Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
Marriott Westchase Hotel • Houston, Texas • February 11-14, 2013

Pipeline Pipeline Defect Assessment Workshop
Applied assessment methods & calculations

February 11
  7:30am Registration & coffee
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
February 12
  8:00am-4:45pm Course

This course is a follow-on to the famous Defect Assessment in Pipelines course taught by Dr Phil Hopkins and his colleagues at Penspen Integrity. It takes those who want to apply all the methods covered in Defect Assessment in Pipelines to the next level; it goes into greater depth on the various defect assessment methodologies and provides participants with hands-on practical experience performing calculations based on them. Cases and problems worked in class will be based on actual inspections of working pipeline systems. The course addresses both traditional pipeline methodologies as well as recent innovations, including the API 579 Fitness-for-Service Standard.

Documentation and materials (laptop required)

All presentation material will be documented in an Adobe Acrobat PDF provided on CD in class and by download prior to the class. For this reason it is necessary to bring your laptop or tablet computer. In addition participants will receive macro-enabled Excel spreadsheets that perform various calculations, including effective area metal loss assessment and pressure-cycle fatigue analysis. Attendees will also receive a copy of Fracture Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, 3rd Ed. by T.L. Anderson (a $110 value).


Who should attend

  • Pipeline engineers
  • Designers and service professionals who are involved with the maintenance, inspection, and repair of pipelines.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


It will be necessary for all attendees to bring a laptop to this course.


Ian Smith is a consulting engineer with over 20 years in the pipeline industry. He formed his own consulting company in 2016 after having leadership roles within inline inspection, pipeline operating, and Fitness-for-Service consulting organizations. This has provided Ian with a unique perspective on the complete process of pipeline integrity from data collection to defect Fitness-for-Service assessment through to integrating assessment results into integrity management programs. He is a Professional Engineer and a member of ASME.


  1. Introduction to Pipeline Integrity
    1. The aging pipeline infrastructure.
    2. Common flaw types and failure mechanisms.
    3. Overview of inspection technology
    4. Overview of available assessment methodologies.
    5. Introduction to risk assessment.
    6. The ever-changing regulatory environment.
  2. Assessment of Metal Loss
    1. The original and modified B31.G method.
    2. The RSTRENG effective area method.
    3. The API 579 Level 1 and Level 2 method.
    4. Comparison of B31.G, RSTENG, and API 579
    5. Finite element analysis.
    6. Example problems (worked in class).
  3. Assessment of Cracks
    1. Introduction to fracture mechanics
    2. The NG-18 equation.
    3. The API 579 failure assessment diagram (FAD)
    4. Finite element analysis
    5. Pressure cycle fatigue analysis
    6. Hydrostatic testing versus ILI as a means to address cracks
    7. Example problems (worked in class)
  4. Assessment of Dents
    1. Rule-based assessment methodologies
    2. API 579 methods
    3. Finite element analysis
    4. Example problems (worked in class)
  5. Interacting Anomalies
    1. Dents with wall loss
    2. Dents with cracks
    3. Wall loss + cracks


Organized by:    
Clarion Technical Conferences Tiratsoo Technical  

 Gold Sponsor
Riccardelli Consulting Services, Inc (RCS)    
Silver Sponsors    
A. Hak N-Spec
Internet Cafe Sponsors    
Precision Pigging
Supported by:    
Pipelines International PIPE Pipeline & Gas Journal
the In Line Inspection Association Journal of Pipeline Engineering Oil & Gas Journal PRCI
PPSA North American Pipelines