Pipeline Integrity Courses
Westin Calgary Hotel • Calgary, Alberta, Canada • December 2-6, 2013
Geohazard Management for Pipeline Engineers
December 5-6, 2013
The course is an introduction to Geohazard Management for non-geotechnical pipeline managers and regulators within the Canadian context. It focuses on the key issues in Pipeline Geohazard Management, including:
The course covers the management of related data, risk assessment, monitoring and mitigation technologies. It also reviews the range of risk assessment methods with examples from the pipeline industry.
In recent years, the pipeline engineering and construction community has gained valuable experience
associated with routing, design and construction of new major pipeline projects in challenging environments,
and in meeting the heightened expectations of ensuring the integrity of aging operating systems. World-wide,
regulatory agencies are raising their expectations of the pipeline industry to deal more rigorously with Geohazards
including landslides, erosion and seismicity. The topics addressed in this course have recently seen significant advances that have redefined the state-ofpractice in how to design, construct and ensure the integrity of operating pipelines in areas prone to Geohazards. An important guiding philosophy for practically managing these hazards in a responsible yet cost-effective manner is to consider Geohazard effects from the pipeline out, as opposed to a purely geotechnical treatment of Geohazard occurrence independent of the pipeline.
All delegates will receive a detailed set of lecture notes, providing an invaluable reference document. The course documentation also includes the reference book Pipeline Geo-Environmental Design and Geohazard Management edited by Moness Rizkalla (2008) as well as the 2009 PRCi study Guidelines for Constructing Natural Gas and Liquid Hydrocarbon Pipelines Through Areas Prone to Landslides and Subsidence Hazards, a combined $225 value.
Supervisors, engineers and technicians responsible for ensuring the adequate protection of pipeline assets; regulators.
On completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).
Moness Rizkalla is president of Visitless Integrity Assessment Ltd. in Calgary. Prior to forming VIA he held positions with WorleyParsons, TransCanada / NOVA, and PRCI. Mr. Rizkalla is a recognized specialist in pipeline design and integrity management. His experience includes several management and senior technical roles in pipeline design, project management, pipeline risk assessment and integrity management planning, operations support, and associated technology development and applications. His professional experience has been gained in both Canadian and international settings. Within the pipeline integrity management area, Mr. Rizkalla has specialized in the management of external load hazards – geotechnical and mechanical damage. He has been involved in a wide range of pipeline geotechnics with an extensive list of associated publications. In 2000 he founded Visitless Integrity Management, a company that delivers commercial proactive prevention solutions to the pipeline industry’s mechanical damage challenges. Mr. Rizkalla holds a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical).
Dr. Rodney S. Read is a practicing consulting engineer specializing in applied rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering. He is president of RSRead Consulting, Inc., based in Okotoks, Alberta. Dr. Read has been involved in projects ranging from concepts for nuclear waste disposal to geohazard assessments for pipelines in challenging physiographic environments. He was geotechnical lead on the Turtle Mountain monitoring project at the historic Frank Slide in southern Alberta, the site of Canada’s deadliest landslide. His current interests involve geotechnical risk assessment of linear systems in difficult terrain. Dr. Read holds a BS in Geological Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil & Geological Engineering.
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