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FAQ & Acronyms


If you have a specific question about PIP, you might find the answer here. You’ll also see the list of acronyms that are often used when working with PIP.

Once you are logged in to the Member’s Area by using either the pipmembers Consider: PIP Members (?) userID and password, or your own unique userID and password, click on the “Practices Lists” tab in the left margin to be redirected to the Published Practices index page: http://pip.org/members/practices/index.asp . Note the “Log in to view Native Practices” button in the bottom left side of the page. After clicking this button you will be prompted to input the Native userID and password (this information is available from your Steering Team Member if you do not already have it).

View “New and Revised Practices Recently Published” by clicking on the Practices List tab on the Member’s Area Home Page. This will open the following page titled “Published Practices”: http://pip.org/members/practices/index.asp. The “New and Revised Practices Recently Published” are listed in descending order by the publication date. Note, a link to the monthly zip files of Practices published is also available from this page.

Login information (userID and password) for general access to the Member’s Area is available from your company's PIP Steering Team. If you are on a Function Team your Function Team Leader can also supply you with a userID and password. As a regular participant or discipline contact listed on the PIP roster, you will be given a unique userID and password as an alternative means to login. Uncertain who to contact for this information or need additional help? Please contact the PIP Office.

For PIP working documents files should be “saved down” to the standard version of software applications for PIP prior to sharing with the office or other PIP members.

At this time the only delivery mechanism for the Practices is via the PIP website or one of our third party distributors – HIS, SAI Global or Techstreet. Practices can be obtained from the distributors at no additional cost.

Please send an email to help@pip.org and include as much detail as possible regarding your issue.

For PIP, the native format – or format in which a document was created - for most files is usually the PIP standard version of Microsoft applications. Also for PIP, the native formats for drawings are AutoCAD (.dwg) and MicroStation (.dgn).

In general, a Practice in PDF format is read-only and one in native format is editable.

The Electronic Entry Data Sheet (EEDS) of a published Practice is a form with protected fields to accommodate electronic data entry in a manner that preserves the layout/structure of the data sheet. Because the EEDS is an enhanced version of the "native" data sheet, use of the EEDS is preferred over that of the "native" data sheet. Note, many of the EEDS files may open a cover sheet view only. If so, choose "Attachments" tab or paper clip icon on bottom left corner of open cover sheet to access attached datasheet(s) in their working format.

The file format of the electronic-entry data sheet (EEDS) of a published Practice is either Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. The Electronic Entry Data Sheet (EEDS) of a published Practice is a form with protected fields to accommodate electronic data entry in a manner that preserves the layout/structure of the data sheet. Because the EEDS is an enhanced version of the "native" data sheet, use of the EEDS is preferred over that of the "native" data sheet. Note, many of the EEDS files may open a cover sheet view only. If so, choose "Attachments" tab or paper clip icon on bottom left corner of open cover sheet to access attached datasheet(s) in their working format.

The current version of software applications for PIP can be found through the link at the bottom of the Practices List of ADGs – ADGsoftw-upgr – Guideline for Adoption and Upgrade of Software for use by PIP. Click here to access the most recent software guidelines.

Active Member Area general access and native passwords are changed twice a year in May and November. Username(s) remains the same. New passwords are distributed to Steering Team Members and Function Team Leaders one week prior to their implementation. Implementation of new passwords is immediate and former passwords become invalid simultaneously on the designated date.

A unique userID and password is generated when your name is entered into the PIP roster, both are sent directly to you. You will be prompted to change your password when you first log in using this method. Future password changes for unique userIDs are at your discretion.

Practices under review prior to the MCR process are controlled by the Function Team Leader or members of the Function Team who are assigned to coordinate the review. Please contact the FT Leader to obtain information about these Practices. Doesn’t this need to change to the work processes developed by Facilex? Suggest Regina handle this since it is under development.

Practices that are out for Member Company Review (MCR) or Steering Team Ballot (STB) are available from the In Progress Page of the Members Area at: http://pip.org/members/inprogress/.

To insure only our Members are accessing the Practices. Need help with your password, please contact the PIP Office.

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Acronyms

to Know

  • AC:

    Annual Conference

  • ADG:

    Administrative General – Internal PIP Administrative Practices

  • AFPM:

    American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

  • AIChE:

    American Institute of Chemical Engineers

  • API:

    American Petroleum Institute

  • ARC:

    Awards and Recognition Committee​

  • ASCE:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

  • ASME:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • CAD:

    Computer Aided Drafting

  • CEP:

    Continuing Education Program

  • CEU:

    Continuing Education Unit

  • CI:

    Coatings & Insulation

  • CII:

    Construction Industry Institute

  • CSA:

    Civil, Structural, Architectural

  • DM:

    Data Management

  • EC:

    Executive Committee (also XC)

  • EEDS:

    Electronic Entry Data Sheet

  • EID:

    Electronic Identification

  • EL:

    Electrical

  • EPC:

    Engineering, Procurement, Construction

  • FIATECH:

    Fully Integrated Automation Technology

  • FT:

    Function Team

  • FTL:

    Function Team Leader

  • FTLT:

    Function Team Leader Team

  • FTR:

    Function Team Report

  • GC:

    Globalization Committee

  • GVCC:

    Global Valve Cross-Reference eCatalog

  • HP:

    Hygienic Process

  • HX:

    Heat Exchanger

  • I/E:

    Instrumentation & Engineering

  • IDTC:

    Instrumentation Design Tools Configuration

  • IEEE:

    Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

  • IHS:

    Information Handling Services

  • IRC:

    Implementation Resource Center

  • ISA:

    Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society

  • MA:

    Machinery

  • MBC:

    Membership Committee

  • MC:

    Member Company

  • MCCF:

    Member Company Comment Form

  • MCR:

    Member Company Review

  • MD:

    Metadata

  • MKC:

    Marketing Committee

  • MTI:

    Materials Technology Institute

  • NIA:

    National Insulation Association

  • NIST:

    National Institute of Standards and Technology

  • OM:

    Operations Manual

  • P&ID:

    Piping and Instrumentation Diagram

  • PC:

    Process Control

  • PDH:

    Professional Development Hours

  • PE:

    Project Engineering

  • PFD:

    Process Flow Diagram

  • PGP:

    Practice Generation Proposal

  • PL:

    Pipeline Systems

  • PMS:

    Piping Material Specifications

  • PN:

    Piping

  • PNL:

    Practice Number Log

  • PRO:

    Practice Revision Overview

  • PRP:

    Practice Revision Proposal

  • PSR:

    Practice Status Report

  • RAGAGEP:

    Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices

  • RF:

    Refractory

  • RNF:

    Recognition Nomination Form

  • SDO:

    Standards Development Organization

  • SP:

    Strategic Plan; SharePoint; SmartPlant

  • SPC:

    Strategic Planning Committee

  • SPRD:

    Smart Plant Reference Data

  • ST:

    Steering Team

  • STB:

    Steering Team Ballot

  • STO:

    Steering Team Orientation

  • TCO:

    Total Cost of Ownership, aka Life Cycle Cost

  • TIC:

    Total Installed Cost

  • TT:

    Task Team

  • UT:

    University of Texas

  • VE:

    Vessel

  • WPC:

    Work Processes Committee

  • XC:

    Executive Committee (also EC)

  • YPF:

    Young Professionals Forum