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Introduction to Engineering and Design
Beginning with conceptual design and moving through front end engineering into detailed design and preparation of specifications, this class provides an overview of the engineering and design process as well as recommendations for facility design. It is a valuable introduction for the new design engineer and for those working with engineers helping them understand more of the regulations, standards, and constraints. This class is not recommended for experienced design engineers.
Students are expected to gain a working knowledge of oil and gas pipeline, station, and facility design and engineering. Topics include:
• Engineering vs. design
• Design considerations and tasks
• Codes and standards
• The project life cycle
• System components
• Choosing the route
• Pipe operating pressures
• Pipe diameter, wall thickness, and metallurgy
• Selecting the valves and valve spacing
• Facility design
• Determining the control strategy
• Life cycle costing
• Design critique
• Corrosion protection
• Fuel and power
• Origination pump stations
• Intermediate pump stations
• Origination compressor stations
• Intermediate compressor stations
• Liquid delivery facilities
• Natural gas city gates
• Natural gas interconnect facilities
• Natural gas hubs
• Pressure storage
• Atmospheric storage
• Pressure reduction stations
• Facility design “rules of thumbs”
• Front end engineering and design
• Detailed design and engineering
Learners who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion for 1.5 professional development hours.
This class is taught by Tom Miesner, one of the authors of Chapter 26, Oil and Gas Pipeline Engineering from McGraw Hill’s Handbook of Transportation Engineering, McGraw Hill, 2011. The class is designed to introduce students to both the basic engineering process and more specifically to the engineering and design requirements for oil and gas pipelines..
The intended audience for this class includes:
• Pipeline technical employees who are new to the oil and gas pipelines
• Engineering, procurement, and construction employees who are new to oil and gas pipelines
• Those interested in becoming construction inspectors and quality control professionals
• Pipeline support personnel such as those in accounting, finance, HR, legal, supply chain, and risk management functions
• Suppliers and vendors
• Outside attorneys
• Legislatures and regulators
• Members of the public who want to learn more about energy pipelines
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