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This practical, applications-oriented course covers pipelines & piping systems design, inspection & maintenance. Upon completion, delegates will be able to evaluate the mechanical design of pipelines & piping systems in accordance with the ASME Code...

Course Outline

This practical, applications-oriented course covers pipelines and piping systems design, inspection and maintenance. Upon completion of this course, delegates will be able to evaluate the mechanical design of pipelines and piping systems in accordance with the ASME Code Section VIII. They will also be able to develop a pipelines and piping systems maintenance program based on API 570 and other industry practices, and then apply these requirements to typical pipelines and piping systems maintenance situations.

This course will provide an overview of pipelines and piping systems maintenance, including inspection, evaluation of various defects, and repair/alteration rules of various Codes and Standards. Simple evaluation methods for several types of defects will be described, and their use demonstrated using sample problems.

Who Should Attend?

  • Inspection engineers and supervisors.
  • Maintenance and production engineers and supervisors who are personally responsible for the reliable design, operation, maintenance and repair of pipelines and piping systems
  • Individuals who are responsible for evaluating the mechanical integrity of in-service pipelines and piping systems in process plant applications.
  • Managers who are responsible for implementing a pipelines and piping systems maintenance program and desire an understanding of applicable evaluation procedures.
Objectives Participants attending the program will:
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the ASME B31 design, construction, inspection and testing rules; as well as their application to integrity assessment of operating systems
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of pipe and fitting material specifications, fabrication process and influence on mechanical properties of strength and toughness, to help in inspections and failure analysis
  • Understand the technical background to the design equations, and their application to the design of piping systems and pipelines.
  • Address rules of good practice in layout of piping systems for reliable operation.
  • Gain a practical understanding of piping and pipeline corrosion mechanisms, how to recognize them, classify them and resolve them
  • Be introduced to the latest techniques and research in piping and pipeline integrity to analyze a degraded condition due to either corrosion or mechanical damage including API 579 techniques.
  • Review case histories of field failures and will evaluate their cause and solutions to avoid recurrence

In addition the course also:

  • Provides an in-depth, step-by-step review of operating transients in piping systems and pipelines, their cause, and the methods for their analysis
  • Covers construction and welding practices, weld inspections, weld flaws and acceptance criteria. The course covers hydrotesting methods and alternative leak detection techniques

After Participating in This Course You Will Gain:

  • A wealth of information on latest industry practices in design, inspection, maintenance and repair of piping systems and pipelines, and apply this knowledge for cost effective design and maintenance decisions
  • full advantage of the latest ASME code rules and API recommended practices in piping and pipeline integrity

The participant will have:

  • An opportunity to extend his/her expertise in equipment design, defect assessment, and equipment integrity analysis
  • an in-depth expertise in ASME B31, API 570 and 579 standards
  • an opportunity to work with one of the leaders in the field of vessels, piping and pipelines engineering, member of several ASME committee, and get an understanding not only of the rules being applied but also of their background
  • comprehensive programme notes, illustrated with practical examples, to use as a reference
Program Outline (1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs)



  • ASME & API Codes and Standards
  • Fundamentals of Maintenance and Integrity
  • Pipe Dimensions and Schedule number
  • Understanding System Design Pressure
  • Pipe and Pipeline Sizing Formula with Applications


  • On Line Leak Detection
  • Periodic Inspections


  • Patch & Weld Repairs
  • Clamps
  • Flanges
  • Overview of Pipe and Pipeline Welding Practice
  • Welded Repairs
  • Heat Treatment



  • Hydrotest
  • System Testing


  • Types of Pigs
  • Monitoring Internal Corrosion


  • Pipeline Loadings
  • Review of Pipe Supports and Their Application
  • Lessons Learned from Poor Support Practices


  • Cathodic & Anodic Protection Systems
  • Impressed Current Systems


  •  Mechanical and Hydraulic Induced Vibration in Piping
  •  How to Measure, Analyze and Resolve Vibration
  • Recognizing and Solving Liquid Hammer
  • Pulsation
  • Study of Pipeline Failures Due to Transients

Ronald Frend is an engineer specializing in maintenance engineering technology as applied to rotating and static plant. Ron spent fourteen years in the British Merchant Navy as a certificated engineer officer during which time he became the youngest Merchant Navy Engineer Officer to receive Chief Engineer Certification. He then spent five years in Oman during which time he developed and implemented a complete inspection regime for static equipment. He went on to implement a vibration analysis system, and he designed and implemented a new maintenance engineering structure for Petroleum Development (Oman).

Ron rose to become Head of Surface Support (North Oman) with responsibility for all maintenance and maintenance engineering in the surface production field. Moving to the USA as senior consultant to General Motors, he was awarded a B.Sc. in Technology and is a member of the Vibration Institute and the Thermographic Institute with appropriate Institute qualifications.

Ron has his own engineering consultancy working worldwide, developing system-specialist monitoring systems. He has written over fifty technical papers and has published "The Press Monitoring Handbook" (currently is in its second reprint) which is used extensively in the Automotive Industry. Systems designed and set up by Ron have consistently provided return on investment figures of more than 1,000% in the first year. He has worked across the globe, providing consultancy, training and acting as expert witness.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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