Working with Multiple ASME VIII Code Editions
New ASME VIII projects typically require the use of the Code Edition in force at the time the contract is signed. When re-rating existing vessels and exchangers the NBIC allows the use of either the ASME VIII Addenda in force when the vessel was built or the latest ASME VIII Edition. Whether you’re dealing with new construction or re-rating old equipment your company probably enters into new contracts every year, some of which may take years to complete.
Since most companies work with more than one Code Edition\Addenda at the same time, COMPRESS includes a unique Multiple ASME Code Edition Feature. This feature enables you to:
Work on projects spanning multiple years without needing multiple software versions installed. Design and re-rate equipment to different Addenda (1995 to present) from within the same COMPRESS release.
Easily update older designs to be compliant with the latest ASME Edition (ideal when providing re-order/replacement designs).
Use the same COMPRESS version throughout your entire company. Take advantage of recent enhancements like Appendix 9 jackets and Specification Sheet Data panes while still maintaining access to older ASME Codes.
Avoid the hassle of having to manage the use of old software versions. Which program version loads which file, will the old software run under Windows 10?
Is this a standard feature? How do I change the ASME Code Edition/Addenda used?
Yes, the ability to switch between different ASME VIII Code Editions/Addenda (1995 to present) is available to all COMPRESS and INSPECT users.
- When starting a new design COMPRESS defaults to the latest Code Edition. To change the Edition/Addenda used select Codes > ASME.
- Click "OK" to apply the selected Edition to the current file only. Click "Save Defaults" to set the selected Edition as your default for all new designs.
- For easy reference, the Code Edition selected appears in the lower right task bar (if needed, it can be changed "on the fly" while designing).
More About the COMPRESS Multiple ASME Code Edition Feature
In COMPRESS, once you’ve set the Addenda/Edition (single switch) everything else follows automatically. You do not need to remember to change several settings. Based on your selection COMPRESS automatically applies:
The Edition/Addenda’s Code rules.
The allowable stresses from the corresponding Edition of ASME Section II Part D (design margins change over time).
The notes from the corresponding material tables of ASME Section II Part D.
The ASME B16.5 and B16.47 flange materials and pressure ratings from the Edition specified in Table U-3 of Section VIII, Division 1 (materials and pressure ratings often vary slightly between Editions).
In “Design” mode, if any design changes are needed to keep your equipment in Code compliance, COMPRESS automatically makes the necessary adjustments (such as increasing the nominal thickness). In “Rating” mode no design adjustments are made but design deficiencies are noted.
If you don’t have software that allows you to easily switch between Editions, it’s time to explore the benefits of COMPRESS. Find out more by emailing email@example.com or calling (941) 927-2670.