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oct 26 2013 enmax tour PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Evans   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 08:45


Saturday October 26th beginning at 8:30AM


WHEN: October 26th at 8:30 am - the tour will be about 3 hours long.

 Please let me know your intention. There are 25 pre-registrants, of which you are one, who will need to confirm attendance.


Please acknowledge your attendance and provide a personal contact (cell) phone number so that you can be reached on a Saturday in any event. I would like to hear back from you about this by next Wednesday please. I need to provide the attendance names to ENMAX Shepard project site security so that their gate security will be expecting us and name tags and PPE outfits can be readied for us. This event is limited to those that have confirmed attendance for October 26 AM and are on the site gate security list.


PLEASE NOTE:  It is essential that visitors are dressed properly.  You will need steel toed foot wear suitable for the walking tour on rough gravel terrain. ENMAX will supply all required PPE except shoes. Each person will be required to wear PPE provided by ENMAX: Safety Helmet, Safety Glasses and High Visibility Vest that goes over your coat. Each person will be required to provide and wear their own Safety Steel Toed Boots.


On our arrival there, there will be a Light breakfast, coffee and refreshments served and a  required safety induction and a movie presentation that will take about 20 minutes, then we will be provided with the required PPE and an earphone headset that ENMAX personnel will talk to us over during the tour upon which we will be taken to the plant. After the site tour is completed a light lunch will be provided for you before you leave the site to go home.


Please reply to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with your responses and comments/queries if any.


WHERE: Across the street from Shakers Fun Centre       


Should you have a personal transportation difficulty getting there please note this to me and arrangements can be made to pick you up at an LRT station to take you to the ENMAX site and back.


Written by Sarah Evans   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 17:24


PRESENTATION: Scanning for Dimensional Control and As-Built Documentation

SPED Corporate Member, Hi-CAD will host this meeting at
2500 City West Blvd., Houston, TX map

Badge pick up at 5:30PM

Meeting begins at 6:00PM

Refreshments will be served.
Online registration at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-Ejog6NA_Xg9vsC86yDtPP4YM-khZLzz4IGbT-FOqBo/viewform

Certificates will be emailed for 1 PDU earned to each attendee.


PRESENTATION: 3D Laser Scanning High Definition Survey Services


Minimizing operational shutdowns and mitigating risk is a constant concern for onshore or offshore plant/asset operators and owners of large facilities. Our 3D laser scanning survey services help capture complete as-built field construction data without causing disruption.


Intertek Asset Integrity Management (AIM) solutions can help you meet this challenge with 3D laser scanning. We offer a unique solution that delivers high definition 360-degree by 320-degree photo-realistic panoramic scans to a 3D CAD surface model.


Our high definition 3D digital capture techniques gather a large amount of field information in a very short period of time. The process works by capturing a series of high definition 3D laser scans on site that can be processed immediately for analysis.


Intertek deploys their vast fleet of high speed laser scanners, capturing up to one million points per second, to deliver individual “spheres” of data. Each individual scan is a high resolution “laser-point” depiction of all line-of-sight objects. Adequate scans are collected from multiple locations to satisfy all desired perspective views. The scans are individually referenced to the plant coordinates with the help of an industrial survey methodology and software system authored by HI-CAD called DIMES (Data Integrated Management Engineering System). These as-built high definition 3D data sets produce a virtual plant / facility environment that can be integrated directly with CAD systems (AutoCAD, MicroStation, CADWorx, AutoPlant, SmartPlant 3D, PDS, PDMS) to interrogate and clash check against new Design Models. Elevations, measurements, coordinates, pipe diameters, and high definition photos can be extracted with the click of a mouse. Engineering groups can design directly within this data to ensure the elimination of clashes and interferences. This is opposed to the conventional alternative of relying on existing drawings that are typically not up to date.


Key areas for application include:


Creation up to date as-built documentation


3D semi-automated modeling


Clash/Interference checking


Condition and damage assessment


Data exchange with many CAD platforms


2D plans


Complete 3D CAD models from point clouds


Aid in inspections


Deformation analysis and weld peaking reports


Tank/vessel volumetric information


Our 3D laser scanning service is intended to enhance the design and constructability of any revamp, retrofit, upgrade project through all stages of the process. Key benefits of this service include:


Mitigation of risk


Minimizing shutdown periods


Minimizing offshore fabrication activities


Eliminate re-work and reduce cost of retrospective engineering


Reduction of installation man-hours


Maximizing field productivity


Minimizing field hot-work


Early project completion


Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 07:10
ontario meeting november 12 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Evans   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 17:14




Promoting Excellence and Quality in Piping Design in Ontario

 SPED Meeting in Mississauga

 Simutech Exclusive Presenter at the SPED Ontario Chapter Meeting

November 12, 2013
Delta Meadowvale Resort & Conference Center
6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga

ON L5N 2L3

 Simutech has been selling and supporting the ANSYS software in Canada for over 30 years.

During this time we have been exposed to significantly rising usage in a variety of industries.

This talk will focus somewhat on FE in general and how it applies to the piping industry.

