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2019 Pressure Vessel Seminar

Pressure Vessel Seminar


The ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes (BPVC) are the most widely used pressure design codes in the world. These codes continue to influence design methods used in a variety of industries such as petroleum refineries, chemical plants, upstream oil & gas exploration & production, midstream compressor stations, and many more.

Stress Engineering Services has developed a comprehensive three-day Pressure Vessel Seminar that focuses on many of the important  topics impacting engineers in this field including basic design principals in Division 1 & 2, design for high pressure using fracture mechanics (Division 3), and fatigue, as well as detailed discussions on material selection and welding.

This seminar will provide participants with an advanced understanding of the general ASME BPVC methods, as well as a broad overview of vessel types and nomenclature, and much more.

Participants will learn:

  • ASME metallurgy overview and its role in the industry
  • Crucial issues surrounding welding, material selection and inspection
  • Section VIII, Division 1 – Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels
  • Section VIII, Division 2 – Alternative Rules
  • Section VIII, Division 3 – Alternative Rules for Construction of High Pressure Vessels
  • A breakdown of the Post-Construction Code (PCC) and Fitness-for-Service, API 579-1

Who should attend?:
Professionals involved with design, analysis, fabrication, purchasing, repair and inspection of pressure vessels, as well as those involved in any related roles that will benefit from expanding their knowledge of ASME codes.

June 25 – 27, 2019

Stress Engineering Services Conference Center
13610 Westland East Blvd.
Houston, TX 77041

Contact:  Holly Baker
Phone: 504.889.8440

Course Fee:

  • Regular Registration – $1,795.00
  • Group Registration (3 or more attending from company) – $1,695.00

Registration Fee includes a copy of the instructor’s presentation, Tuesday evening reception, along with daily continental breakfast and lunch.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received by 5/24/19 will be granted a full refund. Cancellations received after 5/24/19 will be charged a $200 cancellation fee.  If the course is canceled, a full course refund will be given to those who have paid.

PDH Credits:

Professional development hours (PDH): participants will receive (18) PDH credits upon completing the seminar.

Greg Garic, PE

Greg Garic, PE
Managing Principal, New Orleans Office – Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Mr. Garic has over thirty-five years of experience in analysis and fitness-for service assessment. He has spent most of his career working in the areas of structural integrity assessment and remaining life evaluation of pressure vessels and piping.

He has served as a member of the ASME Subcommittee on Flaw Evaluation, the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping (PVP) Conference’s Design & Analysis Committee, and the ASME Task Group on Post Construction Issues. He is an associate editor of several PVP volumes relating to fracture mechanics and fitness-for-service issues. Mr. Garic has taught numerous courses and seminars on topics related to engineering mechanics, analysis, and fitness-for-service assessment.

Mr. Garic is a Principal of Stress Engineering Services and Managing Principal of the New Orleans office. He has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of New Orleans in Mechanical Engineering and is also a registered Professional Engineer.

Oleg Barsky, PE

Oleg Barsky
Senior Staff Consultant, Houston Office – Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Mr. Barsky specializes in the lifecycle of pressurized equipment (new and in-service) including developing and reviewing design specifications for ASME Code-compliant equipment. He has 25 + years of progressive engineering and engineering management experience in design, specification, fabrication, troubleshooting, and quality assurance of pressure vessels, heat exchangers and air coolers along with a proficiency in in-house engineering design software development. In addition, Mr. Barsky has been specifying, designing, analyzing, troubleshooting and rerating hundreds of pressure vessels, heat exchangers and air coolers and their components.

Oleg graduated with honors from Moscow State Technological University in Moscow, USSR with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Brian Lance

Brian Lance
Senior Associate, Cincinnati Office – Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Brian Lance has performed mechanical design and analysis in a wide range of industries such as refinery/petrochemical, automotive, medical and consumer/packaging, but currently focuses on the refinery and petrochemical industries. This work includes structural and thermal finite element analysis, evaluation of pressure vessels and piping systems to ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (Section VIII, Div 2) and B31 codes, failure analysis, creep and fatigue analysis and fitness for service evaluations per API-579.  He is currently a contributing member to the Joint API/ASME Fitness-for-Service Committee (API-579). Brian received an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1992.

Dr. Krista Heidersbach, PE

Krista Heidersbach, PhD, PE
Senior Staff Consultant, Houston Office – Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Dr. Krista Heidersbach is a corrosion / materials specialist focused on preventing internal corrosion of exploration and production facilities. She is known for her work on preventing microbiologically influenced corrosion and top of the line corrosion. She has also worked in refineries and chemical plants, giving her a broad understanding of the behavior of metals in aqueous corrosion solutions and high temperature degradation processes.  As an operator employee, she lead research and development programs focused on corrosion, pipeline integrity and asset integrity, provided technical support to major capital project teams, and assisted existing facilities with corrosion / degradation concerns and inspection planning. Krista is an active member of NACE and API.

Krista joined Stress Engineering Services as a consultant in February 2016. She holds the following degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, MS in Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic State University & a PhD in Engineering Science & Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a licensed Professional Metallurgical Engineer in the State of Texas.

Dr. Kannan Subrmanian PE

Kannan Subramanian, PhD, PE
Senior Associate, New Orleans Office – Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Dr. Subramanian practices in the areas of stress analysis, fatigue, and fracture mechanics on pressure containing systems such as pressure vessels and piping. For over 16 years, Dr. Subramanian has served the petro-chemical, refinery, and utility industry by performing fitness-for-service assessments, pressure vessel design, inspection, fabrication support, and piping & support designs. Notable works include the brittle fracture assessments on large number of piping systems and pressure relief valves that are in-service in both upstream and downstream industries. Dr. Subramanian has performed both deterministic and probabilistic fracture mechanics involving finite element method and other computational methods to assess cracks. Dr. Subramanian also specializes in the weld residual stress analysis and actively involved in developing fracture parameters for elbows and tees.

Kannan is a member of the ASME Subgroup on Fracture Toughness (Sections II, VIII), and a member of Working Group on High Pressure Vessels (Section VIII Division 3) and holds a Professional Engineer License.

Arun Sreeranganathan PE

Arun Sreeranganathan, PE
Senior Associate, Cincinnati Office – Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Arun Sreeranganathan holds a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from NIT Jaipur (India), an MS from National University of Singapore under Singapore-MIT Alliance Program, and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech. He joined Stress Engineering Services in 2008 and has been involved with mechanical integrity, materials, metallurgy, and creep-related problems affecting various industries. He has worked on hundreds of FFS and metallurgical failure analysis projects pertaining to refinery and petrochemical industries over the last ten years. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Louisiana.

Host Hotel:

Hyatt Place Houston-Northwest / Cy-Fair
19813 Northwest Freeway
Houston, Texas, USA, 77065

Seminar Attendee Discount Rate: $119.00/night

To make room reservations:

hyatt place cy-fair

George Bush Intercontinental Airport – IAH

Distance to Conference Center: 25 miles NW

William P. Hobby Airport – HOU

Distance to Conference Center: 35 miles NW

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