ASME Section VIII, Div. 1

Materials, Fabrication, Inspection, and Testing Requirements
- for Engineers, Inspectors and Experienced Tradesmen
Course Location:
Best Western Village Park Inn
1804 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary AB  T2M 3Y7 Canada
Date: December 4-7, 2012
Earn: 3.2 CEUs

IMPORTANT: Please be aware, there are two different CASTI courses available on the subject of ASME Section VIII, Division 1.

Review the course description below and compare it to our ASME Section VIII, Division 1 - Code Design Requirements for Pressure Vessels course before registering.


This is an introductory course to provide a basic understanding of the fabrication, inspection and testing portions of ASME Section VIII Division 1. Principals of design will be discussed, but not in sufficient detail that this course can be considered a design course for new construction. ASME Section VIII, Division 1 deals with new construction, however, in this course the application of the principals expressed in the Code will be extrapolated to deal with operation and maintenance issues and how they work with API 510 for post construction inspection, repairs and alterations. The course also includes a brief introduction to ASME Section II Part A (Ferrous Material Standards) and to ASME Section IX - Welding Qualifications.


Each participant will receive a certificate with a minimum of 3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending the 4-day classroom session, accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Further CEUs will be awarded based on the amount of pre- and post-classroom training lessons completed.

Who Should Attend

Inspectors, engineers, maintenance and QA personnel who work for owner-user companies, inspection companies, fabricators, maintenance service and repair companies, inspection companies, EPC's and others who want an understanding of the principals and applications of ASME VIII Division 1. Optional evening tutorial sessions will be available.

CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA)
Hybrid Training

This course includes 7 days* of training as described below:

Pre-classroom Online (Estimated 3 Days*)
Topics covered:
  • wall thickness for pressure vessels
  • temperature limitations (min./max. DMT)
  • impact testing criteria
  • corrosion rates, remaining life of equipment, next inspection interval
Online pre-classroom content is only available from November 2 to December 4, 2012.

* Estimates are based on the average time needed by previous students to complete online training. Your personal skill and experience levels will determine the actual time required to complete this work. Previous students took between 10-30 hours (1-4 days) to complete the online lesson work.

Completing all of the online study work is a critical step to maximize your learning experience. The online study work is an integral part of this training course and must be completed by all registrants to achieve the full CEU credit.

The pre-classroom online training lessons include:

  • study material for reading
  • reviewing example problems and detailed solutions
  • solving practice problems and reviewing detailed solutions
  • practice problems results are graded to provide a measure of self-evaluation
Click here for more information about the CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA).
In-Classroom (4 Days)

Includes instructor-led:

  • lectures,
  • group discussions,
  • real-life examples,
  • practice problems,
  • interpretation case studies, and
  • workshops
In-classroom training held December 4-7, 2012
The following topics will be covered on the days indicated.

Day 1:

Understanding Codes and Standards
  • History of pressure equipment Codes
  • Introduction to jurisdictional requirements:
    • Alberta Labour, ABSA, BC CAWS, Saskatchewan Labour, Ontario CCR, etc. as applicable
  • Scope of CSA B51 Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Pressure Piping Code
    • Design registrations
    • Owner/user programs
Considerations That Form the Basis for Code Rules
  • Ductile and brittle fracture
  • Elastic and plastic collapse
  • Creep and stress rupture
  • Fatigue
    • Stress intensity (concentration)
  • Corrosion and environmental assisted cracking
Composition of Steels

Day 2:

ASME VIII, Division 1
  • Finding your way around in Section VIII Division 1
  • Application and limitations of Division 1
  • Responsibilities:
    • Owner-user
    • Manufacturer
    • Authorized inspector
  • Materials and components
    • Listed, unlisted, unknown materials, and test reports
    • Bolting
    • Casting efficiency
    • Specifications: ASTM standards and ASME Section II Parts A, B, C
    • Determination of minimum service temperature (MDMT)
  • Loading determinations and formulas for thickness requirements
  • Branch connections and reinforcement
  • Vessel support considerations
  • Non pressure loading

Day 3:

ASME VIII, Division 1 continued
  • Responsibilities of fabricator
  • Responsibilities and duties of the authorized inspector
  • Extent of required examination
  • Leak testing
  • Documentation required
  • Marking and identification of pressure vessels
  • Pressure relief requirements
Introduction to API 510
  • Owner/user responsibilities
  • Owner's inspector responsibilities
  • Determining rates of deterioration
  • Determining inspection frequency

Day 4:

ASME VIII, Division 1 continued
  • Weld design details
    • Location and types of joints
    • Service restrictions
    • Weld joint classification system
    • Weld joint efficiencies
    • Weld attachment details
  • Radiographic examination
  • Carbon and low alloy steel requirements
    • Heat treatment
    • Temper bead welding
  • Other materials and special constructions
    • Mandatory and Non-Mandatory Appendices

Note: Topics may be covered on days other than those listed above. The schedule provided is a general outline that may be changed without notice.

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the ASME Section VIII, Division 1 to this class. Only Parts U, UG, UW, UCS, UHA, UHT, are required from ASME Section VIII, Division 1. The ASME Code can be purchased from CASTI. The ASME Section VIII, Division 1 package only contains the specific portions of the Code that are covered in this course. A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI.

About the Instructor

Dr. Bruce Ball is a professional engineer with over 35 years consulting experience in failure analysis and inspection of plant facilities and mechanical equipment. He has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering, was a CSA W178.2 certified welding inspector and was an API 510 pressure vessel inspector. He has been awarded a fellowship by the Canadian Society for Nondestructive Testing and was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has been a member of the Canadian Standards Association Committee on Weld Inspector and Weld Inspection Organization Certification for more than 30 years and has served as vice chairman of this committee.