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Piping Design vs. Piping Engineering

by William G. Beazley, PhD, Executive Director, SPED


I am often asked about the difference between Piping Design and Piping Engineering <Design>. There is much confusion between the two, particularly since the major piping codes and standards partially address them and certain actions performed by them fall under government licensing for Professional Engineers. The distinction is important as most engineering; Procurement and Construction (EPC) companies employ piping designers on engineering projects who are not qualified under codes or licensing to perform piping engineering without supervision.

I define design as the creation of highly quality assured product definition data. A drawing is little more than a sketch without the extra step of assuring the product will perform to expectations and defined requirements. Piping Designers and Piping Engineers provide assurance from two different bodies of knowledge: Both perform design but in accordance with two sets of requirements.

oct 26 2013 enmax tour PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Evans   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 08:45


Saturday October 26th beginning at 8:30AM


WHEN: October 26th at 8:30 am - the tour will be about 3 hours long.

 Please let me know your intention. There are 25 pre-registrants, of which you are one, who will need to confirm attendance.


Please acknowledge your attendance and provide a personal contact (cell) phone number so that you can be reached on a Saturday in any event. I would like to hear back from you about this by next Wednesday please. I need to provide the attendance names to ENMAX Shepard project site security so that their gate security will be expecting us and name tags and PPE outfits can be readied for us. This event is limited to those that have confirmed attendance for October 26 AM and are on the site gate security list.


PLEASE NOTE:  It is essential that visitors are dressed properly.  You will need steel toed foot wear suitable for the walking tour on rough gravel terrain. ENMAX will supply all required PPE except shoes. Each person will be required to wear PPE provided by ENMAX: Safety Helmet, Safety Glasses and High Visibility Vest that goes over your coat. Each person will be required to provide and wear their own Safety Steel Toed Boots.


On our arrival there, there will be a Light breakfast, coffee and refreshments served and a  required safety induction and a movie presentation that will take about 20 minutes, then we will be provided with the required PPE and an earphone headset that ENMAX personnel will talk to us over during the tour upon which we will be taken to the plant. After the site tour is completed a light lunch will be provided for you before you leave the site to go home.


Please reply to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with your responses and comments/queries if any.


WHERE: Across the street from Shakers Fun Centre       


Should you have a personal transportation difficulty getting there please note this to me and arrangements can be made to pick you up at an LRT station to take you to the ENMAX site and back.


Written by Sarah Evans   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 17:24


PRESENTATION: Scanning for Dimensional Control and As-Built Documentation

SPED Corporate Member, Hi-CAD will host this meeting at
2500 City West Blvd., Houston, TX map

Badge pick up at 5:30PM

Meeting begins at 6:00PM

Refreshments will be served.
Online registration at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-Ejog6NA_Xg9vsC86yDtPP4YM-khZLzz4IGbT-FOqBo/viewform

Certificates will be emailed for 1 PDU earned to each attendee.


PRESENTATION: 3D Laser Scanning High Definition Survey Services


Minimizing operational shutdowns and mitigating risk is a constant concern for onshore or offshore plant/asset operators and owners of large facilities. Our 3D laser scanning survey services help capture complete as-built field construction data without causing disruption.


Intertek Asset Integrity Management (AIM) solutions can help you meet this challenge with 3D laser scanning. We offer a unique solution that delivers high definition 360-degree by 320-degree photo-realistic panoramic scans to a 3D CAD surface model.


Our high definition 3D digital capture techniques gather a large amount of field information in a very short period of time. The process works by capturing a series of high definition 3D laser scans on site that can be processed immediately for analysis.


Intertek deploys their vast fleet of high speed laser scanners, capturing up to one million points per second, to deliver individual “spheres” of data. Each individual scan is a high resolution “laser-point” depiction of all line-of-sight objects. Adequate scans are collected from multiple locations to satisfy all desired perspective views. The scans are individually referenced to the plant coordinates with the help of an industrial survey methodology and software system authored by HI-CAD called DIMES (Data Integrated Management Engineering System). These as-built high definition 3D data sets produce a virtual plant / facility environment that can be integrated directly with CAD systems (AutoCAD, MicroStation, CADWorx, AutoPlant, SmartPlant 3D, PDS, PDMS) to interrogate and clash check against new Design Models. Elevations, measurements, coordinates, pipe diameters, and high definition photos can be extracted with the click of a mouse. Engineering groups can design directly within this data to ensure the elimination of clashes and interferences. This is opposed to the conventional alternative of relying on existing drawings that are typically not up to date.


Key areas for application include:


Creation up to date as-built documentation


3D semi-automated modeling


Clash/Interference checking


Condition and damage assessment


Data exchange with many CAD platforms


2D plans


Complete 3D CAD models from point clouds


Aid in inspections


Deformation analysis and weld peaking reports


Tank/vessel volumetric information


Our 3D laser scanning service is intended to enhance the design and constructability of any revamp, retrofit, upgrade project through all stages of the process. Key benefits of this service include:


Mitigation of risk


Minimizing shutdown periods


Minimizing offshore fabrication activities


Eliminate re-work and reduce cost of retrospective engineering


Reduction of installation man-hours


Maximizing field productivity


Minimizing field hot-work


Early project completion


Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 07:10
ontario meeting november 12 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Evans   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 17:14




Promoting Excellence and Quality in Piping Design in Ontario

 SPED Meeting in Mississauga

 Simutech Exclusive Presenter at the SPED Ontario Chapter Meeting

November 12, 2013
Delta Meadowvale Resort & Conference Center
6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga

ON L5N 2L3

 Simutech has been selling and supporting the ANSYS software in Canada for over 30 years.

During this time we have been exposed to significantly rising usage in a variety of industries.

This talk will focus somewhat on FE in general and how it applies to the piping industry.

1.       Intro to SimuTech – Who are we and What we do.

2.       Intro to ANSYS - Multiphysics based FE (Finite Element) simulation

3.       Why use simulation - have to look at all issues (big picture)

4.       Analytics vs Code Based - why in depth analysis is required

5.       Example Multiphysics - pipe Y-joint CFD - thermal - structural

6.       Democratization and Customization – Extending the Usage of FE Technology  through customized automated piping support analysis

7.       Knowledge Capture and Data Management – EKM (Engineering Knowledge Management)

8.       Pipeline Specific Issues

 Followed by a Q & A


  •  5:30pm – 6:00pm      – Meet and Greet with SPED Members
  • 6:00pm – 6:30pm – SPED Introduction
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Simutech Presentation

To RSVP for the event, please contact Carol McComb at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " target="_blank"> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Professional Development Certificates Distributed


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SPED Louisville Chapter Meeting Moved to Thursday, October 24, 2013

 at the offices of C&I Engineering
Beginning at 6:30 p.m

Dave Overman  and Charlie Jochim with Swagelok will be joining us to give a presentation on their product line. This is a golden opportunity to learn about what Swagelok fittings to use in special applications.  Also, there are new developments with SPED that I would like to share with you so mark your calendars. Refreshments will be provided.  

Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Monday October 21st

PRESENTATION: Scanning for Dimensional Control and As-Built Documentation

PRESENTATION: Scanning for Dimensional Control and as-built documentation

2500 City West Blvd., Houston, TX
(Just north of Westheimer and East of Beltway 8)

Badge pick up at 5:30PM
Meeting and presentation 6PM - 8PM
Online registration at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-Ejog6NA_Xg9vsC86yDtPP4YM-khZLzz4IGbT-FOqBo/viewform#!


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