David Diehl of Intergraph gives a brief overview of CAESAR II. David spoke at the SPED Houston Chapter Meeting, August 22, 2013.
Holds in pipe fabrication are often contentious and misunderstood. In this article, the term “hold” is used to describe the act of removing a spool piece from the fabrication cycle and preventing further work on the affected spool until the “hold” is “released”. “Released” means fabrication on this piece can resume.
A hold can be an instruction from a client to stop work on a piece or group of pieces, or it can be a result of the client issuing a change to the piece, with the fabricator putting the piece on hold while the changes are processed. We will describe some of the challenges created by holds caused by the client after the contract has begun, resulting in increased costs charged by the fabricator.
In order to understand the true impact of holds on pipe fabrication in a professional pipe fab shop, one has to understand the production process.
Special COVID-19 Home Study Pricing Extended for August 2020
SPED recognizes that most of our members are under stay-at-home orders. We must work and study away from employers.
For the rest of the month of August, SPED is offering a bundle price for its two online courses, Piper Bootcamp and Process Plant Layout. For the price of the course (membership required), both the course and PPD Certification Testing and application is included. This is a US$250 savings.
We hope this helps utilize the time productively. Please stay safe!
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Dear SPED Member,
SPED has been watching closely the developments over the last few months on the Coronavirus and the oil price war. We held a Town Hall meeting Saturday, April 4, 2020 to discuss it. Here is our general advice to our members:
Obey all Stay-at-Home or Quarantine orders. Absent a treatment, cure, or vaccine, this is the best way for you to protect yourself, family, friends and neighbors.
Levels of business vary across industry and clients. Some have closed offices with little prospect of quick re-opening. Others are busy finishing projects that are too expensive to suspend or halt. Others, like pharmaceuticals, have little change and are short of pipers.
Pipers with online and remote capabilities are still productive. Many employers continue working through CITRIX virtual desktops or send company hardware home and use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Piper’s inherent computer and online work methods and strong home internet access are an advantage now.
If you are laid off, file immediately for unemployment benefits. Because the recession is government-ordered, most governments have special benefits available. There is no shame in collecting these benefits. Besides, being laid-off is part of being a piper.
Ask your employer to continue office and software privileges while furloughed or laid-off. This will give you access to email, CAD software and other applications, allowing you to practice your skills and remain employable.
If you are ready to advance your PPD Level, do it now. If you are asked what you did during a gap in employment, it helps to say you took a course and/or got certified. That makes you look productive. You’re local unemployment benefits office might pay for it, so check it out.
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Above all, stay safe!