Pipeline Integrity Management
Led by Dr. Alan Murray
November 30 - December 2, 2020: Calgary

Day 1
  7:30am Registration & coffee
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
Day 2
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
Day 3
8:00am-noon Course


Courses with the symbol have been evaluated by the QPPI and their contents are aligned to their competency standards set out in the Competency Standards Manual for Pipeline Integrity Management. More information is available on the QPPI website: http://qualificationpanel.com/

The seminar provides a sound review of Pipeline Integrity Management strategies, in compliance with regulatory requirements, including self assessment. It is highly interactive and takes the form of lectures and case studies. On completion of the seminar, participants will have a solid understanding of the procedures, strengths, limitations, and applicability of the main issues that comprise a Pipeline Integrity Management Program.


Course Objectives

To provide attendees with the latest techniques used to develop a comprehensive integrity management program covering both pipelines and their associated facilities. The necessary elements of such a program are described in detail with examples of typical program content including an overarching view of where detailed Risk Analysis and Defect Assessment fits in the Program.

Course Notes

The accompanying course notes are written in such a manner as to provide a starting point for a company in either developing its own integrity management plan or updating its current plan. The course documentation also includes the newly published reference book Pipeline Integrity Assurance: A Practical Approach, by Alan Murray, Mo Mohitpour, Michael McManus, and Iain Colquhoun, a $159 value.

Who should attend

Supervisors, engineers and technicians responsible for ensuring the adequate protection of pipeline assets; maintenance planners, regulators and service-providers to the pipeline industry will also benefit from attending the course. On completion of this course you will be able to understand:

  • Codes used in developing Integrity Management Plans
  • The elements of an Integrity Management Plan
  • Threat assessment
  • Critical aspects of risk assessment.
  • Prevention and mitigation measures
  • Characteristics and limitations of different inspection methods
  • A risk- based approach to maintenance

Continuing Education Units

On completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).


Dr. Alan Murray is a consulting engineer with Principia Consulting in Calgary, AB. Prior to forming Principia in 2010, he was Chief Engineer at the Canadian National Energy Board. Dr. Murray’s industry experience has included a number of senior management positions with a large pipeline operating company in North America with responsibility for system planning, construction, maintenance and contracting functions. His 42 years of work experience spans research, regulation, third-party assessment, design and development in pipelines and offshore structures. He was the founding chairman of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and is the co-author of the ASME Press text books Pipeline Design and Construction – A Practical Approach and Pipeline Integrity Assurance and is a Fellow of the ASME.

Course Outline


  • of codes used in developing Integrity Management Plans
  • DOT 49 CFR 195 and 192
  • Onshore pipeline regulations and CSA Z662 Annex N
  • NACE Recommended Practice 102
  • Brief history of the requirement for Integrity Management Plans
  • ASME B31.8S "Managing System Integrity of Gas Pipelines"
  • API standard 1160 "Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid pipelines"

ElOverviewements of an Integrity Management Plan (IMP)

  • Threat identification –ASME B31.8S threat categories
  • Baseline assessment plan
  • Direct assessment plan

Conducting an assessment

  • Gathering, reviewing and integrating data
  • Data base: types, GIS software compatibility and risk analysis
  • Data integration: common systems of reference
  • Cartographic information
  • Record keeping provisions and communication plans
  • Performance plan
  • Management of change process

Case study

Approaches to Risk Assessment Analysis

  • Objectives of risk assessment
  • Understanding pipeline failure causes - PRCI's 21 common causes
  • Data elements for a prescriptive integrity management plan
  • Data requirements for a goal oriented (performance-based) approach to IMP
  • High-consequence areas
  • Risk to the environment
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods of risk assessment
  • Advantages / disadvantages and limitations of each approach
  • Combined approaches based on the relative importance of different threats

Prevention and Mitigation Measures

  • Third-party damage
  • Coating damage and repairs
  • Cathodic protection close interval surveys
  • Pipeline patrols, aerial surveillance

Inspection Methods: Characteristics and Limitations

  • API Standard 1163: In Line Inspection Systems
  • Key terms and definitions
  • Systems qualification process
  • In Line inspection system selection
  • ILI - In Line Inspection
  •  Types of tools
  •  Tool accuracy and selection
  • Qualification of performance specifications
  • System operational validation
  • System results verification
  • Reporting requirements
  • Hydrostatic pressure testing
  • Direct assessment
  • ECDA (External Corrosion Direct Assessment
    • ICDA (Internal Corrosion Direct Assessment)
    • Practical worked examples of corrosion and crack growth rates
  • Determination of re-inspection Intervals

Case study

Integrity Management Plans for Facilities

  • Risk-based approach to maintenance
  • Failure modes, fault trees and root-cause analysis
  • Use of historical data on incidents and spills
  • Risk-based inspection (RBI)
  • Resource allocation
  • Reliability-centered maintenance (RCM)

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