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From “fix it when it breaks” to “inspect, diagnose, and prevent”, the meaning of maintenance has changed over the years. Starting with what causes failures, this class includes a robust description of corrosion, third party damage, risk based integrity, integrity management plans, maintenance pigging, and internal line inspection before concluding with how to repair failures. The focus of this class is on understanding the pipeline and valves along the route and keeping the line and valves from failing, and not on station equipment maintenance.
Students are expected to gain an overview of oil and gas pipeline maintenance, integrity management and repair. Topics include:
• What is maintenance
• What causes releases
• Integrity threats
• Equipment damage
• External corrosion
• Internal corrosion
• Stress corrosion cracking
• AC corrosion
• Mechanical failures
• Manufacturing flaws
• Construction flaws
• Natural hazards
• Improper operations
• Other failure modes
• Preventing damage
• Finding damage
• Repairing damage
• Risk based integrity management
• Data collection and analysis
• Other maintenance activities
Learners who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion for 2.5 professional development hours.
This class is taught by Tom Miesner, an oil and gas pipeline veteran with many years of involvement in pipeline maintenance and repairs. The instructor was also deeply involved in passage of U.S. regulations which required periodic internal line inspection in high consequence areas. The class is intended for those who want to know more about what causes pipeline failures and how to detect and repair these failure points prior to failure. The intended audience for this class includes:
• Pipeline technical employees who are new to oil and gas pipelines
• Pipeline engineering company and contractor risk analysis personnel who need to understand the basics of pipeline failure modes and how to detect those modes
• Pipeline support personnel such as those in accounting, finance, HR, legal, supply chain, and risk management functions
• Suppliers of integrity related services and supplies to pipeline companies
• Pipeline service company employees
• Outside attorneys
• Legislatures and regulators
• Members of the public who want to learn more about energy pipelines
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