It is some time since I wrote a blog and in the duration the piping world has gone for a loop. The main reason is of course oil prices which seem to be dropping by the day.
For the first time in years the piping boom in Alberta seems to have lost steam, however, we have seen this happen a number of times over the last 30 years and things ALWAYS get better. Now is the time to train, learn and be ready for the next boom in a more senior role.

Well this year seems to have flown in with lots of piping courses completed including Milan and Dubai. Things have certainly slowed down here in Eastern Canada although the West and Maritimes seem to be pretty buoyant.

In traveling around the world giving piping courses I cannot help but notice that young designers and engineers are being thrown into design work without adequate training. This seems to be a universal problem as larger EPC
companies are downloading much of the detail engineering to maximize their profits.

Training costs time and money and all projects now are being fastracked.

The end of another year and things in the Plant Design business is starting to look promising in the New Year as a number of major projects should get the green light.
The Third Edition of 'Detail Engineering and Layout of Piping Systems' is about to be published. We have gone to a larger 10.5 x 8.5 format rather than the 10 x 8 size. This makes a significant improvement including an increase in the text size. Also added are a number of sections and graphics all of which have been as a result of feedback from users mainly in my piping seminars.
A Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all.

It’s been a busy year although things are slowing down a bit up now.
Travels this year included Brazil where I taught a course in Rio de Janeiro which was interesting as I had a translater to Portuguese – lots of fun.
I have been teaching an online piping course for InIPED through the University of Zaragoza in Spain. It’s a whole new venture and needs some tweeking. However, it’s a good way for people who don’t have access to a local piping course to learn the ropes. If you’re interested contact Prof. Javier Blasco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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