Pipeline Systems Overview - PL-22

Discipline: Pipeline Engineering
Level: Basic
Instructors who teach this course:
  • Dr. Frank Hopf

  • About the course
  • Designed For
  • You will learn
  • Course Content
This course provides awareness level training for engineers new to the hazardous liquid and gas pipeline industry. The topics include the technical and economic basis for pipeline systems; the key facilities that connect pipelines to the other elements of the hydrocarbon value chain; regulatory and environmental compliance issues; key considerations for public and governmental interaction; project development and construction challenges; and the strategies for safe and efficient pipeline system operations, maintenance, and asset integrity. Case studies are an integral part of this course.
Recent graduate engineers involved in mid-stream activities of pipeline and terminal design, construction, and operations. It also provides effective grounding for upstream and downstream managers, business development, legal, human resources, finance, land acquisition, and public relations professionals, as well as independent investors interested in a general technically oriented overview of pipeline systems. For pipeline and terminal engineering, and operations supervision and management personnel with 1-3 years of direct experience interested in taking the next step in advancing their breadth of the knowledge, we refer you to PL-42, Onshore Pipelines and/or PL-44, Terminal Design, Construction and Operations.
  • Pipeline history
  • Basic concepts of liquid and gas pipelines economics
  • Pipeline design overview
  • Construction methods and challenges
  • Essential operations
  • Asset integrity management
  • Regulatory and code compliance requirements
  • The business model and value-added premise of pipelines and their role in the overall energy value chain
  • The advantages and limitation of pipelines, and the scope and general structure of the industry
  • The key components and facilities that are integrated into pipeline systems
  • How to recognize regulatory codes and industry guidelines (API and others) that control the permitting, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of pipeline facilities
  • The steps from concept to operating system to abandonment - design, permitting, land acquisition, construction, and startup - with each tied to the key issues for project and operations management
  • The strategic operational and maintenance needs and options for pipeline systems, including system monitoring and control, leak detection, measurement and quality control, asset integrity management, efficient and safe operations, and emergency response capability