Inspection of offshore pipelines and structures

October 2-4, 2013
Houston, Texas


April 17-19, 2013
8am to 5pm  Course

Typical defects and loading conditions of offshore pipelines

  • Pipeline materials
  • Types of pipelines and risers
  • Loading conditions
  • Flaws and defects
  • Special issues relating to deep offshore

Non-destructive testing techniques and technologies

  • Magnetic-flux leakage technology (axial and circumferential)
  • Ultrasound technologies (piezoelectric and EMAT)
  • Eddy-current technologies (EC, remote-field EC, pulsed EC, SLOFEC)
  • Other technologies

Available inspection equipment and technologies

  • Internal: free-swimming tools
  • Internal: tethered and cable-operated tools
  • Riser and caisson inspection
  • Topsides' inspection (piping, pressure vessels, welds)
  • Subsea inspection including flexible risers

Inspection procedures

  • Planning an inspection
  • Preparing the pipeline for an inspection
  • Performing the inspection
  • Special consideration regarding deep offshore applications


  • Data evaluation
  • Feature localization
  • Feature identification and characterization
  • Introducing POF
  • Final report
  • MAOP
  • Run comparison
  • Data management and archiving

Integrity assessment

  • MAOP metal-loss assessment
  • Crack assessment


Exercises: the course includes exercises covering the following topics:

  • Which tool does what?
  • How to read tool data and defect-specification sheets
  • Preparing an inspection project


Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences

Tiratsoo Technical

Supported by: PIPE Pipelines International The Journal of Pipeline Engineering