Defect Assessment in Pipelines
Led by Dr. Phil Hopkins
November 4-5, 2020 | Online

Day 1
  9am-1pm CDT  Course
Day 2
  9am-1pm CDT  Course


Course Syllabus


  • Introduction to trainer, course objectives.
  • Review and Question-and-Answer on Pre-Schools (this is two hours of ‘Learning before the Course’ – see below)

1. Pipeline Basics
Pipeline basics, why pipelines fail, and pressure testing pipelines.
2. Fracture and Fatigue Mechanics
Some basics on fracture mechanics and crack growth using the Paris Law.
3. Assessing Corrosion
Methods for assessing corrosion, including ASME B31G.
4. Assessing Gouges and Dents
Mechanical damage (gouges, dents, and dents with gouges).
5. Assessing Cracks
Cracks, such as stress corrosion cracking, can be assessed for failure and growth.
6. Pipeline Repair
The main methods for repairing defects in pipelines such as welded sleeves and composite wraps.
7. Pipeline Inspection using ILI Tools
The main in-line inspection (ILI) tools in use to detect defects.
8. Pipeline Integrity Management
Introduction to pipeline integrity management and systems.

Learning before the Course
Attendees need to access some materials prior to attending the on-line course. These ‘pre-schools’ will ensure all attendees have some basic understanding of terminologies, definitions, etc. These pre-schools should be taken before the start of the course. The course trainer will assume attendees have taken these pre-schools, which cover these three elements:

  • The History of Pipelines
  • Pipeline Basics
  • Fracture Mechanics


Course schedule

November 4
  Q&A on Pre-school material
1 Pipeline Basics
2 Fracture and Fatigue Mechanics
  30-minute break around 11:00
3 Assessing Corrosion
4 Assessing Gouges and Dents
1:00 End of day 1
November 5
5 Assessing Cracks
6 Pipeline Repair    
  30-minute break around 11:00
7 Pipeline Inspection using ILI Tools
8 Pipeline Integrity Management
  Q&A and wrap-up
1:00 End of course




 Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences     

 In collaboration with:

The Competence Club