The development of computing software has had a profound impact upon the process of modern piping design, yet can also lead to bad habits and unsound practices if improperly used by engineers.

Jim E. Meyer, lead engineer for Louis Perry Group and facilitator for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) course on the B31.3 Process Piping Code, notes that the code was devised over half a century ago, well before computers and other forms of hi-tech equipment were accessible tools for…