ASME B31.3 and Section VIII, Div. 1 Fabrication

Code Fabrication Requirements for Process Piping and Pressure Vessels

Date: May 29 to June 1, 2023
Earn: 32 PDH
Price: $2595
Remote Online Attendance
In-Person Attendance at:
Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0Z1 Canada

Attendance Options

Remote Online Attendance:
participants attend remotely (from home or workplace) and interact with the live instructor through an online video meeting on the scheduled instructor-led training dates.
In-Person Attendance:
participants attend in-person (at the Holiday Inn Express location) and interact with the live instructor on the scheduled instructor-led training dates.

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 assist in meeting the personnel competency and training requirements of:

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Each participant will receive a digital CASTI Certificate of Completion with 32 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending all 4 days of the scheduled 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  • introduction to ABSA Forms and Information Bulletins (Alert, Interpretation, Notification, Variance, and Withdrawn)
Introduction to Construction and In-Service Repair Codes, Standards, and Practices
  • ASME Construction Codes: B31.1, B31.3, and Section VIII, Div. 1
    • prescriptive rules
    • design by analysis rules
    • precautionary rules for deterioration in-service
  • In-Service Repair Codes: API 570, API 510, NBIC, ASME PCC-2
  • Fitness-For-Service Standard: API 579-1/ASME FFS-1
  • in-service deterioration practices: API RP 571 and ASME Section II-Part D damage mechanisms, NACE/AMPP SP, MR, & TM for corrosion, and ASTM TM for corrosion
  • owner, designer, manufacturer, fabricator, erector, and owner's inspector
Material Specifications and Requirements
  • ASME B31.1/B31.3 listed, unlisted, unknown, and reclaimed materials
  • ASME Section II-Parts A and B pressure vessel material specifications
  • ASTM and ASME material specification similarities and differences
    • ASTM general specifications (A530, A999, A450) and how they work with ASTM product specifications (A106, A333, A350)
    • ASTM piping product specifications
      • product specifications A/SA-105, A/SA-106, A/SA-333, A/SA-516
      • general specifications A/SA-961, A/SA-530, A/SA-999, A/SA-20
      • Material Test Reports (MTRs)
      • review sample A105, A106, A516 MTRs
      • understanding the importance of MTR data
      • using MTRs to make critical purchasing and acceptance/rejection decisions
  • QC checks of MTRs and ASTM/ASME specifications
MTR 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
  • A/SA 312 Grade 316 and Grade 316L
Impact Testing Introduction to Requirements
  • design minimum temperature (DMT) and minimum design metal temperature (MDMT)
  • review of 323.2.2(a) to (j) and UCS-66 impact testing requirements
  • A/SA-370 Charpy impact testing procedure for steel products
    • introduction to A/SA-370 shear fracture appearance
  • Determine impact testing exemption temperature for carbon steel:
    • A/SA 106 Gr B and A333 Grade 6
    • QC check MTR with multiple markings A/SA 106 Grade B and A/SA 333 Grade 6
  • Determine impact testing acceptance criteria based:
    • energy, and
    • lateral expansion
Welding Metallurgy
  • weld joint regions, WMZ, HAZ, BMZ
  • heat-affected zone (HAZ) regions in carbon steel
  • carbon equivalent, A/SA- specifications, and various formulas
  • heat input of welding
    • effect on the HAZ and brittle fracture of carbon steels
    • ASME Section IX WPS supplementary welding variables for carbon steels
    • effect on impact testing requirements for carbon steels
Fabrication by Welding
  • responsibilities
    • AB-516 PESR Guide, Welding Requirements
    • AB-518 Pressure Piping Construction Requirements
  • ASME Section IX WPS qualifications and records
    • procedure qualification essential, nonessential, and supplementary essential variables
    • performance qualification essential variables and Alberta Pressure Welder Regulations
  • ASME B31.1, B31.3, and Section VIII, Div. 1 weld joint designs: categories, type, efficiency factor, restrictions
  • AWS filler metal specifications
  • ASME B31.1, B31.3, and Section VIII, Div. 1 welding requirements
    • cleaning, end preparation, alignment, trimming, root spacing, tack welds, peening
    • attachment and branch connection welds
    • weld repair during fabrication
    • installation of set-through and set-on nozzles, including weldolet or threadolet
    • preheat and postweld heat treatment requirements
  • identify construction code requirements that are listed as WPS qualification nonessential welding variables that must be addressed beyond the ASME Section IX qualification rules
Inspection and Nondestructive Examination
  • brief introduction to ASME B31.1, B31.3, and Section VIII, Div. 1 requirements
  • 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 with UW-35 and UW-51 Acceptance Criteria for Welds
Pressure Testing
  • brief introduction to ASME B31.1, B31.3, and Section VIII, Div. 1 requirements
  • preparation for testing
  • brittle fracture considerations for 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 Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • have an awareness of the federal and provincial laws and regulations governing pressure equipment safety regulations (CSA B51 and Alberta PESR) and jurisdictions (ABSA), related codes and standards for new construction and in-service repair of ASME B31.3 piping and ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 pressure vessels;
  • navigate and identify the general rules of welding fabrication in ASME B31.1, B31.3, and ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 and apply them when reviewing qualified welding procedure specifications (WPSs) for code compliance with an awareness of the intended application;
  • recognize ASME B31.1/B31.3 Listed ASTM Specifications and ASME Section II Parts A and B Specifications and have an awareness of how:
    • ASTM and ASME material specifications have similarities and differences;
    • general and product specifications are used;
    • material test reports are reviewed, and
    • multiple material markings are reviewed;
  • navigate and identify the general rules of inspection and examination in ASME B31.1, B31.3, and ASME Section VIII, Div. 1; and
  • navigate and identify the general rules of pressure testing in ASME B31.1, B31.3, and ASME Section VIII, Div. 1.

Learning Assessment

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

Required Code Documents

All participants must have copies of the ASME B31.3 and ASME Section VIII, Division 1 codes. If you require copies, they can be purchased from CASTI when you register for the course.

Course Notebook

A digital course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI (printed hardcopy not available).

About the Instructor

John E. Bringas, P.Eng. is the President and Founder of Codes and Standards Training Institute (CASTI) and CASTI Publishing Inc. He is a professional engineer who has practiced metallurgical and materials engineering, and inspection since 1975. He has also been 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 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, E04 Metallography, E28 Mechanical Testing, F42 Additive Manufacturing, J01 ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion, NACE STG 31 Oil and Gas Production—Corrosion and Scale Inhibition, STG 32 Oil and Gas Production-Metallurgy, STG 34 Petroleum Refining and Gas Processing, STG 35 Pipelines, Tanks, and Well Casings, STG 39 Process Industries—Materials Applications and Experiences, and past 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 (failure analysis), inspection, NDE, refinery, pipeline, and petrochemical industries.