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PD706 - In-line Inspections for Pipelines

PD706 - In-line Inspections for Pipelines

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From simple beginnings, the use of in-line inspection (ILI) technologies in the pipeline industry has grown significantly during the last two decades.  Today, more than ever, there is an understanding between industry and regulators that ILI is a go-to methodology for maintaining pipeline integrity.  ILI has given rise to three interested parties, which are the regulators, the pipeline operators, and the ILI vendors.  This course provides an overview of how these three stakeholders interact, from a technical perspective.

ILI is categorized by technology.  Various technologies are used, specifically, for finding different defect types.  It is the different defect types that lead to pipeline failures that drive the ILI technologies.  An understanding of these defect types is the precursor to understanding ILI technologies.  This course reviews the defect types and ILI technologies that support the detection and sizing of the various defect types.

ILI Standards exist to assist both pipeline operators and regulators to implement ILI.  The course reviews these Standards and other documentation to assist attendees in their role in the implementation of the ILI process.

Finally, the course addresses how to deal with discrepancies between reported and actual defects and anomalies.  After taking the course, attendees should understand how and why inspection technologies are selected and used in typical applications.  After completing this course, attendees will grasp the fact that the responsibility for “getting it right” (i.e., a pipeline has good integrity) rests with the pipeline operator.

You Will Learn To:
 - Identify pipeline defect types that cause failure
 - Explain why particular ILI technologies should be used for specific defect types.
 - Explain why or why not ILI is applicable to various defect types
 - Identify ILI performance specifications
 - Analyze Industry Standards and other documentation on ILI
 - Describe whether an ILI was either effective or ineffective
 - Explain how to generate confidence in the integrity of a pipeline using ILI

Please click HERE to review the course outline

Course Requirement
The instructor requires that students bring a laptop with them to class.

Who Should Attend
This course is aimed at pipeline integrity engineers with limited exposure to in-line inspection and other integrity engineers/supervisors/managers interested in the relative strengths and weaknesses of using ILI technologies to determine and maintain pipeline integrity.

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  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD706
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


Dyke Hicks joined Kiefner in 2015 after 6.5 years with Koch Pipeline LLC and 13 years with Baker Hughes. His career began working in the energy sector recording and interpreting information from oil and gas wells on land and offshore. He then moved into the field of pipeline integrity helping to develop a new inspection system for difficult pipelines. Mr. Hicks was involved in tool design, data interpretation and the managing the U.S. operations of this division. He then moved to Koch Pipeline LLC and worked within the integrity group. There, Mr. Hicks managed the daily integrity operations and focused on some of the more challenging problems pipeline operators face. He also took a field assignment to help develop project managers.

Mr. Hicks is a current member of ASME. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and his B.S. Mathematics/Economics from the University of Iowa. Mr. Hicks has authored several papers regarding pipeline integrity.
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