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2016 Archive

ASME NAS Workshop
Introduction to Fitness-For-Service
About This Workshop
This workshop is an introduction to Fitness-For-Service. Fitness-For-Service is a term used in various industries to describe the rigorous process of assessing equipment, which no longer complies with the original design code or standard, in order to estimate a safe run period until repair or replacement can be performed. These assessments are becoming more and more frequent as our oil and gas, power, chemical, and other facilities get nearer and nearer to their end of life. Fitness-For-Service assessments are one means by which we are able to maintain equipment availability in critical applications.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the Fitness-For-Service process as it applies in Alberta. It is intended for those who are involved with Fitness-For-Service and who would like to gain a better understanding of the overall Fitness-For-Service process. This includes engineers, designers, operations personnel, quality control inspectors, integrity management personnel, maintenance personnel, and equipment owners.

Brought to you by:

ASME Northern Alberta Section

ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Division

Date and Time: November 10, 2016. 7:30AM - 4:30PM (see program below)

Location: University of Alberta Engineering Teaching and Learning Center, 6th floor room 060 (ETLC 6-060
116 Street NW., Edmonton, AB T6G 2V4
(See Map)


7:30 am –
8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am –
8:15 am

Introduction & Welcome
Calvin Cheng, Enbridge

8:15 am –
9:15 am

What is Fitness-For-Service and Why is it Important?

What is it? Where does it come from? What is its purpose? Who uses it? What are the Risks? What are the benefits? What are the rules? Who are the players?

Mark Stonehouse, Becht

9:15 am –
9:30 am


9:30 am –
10:30 am

The Nuts & Bolts

Industry used codes, standards, and recommended practices ● Defects eligible for assessment ● The assessment process ● difference between level 1, 2, and 3 assessments ● Some examples ● Software available ● Available training ● Companies performing Fitness-For-Service

Pieter Visagie, RAE
Jorge Perez, RAE
Mark Stonehouse, Becht

10:30 am –
10:45 am


10:45 am –
12:00 am

The Nuts & Bolts, continued

12:00 –
1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm –
2:00 pm

Alberta Legislation

Alberta Safety Codes Act ● The role of the local jurisdiction (ABSA) ● Submission requirements for levels 1, 2, and 3 ● Submission and review process and timeline ● Permitted scope and limitations ● Run vs. replacement – The intent and purpose of Fitness-For-Service

Lou Petrusevski, ABSA

2:00 pm –
2:15 pm


2:15 pm –
3:15 pm

The Role of Nondestructive Evaluation

Typical inspection requirements ● NDE methods available – their advantages and limitations ● Challenges ● Continuous monitoring programs

Larry Bartley, Acuren
David Mackintosh, Acuren

3:15 pm –
3:30 pm


3:30 pm –
4:30 pm

Panel Discussion

Management of Fitness-For-Service ● Frequency of use ● Pro’s & Con’s ● Continuous monitoring programs ● Corporate view ● In-house service vs. third party

John Wolff, TransAlta
Charles Ormsbee, Agrium


Calvin Cheng, P.Eng., PMP, M.Eng, MBA

  • Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Supervisor of Outage Coordination for Pipeline Integrity Dig Program and Liquid Pipeline Projects
  • Mechanical design and project lead with over 10 years of technical experience in pipeline operations and major projects (>$200M), including subject matter expert for mechanical pipeline equipment and pipeline stress analyses
  • Workshop Organizer

Pieter Visagie, P. Eng., M. Eng.

  • RAE Engineering and Inspection Ltd.
  • Engineering Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer, South Africa
  • Specializes in Storage Tank Design, Structural Integrity Evaluation, API 579 Fitness-For-Service, Thermal Fluid System Design and Finite Element Analysis Background
  • 3D Laser Scanning and Modelling
  • Background in underground coal machinery design and fabrication
  • Structural design and analysis of gantry and overhead cranes
  • Repairs of static equipment

Jorge Perez, P.Eng., M.Eng.

