ASME Section VIII, Div. 1 Code Design Requirements

Pressure Vessel Code Design Requirements

Date: September 30 to October 3, 2024
Earn: 32 CPD hours
Price: $2595
Remote Online Attendance*
In-Person Attendance at:
Holiday Inn Express Calgary NW - University Area
2373 Banff Trail NW
Calgary AB T2M 4L2 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 Calgary NW - University Area location) and interact with the live instructor on the scheduled instructor-led training dates.


The design requirements of ASME Section VIII, Division 1 will be explained and the application of those requirements demonstrated through example problems. General, material, and fabrication requirements with related documentation will be covered. Participants will not only gain knowledge for design of safe and economical vessels, they will also learn how to select proper materials, avoid common fabrication problems, and prepare data reports. A number of important Code Cases, on the topic of more economical construction, will be introduced. The latest Code revisions and the work being performed on future revisions will be reviewed.

Who Should Attend

Individuals involved with the purchase, design, fabrication, or inspection of pressure vessels. (Engineers, designers, fabrication personnel, QA supervisors, and inspectors who work for pressure vessel owners, fabricators, inspection companies, EPC's and government agencies.) Some degree of technical background will be helpful, but individuals are not required to have an engineering degree or previous work experience in the subject matter.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Hours

Participants will receive a digital CASTI Certificate of Completion, awarding 32 CPD hours, for attending all 4 days of the scheduled training. Note: CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours are equivalent to PDH (Professional Development Hours).

Course Outline

Introduction to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel (B&PV) Code
General Requirements of Section VIII, Division 1
Design Criteria and Strength Theory of Division 1
General Design Rules
  • Shells for internal pressure
  • Heads for internal pressure
Introduction to Buckling
Design Rules
  • Shells for external pressure
  • Heads for external pressure
  • Flat covers
  • Openings
Sizing of Stiffeners
Design for External Loadings
Design of Nozzles for Piping Reactions
  • WRC Bulletins 107, 297 and 368
Definition of Joint Categories and Joint Efficiencies
Fabrication Requirements
  • Post weld heat treatment (PWHT)
  • Tolerances
  • Non-destructive examination (NDE)
  • Welding requirements and weld details
  • Carbon and low alloy material requirements
  • High alloys
  • Heat treated materials
Testing requirements
Overpressure protection requirements
Stamping and documentation requirements
Introduction to Flange design
Overview of Division 2, Part 4
Comparison with Division 2
Research and development work being performed
  • PVRC and elsewhere
Design Example Problems
Open Discussion
Questions and Answers
Problem Solving Workshops
  • With practical examples

Required Code Documents

All participants must have a copy of the ASME Section VIII, Division 1 code.

Course Notebook

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

About the Instructor

Fahim E. Shadid, P.E has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and MS degree in Engineering Mechanics. He is a member of ASME Code Subcommittee Section VIII. Mr. Shadid has over 40 years of experience in the design, analysis and fabrication of pressure vessels, including refinery turnarounds. He has expert knowledge of the ASME Codes Sections VIII (Divisions 1 and 2) as well as NBIC, API 510, API 579, and other international codes. His work has included the training of new engineers, preparation of documents for EPC companies pertaining to several LNG terminal projects, and consulting services to the pressure vessel industry.