Inspection of Challenging Pipelines
Led by Dr. Michael Beller and Dr. Konrad Reber
September 13-14, 2018: Houston
|7:30am||Registration & coffee|
The course will provide an in-depth introduction into the inspection of challenging pipelines, i.e. pipelines that cannot be inspected in a straightforward manner using traditional free- swimming in-line inspection tools. The course will introduce typical flaws and anomalies found in challenging assets, including a wide range of metal-loss and crack features. Assets covered in the course include difficult-to-inspect onshore and offshore pipelines in the up-, mid- and downstream sector, including gathering and distribution lines, loading lines, storage lines, risers, flexible pipe and risers, laterals. The course includes an introduction of all relevant inspection technologies and related non-destructive testing principles as well as operational procedures, data analysis and reporting.
Pipeline Engineers, Integrity Engineers, Corrosion Specialists, Engineering Consultants in the field of pipeline inspection and integrity, personnel from regulators or certifiers involved with pipeline inspection and assessment.
Approximately 40% of all pipelines installed globally are considered “un-piggable,” which means they cannot be inspected with traditional free-swimming in-line inspection tools.
However these other lines also have to be inspected to investigate whether there are geometric, metal-loss or crack-related issues that would affect their mechanical integrity. Many of these challenging lines can be inspected from within, i.e. using specially designed or modified tools. Some, however, will have to be inspected from the outside because internal inspection is not possible at all.
The important questions relating to the inspection of Challenging Pipelines are:
All this will be covered in order for the partcipants to fully understand the difference between “piggable” and “unpiggable” pipelines. The objective of the course is to build this understanding and provide an awareness of a wide range of solutions available on the market.
On completion of the course, participants will be awarded 1.4 CEUs.
All delegates will receive a detailed set of lecture notes totaling more than 400 pages, providing an invaluable reference document.
Dr. Konrad Reber studied physics and material science at the University of Mainz and Erlangen. For his Ph.D. thesis he worked on stray flux methods for the testing of magnetic materials. At Pipetronix he was responsible for the development of data analysis algorithms and the design of MFL-pigs. After moving to NDT Systems & Services AG in 2000, his focus changed to defect assessment and integrity management. Between 2006 and 2008 Konrad was with TÜV Rheinland as an expert within the Pipeline Technology Group. Since 2008 he has been head of research and development for the Innospection Group. His department is responsible for designing new inspection equipment for the oil and gas industry. His focus is on the development and refinement of testing technologies with applications for underwater and otherwise difficult-to-inspect structures.
Typical Defects and Threats
Visual Inspection and Profiling
Ultrasound (UT) Technologies
Reporting: Internal Inspection
Reporting: External Inspection