Piping System Fundamentals - Design, Operation and Maintenance (1.2 CEUs)

Daily Schedule
7:45am - Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:00am - Session begins
4:30pm -  Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily


The participant of this seminar will have an overview of the codes and standards governing the design of pressure retaining components and the piping design process. By the end of the seminar, the participant will understand pipe sizing for various flow conditions and pipe wall thickness calculation for internal pressure. Flow and pressure drop calculation; allowable stress and basic piping stress analysis, loading on piping system. Various components that make up a piping system. Good piping design and layout practices. All topics are introduced to individuals with no or limited background on the subject.


This course will provide the participants with the knowledge on the fundamentals of the design of piping systems. The course will also include topics on maintenance, inspection and operation of a piping system.

The course will start with a discussion on the codes that governs the design of Pressure piping, the Hierarchy of Provincial Act and Regulations and various standards that is applicable to different industries.
Design topics will include pipe sizing, pipe wall thickness calculation for internal pressure, flow and pressure drop calculation, the concept of allowable stresses, various loadings on a piping system and the basic of piping stress analysis. Hands on examples will be used to demonstrate various flow and stress calculations. Good piping layout practices will be discussed in detail. A recommended piping design process to ensure a successful outcome will be presented.

Additional subjects such as piping maintenance, piping inspection methods and piping failure case studies will be included in this course.
By the end of the course, the participant will have the basic knowledge and the tools to design and layout a functional piping system from start to finish. Each individual will also gain an insight in the troubleshooting, operation and maintenance of piping systems.

Target Audience

Design and project engineers and technologists, plant and facility engineers, consultants, mechanical engineers and technologists, maintenance and operation personnel and other technical personnel who need to upgrade/refresh their current knowledge of piping systems for process plants.

After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To

  • Understand codes and standards governing the design of pressure retaining components, pipe sizing, stress due to internal pressure, thermal stress and other loadings.
  • Learn systematic approach to design a piping system.
  • Gain insight into good piping layout practices, why piping systems fail and case studies.

Gee Sham

Gee Sham P.Eng. Senior Engineer with former Bechtel International, former Ontario Hydro and various consulting companies, bringing with him in the area of piping design, layout, analysis and operation for Process and Power plants.

He has provided expertise as a consultant and acted as lead design engineer in mining, food processing, petro-chemical and power plants in Canadian and International projects. In addition to the design and construction phase of the project, he was also the project lead in system commissioning and plant start-up activities.

Gee Sham also has many years of experience in operation and maintenance of process and power plants. The main areas include system performance improvement and leading multi-discipline teams to perform troubleshooting, root cause analysis and failure analysis. In addition, he has work as a project engineer to execute design and modification in Mechanical and Instrumental and Control projects.

As an active instructor in this field, he has been involved in industrial training for over 25 years. He has taught courses in technical colleges, in-house training for consulting companies and offered lectures in various technical training institutions. Students from across Canada and overseas have participated in these courses and have provided very positive feedback.

Codes and standards 

  • Development of Codes and Standards.
  • The Hierarchy of Provincial Act and Regulations. CSA standards. Boiler and Pressure Vessel Act
  • ASME, ANSI standards, Piping & pressure vessel code. B31.1 and B31.3
  • Provincial regulators in Canada


  • Method of production, property of pipe
  • Material Selection

Flow of fluid, pressure drop and flow calculation

  • Factor that affects the optimum pipe sizing
  • Pipe sizing and pressure drop of incompressible fluid
  • Flow of fluid through piping components

Pipe Joints

  • Flanged
  • Welded
  • Soldered and brazed
  • Threaded
  • Commonly used pipe joints and Fittings
  • Expansion joints

Mechanical design of piping system. Pipe wall thickness calculation

  • Piping under internal pressure
  • Stress in a piping system
  • Wall thickness Calculation
  • Fittings and Joints

Pipe support

  • Types of pipe support
  • Size a spring hanger
  • Inspection and maintenance 

Flexibility calculation and stress analysis 

  • Expansion and stress
  • Allowable stress, code requirement
  • Stress intensification factor
  • General flexible requirement
  • External loading on piping system
  • Stress analysis software

Acoustic vibration, Pressure transient, vibration, erosion corrosion

  • Pressure surge, water hammer
  • Vibration
  • Erosion corrosion in a piping system

Piping System Layout

  • Requirements
  • Guide line for system layout
  • Piping drawings
  • CAD software
  • Piping system design process

Pipe Inspection Methods. Maintenance and Operation of a piping system

  • Ultrasonic
  • Radiography
  • Liquid Penetration
  • Magnetic particle
  • Eddy current Testing
  • Operation and Maintenance

Pipe Failure Case Studies

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Education @ Your Desk. A Live Webinar Class means that you will attend the class via the web using your computer. There are scheduled breaks for coffee and lunch. You use a microphone, headset, or your phone and are able to interact with the instructor and other students while following notes while watching the presentation slides online just as you would in a live classroom. Notes are posted online. For an extra cost a hard copy can be requested.

The virtual classroom is becoming more and more popular, and we have a lot of experience teaching in this format. The only real difference between a live in-class and live via webinar is where you sit and what you look at. You can learn from the comfort of your own home or office. You pay less for the live webinar format than you would for the in-class format, and you do not have to travel to another city to attend the class. Please contact us at gic@gic-edu.com for Special Group & Corporate Rates for one or more participants.

We could offer any of our courses at a location of your choice and customized contents according to your needs, please contact us at : inhouse@gic-edu.com or click here  to submit an online request.

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows XP, 2003 Server, Vista, 7, 8
Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
Safari 3.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

iPad 1 or newer, iPhone 3GS or newer, iPod Touch (3rd generation) or newer
OS: iOS 6 or newer

OS: Android 2.2 or higher

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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CEUs Certificate

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