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Mastering Pipeline Inspection Data
Understanding how ILI Data Quality influences Effective Defect Assessment
Instructors: Dr. Michael Beller and Dr. Konrad Reber
Part I: June 28-29, 2022 | Online
Part II: July 5-6, 2022 | Online

The course is 4 sessions: 2 sessions per week over 2 weeks.
Course times are from 9am to 1:30pm US Central Time each day.

 

AGENDA - Part I
June 29-30

Why is Pipeline Inspection Data and its Quality important?

Session 1: Introduction to the Course: Do we understand the asset? Presented by Michael

  • Introduction to the course and overview
  • Pipeline Basics
  • Flow and Availability
  • The Integrity Drivers
  • The Integrity Loop
  • Data-Information-Decision Making
  • Onshore versus Offshore
  • Upstream, Midstream and Downstream
  • The Pipe and its “defense layers”
  • Understanding the “Pipeline Life-Cycle”
  • Pipeline Threats
  • Internal versus external inspection

Session 2: Protection of pipelines: How can we protect? Presented by Konrad

  • Why the pipe needs protection
  • What is corrosion?
  • What methods for the protection of pipelines exist other than inspection and repair
  • The Pipeline and its “defense layers”
  • Coating
  • Checking Cathodic Protection
  • Surveillance

Session 3: Integrity Assessment: Is the pipeline still safe? Presented by Michael

  • A short introduction into Defect Assessment
  • The concept of ECA: Engineering Critical Assessment
  • Input parameters needed for defect assessment (Material, Stress, Geometry)
  • Defect geometries and their impact on local stress distribution
  • Understanding the role of material characteristics
  • The potential issue with older pipelines

What type of Integrity Data is there?

Session 4: Pipeline Material Properties: What are they made of? Presented by Konrad

  • Typical Pipeline Materials
  • Seamless, long seam welded, spirally welded pipe
  • Understanding the role of material characteristics
  • Special pipe materials

Session 5: Stresses in Pipelines: What loading do pipelines experience? Presented by Michael

  • Loading and mechanical stresses
  • Typical loads acting on pipelines
  • Global versus local loading
  • Defect geometries and their impact on local stress distribution

Session 6: Defects and their Geometries: Why is the shape important? Presented by Michael

  • Ideally round pipe
  • Typical welds and their geometries
  • Typical Defects in Pipelines and their shapes
  • Manufacturing related versus Operational Defects or when do defects occur?
  • Defect Classes: Geometric, Metal Loss and Cracks
  • Typical Defect Geometries

AGENDA - Part II
July 5-6

How can we collect Inspection Data?

Session 7: Non-destructive Testing: What kind of data is required? Presented by Konrad

  • The role of non-destructive testing
  • Detecting, sizing, locating
  • Looking beyond the defect
  • Understanding Thresholds
  • Understanding accuracies
  • The three dimensions of resolution
  • Understanding Confidence Levels
  • Issues regarding interacting and coincident defects

Session 8: How does Electromagnetic inspection perform? Presented by Konrad

  • Magnetic Flux Leakage – the principle
  • Levels of Magnetization
  • The question of orientation
  • MFL – the defect spec view
  • Factors affecting data quality
  • Special issues regarding coincident defects
  • Special issues regarding repeat inspections
  • Material Characteristics and Pipe grading
  • Other electromagnetic methods (Eddy Current)

Session 9: How does UT inspection perform? Presented by Konrad

  • Ultrasound – the principle
  • Impedance and material properties
  • The different ways to create the Ultrasound
  • UT – the defect spec view
  • Factors affecting data quality
  • Special issues regarding coincident defects
  • Special issues regarding repeat inspections
  • Inspecting the Coating
  • Material Characteristics and Pipe grading

Session 10: Other Technologies: What is still missing? Presented by Konrad

  • Optical Methods
  • X-Ray Tomography
  • Mechanical

Session 11: How tool hardware influence data quality? Presented by Michael

  • Automated Systems
    Explaining difference between manual and automated inspection
  • In-line inspection tools
    Very short overview of available ILI tools
  • Mechatronical Systems
    Concept of sensor technology with defect spec perspective and operational perspective, propulsion
  • Factors affecting data quality
  • Special issues regarding coincident defects
  • Special issues regarding repeat inspections

Block 4: Bringing it all together – Mastering Pipeline Inspection Data

Session 12: Bringing it all together: how can we get a holistic picture? Presented by Michael

  • Multiple Data Sets
  • Inspecting the pipe wall
  • Inspecting the Coating
  • Checking Cathodic Protection
  • Material Characteristics and Pipe grading
  • Assessing global and local stresses and strains
  • Combination of data sets
  • What to gain
  • The role of the service provider
  • Data collection over time or at once?

Session 13: Sample Inspection Cases. Presented jointly by Konrad and Michael

  • Welds and defects at welds
  • Dents with other defects
  • Multiple Corrosion defects

Case Examples will be presented and discussed with the delegates.

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