Chapter 1
Interpreting API and ASME Codes


It would help if things were different, but passing any API Inspector Certification Programme (ICP) examination is, unfortunately, all about interpreting codes. As with any other written form of words, codes are open to interpretation. To complicate the issue further, different forms of interpretation exist between code types; API and ASME are separate organizations so their codes are structured differently, and written in quite different styles.

  • 1.1 Codes and the real world
  • 1.2 ASME construction codes
  • 1.3 API inspection codes
  • 1.4 Code revisions
  • 1.5 Code illustrations
  • 1.6 New construction versus repair activity
  • 1.7 Conclusion: interpreting API and ASME codes

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