Excavation Inspection & Applied NDE for ILI/DA Validation and Correlation
June 25-27, 2008

Clarion Technical Conferences
Pipeline Integrity Courses


Excavation Inspection, ILI and DA Correlation + Applied NDE Methods Course

June 25, 2008: 1:30pm - 5pm
June 26, 2008: 8am - 5pm
June 27, 2008: 8am - 12pm

The course is designed around the critical step of “Excavation Inspection and Documentation,” which has recently been termed the 3rd step in Direct Assessment. The focus will be on the validation and correlation of both ILI results and/or Direct Assessment techniques through non- destructive testing in the excavation.

Course premise

"The pig is wrong" is not often the case, and “No anomalies found” is not enough information.

Course objective

On completion of the course, participants will have a solid understanding of the minimum requirements to ensure maximum correlation with ILI and Direct assessment results during an excavation program. In addition, each participant will walk away with a general understanding of the available technology and procedures to implement contracts, increase quality, and reduce overall project costs.

Who should attend

The course is specifically designed for project managers, engineers and technical personnel responsible for the management, implementation and reporting of pipeline integrity inspection activities.


Jim Marr is President of Marr Associates Pipeline Integrity Ltd. Marr Associates has been in the pipeline integrity business since 1992. For the last eight years he was the SCC Program Planning Manager for TransCanada Pipelines. Jim has worked in pipeline integrity for the past 30 years, focusing on SCC, external corrosion, direct assessment, direct examination, ILI development and correlation, data management and integration and the characterization of the environment around the pipeline. He graduated with a degree in earth sciences in 1986 from the University of Guelph, Ontario. He is a member of NACE and a past vice-chair of the NACE SCCDA committee.

Brent Zeller is an advanced NDT consultant with Eclipse Scientific Inc. With offices in Waterloo, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta, Eclipse Scientific develops specialized products and techniques for the NDT industry, specifically in the advanced ultrasonic (UT) discipline. Brent has been involved with Non Destructive Testing for 8 years.  He worked in research with the NDT group of Imperial College in London while obtaining his PhD.  His work there included high frequency immersion tank testing and was predominantly ultrasonic analysis of very thin films.  Since returning to Canada he has worked with service companies to implement and apply advanced NDT techniques to inspection of petrochemical plants, pipelines, power plants and fabrication shops.  Brent now provides Advanced UT Expertise to clients worldwide, to assist with implementation of new technologies, training of personnel, and procedure and technique development for the industry.

Rick Desaulniers is currently Director, Customer Solutions, with ENTEGRA in Concord, Ontario. He has been involved in the pipeline industry for the past 27 years with the majority of the time spent in the Data Interpretation Department analyzing 1000’s of miles of pipelines around the world. He has been involved in past NACE conference as Chairman of the Pipeline Integrity Symposium and presented/co-write papers on Excavation Data Collection and Data Analyst Qualification Processes. He was on the Standards Development Committee for ANSI/ASNT ILI-PQ-2005 In-Line Inspection Personnel Qualification and Certification Standard. He received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Course Notes

Comprehensive course notes as well as reference material will be provided, a valuable guide for future applications.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Course Outline

  • Risk  (briefly)
  • Engineering Critical Assessment (briefly)
  • Data collection and evaluation
  • In-Line Inspection
  • Tools, anomaly description, evaluation
  • Direct Assessment
  • Direct examination
  • Non destructive examination (NDE)
  • Hydro Testing  (briefly)
  • Remediation & Repair Technologies (briefly)
  • Developmental  and new application NDE Techniques
  • Mitigation and Fitness for Purpose (briefly)
  • On Going Maintenance Programs (throughout)
  • Case studies (throughout)
  • Administration, Logistics and Contracts (throughout)


Organized by:  
Pipeline World
Supported by:  
ASME Pipeline & Gas Journal
Journal of Pipeline Engineering Oil and Gas Journal

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