Equipment, Facilities and Maintenance > Piping Stress Engineering – Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

The 5 half-day Piping Stress Engineering Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course will systematically expose participants to:

  1. The theory and practice of piping stress engineering, with special reference to ASME B 31.1 and ASME B 31.3 Standards.
  2. The basic principles and theories of stress and strain and piping stress engineering, through a series of lessons, case study presentations, in-class examples, multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and mandatory exercises.
  3. Principal stresses and shear stresses which form the backbone of stress analysis of a material. Expressions for these quantities will be derived using vector algebra from fundamentals.
  4. Thermal stress-range, sustained and occasional stresses, code stress equations, allowable stresses, how to increase flexibility of a piping system, cold spring.
  5. The historical development of computational techniques from hand calculations in the 1950s to the present-day software.

On completion of this VILT course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify potential loads the piping systems and categorise the loads to primary and secondary.
  • Determine stresses that develop in a pipe due to various types of loads and how to derive stress-load relationships, starting from scratch.
  • Treat the primary and secondary stresses in piping system in line with the intent of ASME Standards B 31.1 and B 31.3 and understand how the two codes deal with flexibility of piping systems, concepts of self-springing and relaxation/shake down, displacement stress range and fatigue, what is meant by code compliance.
  • Understand the principles of flexibility analysis, piping elements and their individual effects, flexibility factor, flexibility characteristic, bending of a curved beam and importance of virtual length of an elbow in the flexibility of a piping system. Learn stress intensification factors of bends, branch connections and flanges.
  • Understand how the stresses in the material should be controlled for the safety of the piping system, the user and the environment.
  • Examine how codes give guidance to determine allowable stresses, stress range reduction due to cyclic loading, and effects sustained loads have on fatigue life of piping.
  • Confidently handle terminal forces and moments on equipment. Understand the supplementary engineering standards required to establish acceptance of the equipment terminal loads and what can be done when there are no engineering standard governing equipment terminal loads is available and learn the techniques of local stress analysis.
  • Get a thorough understanding of the concepts and the rules established by the ASME B 31.1 and ASME B 31.3 Standards.
  • Perform flange load analysis calculations based on Kellogg’s Equivalent Pressure method & Nuclear Code method. Perform the same using a piping stress analysis software and check for flange stresses and leakage.
  • Confidently undertake formal training of piping stress analysis using any commercial software, with a clear understanding of what happens within the software rather than a ‘blind’ software training and start the journey of becoming a specialist piping stress engineer.


The VILT course is intended for:

  • Recent mechanical engineering graduates who desire to get into the specialist discipline of Piping Stress Engineering.
  • Junior mechanical, chemical, structural and project engineers in the industry who wish to understand the basics of Piping Stress Engineering.
  • Engineers with some process plant experience who desire to progress into the much sought-after specialist disciplines of Piping Stress Engineering.
  • Mechanical, process and structural engineers with some process plant experience who desire to upskill themselves with the knowledge in piping stress engineering and to become a Piping Stress Engineer.
  • Any piping engineer with some pipe stressing experience in the industry who wish to understand the theory and practice of Piping Stress Engineering at a greater depth.

A comprehensive set of course notes, practice exercises and multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are included. Participants will be given time to raise questions and participants will be assessed and graded based on responses to MCQs and mandatory exercises.

A certificate will be issued to each participant and it will carry one of the three performance levels: Commendable, Merit or Satisfactory, depending on how the participant has performed in MCQs and mandatory exercises.

The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 5 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (20 hours in total).

Your expert course leader is a fully qualified Chartered Professional Engineer with over 40 years of professional experience in Oil & Gas (onshore and offshore), Petrochemical and Mining industries in engineering, engineering/design management and quality technical management related to plant design and construction. At present, he is assisting a few Perth based oil & gas and mining companies in detail engineering, piping stress analysis, feasibility study and business development work related to plant design. He is a pioneer in piping stress engineering in Western Australia.

His recent major accomplishments include the following roles and challenges:

  1. Quality Technical Support Manager of USD 54 billion (Gorgon LNG Project). This encompassed management of quality technical services connected with Welding, Welding Related Metallurgy, Non-Destructive Examination, Insulation /Refractory /Coating, AS2885 Pipelines Regulatory Compliance and Pressure Vessel Registration.
  2. Regional Piping Practice Lead and Lead Piping Engineer of Hatch Associates. In this role, he was responsible for providing discipline leadership to several mining projects for BHP Billiton (Ravensthorpe), ALCOA-Australia (Alumina), Maáden Saudi Arabia (Alumina), QSLIC China (Magnesium), COOEC China (O&G Gorgon). He was actively involved in the development of piping engineering practice in WA, including training and professional development of graduate, junior and senior engineers. This also includes the formation of the Piping Engineering Specialist Group.
  3. Lead Piping/Pipe Stress Engineer on ConocoPhillips’ (COP) Bayu Undan Gas Recycle, Condensate production and processing platform. He was able to develop several novel design methodologies for the project and provided training to engineers on how to implement them. These methodologies were commended by COP and the underwriters of the project Lloyds Register of Shipping, UK.
  4. Creator of Piping Engineering Professional Course aimed at global engineering community.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK (IMechE)
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia (EA), National Register of Engineers (NER)
  • Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USA (ASME)
  • Honorary Life Member, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL)


To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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