  • RAE Engineering and Inspection Ltd.
  • Part of the Engineering group performing tasks related to the analysis of pressure equipment and fitness for service assessments using Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Specialized training in Finite Element Analysis, BPV Code Section VIII – 2 Part 5 and ASME-1/API 579-1 Fitness for Service
  • ABSA In-service Pressure Equipment Inspector Certification
  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University in Colombia
  • M.Eng. from the University of Montreal – École Polytechnique de Montreal

Mark Stonehouse, P.Eng

  • Becht Engineering Canada, Ltd.
  • Senior Engineering Advisor
  • 15 years of experience working in mechanical engineering design and analysis for the petroleum industry, primarily with pressure vessels and pressure vessel internals
  • Experience and expertise includes linear and non-linear stress analysis using the finite element method for design and fitness-for-service
  • Has worked substantially with fixed equipment codes and standards such as the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII Divisions 1, 2, & 3 as well as API-579 / ASME FFS-1
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada; and his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

Ljupco (Lou) Petrusevski

  • Mechanical design with over 10 years’ experience in design and regulatory requirements related to all types of pressure equipment
  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje - Macedonia
  • ABSA Safety Codes Officer
  • Design Survey Supervisor
  • NB BPV Commissioned Inspector
  • API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Certificate

Larry Bartley

  • Acuren Inc.
  • Account Manager and Integrity Program Administrator
  • ABSA Certified In-service Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector, National Board In-Service Commissioned Inspector, API 510. Larry manages Inspection and NDE services; he provides onsite and offsite Project Management services for clients
  • Thirty-seven years of experience in gas turbine inspection and maintenance, as well as managing major construction/inspection projects within the up-stream oil and gas (exploration and production), petrochemical refinery, utility, pulp and paper industries
  • CGSB Level 2 in UT (ultrasonic testing), RT (industrial radiography), ET (eddy current testing), MT (magnetic particle testing), and LT (liquid penetrant testing)

David Mackintosh, M.Eng., P.Eng.

  • Acuren Inc.
  • Nondestructive Evaluation Applications Engineer
  • Thirty years experience in research and development for advanced NDE, including flux leakage tools for pipelines; remote field testing instruments for steel tubes; eddy current testing for steel-reinforced concrete pressure pipes; phased array ultrasonic testing; and laser scanning for inspection
  • David is skilled in boiling down complex engineering research to practical training courses, procedures, and field applications

John Wolff

  • Over 30 years of Operating and Inspecting Coal fired Boilers
  • Chief Inspector for TransAlta Generation Partnership
  • In‐Service Boiler and Pressure Equipment Inspector
  • ABSA Welding Examiner Certificate of Competency
  • Alberta First Class Inter‐Provincial Power Engineering Certificate
  • CGSB Level 2
  • API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector
  • National Board Owner/User Accreditation

Charles Ormsbee, P.Eng.

  • Agrium
  • Senior Specialist, Mechanical Engineering
  • Responsible for providing reliability and mechanical engineering improvement leadership for the fixed equipment in Agrium’s manufacturing sites across North America
  • With over 30 years’ experience in fertilizer manufacturing Charles has worked in positions of plant maintenance, engineering and operations management
Parking: Windsor Car Parks (See Map)

   * Parking is free for attendees of this event. A code will be provided for the ticket machines at these parkades.

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October 2016 Event
Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy -
Moving Edmonton to a energy sustainable future
Audience members will explore Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy, a risk management plan unanimously supported by City Council in August 2015. The strategy sets ambitious targets and outlines strategic actions for the City of Edmonton’s transition to a low carbon, energy sustainable future. In this session participants will learn about their municipal governments role in achieving energy transition through specific policies and programs, with a focus on energy use in buildings. As of 2015 Edmonton buildings account for 40% of the energy consumed in the city and 45% of its greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrating an unparalleled opportunity for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Policies and programs highlighted will include, but not be limited to, the City of Edmonton's corporate sustainable building policy, large building energy reporting & disclosure program as well as EnerGuide assessment and labeling for homes program.

Speaker Bio:
Lisa Dockman is a Senior Project Manager working in the Energy Transition Unit of the Economic and Environmental Sustainability Branch at the City of Edmonton. Lisa and her team are leading the implementation of Edmonton's Community Energy Transition Strategy. Her work focuses on the planning and delivery of policies and programs that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, advance energy efficiency and accelerate renewable energy technologies within City operations and in the community. Previously she worked with the University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability where she organized and implemented a suite of sustainability-related strategic initiatives and educational programs for students, faculty and staff.

