Available Dates and Locations:

Course Location:
Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 0Z1 Canada
Book Accommodations with CASTI Room Rate
Date: October 15-18, 2019
Earn: 32 PDHs
Price: $2595

Please be aware, there are two different CASTI courses available on the subject of ASME B31.3 Process Piping.

Review the course description below and compare it to our ASME B31.1 & B31.3 - Fabrication Code Requirements for Power and Process Piping course before registering.


This is an introductory level design course and the discussion includes an overview of piping flexibility (i.e., stress) analysis requirements but it is not intended to provide detailed instruction on flexibility analysis requirements.

The objectives of this course are to:

  • provide an overview of
    • the Canadian regulatory regime as it applies to pressure piping systems, including an overview of the relationship between provincial regulations, CSA B51, and ASME B31.3; and
    • pertinent construction requirements (e.g., examination requirements, pressure testing, etc.).
      *Construction requirements are not covered in detail.
  • highlight areas where code requirements may not fully meet local Canadian regulatory requirements.
  • reference applicable Code interpretations and local regulatory bulletins, notices, or advisories.
  • enable students to
    • understand the basic ASME B31.3 code design requirements;
    • determine when ASME B31.3 applies;
    • complete basic code design calculations;
    • gain general understanding of the standards applicable to piping components commonly used in ASME B31.3 piping systems and the implications and/or limitations that these components may have in their piping designs; and
    • understand how materials’ properties are considered in code design by providing a brief overview of materials properties.
      * Materials are more fully discussed in the CASTI ASME B31.1 & B31.3 Fabrication Code Requirements Course.

Note: Due to the importance of the Oil and Gas Industry in Alberta, there will be a focus on local Alberta requirements but the course may touch on certain requirements in other jurisdictions as well (e.g., Offshore East Coast, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, etc.).

Note: Topics that are excluded from this course are:

  • design procedures for unlisted components (e.g., non-standard flanges or fittings, etc.)
    *An overview of applicable code paragraphs will be provided but design procedures shall not be reviewed.
  • lap joint fittings
  • the design of expansion joints and spring hangers
  • seismic and earthquake design
  • vibration analysis
  • non metallic piping systems

Who Should Attend

Engineers, technologist, and designers – working for Owners, EPCs, inspection firms, fabricators, and repair/maintenance organizations who are involved with ASME B31.3 piping systems.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Each participant will receive a CASTI Certificate of Completion with 32 Professional Development Hours for attending all 4 days of the classroom training.


Introduction to Regulations, Codes and Standards
  • Federal Acts and Regulations
  • Provincial Acts and Regulations
  • Canadian Pressure Equipment Standards – CSA B51 requirements
  • Piping that is not ASME B31.3 Code (e.g., Plumbing, Power, Fuel Gas)
Introduction to ASME B31.3
  • ASME B31.3 Code history and basic philosophy
  • ASME B31.3 Code organization
  • Principal axis and stress
  • Failure theories
  • Stress categories
  • Definition and basis for allowable stress
  • Fluid service
Piping Design Criteria
  • Design conditions
  • Design loads (pressure, weight, thermal, seismic, wind, anchor movement)
  • Failure modes
  • Primary and secondary stress categories
  • Load categorization
  • Allowable stresses
Pressure Design of Piping Components
  • Straight Pipe (internal and external pressure)
  • Elbows and bends (consideration of wall thinning)
  • Branch connections (area replacement)
    • Stub in connections
    • Extruded outlet header
    • Wye pattern fittings
  • Closures
  • Blind flanges and blanks
  • Other unlisted components
* An overview of typical materials and materials requirements as is necessary to understand design implications shall be provided
Listed Piping Components
  • MSS SP-95 Nipples and swages
  • MSS SP-97 Integrally Reinforced Branch Connections (e.g., Olets)
  • ASME B16.9 wrought fittings (buttwelded)
  • ASME B16.11 forged fittings (threaded and socket welded)
  • ASME B16.5, B16.36, B16.47, and MSS SP-44 flanges
  • ASME B16.20 and B16.21 gaskets
  • ASME B16.48 blanks
  • Valves (ASME, API, MSS)
* An overview of typical materials and materials requirements as is necessary to understand design implications shall be provided
Instrument Tubing Components
  • Straight Tubing (mechanical properties, material standards)
  • Tube Fittings
  • Testing requirements
Overview of Pipe Flexibility Analysis
  • Allowable and displacement stresses
  • Flexibility
  • Bending stress
  • Torsional stress
  • Fatigue
  • Stress intensification
  • Combined loads
  • Cold spring
  • Simplified analysis methods
* This section will not be presented to the same level of detail as in other CASTI ASME B31.3 courses.
Pipe Support Design
  • Support types
  • Assumptions
  • Load combinations
Piping Types
  • System piping
  • Pressure relief piping
  • Category M (lethal) service
  • High pressure service (Chapter IX)
Leak Testing
  • Required Leak testing
  • Hydrostatic testing
  • Pneumatic testing
  • Alternative leak testing
  • Initial service testing
Problem Solving Workshops
  • with practical examples

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the ASME B31.3 Code (2016) to this class. A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI.

About the Instructor

Mr. Neill is a registered Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in design, fabrication, and installation of pressure piping and pipeline systems. Since graduating from the University of Alberta in 1989, Mr. Neill has worked on a wide variety of projects around the world in both the Onshore and Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. Project work has taken Mr. Neill from his home base in Western Canada to Offshore Newfoundland, Angola, Nigeria, South Korea, and Houston and his positions have ranged from Project Engineer to Piping/Mechanical Discipline Lead, and Engineering Manager. Currently, he owns and manages his own engineering consulting business and he is based in Calgary, AB where he has been since 2004.

Having been responsible for the execution and management of piping and pipeline work for over 2 decades, Mr. Neill brings to CASTI an extensive knowledge of piping and pipeline design and material specifications and an extensive hands on knowledge of the practical aspects of design practices. In addition, while in Angola, he was responsible for the recruitment and training of local engineers and is able to draw from that experience in delivering his courses. For the past 10 years, Mr. Neill's consulting business has focused on piping and pipeline engineering activities and he has developed a number of ASME and CSA piping design and materials specifications for Conventional and SAG-D Operations in Western Canada. Mr. Neill is currently a member of ASME and NACE, he is active in supporting standards development work for Clause 14 and Annex I of CSA Z662, and he participates in the Valve Users Group.