Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
George R. Brown Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel
February 27 - March 2, 2017

Safety and Engineering Assessment of Onshore Pipeline Gathering Systems

February 27
  7:30am Registration & coffee
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
February 28
  8:00am-4:45pm Course

The aim of this course is to help engineers understand the most important considerations in developing a plan for managing onshore gathering system integrity.  The intent is to provide a thorough background of systems and processes in order to develop customized Mechanical Integrity Management plans and strategies. Accordingly, the course will focus on these primary areas:

  • Types of gathering systems
  • Integrity threats affecting gathering systems and flowlines
  • Gathering system construction materials and practices
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Codes and regulations
  • Pipe inspection and assessment
  • Anomalies, imperfections, and defects
  • Assessing anomalies
  • Pipe repairs
  • Forward planning



Participants will receive a full set of course slides and notes in paper and electronic form, in color throughout.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive1.4 CEUs.

Who Should Attend

Project managers, pipeline engineers and maintenance personnel who are involved or responsible for the maintenance, inspection, assessment and repair of pipeline systems.


Bryan Melan has 40 years of experience in mechanical and structural engineering and project management in the upstream and midstream oil & gas industries, including 27 years specializing in pipeline integrity management and engineering with Sunoco Logistics and, for 16 years, with Marathon Oil, where he was most recently Pipeline Integrity Subject Matter Expert for Marathon’s worldwide assets. Bryan is currently owner and principal engineer at Tide Water Integrity Services LLC, an engineering consultancy providing expertise on pipeline and fixed equipment structural integrity engineering: risk assessment, inspection, data integration, data validation, asset fitness-for-service and design life-extension analyses for fixed equipment such as pipelines, process piping, pressure vessels, and tanks.  He is also currently engaged to provide expert witness services in new pipeline construction and patent infringement litigation.


Types of Gathering System Configurations

  • Pad & Central Battery Systems
  • Vapor Recovery and Primary Treatment
  • Flowlines & Ancillary systems

Integrity Threats Affecting Gathering Systems and Flowlines

  • External Corrosion
  • Internal Corrosion
    • Galvanic
    • Oxygen
    • Under-deposit
    • MIC
  • Spans and Washouts
  • Third Party Damage
  • Construction Defects
  • AC and DC Interference

Gathering System Construction Materials and Practices

  • Steel Pipe Manufacture
  • Construction planning for integrity management and assessment
  • External coatings
  • Internal liners, pre-fab and retrofit
  • Internal cladding
  • Pipe-in-pipe
  • ZapLok
  • Composite Materials
  • Duplex steels
  • Flexible pipe
  • Hot taps
  • NACE MR0175 materials and practices
  • Other material codes and practices

Risk Assessment

  • Liquid Spill Modeling
  • Gas Potential Impact Radius (PIR)
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Relative Risk Assessment and Prioritization
  • ASME B31.8S threats
  • Pipeline Cleaning & Inspection – from basic to high tech
  • Operations Issues

Risk Management

  • Hydraulic Models and Internal Leak Detection Systems (CPM)
  • External Leak Detection Systems
  • Flow Assurance
  • Product Quality & Preventive and Mitigative Measures Monitoring

Codes and Regulations

  • API RP 80
  • CFR 192 & 195 jurisdiction
  • Pending PHMSA regulations
  • State Codes
  • BSEE Subparts H and J

Pipe Inspection

  • Direct Assessment
  • In Line Inspection
  •  “Unpiggable” Technologies

Anomalies, Imperfections, and Defects

  • Time Dependent Anomalies
    • Metal Loss
    • Cracking
  • Time Independent and Stable Anomalies
  • Selecting Anomalies for Investigation and Validation
  • Codes: API 1163, NACE SP0102, ASNT ILI-PQ
    • API 1163 terminology

Assessing Anomalies

  • Pipe Preparation for Visual/NDE
  • NDT Methods
  • Assessment Codes, Fitness-for-Purpose Determination
  • POF specification

Pipe Repairs

  • Sleeving
  • Composite Repairs
  • Other Repairs Allowed by Code – Recommended and Not Recommended
  • Temporary vs. Permanent Repairs
  • PRCI Pipe Repair Manual

Forward Planning

  • Data Exploitation and Probability of Exceedance
  • Reinspection Interval Determination
    • Corrosion Growth Models
    • Growth Rates from ILI
    • Fatigue Crack assessment
  • Pipeline Design Life Extension


Join these industry-leading solution providers at PPIM 2017

  • Absolute Pipeline Integrity
  • Ceco
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  • Deyuan Petroleum & Gas Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Direct Integrity
  • Drinkwater
  • Linde
  • Northern A-1
  • Proact
  • Subsea
  • TRC

 Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences     Tiratsoo Technical

 Platinum Elite Sponsor


 Platinum Sponsors

Precision Pigging     Riccardelli Consulting Services, Inc (RCS)

Gold Sponsor


 Silver Sponsors

A. Hak    N-Spec      TD Williamson       Circor Energy - Pipeline Engineering.png

WI-FI Sponsor

Supported by:

Pipelines International    PIPE     Journal of Pipeline Engineering    Pipeline & Gas Journal    the In Line Inspection Association     Oil & Gas Journal     PRCI     PPSA     North American Pipelines Inspectioneering Latincorr