SPED is a tax-exempt non-profit entity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of United States of America.
From time to time, members ask, “why does SPED charge what it does for courses and dues? What don’t we charge less in poorer countries? What does SPED do with all that money?” These are all good questions and worth an answer.
About half of SPED’s income comes from courses. The remainder is evenly divided between member dues and certification fees. Corporate membership makes up the majority of member dues collected.
SPED Announces Plans for New Course on Piping Design Quality Assurance
Course is Preparation for PPD Level II Certification
SPED has announced plans for a course on Piping Design Quality Assurance. The new course will prepare pipers to take the Profession Piping Design (PPD) Certification Exam for Level II. The course will be developed under the direction of the SPED PPD Advisory Committee (PPDAC) with review and input from SPED individual and Corporate Members. The course will be offered online with the video segments available for license.
We are inviting everyone to come out for our first general meeting/event of the year coming up on Wed. Feb. 12 at Buffalo Bob’s Pub at 3715, 51st St. SW, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM.
Ross Morrison, VP with LEDCOR will be giving a presentation at 6:00 with some time for Q&A afterwards.
Ross will be covering such topics as:
Fort Mac snapshot – i.e. Suncor McKay River, Meadow Creek, Base Plant CBR and coker replacement program.
- Modularization and panelization trends and practices.
- Major pipeline arteries and project updates.
Attendance is free for all active members but don't worry if your membership has lapsed – We do ask non-members to pay $10 at the door but refreshments will be provided.
I’ll be sharing more of our plans for SPED in the upcoming weeks and months as we work hard to support our industry.
Hope to see everyone there on the 12th
President, Calgary Chapter
Reducing Errors in the Design Office – Bill Kimber
How can we reduce the quantity and severity of errors in the design office? As much as 37% of project increases in cost and schedule can be traced back to changes in the original contracted scope.
A change in scope can been defined as; “an unexpected development that will change the requirements and results in cost growth and time extension.”
All Contract changes must be well documented using procedures that should already be in place. Procedures are designed to allow accurate documenting of project changes and the transmission of updated costs to the client for approval. The costs and terms are added to the original project documentation after client approval and become part of the amended contract.
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