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ASME B31.4 Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquid Hydrocarbons and Other Liquids (Virtual Classroom)

Adhere to principles of ASME B31.4 Code for the design, construction, and operation of liquid pipeline systems while minimizing risks.

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ASME B31.4 Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquid Hydrocarbons and Other Liquids (Virtual Classroom)
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  • Oct 24-27th, 2022


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$695 $595

Schedule: The course runs from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern each day.

Pipelines play a vital role in our economy. Out of sight and usually out of mind, they bring us, daily, the liquid heating and motor fuels on which we depend. They draw little public attention until they malfunction and release their contents into the environment. Pipeline operators have a duty to preserve public safety and the environment.  Responsible employees of a pipeline operator have a duty to thoroughly understand and rigorously adhere to principles of safe pipeline design and operation in order to keep the products flowing and to minimize the chances that any product will ever be released unintentionally into the environment. Basic safe pipelining starts with the ASME B31.4 Code.

This course provides the foundation for properly applying the code in the interest of public and employee safety.  Its goal is to familiarize pipeline operating personnel, public safety personnel, and state and federal regulators with the important safety-related aspects of ASME B31.4. 

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

Who Should Attend
Pipeline designers, pipeline contractors, pipeline operators, public safety officials, government regulators, and those involved in pipeline safety would benefit from taking this course.

Course Materials (included in purchase of course) 

  • Downloadable version of the presentation via ASME’s Learning Platform 
  • Access to the digial version of ASME B31.4 Code (Current Edition) during class

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.
Certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course.

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Michael J. Rosenfeld, P.E., is Chief Engineer and Managing Member with RSI Pipeline Solutions LLC. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan (1979) and an MS in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1981).

Mr. Rosenfeld is an experienced consultant on the subject of oil and gas pipeline fitness-for-service; pipeline integrity; pipeline design, materials, construction, and maintenance; and pipeline regulations and standards. His experience also involved failure investigations, root cause analyses, and industry-funded research. Mr. Rosenfeld first began working on pipeline integrity matters in 1986 while at Battelle Institute. He then joined Kiefner & Associates, Inc. (KAI) in 1991, serving as President from 2002 to 2011 and then Chief Engineer, until establishing RSI in 2019.

Mr. Rosenfeld is a current member of the ASME B31.8 Gas Transmission & Distribution Piping Section Committee, the ASME B31 Mechanical Design Technical Committee, the ASME B31 Standards Committee, and the ASME Board of Pressure Technology Codes & Standards. He was the primary author of the 2009 major revision to ASME B31G, is an ASME Fellow, and has authored or coauthored more than 90 publications and public presentations on pipeline-related subjects.

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.


Topics Covered

  • Scope and definitions
  • Design
    • The Barlow formula
    • What is surge?
    • Head loss and hydraulic design
    • Pipeline size considerations
    • Curved pipe, fittings, and flanges
    • Longitudinal stress
    • Stresses in buried pipelines
    • Expansion and flexibility
  • Material Selection
    • The difference between strength and toughness
    • Ductile and brittle fracture
    • How toughness is measured
    • Line pipe materials and their characteristics
    • Line pipe toughness specification
    • How fittings and flanges are selected
  • Construction Welding and Assembly
    • Care and handling of line pipe
    • Bending of pipe
    • Welding procedure specifications
    • Welder qualification
    • Welded joint design and fit-up considerations Welding problems
    • Requirements for tanks, terminals, pump stations, and special components
  • Hydrostatic Testing
    • History of the hydrostatic test
    • Test-pressure-to-operating-pressure ratio
    • Hold-time/leak test
    • Pressure reversals
    • Optimum tests for new pipe
    • Optimum tests for revalidating existing pipelines
  • Operations, Maintenance, and Corrosion Control
    • Requirements for operating and maintaining a pipeline
    • Defect assessment
    • Pipeline repair methods
    • Remaining life assessment
    • Requirements for corrosion control
  • Offshore Liquid Pipeline Systems
    • Design conditions
    • Materials
    • Construction
    • Testing
    • Operations and maintenance
  • Integrity Management

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