Training to be a more Complete Plant Designer


Much of traditional piping design was governed by heuristic rules, but it was the first process discipline to be computerised, a technology which contributes to design efficiency and safety. 

The progressive development of CAD over the last 50 years has provided control of the standards of piping.  The first programs were geared toward accurate take-off of material, indeed up until the late ‘60s some items such as stainless steel tube and valves were often on extended delivery in the UK.  Later 3D modelling ensured that no pipe occupied the same physical space as another pipe, vessel or structural steel member.  Clashes are expensive to correct on site. 

CAD applications are based on an approved piping specification.  Only these pre-approved combinations of safe and cost effective materials could be called up by the design staff.

Training is available for Plant and Piping Designers

Unlike vessel and machinery design, we question if the piping discipline gets its share of training investment.  And also whether there is enough academic rigour behind it. 

InIPED – International Institute of Plant Engineering and Design -

InIPED is the new kid on the block and launched in the UK in October 2011.  It is a private commercial initiative of a Dutch engineering software company (spun off from the remains of Badger) and a Spanish University.  One objective is to train pipers across all the disciplines that they will meet in their work. 

Course development is by many international instructors each with a main module and as a reserve role for another.  Each module is about a week in length.  Modules start on fixed dates and involve the instructor who wrote the module in face to face video tutorials over the web.  The instructor is also primarily responsible for the continuous development the material.  There are also 24 modules on piping with a sub-set of 12 for a lower skill level and 40 if you wish to become aware of the full breath of plant engineering design.


The fundamental objective of this training programme is to produce a good first routing, laying the foundation for an economic and safe pipe detail design.