Piping – Authors Comments
Canada does not have a Canadian Registration System. We have a collection of provincial systems. How is it possible that each province carefully studied what is required to keep the piping systems in their provinces safe and all came up with vastly different requirements? Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 to 1859) might have been thinking about piping registration:
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power [of democracy] then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicate rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent and guided… men are seldom forced to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting… Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervate, extinguishes, and stupefies a people…
Thus the spirit is gradually broken…. gradually losing the faculties of thinking, feeling, and acting for themselves. [People then console themselves at the loss of their liberties] by reflection that they have chosen their own guardians.
The Canadian B51 standard has been around for 70 years. The piping registration is really only starting to happen now. It is mainly applied to new installations when an Authorized Inspector is expected to find it. Existing piping systems are seldom registered and usually ignored. We are only now, 70 years in, determining if this system is even possible. The tools to make it practical like searchable databases for registered parts are still being developed.
Laurence Brundrett Chairman, Pressure Vessel Engineering November 2012