Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
George R. Brown Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel
January 29 - February 1, 2018

Pipeline Defect Assessment Workshop

January 29
  7:30am Registration & coffee
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
January 30
  8:00am-5:00pm Course


This course is a follow-on to the famous Defect Assessment in Pipelines course. It takes those who want to take their defect assessment knowledge to the next level; it goes into greater depth on the various defect assessment methodologies and provides participants with hands-on practical experience performing calculations based on them. Participants will become comfortable performing and reviewing a wide variety of anomaly assessment methodologies and will understand when to best apply them within an Integrity Management Program. Cases and problems worked in class will be based on actual inspections of working pipeline systems. The course addresses both traditional pipeline methodologies as well as recent innovations, including the API 579 Fitness-for-Service Standard.

Documentation and materials (laptop required)

All presentation material will be documented in an Adobe Acrobat PDF provided by download prior to the class. For this reason it is necessary to bring your laptop or tablet computer. In addition participants will receive macro-enabled Excel spreadsheets that perform various calculations, including effective area metal loss assessment and pressure-cycle fatigue analysis.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive1.4 CEUs.

Who should attend

  • Pipeline engineers
  • Designers and service professionals who are involved with the maintenance, inspection, and repair of pipelines.


Ian Smith is a consulting engineer with over 20 years in the pipeline industry. He formed his own consulting company, ID Smith Pipeline Engineering, in 2016 after having leadership roles within inline inspection, pipeline operating, and Fitness-for-Service consulting organizations. This has provided Ian with a unique perspective on the complete process of pipeline integrity from data collection to defect Fitness-for-Service assessment through to integrating assessment results into integrity management programs. He is a Professional Engineer and a member of ASME.


  1. Introduction to Pipeline Integrity
    1. The aging pipeline infrastructure.
    2. Common flaw types and failure mechanisms.
    3. Overview of inspection technology
    4. Overview of available assessment methodologies.
    5. Introduction to risk assessment.
    6. The ever-changing regulatory environment.
  2. Assessment of Metal Loss
    1. The original and modified B31.G method.
    2. The RSTRENG effective area method.
    3. The API 579 Level 1 and Level 2 method.
    4. Comparison of B31.G, RSTENG, and API 579
    5. Finite element analysis.
    6. Example problems (worked in class).
  3. Assessment of Cracks
    1. Introduction to fracture mechanics
    2. The NG-18 equation.
    3. The API 579 failure assessment diagram (FAD)
    4. Finite element analysis
    5. Pressure cycle fatigue analysis
    6. Hydrostatic testing versus ILI as a means to address cracks
    7. Example problems (worked in class)
  4. Assessment of Dents
    1. Rule-based assessment methodologies
    2. API 579 methods
    3. Finite element analysis
    4. Example problems (worked in class)
  5. Interacting Anomalies
    1. Dents with wall loss
    2. Dents with cracks
    3. Wall loss + cracks

 Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences     Tiratsoo Technical

 Platinum Elite Sponsor


 Platinum Sponsors

Riccardelli Consulting Services, Inc (RCS)   Enduro

Gold Sponsor

 NDT    Halfwave

 Silver Sponsors

A. Hak    N-Spec      TD Williamson       Circor Energy - Pipeline Engineering.png

 Supported by

the In Line Inspection Association        PRCI     PPSA    

 Official Media Partners

Pipelines International  Journal of Pipeline Engineering   World Pipelines   North American Pipelines   Inspectioneering   Latincorr   Pipeline & Gas Journal