Lisa is a University of Alberta alumnus of both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Education, in addition to holding a certificate in Community Service Learning. She is also a green building professional, designated as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate

 Date: Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 -  5:00 – 8:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour
   • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Dinner
   • 7:00 – 8:00 PM: Presentation with Q&A
Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr. NW Edmonton AB T6G 2G9 (See Map)

Parking: Lot V (See Map)
 May 2016 Event
 Pipe Flow Analysis
 Software Alternatives to Hand Calculations
 and Spreadsheets

Please join us as Trey Walters provides an overview of Applied Flow Technology (AFT) software. Trey will show how AFT software can be used to perform control valve and pump sizing. He will also challenge the common belief that waterhammer simulation really just boils down to finding the maximum pressure. Examples from the field with millions of dollars at stake will be presented: a surge relief system at a crude oil tank farm; solving a check valve slam problem on a crude oil booster pump station; resolving a dispute at a refined product tank farm; and working with a client who does not believe the predictions on a NGL pipeline.

Applied Flow Technology (AFT) provides software to analyze your fluid systems quickly and easily. From simple to the most complex piping systems are quickly built in the AFT visual working environment using drag-and-drop icons. Analysis is performed using advanced matrix math and solution algorithms. Compressible methods used are pseudo-proprietary (developed by AFT) and are not used by any other software. Any fluid or flow property can be reported throughout the piping system both numerically and graphically.

Speaker: Trey Walters, P.E., ( is the president of Applied Flow Technology ( which develops pipe flow simulation software. AFT is the developer of the AFT software for waterhammer, AFT Fathom software for incompressible flow, and AFT Arrow software for compressible flow. Trey is also the president of Purple Mountain Technology Group, an engineering consulting company which specializes in pipe flow and waterhammer. Trey founded AFT in 1993 and PMTG in 2007.

 Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -  5:00 – 9:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour
   • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Dinner
   • 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Presentation with Q&A
Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr. NW Edmonton AB T6G 2G9 (See Map)

Parking: Lot V (See Map)

 March 2016 Event
 Solar Power - Is it time?
 Presenter: Kyle Kasawski

Join us as Kyle Kasawski draws on his extensive industry experience to reveal some of the more interesting applications for solar panels and some of the engineering challenges that need to be overcome. The economics for solar power is becoming more compelling. Kyle will give us an overview of photovoltaic solar technology from its historical applications to the exciting ways it is impacting our energy system today. With the Alberta government deliberating the details of its climate change strategy, it is an excellent time to learn how solar power can apply to your home and work

Speaker: Kyle Kasawski, Managing Director, SOLARMAX Power Inc.
In 2002, Kyle Kasawski took the leap from a comfortable position at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering, into a start-up business in the emerging solar power industry. He knew only one thing for certain: he’d spend his entire career working in the energy industry. Now, over a decade later, he has a record of success working in executive roles with ETI Solar, Conergy, TEC Edmonton, Landmark Group and his latest enterprise, SOLARMAX Power Inc., an energy retailer and integrator of solar power facilities for commercial buildings and the home building industry.

 Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 -  5:00 – 9:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour
   • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Dinner
   • 7:00 – 8:30 PM: Presentation
   • 8:30 – 9:00 PM: Question Period
Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr. NW Edmonton AB T6G 2G9 (See Map)

Parking: Lot V (See Map)

Pricing & Registration:

   * ASME Member price is extended to members of other technical societies, i.e., ASM, AWS, CSME, SME, NACE, SPE, CWS, etc.

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 January 2016 Event
 Pipe Stress Analysis -
  How Computer Simulations Sometimes Fail to
  Adequately Simulate Reality
    Presenter: Jim Wilcox

There are a few well-known pitfalls in the domain of computerized pipe stress analysis. Sometimes it is the piping codes themselves that are guilty of prescribing incorrect stress computations. There are also limitations on the analytical methods used in popular commercial pipe stress programs that can sometimes require alternate or improved methods to achieve accurate results. This presentation will provide insights into many of these issues to help engineers recognize when computer results report problems that don't really exist, and when they fail to disclose problems that do exist.

Jim Wilcox, P.Eng. (, is the president of CodeCAD Inc. (, which sells, supports, and provides training for Intergraph's CAESAR II pipe stress analysis software, among others. Jim has been engaged with CAESAR II (through COADE and now Intergraph) for 26 years.

 Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 -  5:00 – 9:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour
   • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Dinner
   • 7:00 – 8:30 PM: Presentation
   • 8:30 – 9:00 PM: Question Period
Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr. NW Edmonton AB T6G 2G9 (See Map)

Parking: Lot V (See Map)

Pricing & Registration:

   * Note - ASME Member price is extended to members of other technical societies, i.e., ASM, AWS, CSME, SME, NACE, SPE, CWS, etc.

ASME NAS Contact:

For a printable version of this page click here