Defect Assessment in Pipelines
September 7-9, 2016 • Houston, Texas
Organized in association with Penspen Integrity
"Through this required program...an operator must evaluate all defects and... develop a schedule that prioritizes the defects for evaluation and repair."
—from the Final DOT Rule: Pipeline Integrity Management in High Consequence Areas
Many transmission pipelines are now over 20 years old. This is "middle aged" in pipeline terms, and even the best designed and maintained pipeline will become defective as it progresses through its design life. Therefore, operators need to be aware of the effect these defects will have on their pipeline, and — more importantly — be able to assess their significance in terms of the continuing integrity of the pipeline. The increasing use of high-technology maintenance (for example, intelligent pigs) is helping pipeline owners to assess the condition of their lines, and if these modern maintenance methods are combined with modern defect-assessment methods, they can provide a very powerful, and cost-effective, tool. This course will present the latest defect-assessment methods to pipeline engineers and managers. These methods will range from simple, quick, assessment methods, to the more-detailed —fitness for purpose— analysis. The course is highly interactive and takes the form of lectures, workshops, and case studies.
The course is unique as it is a holistic approach to defect assessment, and it ensures the student appreciates all aspects of the subject, including repair and risk management.
Regulatory authorities and standards bodies now require pipeline engineers to have demonstrable competencies. Competence is gained from a combination of skills, experience, and knowledge. ASME B31Q defines skill as "... the ability to perform mental and physical activities acquired or developed through training or experience," and ASME B31.4 defines experience as "... work activities accomplished... under the direction of qualified supervision... but not including time spent in organized training program." Training is thus a key element of competency. PHMSA defines training as "… an educational or instructional process (e.g., classroom, computer-based, or on-the-job) by which an individual's knowledge, skills, and his/her capacity to do or act, physically and/or mentally, are improved." It is essential that any training a pipeline engineer undergoes is contributing to his/her competencies, and can be shown to be doing this. This course is based on classes in Master Degree programs at UK universities, and has been presented for over 15 years. The trainers are demonstrably world authorities. This combination of an established course and elite trainers allows companies to state that their engineers have attended a training course that is demonstrably best practice.
The course will cover methods available to assess the significance of defects detected in onshore and offshore pipelines. It will introduce simple analytical methods used to assess internal and external corrosion, dents and gouges, cracks (e.g. SCC), weld defects, and fatigue.
All delegates will receive a detailed set of lecture notes totaling more than 500 pages, providing an invaluable reference document.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Understanding Fatigue (handouts and notes only, no lecture)
Workshop: Setting Intelligent Pig Inspection LevelsFracture Propagation and Arrest (handouts and notes only, no lecture)
Workshop: Setting Priorities
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