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William (Bill) Simpson

About William (Bill) Simpson

Bill is a Professional Instructor, Speaker and Assessor. Recognized as a leading authority on North American Code and Standard requirements his courses and seminars are in high demand. Bill currently sits as a member of the CSA Z662, B51 and B149 Technical Committees, and he is also a member of the Integrated Committee on Hazardous Locations in addition to serving as a Canadian representative to ISO and IEC committees in these subject areas.
4 09, 2018

Top Down Qualification

By |2018-09-05T08:25:25+00:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It is not an accident that industry groups, including CEPA and CPAC, chose pipeline construction inspectors as the first step in their recommendations for Companies to implement standardized qualifications as part of their competence management systems. Under section 3 of the CSA Z662 and the API 1173, Companies or Owners are

4 09, 2018

Canadian B51 Boiler Code and HLE Certification

By |2018-09-04T11:31:16+00:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

New Canadian B51 Boiler Code on Schedule In August, the CSA B51 Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code committee met for the final time before the publication of the 2019 edition scheduled for January. In addition to closing out the last of the public review items, the committee set up the structure for work

31 07, 2018

Death by Chocolate Training

By |2018-07-31T13:33:01+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Death by Chocolate Training Can you really have too much of a good thing? Training is critical for both safety and competence of personnel. With codes, standards and regulations changing at an ever-increasing pace, is it possible to have too much training? I make my living training, so the obvious answer would be no,

31 07, 2018

New Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Course

By |2018-07-31T11:02:34+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

New LNG CourseWe are pleased to announce that the new LNG Essentials course is complete and now being offered in Calgary and Houston. This course has been developed with two distinct versions. The first is based on the New CSA Z276-18 for Canada and includes reference to requirements in NFPA, ASME and ISO standards as

29 06, 2018

Because Simon Says You Shall!

By |2018-06-30T10:32:53+00:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

At a recent Z662 committee meeting there was some discussion about the word "shall". A similar discussion took place at the International Electrical Commission (IEC) meetings on Hazardous Locations in Split, Croatia earlier this spring. Both discussions stemmed from reports of some code users failing to gather documentary evidence for shall clauses as they did

29 06, 2018

Training and Exams in Alberta and BC

By |2018-06-29T13:35:53+00:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Training in Northern Alberta and British Columbia The Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council (CPAC) will be conducting API 1169 Inspector, QC Inspector and Z662 Code Qualification exams in both Fort St. John, BC and Grande Prairie, Alberta. To assist with your preparation, NASA Corp. will be offering courses locally in advance of the exams. According to

1 06, 2018

Z662 Welding Requirements & QC Inspector Certification

By |2018-06-01T13:02:28+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Z662 Welding Requirements course added for June 26, 2018 The 1-day Z662 Welding Requirements course has been added in Calgary on June 26th. This courses is critical for those involved in pipeline welding who require a solid understanding of the differences between Z662 and ASME procedures as well as the Z662 Essential Changes table. Visit

1 06, 2018

An Inspector’s Catch 22

By |2018-06-01T12:45:42+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The storyline in Joseph Heller's 1961 book, Catch-22, identified a paradox whereby a pilot is considered insane if he does not ask for relief, but considered fit for service if he does. With this, pilots requesting relief were assigned flights, while those insisting they were fine were grounded. With the

30 04, 2018

NASA Corp News – Now Tweeting and a New Course

By |2018-05-03T10:04:20+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Now on Twitter...We are now Tweeting. As part of our continuing education and industry communication strategy, NASA Corp. has now added twitter to both theothernasa.com and z662blog.com sites. If you use twitter for industry news and discussions, you can now follow us @TheOtherNASA. Join in the conversation! North American Pipeline Fundamentals

30 04, 2018

2nd Party for CSA Z662

By |2018-04-30T12:14:39+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |0 Comments

No, it's not that kind of party... In April I attended several standards development meetings dealing with product and personnel competency approvals. One of the key questions in the development of any code or standard is 'who will have the final responsibility for compliance'? Codes and Standards are very carefully written to ensure that they