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Please welcome the Iranian Society of Piping Specialists and Engineers (ISPSE).  ISPSE was established in 2012 to put a lot of effort into developing and promoting technical science and technology with the help of a large group of engineers and professors with more than twenty years experience, in order to meet Iran's industrial needs which is one of the most important countries in oil, gas, and petrochemical sources.  The ISPSE's main important aim is to hold seminar and workshops, cooperate with private and public companies, local and foreign institutions and associations, performa additional education for university students by its own teachers based on Iranian national standards such as ISIRI, IPS, IGS and international standards like ASME, API, ASTM, AWS.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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SPED President, Kerry Pritchard was interviewed by SSW and the article is posted in the August/September 2014 publication. Link to article: http://www.spedweb.com/index.php/component/content/article/411.html

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SPED is now offering on an on-going basis the piping design course, Piper BootCamp for drafters, new pipers and new engineers.  At the same price, SPED is offering the Process Plant Layout online course for pipers and engineers with at least four years of experience for $995/each.  The package includes 24/7 access to online videos and printable notes for up to six months from the date of purchase or until completion.  Companion PPD Certification practice quizzes and final exam including application fee are available as a separate purchase.  For more information: Online Courses, PPD Certification

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Midstream Positions Open for PIPERS WITH Cadworx Design EXPERIENCE

Valerus is hiring pipers with CADWorx experience in Pressure Vessels, ASME codes,  P&ID’s, Skids and packages.

To apply, email your resume to Will Boutte, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,

3-7 + years of experience  Location:Tulsa or Houston

7 + years of experience  Location:Tulsa or Houston

Designer Checkers II – 10 – 20 years Location: Tulsa

Designer Checker III – 25+ years of experience  Location: Tulsa or Houston


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 By Paul Bowers, Kevin Noakes and Clarence Wynter

 “Process plant site safety — See that hole? Don’t fall into it”

Those two sentences almost sum up the safety instructions we were given some 35 years ago as a junior piping designer working in a refinery. Somewhat more important were the words, “Don’t touch anything.”

We were provided safety glasses (the nerdy type, not the cool-looking ones available today), a construction hat (white in color, so wrench-dropping pipefitters on scaffolding would have an easier target) and purchased our own steel-toed footwear. The scent of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) was in the wind, even at below 1 ppm in air, and piping designers would hang from and crawl on (sometimes icy) pipe racks like kids mountaineering on jungle gyms while juggling clipboards, measuring tapes, plumb bobs and pencils.

Hot water vapor hissed from steam traps, peculiar odors wafted by occasionally and unroped-off excavations for work on underground piping waited for a misstep or stumble. Workers clad in mysterious, head-to-toe white chemical suits and wearing Scott Air-Paks strolled to and from hazardous duty, causing many work trailer-housed, short-term contractors to wonder if they should be breathing filtered air as well.

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The Society of Piping Engineers and Designers (SPED) is an international society established to promote excellence and quality in the practice of piping engineering and design. SPED emphasizes education and training to advance the employability and competitiveness of its members.

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