The Planning Guide to Piping Design

The Planning Guide to Piping Design

2nd Edition - October 22, 2017

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  • Authors: Richard Beale, Paul Bowers
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128126615
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128126622

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The Planning Guide to Piping Design, Second Edition, covers the entire process of managing and executing project piping designs, from conceptual to mechanical completion, also explaining what roles and responsibilities are required of the piping lead during the process. The book explains proven piping design methods in step-by-step processes that cover the increasing use of new technologies and software. Extended coverage is provided for the piping lead to manage piping design activities, which include supervising, planning, scheduling, evaluating manpower, monitoring progress and communicating the piping design. With newly revised chapters and the addition of a chapter on CAD software, the book provides the mentorship for piping leads, engineers and designers to grasp the requirements of piping supervision in the modern age.

Key Features

  • Provides essential standards, specifications and checklists and their importance in the initial set-up phase of piping project’s execution
  • Explains and provides real-world examples of key procedures that the piping lead can use to monitor progress
  • Describes project deliverables for both small and complex size projects
  • Offers newly revised chapters including a new chapter on CAD software


Piping project managers, project engineers, piping engineers, piping systems designers, plant designers, managers responsible for developing and implementing the design of piping and pipeline projects

Table of Contents

  • 1. Before You Begin
    2. CAD and Design Automation
    3. Procedures
    4. Deliverables
    5. Detailed Design
    6. Shop Fabrication
    7. Field Construction

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2017
  • Published: October 22, 2017
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128126615
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128126622

About the Authors

Richard Beale

Richard Beale has over 40 years of plant layout and piping design experience on upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas industry projects in the employ of engineering, fabrication, construction and producer companies. His career started as a junior piping draftsman in 1974, and over the years he has held the roles of piping drafter, piping designer, piping squad leader, project piping lead, design and drafting department manager, and technical support to fabrication and construction. He is currently employed by a major oil and gas producer in Engineering Information Management. Having witnessed the technological transition from manual design and drafting to 2D CAD and 3D CAD, he holds a firm belief that a key ingredient to full realization of successful project execution through the adoption of new design technology is being lost. This being a corresponding erosion of experienced design and drafting practitioners possessing of the abilities to develop, modify, and execute new and existing design and drafting procedures that complement the changing technology. It is this belief that has stirred him to write this book as a way of filling the experience gap

Affiliations and Expertise

Currently employed by a major oil and gas producer in Engineering Information Management, Canada

Paul Bowers

Paul Bowers is a senior piping designer with over 30 years of experience working on major process plant projects including refining, cryogenics, pulp & paper, petrochemical, industrial gas installations and SAGD as well as CAD/engineering automation administration. As a software and technology enthusiast Paul believes that machines must adapt to humans and not the other way around. Currently residing in the Montreal area, Paul has been owner of the domain since 1998 is currently webmaster / web developer / "Digital Administrator" and a director with the Houston-based Society of Piping Engineers and Designers as well as founder and past president of the Calgary chapter of the same organization.

Affiliations and Expertise

Webmaster, web developer, Digital Administrator and Director, Houston-based Society of Piping Engineers and Designers

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  • Stewart K. Fri Jul 22 2022


    A one stop shop for best practices related to pipe design.