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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

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.


Good-quality data is central to pipeline integrity assessment and confirmation of fitness-for-purpose. A vast array of non-destructive inspection technologies is available for collecting this data, but making the best use of it requires a thorough understanding of thresholds, accuracies and confidence levels of the various technologies, especially with increasing need for assessing complex defect geometries as well as coincident defects.

This new course addresses these issues and how to ensure quality and reliability of inspection data – with a special focus on the requirements of Engineering Critical Assessment (ECA), repeat inspection and defect growth analysis.


  • Defect Assessment, Engineering Critical Assessment
  • Material Properties
  • Stresses in Pipelines
  • Defects and their Geometries
  • NDT: What kind of data is required?
  • Electromagnetic inspection performance and data issues
  • UT inspection performance and data issues
  • How tool hardware influences data quality
  • Sample Inspection Case Studies


  • Guidance on pipeline inspection methods and their respective quality aspects. This will include technologies based on electromagnetic as well as ultrasound principles.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the various inspection techniques
  • The importance of defect geometries and how they relate to tool detection and sizing capabilities
  • Understanding of the concepts of thresholds, accuracies and resolutions.
  • The role and importance of confidence levels.
  • Operational parameters influencing the choice of a suitable inspection technology.
  • Managerial insight into the value chain of data quality.
  • Parameters that must be known for effective defect assessment
  • Impact of poor data quality on assessment outcomes.

Who should attend?

  • Operators (engineers or managers responsible for inspection, engineers or managers responsible for defect assessment),
  • Engineering consultants (integrity or pipelines),
  • Regulators,
  • Certification companies,
  • Young professionals in the pipeline industry,
  • Students of pipeline engineering.


On completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).

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Clarion Technical Conferences