Announcement – OptiPlant Free Course for PPD-Certified Pipers

Several SPED Chapters have asked if we can arrange for training to sharpen the skills of our members. Training has become particularly important to pipers displaced by COVID-19, OPEC+ Price War and other issues. One of SPED’s Corporate Members, OptiPlant, has partnered with us to create a training opportunity for Professional Piping Designer (PPD) Certified Pipers.


OptiPlant 3D is a leading conceptual design and engineering automation tool in the Plant Design Industry. Major global Owner Operators and the top EPCs are utilizing OptiPlant for Pre-FEED and FEED projects. OptiPlant is partnering with SPED to offer self-training video tutorials and instructor led web training to achieve OptiPlant certifications. This training will certify you to develop 3D layouts, to develop multiple options, auto-route 3D pipe and learn to configure rules and piping assemblies, auto-route 3D cable tray and conduit, design parametric steel for pipe racks and buildings, learn to automate concrete foundations, design modules, and more. 

Two classes are being offered:


Automated Layout Technology Awareness (12 hrs.) for PPD Level I and above, limit 25 seats, and,
OptiPlant Basic Training (12 hrs.) for PPD Leve II and above, Level III recommended, limit 8 seats.

 


Skills gained on OptiPlant’s automation technologies would be more attractive in early bidding and FEED studies. This is a rare opportunity to upskill and explore new opportunities for suitably qualified piping designers and engineers. SPED will pre-qualify pipers as being currently PPD Certified and at what level. OptiPlant will then arrange for enrollment as slots are available.

While OptiPlant incurs a cost for each student, the first Pilot Classes are free on a first come, first served basis with the seat limitations shown above. Classes include a 2-week free online license for OptiPlant. The classes are scheduled to begin on September 1, 2020. If the class is successful, additional and subsequent courses will be at a modest fee.

The final decision to accept a student will be up to OptiPlant. Final class content, available seats and other details are subject to change without notice. To get qualified and be placed on the waiting list, contact:

Catherine V.D. Walt
Secretary / Operations Manager
Society of Piping, Engineers and Designers (SPEDI) + 1 713 960 4478
(GMT + 2 - wwp.greenwichmeantime.com)
catherine_van_der_walt@spedweb.com
www.spedweb.com

Course: Automated Layout Technology Awareness (12 hrs)


Prerequisites: PPD Level I and above
Pilot Class Size: 25 seats
Type: Self Study videos plus guest access to a cloud-based OptiPlant license for 10 days.
Materials: OptiPlant will provide students video tutorials, instructions and data needed to complete the following section.
Objectives: This is a technology awareness and pre-training exercise that will help new users get accustomed to the basics of OptiPlant and prepare them for the instructor lead portion of this training.


Lesson 1: Starting a New Project in OptiPlant and 3D Modeling of Equipment and Structures
Lesson 2: Importing of Equipment List in Excel Format
Lesson 3: Line-List Creation and Full Batch Route
Lesson 4: Adding Components
Lesson 5: Generating Deliverables

Course: Basic OptiPlant Training (12 hrs)


Prerequisites: PPD Level II (Level III preferred) and Automated Layout Technology Awareness above
Pilot Class Size: 8 seats
Type: Instructor Led hybrid instruction with lectures and videos plus guest access to a cloud-based OptiPlant license for 10 days
Materials: OptiPlant will provide students video tutorials, instructions and data needed to complete the following section.
Objectives: Students will learn the basics of OptiPlant and build 3D Conceptual Models for the purpose of:


- Visualizing multiple scenarios
- Confirming Process Area, Equipment and Structure space requirements
- Automatic routing of primary Lines
- Generating Bulk MTOs and other Deliverables


At the end of the course, students should be able to prepare simple layout studies from PFD P&ID and similar documents.

For further information and background see:

https://www.optiplant.com/