Since 1980 SPED has been dedicated to the training, evaluation and certification of piping engineers and designers in the process industries
2018-2020 SPED Louisville Chapter Treasurer
DONALD R. MILLION, PPD IV
Don has over 34 years’ experience with refinery, petrochemical, special chemical, manufacturing and primary metals industries as Piping Department Manager, Senior & Principal Piping Designer and Discipline Client Lead.
He holds an Associate Degree in Engineering Science.
2018-2020 SPED Louisville Chapter Secretary
KEITH HOLTON, PPD IV
Keith has over 38 years’ experience with refinery, chemical, power and steel industries as a Senior Piping Design Lead, 3D Modeling Coordinator.
2018-2020 SPED Louisville Chapter Vice President
NATHAN P. MAYBERRY, P.E.
Nathan has over 11 years’ experience within Refinery and Chemical industries as Project Engineer, Mechanical Lead Engineer, Pressure Vessel Engineer & Quality Coordinator.
He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Kentucky and earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University.
2018-2020 SPED Louisville Chapter President
CASEY BURNS, PPD IV
Casey has over 21 years’ experience with semiconductor, fiber, refinery, petrochemical, specialty chemical, food product and pharmaceutical industries as Senior Piping Design Lead, Mechanical Project Coordinator, Estimator, Validator and software solutions provider.
He holds FAA licenses for fixed wing and UAV aircraft.
By Timothy M. Ivory, PPD I
Six Ways Brownfield Piping Design is Key to Your Plant Upgrade’s Success
“Brownfield” work refers to work performed within or in addition to an existing facility. This type of work can be challenging, as the designers must contend with, work around and connect to existing equipment and piping systems. Some of the equipment and piping systems may not have been built and installed according to the original engineering documentation and as-built drawings may not have been made due to budget or time constraints.
By Sean Moran, C.Eng, P.Eng, Expertise Limited
Recently the issue of who or what an engineer is has come up in discussions I have been having within the IChemE, the University, and in a legal case where I am an expert witness.
The discussion within the IChemE is to do with legally reserving the title "Engineer" for Chartered Engineers, as is done in other countries. If you hear me describe someone as an engineer, that it what I personally mean by the term. A fellow professional engineer, with a UK-accredited degree in Engineering, at least four years of experience working as an engineer in the design or technical supervision of full scale-engineering projects, and the letters CEng after their name.
What’s in an EPC piper credentialing program? Most owner/operators employing engineering/procurement/construction (EPC) firms for design ask for documentation on key personnel put forth for their jobs. The standard practice is to supply résumés of key personnel to comply. Better EPCs have credentialing programs that track the type of experience, knowledge and competence of their staff.
By Sean Moran, C.Eng, P.Eng, Expertise Limited
Chemical Engineers are often known as process engineers in professional life, but we do not design processes - we design process plants. Engineers design physical artefacts, and a process is not a physical object. Process plants are – they are made of concrete and steel, wires and pipes, tanks and pumps. Processes happen in them.
The process designer specifies the physical subcomponents., and how they are to be connected and controlled in order to safely, reliably and economically carry out the process. The process is an emergent property of the specified collection and interconnection of parts.
The process of selecting and specifying the parts and their interconnections involves a great deal of professional judgement, as well as the judicious application of engineering science and mathematics.
The documentation of these choices is done largely by means of drawings. Drawings allow the communication with other engineering disciplines which is necessary to optimise the plant design. Drawings are the things which the people who will build the physical plant need to do their jobs.
This is process plant design, a rather messy, intuitive, collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multifactorial business. It involves negotiation and discussion with electrical, software and civil engineers, equipment suppliers, those who will procure, commission and operate the plant.
The precise process conditions to be used are actually not that important a part of the whole activity, and if we are honest with ourselves, we cannot as designers predict the conditions within the plant as constructed to a high degree of precision. A good process plant designer makes sure that the plant design envelope encompasses the range of conditions that the plant is likely to see, and that it is robust enough to maintain adequate performance across that envelope.