Process Equipment and Piping Systems: Application, Design and Operation

Regina, Saskatchewan /
Oct 7 - 10, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-1018-2370

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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the safe design and operation of process equipment
  • Follow the procedure for inspection and testing of process equipment
  • Apply the fundamental concepts and strategies to prevent equipment failures
  • Use the best practices of FFS to estimate the remaining life of operating equipment
  • Select the methods of repair and alteration of pressurized process equipment

This course is designed to provide practical aspects of the mechanical design and operation of process equipment and piping systems including plant Integrity and reliability, design of pressure vessels and storage tanks, process heaters and heat exchangers, pumps, compressors, industrial failure, equipment inspection and testing.

The course will discuss the performance of process systems under various operating conditions including in-depth explanation on the process of material degradation such as corrosion, erosion, fatigue and others that may lead to component failure. Several examples and case studies included in the workshops and will demonstrate the application of Fitness for Service (FFS) assessment method that enables quantitative evaluation of the remaining life in service of any component of equipment. Failure prevention methods will be discussed and explained.

Course Outline:

  • Overview of Design Features of Process Equipment and Piping System
  • Overview of Operation Issues of Components of Process Equipment
  • Failure Modes and Fracture Mechanisms
  • Design and Operation of Fluid Handling Equipment
  • Repairs, Alterations and Rerating of Process Equipment

Who Should Attend:
This course is designed to benefit all levels of Technical Personnel in the oil and gas industry as well as in chemical and process industries but will greatly benefit:
Process, Mechanical and Chemical Engineers • Operation and Maintenance Engineers • Project Engineers • Supervisors and Managers • Technical Personnel involved in inspection

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Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:15 Session begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Day 1- Process Plant Design and Layout Fundamentals

Design and Layout Fundamentals

  • Scope and definitions
  • Design methodologies and guidelines
  • Applicable design codes, standards, recommended practices and regulations

Process Plant Design

  • Objectives and principles
  • Methodology and guidelines
  • Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs) – Symbols, conventions and best practices

Layout Design -General Philosophy and Principles

  • Goals of plant layout design
  • Site location, layout and conditions
  • Separation Distances

Layout Planning and Procedures

  • Plant Layout & Plot Plans - Codes of Practice relating to Plant Layout (PIP)
  • Plot Plans, Equipment Drawings, Nozzle Specifications
  • Process & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID’s)
  • Piping & Instrument Diagrams (P&IDs) – Symbols, conventions and best practices (PIP)
  • Considerations for civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation
  • Design and layout checklist

Day 2- Sizing and Specifying Process Plant Equipment

Process Equipment Sizing and Design Methodology and Guidelines

  • Codes, standards, and recommended practices
  • Preliminary sizing and mechanical design of major equipment
  • Estimating costs of major equipment and piping
  • Standard Specifications & Data Sheets for Process Equipment

Materials of Construction for Process Equipment

  • Material types standards
  • Material selection guidelines

Sizing and Design of Pressure Vessels

Sizing and Design of Heat Exchangers

Sizing and Design of Aboveground Storage Tanks

Sizing and Specifying Mechanical Equipment

  • Pumps
  • Compressors

Workshop 2 – Worked Examples: Preliminary Design of Pressure Equipment

Day 3-Piping Systems-Design Methodology and Considerations

Piping Fundamentals

  • Pipe system components; Dimensions; Pipe Data; Materials;
  • Regulations; Codes, Standards and Specifications; Fabrication & Installation; Piping Joints; Design, Bases and Documents

Basic Design of Piping Systems

  • Design methodology and guidelines
  • Codes, standards and best industry practices
  • Hydraulic design
  • Pressure Integrity – Internal and external pressure
  • Mechanical (Structural) Integrity – Additional loads and stresses

Piping Thermal Expansion and Flexibility

  • Expansion bends, loops, and expansion joints
  • Piping loads on load-sensitive equipment

Pipe Supports and Restraints

  • Types and Application
  • Sizing and Selection
  • Location of supports, guides, and anchors

Introduction to Pipe Stress Analysis

  • Code requirements (ASME B31.3)
  • Best industry practices
  • Examples of simplified screening methods

Workshop 2 - Worked Examples

Day 4- Equipment Piping Layout Considerations and Best Practices

Additional Layout and Design Requirements of Piping Systems

  • Optimization of process plant layout with pipe routing
  • Isolation and Blinding
  • Vents, drains, slopes, injection points and sample connections
  • Configuration of spared equipment – testing and operating philosophy
  • Specific requirements - Pressure relief and flare header; gas piping, heat tracing
  • Piping loads on equipment nozzles – vessels, heat exchangers, tanks, pumps, compressors

Pressure Vessels and Reactors

  • Vertical vessels and towers
  • Horizontal vessels

Atmospheric Storage Tanks

  • Fixed roof
  • Floating roof corrosion and erosion in heat exchangers

Fired Heaters

  • Natural draft
  • Forced draft

Heat Exchangers

  • Shell and tube
  • Reboilers and condensers
  • Plate type
  • Air-cooled heat exchangers


  • Types - Centrifugal; Vertical in-line; Positive displacement
  • Applications – Process; Boiler feedwater; Firewater

Compressors, Blowers and Fans

  • Centrifugal
  • Reciprocating

Gas Turbines

  • Combined heat and power systems configurations

Steam Turbines

  • Steam and Condensate Piping Systems
  • Condensing
  • Backpressure


Nabil Al-Khirdaji, M.Eng., P.Eng.

Nabil is president of Kappa Associates International, which provides engineering and project services to the petroleum, process, energy, and related industries.

Mr. Al-Khirdaji has taught well over 200 technical professional development courses in Canada and internationally. He has over 40 years of experience in the petroleum, petrochemical, and related industries both in Canada and the Middle East, including 24 years with Shell Canada Limited, where he assumed a number of project, engineering specialist, and engineering management positions. He also held the position of mechanical program director with EPIC and a number of senior international positions including project management with an oil and gas engineering company in Milan, Italy. Mr. Al-Khirdaji served for several years on the API committee on refinery equipment.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza
2125 Victoria Avenue
Regina SK  S4P 0S3

DoubleTree by Hilton Regina
1975 Broad St
Regina SK  S4P 1Y2

Double Tree by Hilton Regina
1975 Broad St,
Regina SK  S4P 1Y2

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Regina East Gate
3830 East Gate Drive
Regina SK  S4Z 1A5

Please confirm with EPIC that the venue has been officially confirmed before making any reservations or travel arrangements.


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Fee & Credits
  • 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 24 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
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$2545 + taxes

Fee after August 30, 2019:

$2695 + taxes


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