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Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October

Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October

Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October

I use COMPRESS everyday and it has been a "learn by doing" process over the years.

I was wondering if any of the 3 seminars you are offering in October in Houston would be truly beneficial to someone who is not new to COMPRESS, even the "training" one on just COMPRESS.

I've been to some "canned" seminars before where I ended up knowing as much or more about the topic than the instructor...not assuming that these are that way!

Just wondering if I could get some honest feedback on the seminars from anyone at COMPRESS or anyone who has attended one/all.



RE: Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October


With your long experience with COMPRESS the COMPRESS training would likely not be beneficial for you (you could probably teach the course).

You might be interested in Kam Mokhtarian's classes offered at Codeware. Kam retired a few years ago after about 40 years with Chicago Bridge & Iron (I was privileged to work with Kam for several of those years). He has many years experience in the nuclear and Section VIII vessel industry. He is co-author of a number of important ASME and WRC bulletins. He has been on the ASME Code Committees for a long long time, still is, and is a past Section VIII Chairman. And he's a Fellow of ASME.

The courses he teaches at Codeware are essentially the same courses he teaches through ASME (we have better lunches). The Division 1 course provides the background of the Code requirements, how all those formulas are developed.

The course on Fitness for Service will likely help someone working with existing vessels rather than strictly new construction. This is becoming an important field (witness the shutdown of that pipeline in Alaska) for reasons of safety, liability, and economics.

NOTE:  Neither of Kam's courses use or address COMPRESS. These are theory and practice.

Tom Barsh
Codeware Technical Support

RE: Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October

Further, we are dreaming about offering an advanced course for COMPRESS.

The current class is intended for relatively new users. Most time is spent reviewing the COMPRESS interface and how to "build" models in COMPRESS. We discuss and illustrate the effect of the various options (such as the Code Interpretations and the many settings on the Set Mode dialog) on the calculations. We review the COMPRESS calculations and point out the highlights in each type of report; eg: thickness of cylinders is calculated based on Code rules for circumferential stress in operating condition and for longitudinal stress due to a number of different cases (operating, empty, hot shut down, all with wind or seismic); any of these may govern.

But it has been tough to go over endless pages of calculations in a classroom setting (people's eyes tend to glaze over; and many of the attendees are not engineers and may not understand the calculations). This is something that may be best done with self-study, and we are trying to brainstorm ways to offer self-study guides to the COMPRESS calculations and designing vessels.

Based on my own experiences when I was first introduced to COMPRESS years ago I understand how overwhelming it is to be presented with a 400 page set of calculations based on an afternoon's worth of input.

But an advanced course may be offered in future. Such a course would certainly focus more on the calculations and design, rather than how to create the vessel models. Likely topics would include wind and seismic, lifting lugs, etc. On the other hand, I can see a whole year's course coming out of this!

Please feel free to offer suggestions on what you like to see in an advanced course, etc.

Tom Barsh
Codeware Technical Support

RE: Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October

PS:   A heat exchanger mechanical design course is under development!

Tom Barsh
Codeware Technical Support

RE: Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October


What is the Date for training the upcomming Heat Exchanger Mechanical Design Course; and Heat Exchanger Tour

RE: Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October

lst:  No date has been established for the heat exchanger mechanical design course. The course is under initial stages of development. I hope that we are able to offer the course next spring.

Tom Barsh
Codeware Technical Support

RE: Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October

Thanks Tom!


RE: Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October


Win will John post THE new tortul for the HTRI INTERFACE FOR TEMA & UHX HEAT EXCHANGER.

RE: Upcoming Seminars in Houston in October


I'm not sure how long this has been up (maybe it preceded your inquiry) but a video tutorial for the COMPRESS heat exchanger design program is available on our website at http://www.codeware.com/exchanger.html.

But I see you ask about the interface to the HTRI software. I will have to check to see if there is any plan to provide a tutorial for this. It is pretty basic to import the HTRI files. Do you see a need for a tutorial?

Tom Barsh
Codeware Technical Support

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