The Pipeline Integrity Master Class
|20 – 24 Feb 2012||The pipeline integrity masterclass||£5250||Low Wood Hotel, Low Wood Bay, Windermere, Cumbria, UK|
Over the last 15 years Clarion, Tiratsoo Technical, Penspen, and others have educated thousands of pipeline engineers in the essential tools and methods of pipeline integrity assessment. While there continues to be a need for these training courses, more-experienced engineers, who may have risen to senior technical-management positions, need a next-level course that will focus on more complex, sophisticated, and nuanced issues not just in the application of PIM technologies and methods, but in the real management of the asset from a risk and business point of view.
That is the objective of The Pipeline Integrity Master Class to be offered for the first time in 2012 in the UK and the USA.
The content of the five-day syllabus will be flexible to match the particular needs and interests of each group of class participants, who will receive a questionnaire in advance of the class. Led by a world-class team of instructors, it will be heavy on group problem-solving exercises and case-study analyses, and will also feature guest lecturers from senior operating-company executives and technical specialists.
To facilitate and optimize interaction between participants and instructors, and among the participants themselves, the course will take place at excellent-quality conference centres offering residential accommodation: in the USA, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center near Houston; in the UK, the Low Wood Bay Hotel on Lake Windermere, near Ambleside in the Lake District. To obtain the full benefits of the UK class, this will be fully residential; in the US, participants are urged to book in at the class venue for the duration, as discussions and activities will continue into the evenings.
It is strongly recommended that class participants have at least five years experience in pipeline integrity management and a minimum of 120 hours instruction in relevant professional courses.
Included with the course fee is a detailed set of lecture notes (an estimated 600 pages, reproduced in colour) and a CD containing an additional reference material.
Who should attend
The class is recommended for senior integrity engineers, technical team leaders, asset managers, integrity managers, chief engineers, engineering VPs or other experienced personnel who meet the recommended prerequisite criteria above.
Dr Alan Murray recently retired from the position of Chief Engineer at the Canadian National Energy Board having previously held a number of senior management positions with a large pipeline operating company in North America with responsibility for system planning, construction, maintenance, and contracting functions. His 40 years of work experience spans research, regulation, third-party assessment, and design and development of pipelines and offshore structures. He was the founding chairman of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and is the co-author of the ASME Press text books Pipeline design and construction a practical approach and Pipeline integrity assurance. He has published over 60 papers on a variety of engineering topics. Alan is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and has given courses on pipeline design and construction throughout the world. A mechanical engineer by training, he holds a doctorate in civil engineering from the Queens University, Belfast, and is a Fellow of the ASME.
Professor Phil Hopkins has more than 30 years experience in pipeline engineering, and is currently Technical Director with Penspen Integrity and Visiting Professor of Engineering at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has worked with most of the major oil and gas companies and pipeline companies around the world, providing consultancy on management, business, design, maintenance, inspection, risk analysis and safety, and failure investigations. He is a past-chairman of the Executive Committee of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and has served on many other professional committees, including the British Standards Institution, European Pipeline Research Group, the American Gas Associations Pipeline Research Committee, and the DNV Pipeline Committee. More than 1800 engineers and technical personnel around the world have attended his Pipeline Defect Assessment and Pipeline Integrity-related courses.
Patrick Vieth, President, Dynamic Risk USA, has more than 25 years experience in management, research, and technical innovation within the pipeline industry. Some of his accomplishments have provided the foundation to modern pipeline integrity, such as his key contributions to validation and implementation of the RSTRENG corrosion-assessment method and development of a transverse-field inspection (TFI) programme to identify longitudinal seam weld defects. Prior to joining Dynamic Risk, Pat was Engineering Advisor at BP in Houston, and prior to that, Director, Asset Risk Management at DNV Columbus, where he worked with operators to develop programmes to reduce the likelihood of failures through in-line inspection, hydrostatic testing, defect assessment, risk assessment, and fitness-for-purpose assessment. He is immediate past-chairman of the Executive Committee of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division.
Note: the syllabus is for guidance and is subject to varying emphases according to the needs and interests of the class
o The duty of care of a pipeline operator and the professionals working for them
o Protecting the company assets the real cost of pipeline incidents (beyond repair, loss of product, etc.)
o The origin of and need for integrity management programmes for pipelines and associated facilities (tanks, stations within the company fence line)
Dealing with the known (gas and liquid hydrocarbon lines)
o The elements of an integrity management programme, threat identification, baselines, risk assessment, mitigation
o Linkages to the budgeting process
o Self audits, external audits, how to obtain regulatory compliance
Dealing with the unknown
o What is the current condition of my facilities? (The importance of record keeping)
o How best can I determine this condition? (Review and critique of current detection methodologies, when and where they can / should be used)
o Assessing the remaining strength/resistance of facilities in the presence of defects
o Limitations in the application of such assessment methods ( e.g. combined threats)
Managing the response
o Assuaging regulator fears
o Addressing staff/ consultant capability / competency issues
o The owner -operator value-added debate, in-house vs outsource
What if it all goes pear-shaped?
o Preparedness for the worst case
o Emergency-response planning
o Incident investigation and root cause analysis (also see full section on this, below)
o The role of investigative bodies, transportation safety boards, OH&S, etc.
Change of service and other challenges to existing infrastructure
o How to assess the suitability of an existing line for a change of service fluid, flow direction, or re-routeing, in-service line lowering.
Pipeline failures and lessons learned
o Why do failures occur?
o The role of management
o Good and best practice in engineering
o Knowledge management
o Some famous failures
o Brief introduction to assessing corrosion, gouges and dents
o Basics of pipeline failure analysis
o Pipeline failures getting to the root cause
o Assessing some famous failures
Risk management for pipelines
o Probability, consequence, risk, gain, uncertainty, and ignorance
o Risk analysis, assessment, management, zero risk?
o As low as is reasonably practicable (ALARP): balancing risk and gain
Ethics in engineering
o Professional responsibilities
o Loyalty ethics in engineering
o Dealing with corruption
o Dealing with conflicts
o Ethics in action
Venue, timing, and accommodation
The Master Class starts at 10.00am on Monday, 20 February, and runs through to 16.00 on Friday, 24 February.
The Class is fully residential, and the fee includes overnight accommodation for the nights of 20-23 February inclusive. Accommodation for further nights either side of these dates can be provided at an extra cost.
The fee includes all meals and refreshments during the period of the Master Class.
The venue is:
Low Wood Hotel, Low Wood Bay, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LP, UK
The Hotel can be accessed by taxi from Windermere railway station. Railway connections can be made to Manchester airport and other parts of the UK.
Cost: £5250 inc. all overnight accommodation and meals
Author: Pipelines International
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