August 1, 2024: Pipeline Risk Assessment

  • Author: Joe Pikas
  • Level: Advanced
  • Study time: 6 hours
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Course overview
What is the standard for pipeline risk assessment? What are risks associated with pipelines? What are the elements to the risk assessment process? 

This 6-hour course will help identify, reduce and mitigate the risks associated with the pipeline industry.  It will cover risk assessment, risk reduction of aging pipelines, mitigation measures, and assessment methods.

Our live-virtual trainings are conducted in a real-time question and answer classroom format. You may ask questions or comment throughout either verbally or in writing.  

START TIME: 9:00 AM (Central)
END TIME: 3:30 PM (Central)

PDH Certificate included upon successful completion

  • Course Outline

    Risk Assessment
    • Risk Analysis
    • Risk Assessment Objectives
    • Understanding pipeline failure mechanisms
    • Data elements for a prescriptive integrity management plan
    • Data requirements for a goal oriented (performance-based) approach to AIM
    • High-consequence areas
    • Risk to the environment
    • Quantitative and qualitative methods of risk assessment
    • Advantages / disadvantages and limitations of each approach
    • Combined approaches based on the relative importance of different threats
  • Risk Reduction of Aging Pipelines
    • Corrosion
    • External
    • Internal
    • SCC
    • Third-party damage
    • Materials
    • Welds
    • Cracking
    • Coating deterioration and damage
    • Shorted Casings
  • Mitigation Measures
    • CIPS
    • ILI
    • Cathodic protection
    • Pipeline patrols, aerial surveillance
    • Hydrostatic Testing
    • Guided Wave Testing (GWT)
  • Assessment Methods
    • Original and modified B31.G method.
    • The RSTRENG effective area method.
    • The API 579 Level 1 and Level 2 method.
    • Comparison of B31.G, RSTENG, and API 579

Joe Pikas

AMPP Corrosion Specialist & PL SME
Joe Pikas is a subject matter expert for Technical Toolboxes with more than 50 years of experience in pipeline construction, operations, corrosion control design, and implementation, including pipeline engineering management. He is an expert in pipeline integrity management, risk management, coating materials selection, cathodic protection design, and testing, and internal and external pipeline corrosion control. In 2009, he was awarded the NACE Distinguished Service Award and received an industry award in 2002 from AGA, GTI, INGAA, NACE, OPS, and PRCI International. Also, he has contributed over 50 papers to industry trade magazines, NACE, SSPC, and other publications and conferences.