Defect Assessment in Pipelines and
Pipelines 101

Live Streaming Online September 12-13, 14 2023

An EUCI Program

Click Here to register $2095.00 (Defect Assessment $1195, Pipelines 101 $895)

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

Defect Assessment in Pipelines

September 12-13, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

The pipeline industry is currently grappling with critical challenges in assessing and managing pipeline anomalies, ranging from metal loss and cracks to dents, laminations, and pipeline-bending strain. The absence of standardized assessment methodology is jeopardizing the integrity and safety of our pipeline infrastructure.

Through this course, attendees will learn how to implement a robust framework that allows pipeline personnel to identify, assess, and effectively mitigate potential risks, ensuring long-term integrity, operational safety of pipelines, safeguarding investments, and protecting the environment.

This Defect Assessment course will highlight:

  • Metal loss assessment methods and corrosion analysis
  • Crack assessment and environmental crack growth
  • Dent characterization and management
  • Other anomalies such as laminations and pipeline bending strain

Register a team of five or more today to get discounts starting at 20% off.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the categorization of metal loss in pipelines and its impact on integrity
  • Apply various assessment methodologies for pipeline defect evaluations
  • Analyze corrosion growth and its implications on pipeline integrity
  • Assess cracks in pipelines using fracture mechanics principles
  • Evaluate fatigue and environmental crack growth in pipelines
  • Characterize dents and apply dent management techniques
  • Assess other pipeline anomalies, including laminations and circumferentially-oriented defects



9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time

Metal Loss Assessment

  • Introduction
  • Categorization of metal loss
  • Assessment methodologies
  • Corrosion growth analysis
  • Discussion on corrosion crossing the longitudinal seam weld

Crack Assessment

  • Introduction
  • Fracture mechanics overview
  • Pipeline fracture models
  • Fatigue and environmental crack growth

Dent Assessment

  • Introduction
  • Dent characterization
  • Dent management per API RP 1183
  • Combined anomalies (such as dents with metal loss or gouges)


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central Time

Assessment of Other Anomalies

  • Laminations
  • Circumferentially-oriented defects
  • Pipeline bending strain analysis

Pipelines 101 - Basic Principles

September 14, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

This course is intended primarily for those individuals who may have a limited knowledge or experience with pipelines. It will provide a better understanding of how pipelines are constructed, how they are operated and maintained, and the applicable safety and regulatory requirements.

Concentrating on natural gas and petroleum pipelines, the course will cover:

  • The history of pipelines
  • Pertinent definitions and terminology
  • How pipelines are designed and how they operate
  • Maintenance and safety practices

This course is especially beneficial for anyone involved in land development, marketing, engineering, or insurance. It’s also of value for various local government agencies to help with zoning and location issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare the major differences in the types of pipelines and summarize how pipelines work
  • Recognize the vernacular related to pipeline terms of design, construction, and operation
  • Describe the route selection process and articulate the right of way acquisition process
  • Explain the types of pipeline equipment and types of pipeline facilities
  • Review the requirements for proper maintenance activities and discuss safety practices that need to be put in place
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major codes and standards as well as pipeline regulatory agencies



9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central Time

History of Pipelines

Design of Pipelines

  • Design factors and class locations
  • Pipeline sizing
  • Road and water body crossings

Pipeline Construction

  • Route selection and route survey
    • Traditional and emerging methods
  • Right-of-way/easement negotiations
  • Pipeline construction (Pictorial Display)
  • Other pre-construction actions

Operations and Maintenance Activities

  • Cathodic protection (natural gas and liquid)
  • Odorization (natural gas)
  • Leak survey (natural gas)
  • Patrolling (natural gas and liquid)
  • Continuing surveillance (natural gas)
  • Line markers and signs (natural gas and liquids)
  • Pump stations (liquid)
  • Compressor stations (natural gas)
  • Regulator stations (natural gas)
  • Valve maintenance (natural gas and liquid)
  • Fences and station security (natural gas and liquid)
  • Pipeline pigging (natural gas and liquid)
  • Breakout tanks

Forms of Government Oversite

  • Environmental permitting
    • US Army Corps of Engineers
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Migratory Bird Treaty Act
    • National Historic Preservation Act – Section 106 compliance
    • Pipelines on Tribal lands
    • Federal land management agencies (BLM, USFS, BOR)
    • NEPA compliance
  • State regulations

Course Questions and Adjournment