling
€¢ Check valves
€¢ Safety and relief valves
€¢ Valve actuators
€¢ Other valve types

Filters and Strainers

Overview of Various Pipe Systems
€¢ Water
€¢ Steam 

4:00 Adjournment


8:30  Overview of Various Pipe Systems continued
€¢ Hydraulic
€¢ Gas
€¢ Refrigeration
€¢ Chemical and Refinery
€¢ Fire protection

€¢ Welding practice
€¢ Processes
€¢ Welders

Storage Vessels 
€¢ Types and applications
€¢ Emissions
€¢ Specifications, codes and standards
€¢ Leaks
€¢ Maintenance
€¢ Foundations

€¢ Centrifugal pumps
€¢ Positive displacement pumps

Heat Exchangers 
€¢ Components and types
€¢ Shell and tube
€¢ Plate heat exchangers
€¢ Air cooled heat exchangers
€¢ Calculations
€¢ Maintenance

€¢ Positive displacement
€¢ Centrifugal
€¢ Axial
€¢ Intercoolers and aftercoolers

€¢ Fuels and combustion
€¢ Industrial boilers
€¢ Packaged fire tube boilers 
€¢ Fired process heaters

€¢ Temperature monitoring
€¢ Pressure monitoring
€¢ Level monitoring
€¢ Flow monitoring

Inspection and Maintenance of Pipe Systems 
€¢ Erosion and corrosion
€¢ Thermography 
€¢ NDE
€¢ Ice plugs

Development of preventive maintenance activities associated with piping and all components that may exist in a pipe system.  This workshop will enable attendees to select those components specific to their own facilities and apply them according to their own piping systems.   

4:00 Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:20 Summary and Final Adjournment

Daily Schedule:
8:00   Registration and coffee (Day I only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.


Alan Powell
Mr. Alan Powell is a Program Director with EPIC (Educational Program Innovations Center) who has over 30 years experience in the maintenance of industrial facilities.  After graduating with a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Manchester in England, he immigrated to Canada. During his career he has developed maintenance programs, introduced significant maintenance cost saving concepts and managed a process to revise the preventive maintenance program in many large facilities. He has authored and presented several papers on maintenance at national and international conferences
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.1 CEUs / 21 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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