Using In-Situ Testing and Direct Examination (Bellhole Inspection) to Meet New Pipeline Integrity Management Regulations

Date/Time :

April 27, 2017 8:00 - April 28, 2017 12:00

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Exposed pipe represents an opportunity to gather much more information than just qualitative observations about coating condition or to measure pit depths. Recent regulatory actions, including refinement of the Integrity Verification Process and the publication of the related Notice of Proposed Rule making (NPRM) emphasize the regulatory focus on knowing more about the condition and metallurgical properties of pipelines.

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This one day course is designed to help operators and service providers gather and interpret a wide range of data through visual examination and various nondestructive, in-situ analysis methods. Course participants will leave with a better understanding of how nondestructive examinations using current and emerging technologies in the field can reveal the nature of various historical manufacturing, fabrication, testing, and inspection practices, how some metallurgical and mechanical properties can be determined in-situ, and how these characteristics can be used to assess various threats to integrity.

The course is designed to be of value to anyone who coordinates, plans, or conducts direct examinations or who is responsible for MAOP verification or management of legacy (i.e., vintage) pipelines.

Students will receive
The course notes in paper and flash drive format.
A light breakfast and full lunch
Certificate of completion awarding 8 PDHs


1. Understanding Threats to Pipeline Integrity and How They Are Addressed by Direct Examination

2. Understanding Pipe Manufacturing and Pipeline construction Practices and Their Effect on Pipeline Integrity

3. Recent and Impending Regulations Impacting Direct Examination

PHMSA’s IVP requirements and the related NPRM requirements for determination of pipe properties and metallurgical attributes
Advisory bulletins/guidance documents and their impact

4. Special Tools, Instruments, and Methods and General Guidelines for Their Use

-----Pit Depth Gauges
-----Profilometry: Manual and Fully Instrumented
-----Other Nondestructive Examination (NDE)
-----Options for nondestructive chemical analysis of the steel
-----Metallurgical examination / in-situ metallography

In-Situ, non destructive determination of mechanical properties
-----In the ditch determination of steel properties
----- Using in-line inspection to determine pipe grades - what is the state of the art?

5. Detecting and Documenting Degradation and Threats to Pipeline Integrity

-----Documenting the local environment
-----Where to look for specific forms of damage
-----Photodocumenting the condition
-----Measuring metal loss
-----Special consideration for early generation pipelines
-----Identifying seam types
-----Identifying manufacturers and grades by visual examination
-----Differentiating mill flaws from in-service cracking

6. An Introduction to Assessing the Integrity of Corroded, Flawed,or Damaged Areas

-----What the codes and standards require
-----Other options for assessing the significance of metal loss
-----Other options for assessing the significance of crack-like flaws

7. Collecting and Documenting Samples

Event Contact
Training  Department
Event Coordinator
Phone: 713-630-0505 ext 206
Fax: 713-630-0560

Venue Information
Technical Toolboxes
TBA Hotel,
Houston, Texas, 77027
United States
Hafsa Ahmed
Event Coordinator
Phone: 713-630-0505
Fax: 713-630-0560
We will have an exact location address shortly. Please be aware that training courses in Houston will no longer be held at the Technical Toolboxes offices.


Bill Amend
Bill Amend is a Principal Engineer, Welding Technology at DNV GL - North America Oil & Gas and Senior Technical Advisor to Technical Toolboxes' Training Department.

Bill has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo (Calif.) and 38 years experience providing metallurgical, welding, and corrosion engineering support for natural gas pipelines, oil & gas production, and the geothermal energy production industry.

Before joining the staff of DNV GL, Bill was an Associate with the Pipeline Services Group of Structural Integrity, Sr. Research Engineer at Unocal's Science and Technology Division, and Principal Engineer in Southern California Gas Company's Pipeline Integrity Management Dept.. Bill has managed a variety of research projects for Pipeline Research Council International, (PRCI), and served as Chairman of Research emphasis areas related to degradation and assessment of early generation pipelines and welding on in-service pipelines.

$ 1,195.00 (USD)


Cancellations received by April 03, 2017 will receive their payment less a 10% handling fee.
Refunds are not guaranteed after April 03, 2017