Pipeline Reliability Assessment Workshop


12/02/14 - 12/04/14    
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Granite Towers
13131 Dairy Ashford Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478
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Pipeline Reliability Assessment Workshop

by Kiefner and Associates with the use of the PRCI Sample Facility


The transportation of gases and liquids by pipeline entails risk. The primary risk arises from the probability of an accidental release which can be violent and destructive because the contents of a pipeline are usually pressurized and often flammable and/or toxic. If a pipeline is well designed, built with care using good quality materials, properly tested and inspected, operated within its intended parameters, and it is adequately monitored, maintained and protected the risk of a release is acceptably small. To assure that the risk is minimized, the industry voluntarily creates, maintains and follows standards, specifications, and recommended practices aimed at preventing accidents and outages. In many countries governments also regulate pipeline safety by law. Except for the effects of wars, acts of God, sabotage, gross human errors or natural disasters, pipelines that are built and operated in accord with the standards and regulations do not fail unless some kind of defect exists or is created. One may think of pipeline safety, then, as a matter of preventing or eliminating defects or neutralizing or counteracting defects which cannot be prevented or eliminated. This session is intended to provide training for pipeline personnel who must deal with pipeline safety. The material presented provides an introduction to the basic concepts of the effects of defects on pipelines and of the methods for preventing, eliminating or neutralizing them.


The session is given by Mr. Greg Morris and Mr. Harvey Haines. — Mr. Morris is a Senior Metallurgical Engineer at Kiefner and Associates, Inc. Mr. Morris’ 20-year career in the pipeline industry has involved development of customized risk-assessment models for operators, failure analyses, fracture control plans, material specifications, and welding procedures. Mr. Morris has served on committees for PRCI and API. — Mr. Haines is a Senior Pipeline Specialist at Kiefner and Associates, Inc and manages pipeline integrity projects. Mr. Haines’ 30-year career in the oil and gas industry includes the development and use of NDE techniques for pipelines and oil and gas wells. Some of his current topics of interest is understanding ILI and in-ditch measurement error and how they affect defect assessments.


The workshop will be given Tuesday and Wednesday, December 2 and 3 at the Granite Towers 13131 Dairy Ashford Road, Sugar Land with an additional ½ day on December 4 to look at samples in the PRCI sample repository. Lectures are held on the first two days from 8 to 5 (allowing for two breaks and lunch). On the morning of December 4 we will visit the PRCI sample repository (4903 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Bldg C in Houston) to examine various defects. Each participant is provided with a course notebook containing copies of the slides and viewgraphs and a copy of KAPA to predict failure pressures of corrosion and cracking defects. 18 pdu’s are given for attending the workshop (certificate provided).

Registration and Early Bird Discount

The cost is $1295.00 per attendee if registration is confirmed at least two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop. For registrations confirmed within the two-week period prior to the first day, the cost is $1495.00. Payment by credit card is required at the time of enrollment. To enroll, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pipeline-reliabiltiy-assessment-workshop-tickets-13560520883.We accept MasterCard and Visa. Please note: our merchant services site included Discover Card, however, we do NOT accept it.

Outline for Pipeline Reliability Assessment Training Workshop

Pipeline Defects

  • Types of Defects

Material Behavior

  • Strength and Toughness of Line Pipe Steel Ductile Versus Brittle Behavior
  • Measuring Toughness and Transition Temperature
  • Fracture Propagation and Arrest in Pneumatically Pressurized Pipe

Defect Assessment Methods

  • Concepts
  • Models
  • Corrosion-Caused Metal Loss
  • Cracks
  • Dents
  • Dents and Gouges

In-Line Inspection

  • Technologies
  • Capabilities
  • Data Analysis
  • Dig Prioritization

Benefits and Limitations of Hydrostatic Testing

  • Test-Pressure-to-Operating-Pressure Ratio Subcritical Crack Growth
  • Pressure Reversals
  • Dealing with Multiple Test Failures

Direct Assessment

  • Review of NACE RP0502-2002 ECDA
  • The Role of DA in Integrity Assessment

Repair Methods

  • Steel Sleeves
  • Composite Reinforcement
  • Miscellaneous Methods

Remaining Life Assessment

  • Pipelines Affected by Corrosion
  • Pipelines Affected by SCC
  • Pipelines Affected by Pressure-Cycle-Induced Fatigue

For questions about course content, please contact Harvey Haines at (703) 635-2726 or hhaines@kiefner.com.