ASME B31.1 & B31.3 Code Fabrication Requirements

Code Fabrication Requirements for Power and Process Piping

Date: October 30 to November 1, 2023
Earn: 24 PDH
Price: $2595
Remote Online Attendance
In-Person Attendance at:
Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0Z1 Canada
(Use rate code "ILAST" for discounted accommodations.)

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.

Learning Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • navigate and identify the CSA B51, Alberta Safety Code Act, Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations (PESR), and other jurisdiction (ABSA) rules related to ASME codes and standards for new construction, in-service repair, and alteration of pressure piping;
  • navigate, identify, and apply ASME B31.3 basic rules of:
    • listed materials (Chapter III), including ASTM specifications, material test reports (MTRs), and multiple marking,
    • welding fabrication (Chapter V),
    • inspection and examination (Chapter VI), and
    • leak testing, including closure welds (Chapter VI).

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 digital CASTI Certificate of Completion with 24 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending all 3 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 Alberta Jurisdiction Administrator and Authorized Inspection Agency
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 A106 (A530) and A333 (A999) carbon steel piping
    • ASTM A105 and A350 (A961) carbon steel forged fittings and flanges
  • Material Test Reports (MTRs)
    • review of sample A105, A106, and A333 MTRs
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)
  • ASTM specifications
Introduction to B31.3 Impact Testing Requirements
  • design maximum temperature
  • design minimum temperature
  • Table 323.2.2 Requirements for Low Temperature Toughness Tests for Metals
  • Figure 323.2.2A Minimum Temperatures Without Impact Testing for Carbon Steel Materials
  • Table 323.3.1 Impact Testing Requirements for Metals
  • Table 323.3.4 Charpy Impact Test Temperature Reduction for subsize specimens
  • Table 323.3.5 Minimum Required Charpy V-Notch Impact
  • ASTM A370 Charpy impact testing procedure for steel products
  1. determine impact testing exemption temperature
  2. determine impact testing acceptance criteria
Welding Metallurgy
  • defining the weldment zones: WMZ (mixed and unmixed), Weld Interface, HAZ, BMZ
  • weldability, use of carbon equivalent and ferrite number
  • heat input of welding and influence on mechanical properties and corrosion resistance
B31.3 Fabrication by Welding
  • responsibilities
  • 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 Section IX welding procedure requirements for carbon steels
  • identifying B31.3 welding requirements for WPS qualification
B31.3 Inspection and Testing for New Construction
  • responsibilities of the fabricator, purchaser, and inspector
  • introduction to examination extent and methods
  • Table 341.3.2 Acceptance Criteria for Welds
  • practice using Table 341.3.2
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 discussions, problem solving exercises, and workshops.

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the ASME B31.3 code to this class. If you require a copy, it 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.