“We have been a long-time supporter of the work SPED does in training piping engineers and designers, so I am honored to have the opportunity to speak to this distinguished group,” explained Van Laan. “We are also excited about what SPED has been doing more recently to help prepare piping designers and engineers in process plant design so that they can succeed in the increasingly competitive and diverse global marketplace, and we plan to support this initiative in any way we can.”
The SPED “Hot Topics” Seminar Series dinner event, open to members and non-members, begins at 6:00pm at the H.E.S.S. Club, 5430 Westheimer Road. Attendees may RSVP by calling 832-286-3404 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about SPED is at www.spedweb.com. For information about COADE, visit www.coade.com.
Thomas J. Van Laan, PE, COADE President/CEO
Thomas J. Van Laan joined COADE in 1990. He earned a BSCE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Computer Science from Pace University. He has 30 years of stress analysis and design experience in piping, pressure vessels and structural design. Prior engineering experience includes serving as the president of Tetracom Services, senior engineer at Ebasco Services, design engineer of Bechtel Power corporation and applications engineer at Auton/Intercomp. Van Laan is co-author of COADE’s CAESAR II, the world’s most popular pipe stress analysis software, and is an author and co-author of numerous papers including the engineering text entitled Piping and Pipe Support Systems. He holds P.E. licenses in several states.
COADE, Inc. is a provider of software for multiple plant design and engineering disciplines. COADE’s aims are that design and engineering should share relevant information seamlessly, thereby maintaining accuracy and improving efficiency. COADE’s product line conforms to those goals and includes: CAESAR II, the world's most widely used pipe stress analysis software; PV Elite for pressure vessel and heat exchanger design and analysis; CADWorx Plant Design Suite for intelligent plant design modeling, process schematics and automatic production of plant design deliverables; and TANK for the design and analysis of oil storage tanks. COADE, CAESAR II, CADWorx, PV Elite, CodeCalc and TANK are registered trademarks or trademarks of COADE, Inc. For more information, visit www.coade.com.
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