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2018 Archive

ASME NAS Workshop
Failure Analysis Fundamentals

About This Workshop
Any facility which operates equipment will likely experience failures of one sort or another over its lifetime. When severe or recurring failures occur, action must be taken in order to improve safety, limit business impacts and liability. Component and system failures can be complex requiring structured, multi-disciplined, approaches to determine failure root causes and appropriate corrective actions. This workshop will provide an overview of the investigation process, Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) methodologies, and some technical tools that can be used to assist with RCFA.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for those who are involved in the investigation of equipment failures. This includes engineers, operations personnel, asset integrity management personnel, maintenance personnel and equipment owners.

Brought to you by:

ASME Northern Alberta Section

ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Division

Attendees Receive:

Root Cause Analysis Made Simple
by Susan Lubell (Presenter) & Ricky Smith

Date and Time: November 23, 2018. 7:30AM - 4:45PM (see program below)

Location: University of Alberta, Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering, 8th floor Room 207
(Donadeo ICE Building 8-207)
9211-116 Street NW., Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
(See Map)


7:30 am –
8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am –
8:10 am

Welcome & Introduction

8:10 am –
8:50 am

Introduction to Failure Analysis

Why Perform Root Cause Analysis
When to Perform an RCA
Who Should Be Involved

(Susan Lubell - Steppe Consulting)

8:50 am –
9:00 am


9:00 am –
9:50 am

Root Cause Analysis

How to Perform RCA including case study examples:
Sequence of Events - Timeline
5 Why's
Fault Tree Analysis
Fishbone (Ishikawa) - Cause and Effect Diagrams.

(Susan Lubell - Steppe Consulting)

9:50 am –
10:00 am


SECTION 2, cont'd
10:00 am –
10:50 am

Root Cause Analysis in Action

Illustration of Root Cause Analysis including case study examples (continued)
Identifying and Evaluating Corrective Actions

(Susan Lubell - Steppe Consulting)

10:50 am –
11:00 am


11:00 am –
11:50 am

Failure Analysis Tools

Analysis Tools Used in Failure Analysis:

  • Design Reviews.
  • Failure Reconstruction.
  • Strain Gaging.
  • Fatigue/Crack Growth Analysis.
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

(Robert Thom - Stress Engineering)

12:00 –
1:00 pm


1:00 pm –
1:50 pm

Material Failure Analysis

Material Failure Modes and Their Characteristics (Ductile, Brittle, Fatigue, Creep, Buckling).
Inspection and Testing Techniques:

  • Visual Observation
  • Field Metallurgical Replication (FMR)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Micro Structural Examination
  • Hardness Testing
  • Tensile Test
  • Charpy V-Notch Impact Test
  • Chemical Analysis

(Matthew Bell - IRIS NDT)

1:50 pm –
2:00 pm


2:00 pm –
2:50 pm

Failure Analysis Case Studies

Review of Material Failure Analysis Case Study.

(Matthew Bell - IRIS NDT)

2:50 pm –
3:00 pm


SECTION 5, cont'd
3:00 pm –
4:20 pm

Failure Analysis Case Studies

Common Machine Element Issues (coupling and bearing failures).
Review of Mechanical Component Failure Case Studies.

(Earl Boyd - Solutions 4ltd and Knut Gausvik - Motion Industries)

4:20 pm –
4:45 pm

Q & A Period

All Presenters


Susan Lubell

  • Chemical Engineering, MBA Project Management, PEMAC Maintenance Management Professional (MMP).
  • National President for the Plant Engineering Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC)
  • Author of the recently published 「Root Cause Analysis Made Simple - Driving Bottom Line Improvements by Preventing One Failure at a Time」.
  • Specializes in operational excellence with a strong focus on asset management and reliability strategy, cost effective lean maintenance programs, and continuous improvement.
  • Brings over 20 years of practical experience to drive asset management, operations and maintenance business decisions in producer companies.

Robert Thom

  • B.Sc., and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
  • President of Stress Engineering Services Canada.
  • Licensed professional engineer in the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.
  • Successfully completed over 10,500 projects in failure analysis, stress analysis, design, and inspection for numerous clients including engineers, operators, and fabricators.
  • Specializes in analytical and experimental analysis using finite element methods and strain gauge techniques. Robert's finite element experience includes linear elastic, elastic-plastic, nonlinear, thermal, fatigue, advanced dynamics, and optimization.
  • Retained engineer for the purpose of maintaining the welding processes/procedures and assisting with the weld design of approximately 14 welding/fabrication companies.
  • Very familiar with welding stresses, local evaluations of damage or flaws and crack-like flaws, and fracture mechanics.

