Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
George R. Brown Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel

February 18-19 February 20-22 February 19-21


Course B
Introduction to Excavation Inspection & Applied NDE for Pipeline Integrity Assessment Course

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

This course will review both in-line (direct) and indirect inspection methods for pipelines, and the ways in which the results of these inspections are reported. Participants will then learn the correct procedures for conducting investigative digs based on these inspections, and how to use the latest NDE technologies to perform conclusive direct examinations for final integrity assessment and maintenance decisions.

Course premise

"The pig is wrong" is not often the case, and “No anomalies found” is not enough information.

Course objective

Each participant will walk away with a general understanding of best practices and technologies, and procedures to implement contracts, increase quality, and reduce overall project costs.

Who should attend

The course is specifically designed for

  • project managers,
  • engineers and technical personnel responsible for the management, implementation and reporting of pipeline integrity inspection activities.

Course Notes

Comprehensive course notes as well as reference material will be provided, a valuable guide for future applications.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 1.4 CEUs.

Course Outline

  • Risk  (briefly)
  • Engineering Critical Assessment (briefly)
  • Data collection and evaluation
  • In-Line Inspection
  • Tools, anomaly description, evaluation
  • Direct Assessment
  • Direct examination
  • Non destructive examination (NDE)
  • Hydro Testing  (briefly)
  • Remediation & Repair Technologies (briefly)
  • Developmental  and new application NDE Techniques
  • Mitigation and Fitness for Purpose (briefly)
  • On Going Maintenance Programs (throughout)
  • Case studies (throughout)
  • Administration, Logistics and Contracts (throughout)


Jim Marr is President of Marr Associates Pipeline Integrity Ltd. Marr Associates has been in the pipeline integrity business since 1992. For the last eight years he was the SCC Program Planning Manager for TransCanada Pipelines. Jim has worked in pipeline integrity for the past 30 years, focusing on SCC, external corrosion, direct assessment, direct examination, ILI development and correlation, data management and integration and the characterization of the environment around the pipeline. He graduated with a degree in earth sciences in 1986 from the University of Guelph, Ontario. He is a member of NACE and a past vice-chair of the NACE SCCDA committee.

Rick Desaulniers is currently Director, Customer Solutions, with ENTEGRA in Concord, Ontario. He has been involved in the pipeline industry for the past 27 years with the majority of the time spent in the Data Interpretation Department analyzing 1000’s of miles of pipelines around the world. He has been involved in past NACE conference as Chairman of the Pipeline Integrity Symposium and presented/co-write papers on Excavation Data Collection and Data Analyst Qualification Processes. He was on the Standards Development Committee for ANSI/ASNT ILI-PQ-2005 In-Line Inspection Personnel Qualification and Certification Standard. He received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

 Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences     Tiratsoo Technical

 Platinum Elite Sponsor


 Platinum Sponsors

Intero Integrity Services     Enduro

Gold Sponsor


 Silver Sponsors

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Supported by:

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