Comprehensive Pipeline Integrity Management Systems (PiMS):
A Practical Approach

  • Course Description

This four-day course offers participants the latest techniques and insights required to develop a robust integrity management program that encompasses pipelines and their associated facilities. The program’s essential components are thoroughly outlined, complete with illustrative examples of typical content. The course materials are designed to serve as a foundation for companies either embarking on the creation of their integrity management plan or updating an existing one. This interactive course delves into pipeline integrity management strategies from a practical standpoint, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. The course format includes lectures and real-world case studies. By the end of this seminar, attendees will possess a solid grasp of the processes, strengths, limitations, and relevance of the key components within a pipeline integrity management program.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
    • Overview of Codes Utilized in Developing Integrity Management Plans
    • Historical Context and Necessity of Integrity Management Plans
    • ASME B31.8S: “Managing System Integrity of Gas Pipelines”
    • API Standard 1160: “Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines”
    • DOT 49 CFR 195 and 192
    • Onshore Pipeline Regulations and CSA Z662 Annex N (Canada)
    • Offshore DNV Regulations
    • NACE Recommended Practice 102
  • Elements of an Integrity Management Plan (IMP)
    • Pipeline Threat Identification
    • Baseline Assessment Planning
    • Direct Assessment Planning
    • Conducting Assessments
    • Data Collection, Review, Integration, and Risk Analysis
    • GIS features in PiMS
    • Record Keeping and Communication Plans
    • Performance Planning
    • Management of Change Processes
    • Case Studies
  • Pipeline integrity approaches
    • Objectives of Risk Assessment
    • Understanding Pipeline Failure Causes: PRCI’s 21 Common Causes
    • Data Elements for a Prescriptive Integrity Management Plan
    • Data Requirements for a Goal-Oriented (Performance-Based) Approach to IMP
    • High Consequence Areas
    • Subsea Pipeline Risk Assessments
    • Environmental Risk
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Risk Assessment Methods
    • Advantages, Disadvantages, and Limitations of Each Approach
    • Combined Approaches Based on Threat Importance
  • In-Line Inspection (ILI)
    • Detection of Geometric Anomalies
    • Metal Loss and Corrosion Control
    • Cracks and Crack-Like Defects
    • Leak Identification in ILI
    • Review of MFL, TFI, UT, EMAT Technologies
    • Limitations and Characteristics of ILI Methods
    • Sample ILI Reports and Calculations
    • Reporting Schemes
    • Considerations for Offshore Pipelines
  • ILI Data Analysis
    • Analysis of ILI Operations Reports
    • Verification
    • ILI Comparison
    • Pipeline Failure Analysis
    • Technological Differences Between MFL, TFI, UT, EMAT, etc.
    • Probabilistic Analysis of ILI Data Using the Unity Diagram Approach (API 1163)
    • Evaluating ILI Tool Operation Reports
    • Calculating Remaining Pipeline Lifetime
    • Clustering Rules
    • Assessing Corrosion Rate
    • Interactive ILI Reports
  • Prevention, Mitigation and Repair:
    • Prevention, Mitigation and Monitoring measures for pipeline threats:
    • Pipeline Repair methods
  • Inspection Methods, Characteristics, and Limitations
    • API Standard 1163 In-Line Inspection Systems
    • Key Terminology and Definitions
    • In-Line Inspection System Qualification
    • ILI Performance Specification Qualification
    • Operational Validation
    • Results Verification
    • Reporting Requirements
    • Hydrostatic Pressure Testing, Direct Assessment (ECDA, ICDA)
    • Practical Examples of Corrosion and Crack Growth Rate Calculations
    • Determining Re-Inspection Intervals
  • Integrity Management Plans for Facilities
    • Risk-Based Approach to Maintenance
    • Failure Modes, Fault Trees, and Root Cause Analysis
    • Utilizing Historical Incident and Spill Data
    • Risk-Based Inspection (RBI)
    • Resource Allocation
    • Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM)

Who Should Attend

• Integrity Engineers
• ILI Project Managers
• Senior Pipeline Engineers
• Project Engineers and Managers
• Engineers from other sectors of the Oil and Gas industry seeking to enhance their understanding of Pipeline integrity principles

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About Course Instructor

Mehdi Pirsiavash

MSc., BSc

Mehdi Pirsiavash is an accomplished and highly skilled pipeline integrity specialist with over 23 years of experience in onshore and offshore pipeline industry. His expertise encompasses pipeline integrity management for the oil and gas industry, including challenging pipeline pigging and cleaning projects. As a senior professional, Mehdi has worked with top consultancies and major operators, managing complex pipeline projects from engineering to commissioning.

In his varied roles, Mehdi oversees pipeline system engineering, construction, commissioning, and integrity-related functions. His well-rounded oil and gas experience covers technical and managerial responsibilities focused on pipeline integrity management, defect assessments, in-line inspection verifications, risk-based integrity analysis for onshore and subsea pipelines, quality assurance in commissioning, customized cleaning pigging solutions, pipeline life extension, and remaining life assessments of in-service pipelines. His specialized skills include assessing metal loss and fatigue failures to develop repair action plans.

Course Schedule

04th Nov.- 07th Nov. 2024

Course Price

Regular Fee : £1299,99 (Excluded VAT)

Discounted Price (*): £1099,99 (Excluded VAT)

* Discounted price is applicable to early bird registration (before 17th October), group of 3 or more people, and PhD or MSc students.

** This is an in-person training course which will be held in London, UK.