CAESAR Seminars


Pipe Stress Analysis Seminars using CAESAR II


These highly regarded seminars are conducted regularly in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.  We also conduct many in-house seminars.

A one-day "CAESAR Refresher" course is now being offered for those who have used the software in the past but would like to get reacquainted..


Learn the latest technology at this hands-on, computer-aided pipe stress analysis course! Information below includes:

Course Summary
What Attendees Say
Course Description
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  "Through our experience and technical support, we know what engineers need to know when applying this technology, and we've tailored our seminar to give as much of the most important, practical knowledge we can."


  • Gain confidence in your modeling abilities; build better models faster!
  • Get maximum advantage from your software system!
  • Learn the full capabilities of today's most complete pipe stress analysis tool!

This highly regarded seminar is 5 days of comprehensive engineering & computer-based training, with emphasis on identifying and solving problems through the proper application of the latest CAESAR II pipe stress analysis program.  The course includes 3 days of static and 2 days of dynamic analysis.  Theory provided is useful, and is directly applied to many practical example problems. You’ll learn how to correctly answer questions like: “Is there a problem?", "What is causing it?"  and "How can we fix it?”


CALGARY, AB - Statics(3 days) and/or Dynamics (2 days): March 2 - 6, 2020
Download Registration form Calgary, March 2020

CALGARY, AB - One-day Refresher Course, April 30, 2020

TORONTO, ON (Mississauga) - Statics(3 days) and/or Dynamics (2 days): May 11 - 15, 2020
Download Registration form Toronto, May, 2020

MONTREAL, QC - Statics(3 days) and/or Dynamics (2 days): May 25 - 29, 2020
Download Registration form Montréal, May, 2020

(Daily schedule is 8:30 am - 5 pm. Lunch is provided.)

Calgary Seminar Location:

CodeCAD Inc.
Office & Training Center

#320, 10655 Southport Road SW.

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Recommended Hotel for Calgary Seminars


Montréal Seminar Location:

AFI Expertise
500 Saint-Jacques Street, #500
Montréal (QuébecH2Y 1S1

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Toronto Seminar Location:

Hilton Garden Inn

100 Traders Blvd E,
Mississauga, ON

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Hilton Garden Inn

5-Day Course Summary

Each day is typically broken up into theory sessions, followed by very practical example problems that apply the theory learned.  The course notes are about 400 pages of very good reference material that you will use long after the course.  They are written by Tom Van Laan, former president of Intergraph CAS, an M.I.T. graduate who has over 20 years of experience in nuclear, power and petrochemical pipe stress analysis.  He is also the author of a McGraw-Hill text book on the subject of pipe stress analysis.
Through our technical support we learn, every day, what engineers need to know, and we've tailored our seminar to give as much practical knowledge as we can in 5 days.  We invariably hear that the course is the very best around, both in terms of content, and practical application.

Day 1

  • Role of the stress analyst
  • When to perform stress analysis
  • Piping Code History
  • Stress theory; evaluating stresses on piping & knowing which ones matter
  • Load types, Failure criteria; primary & fatigue failures
  • Code equations, Stress Intensification (SIFs)
  • Overview of CAESAR II functions and how to use the program
  • Detailed, important modeling issues – bends, reducers, valves, rigid elements, control parameters, non-linearity of restraints, connecting nodes, built-in databases and assorted modeling issues.
  • The mathematics behind CAESAR II – Stiffness matricies and related issues
  • Practical examples using CAESAR II; input, analysis & redsign

Day 2

  • Theory - Designing for sustained loads; support configuration issues, spring hanger design, optimization of sustained loads.
  • Practical example
  • Theory - Designing for expansion loads; flexibility
  • Detailed problem solving of a more complex model, including:
    • Imposed thermal displacements
    • Expansion joint modeling & evaluation
    • Structural steel modeling
    • Spring hanger design
    • Combining steel with piping
    • Verification of API 610 pump loads
    • Local vessel flexibilities using WRC 297
    • Including vessel modeling
    • Evaluation of local vessel stresses according to WRC 107
    • Modeling FEA-derived nozzle flexibilities in CAESAR II

Day 3

  • Continuation of Day 2 example problem
  • Problem Solving Workshop – detailed example where each student works independently, applying what is learned to solve a variety of stress and equipment load problems.
  • 'Grab-bag' of technical topics including support friction, flange leakage & various others.
  • Buried pipe modeling.

Days 4 & 5

  • Dynamic analysis theory, types of loads & evaluation of system responses
  • Modes and mode shapes
  • Modal analysis
  • Spectral Analysis; Impact & Earthquake analysis
  • Time History Analysis
  • Harmonic loads & harmonic analysis
  • Flow induced vibration
  • Mechanical vibration
  • Impact load types & analysis
  • Steam hammer
  • Slug flow
  • Relief valve firing
  • Example problems including:
    • Mechanically induced vibration problems & solutions
    • Flow induced vibration problem & solution
    • Time History analysis and evaluation of impact load (steam hammer) with dynamic restraint (snubber)
    • Spectral analysis of impact load (Relief valve firing )
    • Earthquake analysis - static & dynamic

Our seminars always generate glowing reviews; largely because of the great combination of practical theory and extensive use of example problems.   Here are a few  of the comments we've received:

  • "I was using CAESAR, and didn't realize that I only knew 20% of what would know after taking the course; excellent seminar."
  • "I've taken a lot of seminars, and  this is by far the best seminar I've ever attended."

