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PD723 - B31.4 & B31.8, Liquids and Gas Pipelines

PD723 - B31.4 & B31.8, Liquids and Gas Pipelines

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Pipelines are surprisingly varied and complex.  Using the ASME B31.4 and B31.8 Standards as a framework, this course also covers a large number of other subjects vitally important to the safety and reliability of pipelines.  It provides the attendee with broad, but detailed information that technical personnel involved in all phases of pipeline work, from design and engineering through operations, maintenance, and regulatory oversight need to know to ensure that their pipeline is safe and reliable.  This course is suitable for those new to pipelines, as well as providing a good refresher for experienced personnel.

The B31.8 and B31.4 pipeline Standards are unique among piping standards because they cover the entire life cycle, from design and construction, through operation, maintenance, and integrity management.  Each standard contains introductory language that lays out its intent and scope.

The ASME B31 Code establishes a process of design for integrity that involves classifying stresses by significance for failure, establishing maximum allowable limits to avoid failure, identifying loads and calculating the stresses that result, and comparing the estimated stresses to the maximum allowable.  Students learn where these concepts came from and how to apply them.

Each participant will receive copies of the ASME codebooks, B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution and B31.4 Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquids and Slurries.

You will learn to:
 - Describe the basic elements of pipeline design, construction and maintenance
 - Explain how to apply principles of safe pipeline design and operation
 - Explain the causes and modes of pipeline failure
 - Describe the considerations for material specifications, pipe manufacturing, and pipe joining
 - Explain how to estimate pipeline stresses from external loadings
 - Describe the factors that affect the optimal pipe size and operating pressure
 - Explain how to evaluate of pipeline defects
 - Identify pipeline repair techniques
 - Identify the elements of pipeline integrity
 - Explain how code requirements address pipeline issues

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Who Should Attend
This course is ideal for anyone involved in engineering or technical aspects of pipelines, including designers, engineers, engineering managers, construction supervisors, operations supervisors, inspectors, code compliance managers, asset integrity managers, pipeline safety regulators, and consultants.  While engineering concepts are discussed, technicians to managers can benefit.

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  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD723
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


Michael J. Rosenfeld, P.E., is Vice President and Chief Engineer at Kiefner/Applus-RTD. His experience includes 25 years in the oil and gas pipeline industry including design, stress analysis, failure investigation, fitness for service assessment, maintenance and repair, welding, and risk assessment. Prior to working in the pipeline industry, Mr. Rosenfeld’s experience included the design and analysis of power piping systems, and industrial and aerospace equipment and components. He has conducted several pipeline industry-sponsored research projects related to pipeline flaw and damage resistance, reliability, and safety. He has published over 30 technical articles in the public domain. Mr. Rosenfeld is active in pipeline standards activities, including ASME B31.8, B31 Mechanical Design Technical Committee, B31 Standards Committee, and the ASME Board of Pressure Technology Codes and Standards.

W. Greg Morris, P.E., is a Senior Principal Engineer at Kiefner/Applus-RTD. He has more than 20 years of experience throughout the pipeline industry, with a focus on pipeline materials, defect assessment, and integrity management. He has performed failure investigations of pipe and components from both natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines and, when requested, in conjunction with third- party stakeholders and regulators. Mr. Morris has investigated failures involving line pipe, fittings, fabricated components, girth welds, fabrication welds, prior repairs, and flanged connections.

As an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, he has qualified welding procedures and welders for both new construction and maintenance (e.g., in-service) welding applications. Mr. Morris has developed relative risk ranking models for both liquids and gas pipeline operators, including enhancements of the Kiefner-NGA risk model to incorporate additional threats and threat interaction.

Mr. Morris is an active member of API Subcommittee 5, which maintains API 5L. Previously, he was a member of the Task Group of ASME Subcommittee F that developed the first edition of the ASME B16.49 Standard for induction bends. Additionally, Mr. Morris has taught courses covering various topics, such as pipeline reliability assessment, fracture mechanics, defect assessment methods, and pipeline repairs.
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