The 2008 European Conference on
Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Pipelines
Prague • 20-24 October, 2008

Clarion Technical Conferences
The 2008 European Conference on Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Pipelines


Excavation Inspection & Applied NDE for ILI/DA Validation and Correlation

20 October
Registration & coffee
09:00 - 17:00
21 October
09:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:00 Reception

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.

Course Notes

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

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:  
PIPE Journal of Pipeline Engineering