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Process Plant Layout

Instructor, Dr. William Beazley of Information Assets, Inc.

Objective: Process Plant Layout covers the terminology and concepts needed for equipment layout within the process plant.  This includes equipment placement, spacing and orientation.  It also includes pipe routing to key equipment nozzles considering operations and maintenance.  The topics covered are chosen to prepare for the SPED Professional Piping Designer Level III Certification test.  The SPED PPD Certification Test is given on the last day of the course.

The topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Process Plant Design
  • Design Phases & Information
  • General Layout Considerations
  • Plant Layout Specification
  • Instrumentation
  • Pump Layout
  • Compressors
  • Drums
  • Furnaces
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Distillation Towers
  • Reactors
  • Plant Structures
  • Underground Piping
  • Pipe Racks
  • Introduction to Pipe Stress and B31.3
  • Tanks
  • CAD
  • PPD Review & Test

This is a very dense course and is packed with hard to find material covering a broad span of essential material.  It will move at a very fast pace.

This course is a master class for Pipers who are familiar with pipe routing and design.  Experience pipers who desire to advance into plant layout and equipment pipe routing are encouraged to attend.  Piping drafters who have performed plant layout in foreign countries desiring a refresher using English terminology are also encouraged to attend. Successful students should be able to pass the SPED Professional Piping Designer Level III Exam.  Note: PPD Level III exam passage is NOT guaranteed and final certification subject to SPED application review (see www.spedweb.com).

Dr Beazley has recently released 180 training videos currently used for SPED’s online courses. The introductions to the training modules have been posted to youtube here:


For more information on the online course, go to SPED.

For more information on the videos or live training, contact information Assets, Inc.