Introduction to ASME Pressure Equipment Codes (Virtual Access)

ASME B31.3, VIII Div. 1, and IX for the Novice Code User

Available Dates and Locations:
Date: March 15-17, 2021
Earn: 24 PDH
Price: $1995
Course Location:

Learning Outcomes

Attendees who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify and navigate some of the basic rules for ASME B31.3, ASME VIII, Div. 1, and ASME IX.
  2. Understand the origins of pressure equipment rules in Alberta.
  3. Investigate, analyze, interpret and apply the basic welding rules in ASME IX, ASME B31.3, and ASME VIII, Div. 1.
  4. Recall and describe the materials rules in ASME B31.3, ASME VIII, Div. 1, and ASME IX.
  5. Describe the required components of a welding procedure using ASME IX and the additional requirements of ASME B31.3 and ASME VIII, Div. 1.
  6. Realize the depth and complexity of the rules in ASME B31.3, ASME VIII, Div. 1, and ASME IX.

Who Should Attend

Inspectors, engineers, maintenance and QA personnel, NDE technicians, tradespeople, who work for owner-user companies, inspection companies, fabricators, maintenance service and repair companies, inspection companies and EPC's 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, and all supporting industries.

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 Virtual Access training.

Course Features

Course Outline

Pressure Equipment Laws and Regulations in Alberta
  • Introduction to Alberta Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations (PESR), Welder Regulations, and the Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA)
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Interactions with ABSA
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Pressure Piping
  • Pressure Welding in Alberta
Structure of ASME B31.3—Process Piping
  • Structure and navigation of ASME B31.3
  • Scope, Responsibility and Intent
  • Materials, Welding, Preheating, Heat Treating
  • Inspection vs. Examination, Personnel Qualification, Procedures
  • Testing
  • Records
  • Navigation and information acquisition throughout the day covering the above topics
Structure of ASME Section VIII, Div. 1—Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels
  • Structure and navigation of ASME Section VIII, Div. 1
  • Scope, General Requirements, and Specifications
  • Weld Joints, Inspection of Weld Joints, Weld Joint Efficiency, Weld Joint Design, PWHT
  • Marking, Nameplates, and Data Reports
  • Tolerance, Reinforcement
  • Design Temperature and Impact Testing
  • Testing: hydrostatic, pneumatic
  • Appendices
  • Navigation and information acquisition throughout the day covering the above topics
Structure of ASME Section IX—Qualification Standard for Welding, Brazing, and Fusing Procedures; Welders; Brazers; and Welding, Brazing, and Fusing Operators
  • Structure and navigation of ASME IX
  • Scope, Organizations, and Hierarchy
  • Article I: Welding General Requirements including:
    • responsibilities
    • welding positions
    • types and purpose of tests and examinations
    • P-No.’s, F-No.’s
  • Article II: Welding Procedure Qualifications including:
    • contents of a WPS, WPS variables
    • understanding the QW-250 variable tables
    • linking Article II to Article IV for welding data
  • Article III: Welder and Welding Operator Performance Qualifications
    • understanding the QW-350 variable tables
    • welder qualification in Alberta, welding examiner qualification
    • testing, retesting, renewal and expiry of qualification
    • linking Article III to Article IV for welding data
  • Practicing code navigation and information acquisition by performing a WPS/PQR Review

Learning Assessment

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

Virtual Access

Approximately 1 week prior to the Virtual Access training days, participants will receive an email invitation to join the online meeting. On the scheduled Virtual Access training days, use the email invitation to log in and join the online meeting. [For more information about how to join a Webex Meeting, please visit the Cisco Webex website.]

Required Code Documents

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

About the Instructor

Kimberley Meszaros, (P.Eng, MSc) is a professional engineer who practices materials engineering. Kimberley is a BSc (Materials Engineering) and MSc (Materials Engineering - Welded Composite Coatings for Oil Sands) graduate of the University of Alberta. Kimberley has worked in the Alberta energy sector developing and troubleshooting welding procedures, conducting inspections, and consulting on various projects, and has worked in research and development for both private and government organizations. Kimberley is an Engineering Design sessional instructor in the Chemical & Materials Engineering department at the University of Alberta. Kimberley works with the Codes and Standards Training Institute (CASTI) Inc. in Edmonton, developing training materials and instructing courses related to the codes and standards used in the Petroleum and Refining industries.