Since 1981 SPED is dedicated to the training, evaluation and certification of piping engineers and designers in the process industries.
The Process Plant Layout online course contains:
- Approximately 25 hours of online videos
- Printable notes
- Links to supplemental material
- Course available 24/7 for up to six months from the date of purchase or until completion
Register for Full Course - Process Plant Layout
This course is in part (approximately 1/3), based upon the textbook, Process Plant Layout and Design by Ed Bausbacher and Roger Hunt. While this book is not necessary to complete the course, it is a good reference for future use. You may purchase it through amazon.com.
The SPED Board of Directors manages the business affairs of SPED. For details on the Board's responsibilities and operation, see the SPED Bylaws and Constitution. Excerpts from the Bylaws are listed below.
1) Board meetings are conducted once per month from 11:30AM until 1:30PM on Friday. Meetings will be reduced to one meeting quarterly in 2014 once all committees are in place and working.
2) The board secretary emails notice of the next meeting one week prior to the meeting.
3) Board members may phone into the meetings.
4) Lunch is provided to those attending in person.
5) A toll-free number will be provided to any board member who must phone in to participate in the meeting.
6) Communication between board meetings is chiefly through emails and phone calls.
7) Any board member not present for three consecutive meetings, will be asked to resign from the board.
7) You must be a SPED Member to participate as a board member.
SPED Board of Directors
Kerry Millen, PPD Level IV
SPED Executive Director
Term: 2015 -
Kevin Noakes, PPD Level IV
SPED Executive Vice President
Term: 2016 - 2018
Carol Mc Comb, PPD Level IV
SPED Chapter Director
Term: 2013 -
Jacques De Fortier, PPD Level IV
SPED At-Large Director
Term: 2017 - 2020
Clarence Wynter, PPD Level IV
SPED At-Large Director
Term: 2017 - 2020
Paul Bowers, PPD Level IV
SPED At-Large Director
Webmaster, Developer, Server Admin
Term: 2016 - 2019
Excerpts from the Bylaws Relating to the Board of Directors
The business, property and affairs of the Society shall be managed by the Board of Directors. The detailed management of the affairs of the Society shall be exercised by the President and Executive Director of the Society under the authority of the Board of Directors. The President, Executive Vice President, and Executive Director shall execute the policies and decisions of the Board, subject to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society.
All questions coming before the Society, its governing bodies and committees shall be decided by a majority of the votes cast except as otherwise provided by the Constitution and Bylaws. Each Member, other than Student Members, shall be entitled to one vote on all questions submitted to the membership of the Society.
Organization and Terms of Board Members
President: Two Years
Executive Vice President: Two Years
Treasurer who is elected by the Board of Directors and length of term shall be at their discretion.
Treasurer Elected by the Board of Directors and length of term shall be at the discretion of the Board of Directors
Executive Director term of office shall begin at the close of the annual meeting at which the officer’s election is announced and shall continue until a successor qualifies.
Two Vice Presidents and at least two Directors shall be elected each year.
President, Executive Vice President, Executive Director and Treasurer shall be elected at a board meeting at which a quorum of the Board of Directors is present.
An Executive Committee of the Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Executive Vice President, Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and the Executive Director. Within the limitation set by the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee shall act for and with the authority of the Board of Directors between its regular meetings.
There will be no limit to the number of terms any officer or director may serve.
Revised 26 September 2017 Paul Bowers
Layout Course Content
Unit 1 - Introduction to Plant Layout Design (4 Hours)
What is a plant layout design. Purpose and role. Principal Function. Data required by plant layout design. Basic of plant layout design. Development of layout philosophy. Advantages of good plant layout. Results of poor plant layout design. Effective use of space. Abbreviations and terminology encountered by the plant layout designer. Code and standards normally used by the plant layout designer. Constructability... What does it mean?
Unit 2 - Plant Layout Specification (2 Hours)
What is a plant layout specification. Modifications to layout specifications. Equipment-arrangement-elevation. Roads. Clearance. Platforms, ladders, stairs. Operational access. Maintenance requirements.
Unit 3 - Plot Plans (4 Hours)
Purpose. Use. Development-Wind direction-Horizontal-Vertical-Economy-Process requirements. Real estate governing factors. Underground considerations. Climatic considerations. Pipe racks. Line shoots. Access, operations, constructability
Unit 4 - Compressors (8 Hours)
Type. Drivers. Uses. Auxiliary equipment. Mounting Waste Heat. Nozzle orientations. Maintenance / Constructability. Lube oil system. Seal oil system. Surface condenses Location and elevation. Shelter. Maintenance vs. economics. Arrangement-with shelter-W / O shelter. Inter and after coolers. Critical compressor piping. Special supports. Auxiliary and interconnecting piping. Surface condenser piping.
Unit 5 - Drums (4 Hours)
Type. Location. Support-Grade mounted-Structure mounted. Nozzle locations. Platform arrangements. Piping arrangements. Instrument arrangement. Maintenance. Special considerations.
Unit 6 - Exchangers (4 Hours)
Definitions. Types. Shell and tube. Plate. Spiral. Double pipe. Air coolers. Location and support methods * Nozzle orientation. Access- Maintenance-Constructability. Piping.
Unit 7 - Furnaces (6 Hours)
Basic parts and primary operation. Types of furnaces. Terminology. Burners. Air preheating. General arrangement. Auxiliary equipment. Breeching Stack. Piping layout-Circular-Box. Access. Constructability. Burner management. Waste heat recovery.
Unit 8 - Pumps (4 Hours)
Terminology. Type. Locations. NPSH Requirements. Piping. Maintenance. Constructability.
Unit 9 - Reactors (4 Hours)
Process operation. Design considerations. Location and support. Nozzle locations. Special consideration. Platforms. Piping.
Unit 10 - Towers (6 Hours)
Type. Design Considerations. Elevation and support. Constructability. Maintenance. Tower internals. Nozzle elevation and orientation. Reboiler circuits. Platform arrangements. Instrumentation. Piping. Supports.
Unit 11 - Pipe Racks (2 Hours)
Establishing need. Setting line locations. Piping flexibility. Instrument/Electrical considerations. Access. Piping. Structural considerations. Intersections.
Unit 12 - Structures (2 Hours)
Design considerations. Stairs. Ladders. Bracing. Access. Constructability. Drill.
Unit 13 - Underground Piping (4 Hours)
Standards. Terminology. Type of systems. Materials of construction. Gravity flow systems. Pressure systems. Details. Composite. Fire protection.
Unit 14 - Instrumentation (2 Hours)
Piping layout considerations. Instrument Locations.
Unit 15 - Storage Tanks (4 Hours)
Codes and Regulations. Terminology. Types of Tanks. Spill Containment. Dike Access. Sizing Tanks and Dikes. Tank Details. Tank Support.
Unit 16 - Stress Analysis
Piping Stress. Causes. Impacts. Layout solutions for weight, thermal and other stresses.
Unit 17 - Computer-Aided Design
Application. 3-D Solid Modeling. Layering. Planning. Integrated Modeling Systems. Systems Engineering and Instrument Design. Electronic Spool Sheets. CAD benefits summary.