Home  |  Site Map  |  Contact Us
CAESAR II >> CAESAR II Instructors

CAESAR II InstructorsCAESAR II Schedule

 CAESAR II Instructors    Instructor Bio's

David Diehl

David Diehl graduated with a BSME from Lehigh University, Pensylvania, USA in 1976. Upon graduation he took a post as a Dynaflex technical support representative for Auton Computing in New York City. After four years David relocated to Houston, Texas providing mainframe-based piping system analysis services.  In 1986, he took a position at Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Solutions (COADE, Inc.) introducing and selling CAESAR II, the worlds first PC-based pipe stress analysis package. While at ICAS Dave earned his Professional Engineering license, served as the CAESAR II product manager, is now the lead instructor for CAESAR II, and manages all training for ICAS. For the last ten years Dave has participated in the B31.3 Section Committee and is the former chair of the Design Task Group there. He also serves as a Director of SPED – the Society of Piping Engineers and Designers.

Richard Ay

Richard Ay graduated with a BS in Ocean Engineering in 1977 and moved to Houston to work for a large E&C firm. In 1983 while working for an Offshore Consulting firm, Rich earned an MS in Civil Engineering. In 1985, Rich joined COADE. Since then Rich has spent his time working on the development of CAESAR II, TANK, the Licensing routines, QA and Technical Support procedures. Rich is now the Chief Technical Officer and oversees the development of the Engineering products at ICAS. Rich has his Professional Engineering license and is a member of ASCE and ASME.

Nadia Strikovski

Nadia Strikovski is a CAESAR II Development Manager, she joined the Intergraph CADWorx and Analysis Solutions group in November 2002. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Computer Science from the University of Houston. Nadia develops CAESAR II, instructs during pipe stress analysis seminars, and provides technical support for CAESAR II. She brings the technical expertise of the pipe stress industry with knowledge of numerous piping codes and other standards such as WRC, TEMA, API and many others, plus an in-depth knowledge of CAESAR II application.

Mandeep Singh

Since 1988 Mandeep Singh has worked as a senior engineer for the Intergraph CADWorx and Analysis Solutions group. He is a senior developer for both Intergraph PV Elite and Intergraph CodeCalc. Additionally he provides technical support, instructs during the vessel seminars, and conducts product presentations. He has also used PV Elite/CodeCalc on real-world design projects. He has been actively involved in Intergraph CADWorx and Analysis Discovery tours, showing the benefits of PV Elite to the clients worldwide. Mr. Singh holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, and brings together the technical expertise of the pressure vessel industry, plus an in-depth knowledge of PV Elite and CodeCalc.

Dominik Hepp

Dominik Hepp joined the Intergraph CADWorx and Analysis Solutions (Intergraph CAS) group in August 2011. His responsibilities include providing end-user technical support, product testing, and training/presentation support for the CADWorx Plant Design Suite, CAESAR II, and product integration.

Loren Brown

Loren Brown graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986 where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering.  He then began his career with Rockwell International’s Rocketdyne Division (Currently Pratt & Whitney) where he worked on the X-30 National Aerospace Plane, Space Shuttle Main Engines, Delta and Atlas rocket programs, among others.  He worked in thermal analysis, rocket engine performance analysis, and orbital mechanics during the first 10 years of his career.  Mr. Brown joined Intergraph CADWorx and Analysis Solutions (former COADE) in 1997 and has been a part of CAESAR II development from that time to the present.  He is the director of technical support for CAESAR II and is involved on a day-to-day basis with development, testing, documentation, and training.
Sam Kannappan

Sockalingam “Sam” Kannappan of Houston is a Professional Engineer and senior design engineer for SNC-Lavalin Hydrocarbons & Chemicals, Houston. He is a Board Member of the Society of Piping Engineers & Designers and Advisory Board Member, Asia Society, Texas Center. He received his B.E. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of the text book on “Introduction to Pipe Stress Analysis” and developer of Piping Analysis software “EZFLEX”.

Sam Kannappan's book "Introduction to Pipe Stress Analysis" may be purchased here.
Jim Meyer

Jimmy Meyer has over 35 years experience in refining petrochemical, chemical, power generation and industrial facilities.  He is a principal engineer at Louis Perry and Associates, a full service engineering and architectural firm in Wadsworth Ohio.  Jim is experienced in overall project coordination/management, pressure equipment, piping design, analysis, specifications, support design, mechanical system requirements and documentation requirements.  Particular areas of technical competence include ASME piping and pressure vessel codes, stress analysis, and field troubleshooting piping system support, vibration and expansion problems.

Mr. Meyer is a member of ASME and has been involved in the ASME B31.1 and ASME B31.3 Section committees for over 30 years.  He is currently Chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Section Committee, Vice Chair of the ASME Standards Committee and serves on the ASME Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards.  Jim has also served as Chair of ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code Section Committee.


Ken Atkins

Kenneth E. Atkins is a Senior Staff Engineer with Engineering Dynamics Incorporated, in San Antonio, Texas.  He has extensive experience in the design and troubleshooting of a variety of mechanical systems involving reciprocating machinery, structural, and piping vibration problems.  Mr. Atkins was a Research Engineer with Southwest Research Institute (1978 to 1981) and a Machinery Engineer with Exxon Chemical Americas (1981 to 1982).  In 1982, he cofounded Engineering Dynamics Incorporated.  He has authored several technical papers in the areas of reciprocating machinery, piping, and structural dynamics.  He has lectured frequently at the Texas A&M Turbomachinery and Pump Symposium with both tutorials and short courses.

Mr. Atkins received a B.S. degree (Engineering Science, 1978) from Trinity University.  He is a member of ASME and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.  He is a sub-task force member for pulsation and vibration control for API Standards 618, 674 and RP 688.  He is also a member of the ASME OM-S/G Committee on Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (Piping Systems Subgroup).
Tony Paulin

Tony Paulin has dedicated his life to creating and helping engineers apply the best and most advanced technology to the fields of piping and pressure vessel design and analysis.  In 1991 he founded Paulin Research Group (PRG) to develop FEA-based software programs for use in the PV&P sector.  Under Tony Paulin’s direction, PRG performs consulting, training, and physical lab testing to confirm both the software’s accuracy and usability.  He regularly presents papers and findings at industry seminars and conferences.  Some of Mr. Paulin’s key accomplishments include:

•    Original Author of the Caesar II© Pipe Stress Analysis Program
•    Co-Author of the FE/Pipe™ & NozzlePRO™ Finite Element Analysis Programs
•    Co-Author of the new PCLGold™ Pipe Stress Program with applied FEA Technology
•    Co-Author of BOS Fluids Steady State and Transient Fluid Flow Simulator
•    Member of the B31 Mechanical Design Code Committee (1994 to Present)
•    Past Recipient of the South Texas ASME Herbert Allen Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement