Course at a Glance
Code: CPT
Course Length: 3 Months

In this interactive 3-month LIVE ONLINE course, you will learn:

  • Plant layout fundamentals and work flow procedures

  • Terminology and symbols used in plant layout

  • Plot plans, elevations and 3-D models

  • Fundamental principles of chemical process technology

  • Process flow diagrams (PFDs)

  • Equipment used in process plants

  • Instrument symbols and abbreviations

  • Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Piping design and engineering principles

  • Terminology, symbols and abbreviations used in piping design

  • Piping materials

  • Piping specifications and piping codes

  • Components of piping systems - fittings, flanges and valves

  • Piping isometrics and bill of material


Course Details


Process plants, such as refineries and petrochemical plants, are complex facilities consisting of equipment, piping systems, instruments, electrical systems, electronics, computers, and control systems. The design, engineering and construction of process plants involves a multidisciplinary team effort. Plant layout and design of piping systems constitutes a major part of the design and engineering effort. The goal is to design safe and dependable processing facilities in a cost effective manner. The fact is that there are very few formal training programs that focus on design and engineering of process plants and piping systems. Therefore, most of the required skills are acquired while on the job, reducing productivity and efficiency.

The objective of this course is to provide the delegates the basic knowledge and skills in this discipline to facilitate faster learning curves while on the job. This course will cover the fundamental principles and concepts used in process plant layout and piping design. Upon completion of this course the delegates will have a clear understanding of the design and engineering principles used in plant layout and piping design.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Introduction to Process Plant Layout and Piping Design

Plant layout fundamentals
Procedures and workflow
Physical quantities and units

MODULE 2: Introduction to Chemical Processing Methods

Unit operations and unit processes
Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)
Heating and cooling utilities used in process plants
Typical equipment specifications

MODULE 3: Equipment Used in Process Plants - I

Process equipment

- Reactors
- Towers
- Exchangers - Furnaces
- Vessels

Mechanical equipment

- Pumps
- Compressors
- Turbines

Equipment foundations and supports

MODULE 4: Equipment Used in Process Plants - II (Documents)

Equipment data sheets
Equipment sketches
Equipment drawings
Equipment nozzle specifications
Equipment foundation drawings

MODULE 5: Plant Layout and Plot Plans

Plant layout specifications
Codes and safety considerations
Development of plot plans
Plot plan use by disciplines
Sample plot plans and equipment arrangement drawings
Layout case studies

MODULE 6: Piping Materials and Material Specifications

Material properties
Classification of materials
Material specifications (ASTM)
Common piping materials
Piping specifications
Material selection
Material testing, inspection and QA

MODULE 7: Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) - I

P&ID basics
Use of P&IDs by different disciplines
Information contained in P&IDs
Instruments and instrument symbols

MODULE 8: Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) - II

Local control, DCS and PLC
Discussion of a sample P&ID
Control valve manifolds
Meter runs

MODULE 9: Plant Layout and Piping Design Documentation and Tools - I

Piping codes
Piping specifications
Equipment lists
Piping line lists

MODULE 10: Plant Layout and Piping Design Documentation and Tools - II

Stress isometrics
Piping isometrics and Bill of Materials
PFDs, plot plans, and P&IDs
3D models

MODULE 11: Fundamentals of Pipe and Pipe Fittings

Pipe dimensions and pipe representation
Use of pipe data tables
Pipe joining methods
Pipe fittings
- Elbows
- Tees
- Reducers
- End caps

Fitting dimensions and tables

MODULE 12: Piping System Components

Basics of flanges

- Flange ratings and flange types

Flange data tables and their use
Different types of valves and their applications
Valve data tables
Piping restraints

- Supports, anchors and guides

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of online learning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of online learning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT online learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.




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