IPENZ Practice Note 19: Seismic Resistance of Pressure Equipment and its Supports

When 09 Nov 2017, 8:30 AM

Duration One day

Cost $580 ex GST (IPENZ Members $500 ex GST)

Location Auckland

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Participants will be given a broad overview of Practice Note 19 Version 4 and how to use the various sections and appendices for the seismic design of industrial structures, pressure equipment and their supports including the latest version of NZS 1170.5.

The course will cover:

  • an overview of Practice Note 19
  • how the seismic design forces for industrial elements are determined: for standalone pressure equipment, combination structures that are a mixture of structural supports and pressure equipment and for distributive systems such as pressure pipework
  • support structure’s Design Statements
  • alterations to existing equipment
  • minimum seismic coefficients for pressure equipment.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the day, participants will have:

  • an understanding of the content of Practice Note 19
  • an understanding of the legislative requirements covering seismic design of industrial plant both new and modifications to existing plant
  • a working knowledge of the methods to determine seismic coefficients for items they design or specify
  • a working knowledge of the guidelines for retrofitting or modifying existing plant
  • the requirements for producing support Design Statements that will be accepted by the statutory inspectors.

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Presenter information


Graeme is a Specialist Engineer with WorleyParsons Ltd in New Plymouth. He has more than 40 years’ experience as a structural engineer. Since 1980, he has worked in the field of structural engineering for industrial facilities, such as oil and gas plants, wineries, offshore platforms, refineries and general processing plant. In doing so he has worked closely with mechanical, electrical and instrumentation engineers in providing equipment and non-structural items that are compliant with relevant legislation and the required safety systems to allow safe shutdown post-earthquake.

He has presented courses and papers on seismic design relating to industrial structures and his September 2007 paper in the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Bulletin regarding adapting the Structural Design Actions standard AS/NZS 1170 to the field of industrial structures won the Otto Glogau Award in 2009.