Matthew Bell

  • B.Sc. in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta, recently completed a Master of Engineering.
  • With IRIS NDT since 2010 providing services in failure analysis for various materials and industries.
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer in Alberta since 2011.
  • Enjoys opportunities to support Technical Societies; past involvements include courses and dinner meetings for ASM Edmonton, a seminar for AWS Edmonton, and a well-received presentation at IPEIA 2018
  • Passionate about Undergraduate education, especially the opportunity to guest lecture for the U of A's 「MATE 345 – Corrosion and Oxidation」.
  • Involved with the University's Materials Engineering Social Society (MESS) and the Pipeline Materials Conference

Earl D. Boyd

  • Attended post graduate studies at University of Toronto and Texas A & M studying applied physics and business management.
  • Extensive operational and managerial experience from service, sales, and Operations Management for companies such as Emerson Electric and Sumitomo of Japan
  • Established Solutions 4ltd. as a sole proprietorship. Solutions 4ltd. is an innovative problem solving & marketing company working for clients: both OEMs and End Users to resolve mechanical power transmission problems related primarily to shaft connections, torque management and tensioning systems (static and dynamic).

Knut Gausvik

  • Owner of KRG Tech Solution Ltd, a consulting company that is developing new solutions to equipment maintenance problems.
  • Educated in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Has worked in the field of Bearing Engineering, Mechanical Power Transmission and Materials handling for close to 50 years.
  • Enjoying the challenges as a 「Problem Solver」 started in the Non-Destructive Testing business in 1966 and later became a Bearing Application Specialist, first for SKF Canada and later with Fischer's Automatische Gusstahlkugelfabrik, currently Schaeffler.
  • Following that worked at IECO and BC Bearing Engineers Limited (later known as TechCan Services), working in roles focusing on failure analysis, problem solving and applications engineering covering the fields of bearings, power transmission and materials handling, including holding the position of VP-Products &Technical Services for 6 years while at IECO.
Parking: Windsor Car Park (See Map)

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

Pricing & Registration:

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

Member Price: $125

Non-Member Price: $300

Student Member Price: $50

Student Non-Member Price: $75

ASME NAS Contact:

October 2018 Event
Pumps: Design, Selection, Installation, and Troubleshooting
What started as the Shadoof and Archimedes screw, has evolved into the modern-day pump. Pumps are applied in many industries such as medicine, oil and gas, chemical, power, water management, and general manufacturing.

Over time the design of these critical pieces of equipment has evolved, leading to the development of systems to meet modern day needs in an efficient, reliable and safe manner. Pumps are designed and selected based on applicable standards such as API 610 and ASME B73 based on the industry they serve. A properly designed and installed pump can maximize the equipment reliability thus saving total lifecycle costs to the owner.

Pumps though simple in design can be a challenge for the end user if not operated as intended per design. It is important that operators recognize early signs of trouble and take the necessary measures to avoid costly failures and repairs.

Please join the Northern Alberta Section of ASME as we welcome Reza Emami, Brian Rinsky and Arjun Wadhwa from Flowserve Canada, who will provide us with an overview of aspects of pump design and selection, installation and troubleshooting. An acrylic pump will also be on display to allow you to see the internals of a pump during operation.

Attendance is limited to 25 participants so please RSVP early to avoid missing out.

Thank you to Flowserve for hosting this event with all proceeds going to the ASME Northern Alberta Section.

About the Presenters:
Reza Emami, P.Eng. holds an MSc from Tehran University (Mechanical Engineering). He has a total of 18 years of pump design and engineering experience. With 3 years with Bartar Pumps company as an application engineer and 2 years with Tarh Negasht company as a CFD Design engineer. Currently, he is working as an Engineering Specialist with Flowserve where he has worked for over 13 years in various roles including Applications Engineering, Project Engineering, Service & Repair Engineering, Senior Technical Services Engineering, and Engineering Manager.

Brian Rinsky is a seasoned pump professional who has been with Flowserve for over 35 years in various roles leading sales, operations, and employee training. He currently works as a repair specialist in Leduc and provides expertise to customers and sales engineers developing repair solutions and upgrades for challenging applications. Brian holds a B.SC in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Northland University.

