Available Dates and Locations:

Course Location:
Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 0Z1 Canada
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Date: May 11-14, 2020
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 B31.3 - Code Design Requirements course before registering.

Learning Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • recall the local Safety Code Act laws, pressure equipment safety regulations (PESR), and jurisdiction (ABSA) rules related codes and standards for new construction or in-service repair of ASME B31.3 piping;
  • identify and navigate the ASME B31.3 code fabrication rules;
  • review listed ASTM specifications and sample material test reports (MTRs), including multiple marking, to ensure they are acceptable for the material ordered;
  • investigate, analyze, interpret, articulate, and apply the welding fabrication rules of ASME B31.3 and apply them to when reviewing qualified welding procedure specifications (WPSs) to ensure they are suitable to weld on ASME B31.3 piping;
  • identify and navigate the basic rules for ASME B31.3 inspection and examination; and
  • recall the basic rules for ASME B31.3 leak testing, including closure welds.

This course will assist manufacturers in meeting the personnel competency and training requirements of AB-518, Rev. 1, Pressure Piping Construction Requirements.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, inspectors, maintenance and QA personnel, NDE technicians, experienced tradespeople, who work for owner-user companies, EPCs, inspection companies, fabricators, maintenance service and repair companies, and inspection companies from refineries, upgrader plants, oil sands plants, SAGD plants, petrochemical plants, power plants, gas/oil pipeline companies, pulp mills, repair and maintenance shops, equipment manufacturers, third party inspection and NDE companies, and all supporting industries. This course will also assist CSA W178.2 exam candidates who plan to write the code exam.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

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

Course Outline

Introduction to Laws, Regulations, Jurisdiction and Related Codes and Standards
  • Hierarchy of related regulations, codes, and standards
  • Brief introduction to CSA B51, Part 1, Alberta Safety Code Act, Alberta Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations (AB-516 PESR User Guide)
  • ABSA's Role as the Jurisdiction Administrator and Authorized Inspection Agency
  • Introduction to ABSA Forms and Information Bulletins (Alert, Interpretation, Notification, Variance, and Withdrawn)
B31.3 Responsibilities
  • Owner, designer, manufacturer, fabricator, erector, and owner's inspector
B31.3 Materials and Requirements
  • B31.3 Listed, unknown and reclaimed materials terms and definitions
  • ASTM Specification Listed Materials
    • ASTM general specifications (A530, A999, A450) and how they work with ASTM product specifications (A106, A333, A350)
    • ASTM Piping Product Specifications
      • A106 (A530) seamless carbon steel piping for high temperature service
      • A333 (A999) carbon steel piping for low temperature service
      • A350 (A961) carbon steel forged fittings and flanges
  • Material Test Reports (MTRs)
    • Review of sample A105, A106, and A333 MTRs
    • Understanding the importance of MTR data
    • Using MTRs to make critical purchasing and acceptance/rejection decisions

QC checks of MTRs and ASTM specifications

ASTM and ASME Multiple Marking Rules
  • ASME Section II, Part A, Mandatory Appendix III Guidelines on Multiple Marking of Materials
  • ASTM multiple marking rules in A182 (A961)

QC checks of MTRs with multiple markings against ASTM specifications

  • ASTM A106 Grade B and A333 Grade 6
  • ASTM A312 Grade 316 and Grade 316L
Introduction to B31.3 Impact Testing Requirements
  • Design minimum temperature
  • Review of 323.2.2(a) to (j) impact testing requirements
    • ASTM A370 Charpy impact testing procedure for steel products
      • B31.3 specimen size requirements
      • B31.3 test temperature general requirements
    • Review of Table 323.2.2 Requirements for Low Temperature Toughness Tests for Metals and related general requirements
    • Review of Figure 323.2.2A Minimum Temperatures Without Impact Testing for Carbon Steel Materials and related general requirements
      • Reduction of impact testing exemption temperature in 323.2.2(c), (h), and (i)
    • Review of Table 323.3.1 Impact Testing Requirements for Metals and related general requirements
    • Review of Table 323.3.4 Charpy Impact Test Temperature Reduction for subsize specimens and related general requirements
    • Review of Table 323.3.5 Minimum Required Charpy V-Notch Impact Values and related general requirements
    • Introduction to ASTM A370 Shear Fracture Appearance

1. Determine impact testing exemption temperature for carbon steel:

  • ASTM A333 Grade 6
  • ASTM A106 Grade B
  • ASTM A671 Grade CC65, including rule exception

2. Determine impact testing acceptance criteria based on:

  • energy, with introduction to fully deoxidized steels, and
  • lateral expansion
Welding Metallurgy
  • Regions of the heat-affected zone (HAZ) in carbon steel
  • Carbon equivalent, ASTM specifications, and various formulas
  • Heat input of welding
    • Effect on the HAZ and brittle fracture of carbon steels
    • ASME Sec. IX WPS supplementary welding variables for carbon steels
    • Effect on B31.3 impact testing requirements for carbon steels
B31.3 Fabrication by Welding
  • Responsibilities
  • Weld and joint types
  • WPS Qualifications and Records
  • Welding Materials, including AWS Filler Metal Specifications
  • Cleaning, End Preparation, Alignment, Trimming, Root Spacing, Tack Welds, Peening
  • Branch Connection Welds and Sizing
  • Flange Attachment Welds
  • Weld Repair During Fabrication
  • Installation of set-through and set-on nozzles, including weldolet or threadolet
  • Preheat requirements
  • Postweld heat treatment requirements
  • Brief review of ASME Sec. IX welding procedure requirements for carbon steels

Review a WPS with P-No. 1 material to identify B31.3 code nonconformances

B31.3 Inspection and Testing for New Construction
  • Responsibilities of the fabricator, purchaser and inspector
  • Examination requirements: extent, supplementary and typical weld imperfections
  • Examination methods for evaluating weld imperfections and acceptance criteria

Practice using Table 341.3.2 Acceptance Criteria for Welds

B31.3 Leak Testing for New Construction
  • General requirements
  • Preparation for leak testing
  • Brittle fracture considerations for leak testing
  • Hydrostatic testing
    • Closure Welds, 345.2.3(c) and AB-519
  • Pneumatic testing
    • AB-522 Standard Pneumatic Test Procedure Requirements for Piping Systems
    • ASME PCC-2 Pneumatic Test Stored Energy Calculations

Learning Assessment

Learning self-assessment is performed through classroom discussions, problem solving exercises, and workshops.

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the ASME B31.3 code (2016 or 2018) to this class. If you require a copy, it can be purchased from CASTI when you register for the course. A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI.

About the Instructor

John E. Bringas, P.Eng. is a professional engineer who has practiced metallurgical engineering and inspection for 40 years. He is also certified as an API 510, 570, 653, 571, 577, and 580 inspector, an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, an Alberta In-Service Pressure Vessel Inspector and Welding Examiner, and former CGSB certified NDE examiner in UT and RT. He is a long time committee member of ASTM A01 (Steels), A05 (Coated Steels), B02 (Nonferrous Alloys), NACE STG 32 (Oil and Gas Production-Metallurgy) and STG 36 (Process Industry-Materials), and Canadian Representative on ISO TC 17-SC 4 (Steels). He is the author of the ASTM Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards, ASTM Handbook of Steel Data: American and European, ASTM Passport to Steel Database, and the CASTI Metals Data Books. Mr. Bringas has engineering work experience in the steel making, foundry, consulting, refinery, pipeline and petrochemical industries and is the founder of Codes and Standards Training Institute and CASTI Publishing Inc.