1.       Intro to SimuTech – Who are we and What we do.

2.       Intro to ANSYS - Multiphysics based FE (Finite Element) simulation

3.       Why use simulation - have to look at all issues (big picture)

4.       Analytics vs Code Based - why in depth analysis is required

5.       Example Multiphysics - pipe Y-joint CFD - thermal - structural

6.       Democratization and Customization – Extending the Usage of FE Technology  through customized automated piping support analysis

7.       Knowledge Capture and Data Management – EKM (Engineering Knowledge Management)

8.       Pipeline Specific Issues

 Followed by a Q & A


  •  5:30pm – 6:00pm      – Meet and Greet with SPED Members
  • 6:00pm – 6:30pm – SPED Introduction
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Simutech Presentation

To RSVP for the event, please contact Carol McComb at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " target="_blank"> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Professional Development Certificates Distributed


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SPED Louisville Chapter Meeting Moved to Thursday, October 24, 2013

 at the offices of C&I Engineering
Beginning at 6:30 p.m

Dave Overman  and Charlie Jochim with Swagelok will be joining us to give a presentation on their product line. This is a golden opportunity to learn about what Swagelok fittings to use in special applications.  Also, there are new developments with SPED that I would like to share with you so mark your calendars. Refreshments will be provided.  

Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Monday October 21st

PRESENTATION: Scanning for Dimensional Control and As-Built Documentation

PRESENTATION: Scanning for Dimensional Control and as-built documentation

2500 City West Blvd., Houston, TX
(Just north of Westheimer and East of Beltway 8)

Badge pick up at 5:30PM
Meeting and presentation 6PM - 8PM
Online registration at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-Ejog6NA_Xg9vsC86yDtPP4YM-khZLzz4IGbT-FOqBo/viewform#!


changes to ppd certification sept 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Evans   
Saturday, 28 September 2013 23:38

Pipers complete certification criteria rewrite


By: William G. Beazley, PhD, Executive Director


Two teams of senior piping designers have completed the first major overhaul of the Society of Piping Engineers and Designers’ (SPED) Professional Piping Designer (PPD) certification program. The program has been in use since 2003 based on criteria developed by a consensus of senior pipers and perfected by hundreds of trainees and test takers. The revision this year changes and clarifies the criteria for all levels of the four level program.


SPED’s PPD program has four distinct levels:


• PPD Level I — Piping drafting plus extended knowledge of “ilities” impacting pipe routing.


• PPD Level II — PPD Level I plus ability to assure preparation, correctness and completeness of pipe routings in CAD on drawings and in the field.


• PPD Level III — PPD Level II plus ability to place, elevate, orient and separate equipment considering applicable functions and “ilities.”


• PPD Level IV — PPD Level II plus ability to plan, schedule, cost, supervise and assure piping tasks from FEED to closeout for greenfield and brownfield projects, pipe routing to key equipment nozzles considering operations and maintenance plus years of experience.


Levels II and IV lacked formal exams and were assigned based on performance on PPD Level I and III exams respectively, plus reviews of experience.


One team addressed the Level II criteria. Led by Ron Waldon and Lee Jewell, both of C&I Engineering, and Keith McKinney of Piping Layout Consultants Inc., The team focused on what skills are expected of a piper with four years of on-the-job experience routing pipe and examining it in the field. As a result, the criteria for Levels I and III were also revised as greater competency in beginner skills were established and so routing skills were pulled back from the equipment layout skills of Level III.


Another team addressed the full scope leadership skills of PPD Level IV. They were led by Al Worth of WorleyParsons and assisted by Richard Beale of Cenovus Energy, Paul Bowers of SNC Lavalin and James Pennock, retired. Beale and Bowers, with Peter Smith, have authored a recent book, “The Planning Guide to Piping Design.” Pennock authored the classic book, “Piping Engineering Leadership for Process Plant Projects.” Both books greatly influenced the new criteria and are considered textbooks for preparing for Level IV exams.


The Level IV team also developed a review form for referees to rate the candidates on the various criteria.


A portion of the rating sheet is shown in Figure 1.


Each team submitted their proposals to the larger PPD Advisory Committee for comment and later to the SPED Board of Directors for final approval. The criteria will be published in the evaluation form format for use

by candidate referees.


The new review forms make the skills required of pipers clear, unambiguous and measurable. A common question asked by PPD candidates is, “I have enough years of experience for Level ‘X.’ Why was I denied that certification?” Most ratings that are lower than calendar years’ experience might indicate are due to lack of experience in the target skills and/or poor readiness ratings by references. The forms make this process more transparent. As many employers are including PPD certification in their employee performance reviews and compensation decisions, transparency and clarity are important.


Question banks for exams testing to the new criteria have also been developed and are undergoing review. Course developers, such as this writer, should be able to author courses and texts meeting the new criteria.


The new criteria will aid piping designers worldwide in deciding for which PPD certification level they are prepared and provide guidance for their career in piping design.


For more information on SPED or to contact Beazley, visit www.spedweb.com or call (832) 286-3404.

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