Arjun Wadhwa holds B. Tech Mechanical Engineering from Punjab Technical University, India. He has worked in the rotating equipment industry for over 13 years. He has worked internationally in nine countries with GE, Flowserve and Dresser Rand handling sales, engineering, installation, commissioning and troubleshooting equipment. Arjun is currently working as a Sales Engineer with Flowserve.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 -  5:00 – 8:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Registration, Social Hour and Dinner
   • 6:00 – 8:00 PM: Presentation


Flowserve Mechanical Seals
6130 50 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2N7
(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.

ASME NAS Contact:

ASME does not endorse vendor products or services.

September 2018 Event
Octoberfest Training Tour
Interested in how grain, malt, and hops become beer? Want to see the brewing process in action? Come join the Northern Alberta ASME Section for a tour of the Alley Kat Micro-Brewery.

Alley Kat Micro-Brewery is the 4th oldest brewery in Alberta, with a current capacity of 18,000 hectoliters (5.1 million bottles) annually. Each brew is done as a small batch to keep a close eye on a brew's quality. Wherever possible Alley Kat works with local products and local suppliers.

Night Includes:
  • Pizza and refreshments;
  • Tasting of newest seasonal beer on arrival;
  • In-Depth tour of brewery;
  • A pint or a flight after tour;
  • A take-home Alley Kat branded 13.5oz pint glass.
Attendance for this event is restricted to 25 people, so please book early to avoid missing out. Remember to please drink responsibly.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 -  4:30 PM
   • 4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pizza and Refreshments
   • 5:30 PM: Tour Start

Alley Kat Brewery
9929 - 60th Ave.
Edmonton AB T6E 0C7
(See Map)

ASME NAS Contact:

ASME does not endorse vendor products or services.

June 2018 Event
Pressure Vessel Design Theory and the
Advantages of Vessel Design Software
Pressure vessel design is a very important aspect of process and power plant design. Design codes such as the ASME B&PV Code Section VIII - Division 1 contain hundreds of equations, charts, procedures, etc., which if manually applied in the design process, can be both tedious and error prone. Code based pressure vessel design software can speed up the process but without an understanding of the code and basic theory behind it, a poor design can result.
When vessel designers have access to quality pressure vessel design software, and have a good understanding of pressure component design theory, such as the following, well designed pressure vessels can be achieved with significantly reduced effort.

Membrane Theory and its relevance to ASME Code Book

Nozzle reinforcement design: ASME code book (left) vs. theory (right)

Please join the Northern Alberta Section of ASME as we welcome Jim Wilcox and Bryan Wang from CodeCAD Inc., who will provide us with an overview of some aspects of pressure vessel design theory, its relevance to the code, and a demonstration of how PV Elite pressure vessel design software can reduce errors while increasing the productivity of vessel designers.

About the Presenters:
Bryan Wang, M. Eng. provides technical support along with sales and training for all of CodeCAD's engineering software applications, and has been specializing in PV Elite since 2008. Bryan started using PV Elite and CodeCalc from late 1990 as a design engineer for a pressure vessel and heat exchanger fabrication company in Texas, USA and subsequently with an engineering and construction company before joining CodeCAD. Bryan received an M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.

Jim Wilcox, P.Eng. is the president of CodeCAD Inc., which sells, supports and provides training for Intergraph's PVElite Pressure vessel and CAESAR II pipe stress analysis software among others. Jim has been engaged with CAESAR II and PVElite (through COADE, Intergraph and now Hexagon) for 29 years.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 -  5:00 – 9:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour & Registration
   • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Dinner
   • 7:00 – 7:15 PM: Section Business
   • 7:15 – 8:45 PM: Presentation
   • 8:45 – 9:00 PM: Question Period

University of Alberta Faculty Club, Saskatchewan Room
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.

ASME NAS Contact:

ASME does not endorse vendor products or services.

February 2018 Event
Grooved Couplings and Fittings
Over 100 Years of Proven Reliability
Grooved mechanical pipe joining is a technique that was pioneered in the early 20th century. Since then it become leading joining method for many HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, mining, water and waste water treatment, oilfield operations, power plants, military, marine systems and other industrial applications.

Grooved systems provide an alternative to traditional welding, threading, flanging, and soldering connection methods. Some advantages of grooved systems are connection make/break speeds, rigid and flexible coupling options, noise and vibration reduction, accessibility, permits misalignment and joint deflection, and stress-free systems.

Reductions in installation hours of 50% have been realized for cooling and fire water piping systems when using grooved couplings, valves, and fittings, compared to traditional joining methods.

Please join us as the Victaulic Team takes us through the history of the grooved pipe connection, key features, along with some interesting and unique applications. Also included is a tour of the Edmonton west end facility and a grooving and assembly demonstration.