  • "My colleague and I were thrilled with the seminar"

  • "I've waited my whole career for this seminar"
  • "I was surprised at how much I learned about piping analysis in just three days. The instructor keeps your attention! Excellent presentation and course."
  • "The instructor was awesome. Very knowledgeable, good speaker and good teacher. I would definitely recommend this class."
  • "It is the first time that a course met all my needs and was given in such a professional way.  The instructors have mastered the course content and have combined it with good field experience."
  • "The practical experience of the instructor and the ability to apply CAESAR II to 'every-day' problems was a strong point. 'Hands-on' experience is the best kind."
  • "Small enough group to permit a lot of 'one-on-one' for everybody. Practical examples were used for exercises. Engineering course given by an engineer, not a salesperson or computer programmer."
  • "The understanding of material covered by the staff is remarkable. Good environment, comfortable relationship between staff and attendees."

The seminar covers proper system modeling guidelines, methods of static and dynamic analysis of piping systems, evaluation of system designs, and effective approaches to system redesign.

The course is broken down into half-day sessions, each covering a major topic. Each of these sessions include a lecture, or discussion followed by a 'hands-on' exercise which reinforces the session topic.

We provide each attendee with their own personal computer and a copy of the CAESAR II pipe stress analysis program for use during the seminar. The complete course lasts five days; three days for modeling and static analysis, and twodays for dynamic analysis.

Technical Reference
Course notes, which serve as a technical reference during the seminar, are provided to all attendees.

These seminar notes are always extremely well regarded as an everyday technical resource. The direct, thoughtful style in which they are written makes it easy to understand even the most technical, complex issues.

From expansion joints and spring hanges to vibration and time-history analysis, the seminar course notes provide a great information resource that you will continue to use long after the course itself.

How the Course Will Help You Personally

  • You'll learn problem solving principles that you will apply to real piping systems. This means learning how to correctly answer questions like:
    • "Is there a problem?"
      "What is causing it?"
      "How can we fix it?"

  • You'll speak directly to the people who not only developed the software, but who use it daily just as you do.
  • You'll be exposed to recent techniques in dynamic/transient analysis.
  • You'll learn the underlying engineering principles used in analyzing types of loads affecting piping systems.
  • You'll get "hands-on" experience with the CAESAR II program on your own PC, while instructors provide as-required one-on-one assistance, helping you learn how to quickly solve complex problems.
  • You'll learn the theory behind the problems to help you gain more confidence in your modeling and build better models faster.
  • You'll finally have the time to fully study the software and its applications.
  • You'll learn our approach to reducing loads and stresses in piping systems.

How the Course Will Benefit Your Company

  • You'll learn to analyze problems that, until now, had to be sent outside the company to "specialists".
  • You'll save time by learning to solve potential pipe stress problems more accurately and more quickly.
  • You'll save your company money by helping them keep more jobs in-house, provide more accurate cost estimates, and save future re-designs by having a better system from inception.
  • You'll give your company that all-important competitive edgy it needs in today's marketplace.

Not Just for CAESAR II Users!
Almost anyone involved with piping in the petroleum, chemical, power, gas transmission and related industries can benefit from this up-to-date, information-packed short course, whether they use other pipe stress programs - or don't use any!
Mechanical/Design Engineers
Piping/Vessel Maintenance Engineers
Engineering Managers
Piping Designers
Plant Managers
New & Experienced CAESAR II Users

Who's Teaching
Course instructor is Jim Wilcox, P.Eng., president of CodeCAD Inc.
Jim is a mechanical engineer, who has instructed CAESAR II pipe stress seminars since 1990, in South America, Asia, USA and Canada.
Our expertise in piping system design, trouble-shooting and software support allows us to provide an effective approach to training engineers in the use of software as an engineering tool.

How to Register
Class size is limited, and courses usually sell out.  We recommend that you call to reserve your seat as early as possible. We will confirm your reservation once we receive (by mail, fax, or e-mail) the completed registration form. You will receive a written acknowledgment of your reservation in return.
A cheque or Purchase Order number will complete your reservation. Payment must be received within one week of the start of the course.
To register, contact CodeCAD Inc. at:

ph. 403-261-3930

The seminar has 3 options:
5 days = $3500 Can. + gst
3 days static analysis only = $2500 Can. + gst
2 days dynamic analysis only = $1600 Can. + gst

CodeCAD Inc. accepts these credit cards:

VISA MasterCard AMEX

Seminar attendees are responsible for their own hotel, transportation arrangements and parking.

Recommended Calgary Hotel:

Delta Calgary South
135 Southland Drive SE
CodeCAD corporate room rates:

Features: Free parking, local calls & highspeed internet.
Phone: 403-278-5050
hotel website

(Seminar is approximately 1km South of hotel).


Cancellations will be accepted, without charge, up to two weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Cancellations after that date will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee.

Course Program
The entire course includes five days of training, which are broken down into two sessions, Statics and Dynamics. Registration is available for either or both of these sessions.

NOTE: Attendees are responsible for their own hotel and transportation arrangements. Seminar price includes continental breakfast and lunch daily, plus snacks and refreshments. Additonal charges incurred are responsibility of the attendee.

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