Clarion Technical to host pipeline training courses this month

Pipeline integrity management
11-13 September

This course will provide attendees with the latest techniques used to develop a comprehensive integrity-management program covering both pipelines and their associated facilities. The necessary elements of such a program are described in detail with examples of typical program content, including an overarching view of where detailed risk analysis and defect assessment fits in the program.

The pipeline integrity management course will be hosted by Dr Alan Murray, a consulting engineer with Principia Consulting in Calgary, Canada. The course is relevant for supervisors, engineers and technicians responsible for ensuring the adequate protection of pipeline assets; maintenance planners, regulators and service-providers to the pipeline industry will also benefit from attending the course.


Hydrostatic testing of pipelines
September 14-15

This course is designed for pipeline personnel in engineering, integrity management, operations, and regulatory compliance roles. It will cover a wide range of topics related to hydrostatic testing of pipelines for gas and hazardous liquid service for both in-service and new construction according to CFR 49 Parts 192 and 195.

Hosted by Lake Superior Consulting Mainline Engineering Director Gary Zunkel, PE, the aim of the course is to provide attendees with the necessary information for planning and conducting a successful hydrostatic test, whether it’s for initial service or retesting existing lines. Planning will cover the review of integrity prior to testing through evaluation of test results. The course will focus on testing with water but testing with other mediums will be discussed.

Defect assessment in pipelines
25-27 September

This course, organised in association with Penspen Integrity, will present the latest defect assessment methods to pipeline engineers and managers. These methods range from simple, quick, assessment methods, to the more-detailed —fitness for purpose— analysis. The course is highly interactive and takes the form of lectures, workshops, and case studies.

It will cover methods that are available to assess the significance of defects detected in onshore and offshore pipelines. It will introduce simple analytical methods used to assess internal and external corrosion, dents and gouges, cracks, weld defects, and fatigue.

The course will be presented by Dr Phil Hopkins, a consulting engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in pipeline engineering. Dr Hopkins formed his consultancy company in 2015, after being Technical Director with Penspen in the UK and was previously Managing Director of Andrew Palmer and Associates, also in the UK.

Managing cracks and seam weld anomalies on pipelines
28-29 September

This course will provide an integrated, data-driven approach for addressing these forms of cracking and seam-weld anomalies. It covers in greater depth the formation of these types of anomalies and the conditions that drive their growth until they become unstable, leading to leaks or ruptures.

The appropriate assessment methods such as inline inspection (ILI) crack tools, pressure testing and direct assessments will be presented, as well as traditional and current engineering approaches for establishing crack severity and determining future integrity. On completion of the course, attendees will understand what factors contribute to the formation and growth of crack‐like features and seam-weld anomalies on pipelines.

In addition, they will be able to gather and analyse the type and extent of cracking found, key operational parameters, pipe material properties, full-scale testing data, and ILI crack tool data, and to apply industry recognised engineering methods for developing and recommending appropriate remedial action. The course will be presented by Sergio Limón who has worked in the oil and gas pipeline industry for more than 15 years, with an emphasis on pipeline integrity threat analysis and response.

This course will be hosted by Sergio Limón, who holds B Sc. and M Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in fracture mechanics and materials from the University of Utah. He is the founder of LIMON Pipeline Analytics and has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 15 years.

For more information visit the Clarion Technical website.

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