Evan Rice - Victaulic Product Application Specialist
As a member of Victaulic Engineering Services team, Evan delivers expertise in mechanical piping system best practices, reliability and code compliance.

Geoff Fabian - Victaulic Oil & Gas Manager
Geoff has 20 years of experience with Victaulic working with major accounts in the PHA, Oil & Gas and Oil Sands markets.

Steve Adams - Victaulic Regional Manager
Steve brings over 28 years of experience with Victaulic and mechanical piping applications across many industries.

Scott Gordon - Victaulic Oil & Gas Representative
Scott provides piping solutions to owners, engineers and contractors in thermal, midstream, downstream and conventional oil and gas markets.

Michael Fiander - Victaulic Balancing Specialist
Michael has been with Victaulic since 2013 and has over 12 years of industry experience working with energy services, MRO and Oil Sands capital projects, and commercial balancing applications.

Keith Pearce - Victaulic HDPE Specialist
With over 10 years of experience with Victaulic, Keith has provided piping solution expertise to customers in the PHA and Infrastructure markets.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 -  5:00 – 9:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour & Registration
   • 6:00 – 6:15 PM: Facility Tour
   • 6:15 – 7:00 PM: Dinner and Presentation
   • 7:00 – 8:00 PM: Breakout Sessions & Groove and Assembly Demo
   • 8:00 – 8:30 PM: Engineering Services Presentation
   • 8:30PM: Networking

Please click on the following link for more program details:
Meeting Notice


17329 111 Ave NW,
Edmonton AB
(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.

ASME NAS Contact:

ASME does not endorse vendor products or services.

January 2018 Event
Mathematical Calculation Software
A Quicker, More Reliable Way to Calculate
Why do so many mechanical engineers rely on error-prone, limited and often paper-based legacy calculation methods, like Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheets or even a programming language like Fortran?

Modern mathematical software can be a much better alternative for mechanical engineers – not only for performing complex calculations but also for understanding the intent behind them. Mathematical Calculation Software makes it easier to check another engineer's calculations, reuse calculations without having to rewrite them, gain management approval and otherwise collaborate more effectively.

Spreadsheets and programming languages essentially hide the logic behind engineering decisions, which makes it much more difficult for complex work to be quickly and properly verified as the example below illustrates:

Spreadsheet Notation

Mathematical Calculation Software

During this presentation you will be introduced to PTC. You will see how to use Mathcad to improve your design process and generate more accurate results. You will be shown how Mathcad integrates to Creo (CAD). And you will learn about general engineering market trends and the importance of defining an Augmented Reality (AR) Strategy in your business.
Presenter: Anji Seberino, Principal Applications Engineer, PTC CAD Segment
Anji Seberino is a Principal Applications Engineer at PTC. Prior to joining PTC, Anji worked as an Electrical Engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ, where she was an algorithm and simulation specialist for ballistic missile tracking systems. After Raytheon, she joined EMC and entered the world of enterprise engineering software. At EMC, Anji worked in the Technical Solutions Group and was focused on designing custom solutions around their digital engineering collaboration platform. She joined PTC twelve years ago and now works within the CAD Segment on the Technical Go-To-Market Team as a specialist for Mathcad, PTC's software solution for engineering calculations. In her role at PTC, Anji works with organizations across all disciplines and all industries to educate engineers on the capabilities of Mathcad and benefits of incorporating engineering-centric calculation software into their processes so that they can improve the way they do engineering.

Presenter: Carolyn McLaughlin, Account Executive, PTC Mathcad Segment
Carolyn McLaughlin is an Account Executive at PTC, specifically for the Mathcad product in the Northwest Region of North America. Prior to PTC, Carolyn worked for several years at a San Francisco based startup in downtown Boston, and previously had begun her career in the technology industry as a tech recruiter for New York City with companies such as Microsoft and Conde Nast. She is now the most senior Account Executive on the Mathcad team and is constantly learning more about the market, engineering disciplines, and scope of projects for which Mathcad is utilized.

  Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 -  5:00 – 9:00 PM
   • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Social Hour & Registration
   • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Dinner
   • 7:00 – 7:15 PM: Section Business
   • 7:15 – 9:00 PM: Presentation with Q&A
University of Alberta Faculty Club, Saskatchewan Room
11435 Saskatchewan Dr. NW
Edmonton AB T6G 2G9
(See Map)

Parking: Lot V (See Map)

Pricing & Registration:

New pricing in effect for this meeting.

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

ASME NAS Contact:

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