Pipeline Reliability Assessment Workshop


06/12/18 - 06/14/18    
All Day


Kiefner & Associates Main Office
4480 Bridgeway Avenue, Suite D, Columbus, OH 43219

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The goal of this workshop is to provide a broad overview of the effectiveness of the primary pipeline integrity assessment methods: in-line inspection, hydrostatic testing, and direct assessment. We end with a discussion of pipeline repairs and establishing reassessment intervals, providing a look at the full cycle of the integrity management process.

The first day lays the groundwork for later discussions and focuses on:

  • Pipeline defects (manufacturing, transportation, construction, and operating related defects)
  • Defect assessment methods
    • ASME B31G, Modified B31G, and Effective Area for blunt defects
    • Ln-Secant equation for planar defects and cracks
  • Pipe properties (strength and toughness and implications for fracture initiation and propagation)

We will also work through a hands-on group exercise to assess simulated corrosion flaws.

The second day focuses on the integrity assessment methods and their advantages and disadvantages. Hydrostatic testing is the oldest and most established on the assessment methods and is well understood. In-line inspection is a newer technology and one that is rapidly evolving. We will discuss the various methods for pipeline repair and limitations noted in liquid and gas safety codes and end with a discussion about establishing reassessment intervals.

An optional ½ day of lab demonstrations is offered with courses held in our Columbus, OH office. Attendees can witness tensile and CVN tests, magnetic particle inspection of SCC, and view various samples under microscopes in our metallurgical lab.

Upon completion of the course attendees will receive 15 PDH hours.


The session is given by Mr. Greg Morris, P.E. and Mrs. Lucinda Smart.

Mr. Morris is a Senior Principal Engineer and has been with Kiefner since 1997. His 24 year career in the pipeline industry has focused on various aspects of pipeline integrity including failure analyses of pipelines and pipeline components, pipeline repair methods including procedure and welder qualification for in-service welding, risk assessment, and specifying and testing pipeline materials. Mr. Morris is a member of API Subcommittee 5 which maintains API 5L for line pipe and was a member of ASME B16 Subcommittee F which developed the first edition of B16.49 for induction bends.

Mrs. Lucinda Smart joined Kiefner in 2012 after two years with Applus RTD. The focus of her career has been on pipeline integrity management including ILI performance validation, reassessment interval determination, assessment planning and execution, corrosion growth assessment on corroded pipe, and most recently has become involved with efforts on material verification of pipeline. She has published several papers regarding these subjects, and has presented at several conferences including QNDE, IPC, and NACE Corrosion conferences.

Cost and Schedule

The registration fee of $1,565 includes continental breakfast and lunch each day, and all workshop materials. This workshop is 2 full days starting at 8:00 am and concluding about 4:30 pm and an optional ½ day starting at 8:00 am and ending about 11:00 am. Time will be allotted for breaks. We plan to hold this workshop June 12-14, 2018 at our office in Columbus, OH at 4480 Bridgeway Avenue, Suite D., Columbus, OH 43219. The office is adjacent to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. More than twelve registrants are needed to hold this workshop. The full amount of the registration fee will be refunded in the event the minimum registration is not reached.


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