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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.
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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2020-2022 SPED Calgary Chapter President
Bruce Fraser, PPD IV
Bruce has over 38 years experience as an industrial designer, piping squad leader, trainer and department manager, including 30 years of piping drafting and design. Bruce spent 3 years as an advisor for the SAIT PPD program and has delivered various presentations to technical students in Calgary. A supporter of SPED since 2011, Bruce was responsible for instituting the SPED training program at a major Calgary EPC which saw over 150 designers and engineers achieve their certification. He aims to continue supporting his fellow pipers by promoting SPED certification and training throughout the Calgary and Edmonton markets, broadening its reach in the Global market.
2020-2022 SPED Calgary Chapter Treasurer
Kevin Noakes, B.A.Sc., PPD IV
Kevin is a process piping designer and piping squad & project discipline team leader, with over thirty years of experience in industrial and commercial resource production and transportation.
Susan Yu has 13 years mechanical engineering experience in China and 14 years piping design experience in Canada. Since 2006, Susan Yu has been involved in Saudi Aramco Shaybah project, Saudi Aramco Zuluf project, Husky Sunrise Oil Sand, Husky Pikes Peak Oil sand, Kearl expansion, Encana Resthaven gas plant, Encana Pipestone Gas plant, Pembina Pump Stations etc. In these projects, Susan Yu has been doing her roles as Senior piping designer and Checker, Area lead and Design lead. Susan has a wide range of software skills such as SP3D, PDS, PDMS, AVEVA E3D, CADWorx, Microstation, AutoCAD, SmartPlant Review, Naviswork. Susan Yu achieved SPED Level VIII certification in 2012 and has been active since then.
2020-2022 SPED Corporate Member Director At Large
Jacques de Fortier, PPD IV
Jacques de Fortier is a Piping Manager and Piping Designer with more than 30 years of experience and a background in the engineering design sector including the petrochemical, chemical, oil and gas industries, working alongside project management, drilling, offshore and onshore construction, operations, logistic departments as well as design office discipline groups.
2020-2022 SPED Calgary Chapter Vice President, Education and Training
Bill has over 38 years experience as a designer including mining, pulp and paper, refinery, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and oil sands experience.
2020-2022 SPED Calgary Chapter Vice President, Sponsorships
Chris has over 32 years Western Canada experience with Oil Sands Upstream and Upgrading, Petrochemical, Mining, Pulp and Paper and Steam Plants, Principal Piping Design Lead, Checker and Construction support.
2020-2022 SPED Calgary Chapter Vice President, Events
Tony Miletic came to Canada in 1996 from Serbia, where he gained a Diploma for Mechanical Engineer and State Examination License.
In 1997 he established MPD - Miletic Petro Design Ltd (MPD Ltd.) company specializing in heat tracing systems, EPCM. Over the last 22 years MPD Ltd provided both steam and glycol heat tracing to numerous major projects and clients in Alberta. During the past 22 Years Tony worked on several mega projects in the capacity of Piping Design Lead, Piping Engineering Specialist and Field Engineer.
2020-2022 SPED Calgary Chapter Vice President, Promotion
Clarence Wynter, LSCM, PPD IV
Clarence has over 25 years’ experience in piping design with Oil & Gas Pipelines, Oil & Gas surface processing, Upstream Minable Oil Sands, Power Plants, Natural Gas, Pulp & Paper, Water Treatment Facilities and Injection Systems.