Defect Assessment in Pipelines
Led by Dr. Phil Hopkins
July 20-21, 2021 | Online

Day 1
  9am-1:30pm CDT  Course
Day 2
  9am-1:30pm CDT  Course


"Through this required operator must evaluate all defects and... develop a schedule that prioritizes the defects for evaluation
and repair."

—from the Final DOT Rule: Pipeline Integrity Management in High Consequence Areas, August 2002

"This final rule adopts a … definition for Moderate Consequence Areas to identify additional … pipeline segments that would require integrity assessments, thus assuring the timely discovery and repair of pipeline defects in MCA segments."
—from the Final DOT Rule: Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines, October 2019

Why you should attend

Many transmission pipelines are now over 60 years old. This is "late-middle aged" in pipeline terms, and even the best designed and maintained pipeline will become defective as it progresses through its design life. Therefore, operators need to be aware of the effect these defects will have on their pipeline, and — more important — be able to assess their significance in terms of the continuing integrity of the system. High-technology maintenance tools (for example, in-line inspection devices) now help pipeline owners assess the condition of their lines, and if these modern maintenance methods are combined with modern defect-assessment methods, they can provide a very powerful and cost-effective tool.

What you will learn

Led by Dr Phil Hopkins, this 8-hour course (over 2 days) is designed for pipeline engineers and managers. It presents the latest methods to evaluate the significance of defects found in oil & gas pipelines: corrosion, dents and gouges, cracks (e.g. SCC), weld defects, and fatigue. These methods will range from simple, quick assessment methods to the more detailed fitness-for-purpose analysis.

Course structure and delivery

The course consists of:

  • Preparatory "Pre-school" reading to be completed in advance. 2-hours.
  • Pre-recorded topical lectures comprising a total of 8 hours over two days (4 hours a day).
  • The delivery platform will be GoToWebinar.
  • The instructor will be online with you during the Lecture sessions.
  • Live Question & Answer sessions with the instructor will follow each lecture. 5 minutes per session, with a 30-minute summary Q&A session at the end of the course.
  • You will be able to submit your questions to the instructor via live Chat during the lecture sessions, and he will address them in the Q&A session that follows.

Who should attend

Pipeline engineers, managers and service professionals who are involved with the operation, maintenance, inspection and repair of pipelines

Course documentation

Complete course presentation material will be available as a PDF download prior to the course. 600 pages.

Recording available after the course

You can access the entire webinar-course recording online for 14 days following the webinar sessions.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive .7 Continuing Education Units.




 Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences     

 In collaboration with:

The Competence Club