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Advanced Piping Design

Advanced Piping Design

ISBN: 978-1-933762-18-0

No. of Pages: 250

Author: Rutger Botermans and Peter Smith

An intermediate-level handbook covering guidelines and procedures on process plants and interconnecting piping systems.

Publication Date: May 2008

Price: $185  

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Piping Design: guidelines and procedures for piping systems.


Written for the piping engineer and designer in the field, this three part-series helps to fill a severe void in piping literature, since the Rip Weaver books of the '90s were taken out of print at the advent of the Computer Aid Design (CAD) era. Advanced Piping Design is an intermediate-level handbook covering guidelines and procedures on process plants and interconnecting piping systems.

As a follow up with Smith's best-selling work published in 2007 by GPC Books, The Fundamentals of Piping Design, this handbook contributes more customized information on the necessary process equipment required for a suitable plant layout, such as:


  • Compressors
  • Heat exchangers
  • Tanks
  • Cooling towers
  • And more!


Combining essential equipment with best practices, Botermans and Smith extend the book's benefits to incorporate:


  • Instructions for laying out the plant
  • Applicable international codes
  • Piping support and stress issues
  • Operation and maintenance influencing piping design
  • Safety precautions


While integrating equipment with all critical design considerations, these two volumes together are must-haves for any engineer continuing to learn about piping design and process equipment.


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About the Authors

Rutger Botermans is a general manager at Red-Bag BV, a software development company that creates mechanical engineering applications for the process industry. Mr. Botermans’ experience spans over 20 years in the petrochemical industry, focusing on general and project management in capital investment projects covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has previously worked at numerous engineering companies, including Badger, Raytheon, JGC, Sulzer, and AkzoNobel. The developments in ICT and the handling of vast amounts of data concerning process plants are getting very complex. Mr. Botermans has developed a vision on how to handle this data and is currently leading the development of software applications. He holds an MSc degree in mechanical engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Peter Smith is an independent consultant with over 30 years of experience in the onshore and offshore sectors of the oil and gas industry. He has worked on design, construction and commissioning phases on refineries, offshore platforms, pipelines and FPSO projects in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Having worked for both major operating companies and international EPC contractors on projects that were designed using manually produced drawings, he has witnessed the evolving CAD era and appreciates the advances and advantages of this new technology. He is also aware of some of the short comings that new technology brings, which prompted him to start on this project.

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