The Pipeline Defects Clinic
Led by Dr. Michael Beller and Dr. Roger King
September 10-12, 2018: Houston


Day 1
  7:30am Registration & coffee
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
Day 2-3
  8:00am-5:00pm Course


This course examines how the manufacturing and corrosion defects identified by intelligent pigging may arise, and how they may develop. With a solid understanding of the ways in which these defects originate, course participants will be better equipped to characterize and prioritize them in review and analysis of inspection reports, and to minimize defects in the fabrication process. The course is a “linking” course between the Pigging & ILI course and the Pipeline Defect Assessment course.


All participants will receive a detailed set of lecture notes (400pp approx.) in ring binder format.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 2.4 CEUs.

Who should attend

  • Engineers, designers, service professionals and pipe manufacturers who are involved with pipeline fabrication, inspection, and fitness-for-service assessments.
  • ILI data specialists.
  • Corrosion and materials specialists.


Dr. Michael Beller has more than 28 years’ experience in the pipeline inspection industry. Having served in both technical and management positions with Preussag Pipeline Services, Pipetronix, PII and NDT Systems & Services, he is currently Director of Corporate Strategy - Pipelines with Rosen Technology & Research Center in Karlsruhe, Germany. Michael holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and obtained his PhD in fracture mechanics. He has been involved with a large number of inspection projects all around the world, including on- and offshore inspection work. Michael has considerable experience as a presenter and trainer, and in lecturing. He has authored more than 75 papers on the subject of pipeline inspection and intelligent pigging, and is also co-author of a German reference book on pigging technology. Currently, Michael serves on a number of Technical Committees and is also a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Pipeline Integrity. He is a former president of the Pipeline Products and Services Association.

Dr. Roger King has more than 30 years' experience of corrosion in the oil and gas, civil and nuclear industries, specializing in sweet and sour corrosion and its prevention by chemical inhibition, monitoring of corrosion, microbiological corrosion, and the design of cathodic protection systems for pipelines, flowlines, structures and seabed installations. He has been an independent consultant since September 1989 and prior to this was a founding member of the Corrosion and Protection Centre Industrial Service (CAPCIS) at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). Dr. King is coauthor, with Prof. Andrew Palmer, of the reference book Subsea Pipeline Engineering, 2nd Edition.


The course will cover:

  • Creating a "virtual" pipeline
  • Manufacturing defects in pipeline materials
  • Testing for defects in the steel and pipe mill
  • Construction defects
  • NDT methods utilized during pipeline construction and commissioning; creation of the "virtual" pipeline
  • Internal corrosion in water injection pipelines
  • Overview of pipeline inspection techniques
  • Identification and sizing of metal loss defects in liquid pipelines
  • Corrosion Risk Assessment
  • Corrosion Risk Assessment of water pipelines
  • Internal corrosion in oil production pipelines
  • Identification and sizing of metal loss defects: resolution, accuracy and Special Issues
  • Corrosion Risk Assessment
  • Internal corrosion in gas production pipelines
  • Identification of metal loss defects in gas pipelines
  • Crack Detection in High Pressure Pipelines
  • Introducing Combo and Multi-Technology Inspection Tools
  • Corrosion Risk Assessment
  • External corrosion of onshore and offshore pipelines
  • Identification of defects in onshore and offshore pipelines
  • Verification of Inspection Results, Measurement Errors and Input for Integrity Assessment
  • Corrosion risk assessment of onshore pipelines
  • Corrosion risk assessment of offshore pipelines
  • Integrating defects into the "virtual" pipeline
  • Inspection of Non-Piggable Pipelines


 Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences     Tiratsoo Technical

Supported by:

Pipelines International    Journal of Pipeline Engineering