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Integrity management of subsea pipelines

About the course

Highly recommended for anyone involved in the maintenance and integrity of assets and pipelines, this course offers a thorough understanding of the engineering principles behind successful integrity management.

With case studies and worked examples, this course covers assessments to DNVGL-RP-F105. This course also includes a site visit to a manufacturer. You will have the opportunity to see subsea inspection tools and advanced inspection techniques being demonstrated on pipe samples, reinforcing what you have learned.

*Integrity management courses held in Aberdeen also include a site visit to a manufacturer.



Learning outcomes

  • Identify issues and assess a range of integrity threats
  • Evaluate detailed calculations and screening tools
  • Compare cost optimisation methods
  • Choose the most appropriate end of design life options

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timer icon Duration 4 Days
clock Study Hours 28
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Also available in house

Upcoming dates

calender Aberdeen
8 October 2019 - 11 October 2019

About the Tutors

Alan Smith
BSc (Hons) PhD CEng FIMechE

Alan has over 18 years’ experience in the industry and specialist expertise in integrity management including; fatigue, corrosion, fitness for purpose and defect assessment. Alan also has experience in structural analysis, lifetime extension and design.

Alan teaches the Integrity management of subsea pipelines course.

About the Tutors

Graham Wilson
MEng (Hons) CEng MIMechE

Graham is Jee’s Head of Integrity Management and a chartered mechanical engineer with 14 years’ industry experience. He has particular expertise in integrity management, design, fishing interaction studies and verification.

Graham teaches Design of subsea pipelines, Advanced design including HP/HT and deepwater pipelines, Free spans and on-bottom stability and Managing decommissioning projects in the North Sea.

Jee Star Logo Integrity management of subsea pipelines - course contents

Day 1

Pipeline integrity management system (PIMS)

  • What does a PIMS involve?


  • Pipeline instability
  • Sources of data
  • Analysis methods
  • Stabilisation options
  • Case studies

Thermal buckling

  • What is a thermal buckle?
  • Why are they a problem?
  • Assessment
  • Mitigation and remediation


  • Span detection
  • Assessment of spans
  • Stress and buckle checks
  • Vortex-induced vibrations
  • Remedial measures

Day 2

Flow assurance

  • Introduction to flow assurance
  • Flow regime
  • Causes of flow restriction
  • Flow control methods


  • Types of pigs
  • Piggability of pipeline
  • Pig suitability
  • Launching and receiving

Corrosion overview

  • Types of corrosion
  • Corrosion rate modelling
  • Corrosion monitoring
  • Control measures
  • Case studies

Internal inspection

  • Gauge pig
  • Calliper pig
  • Magnetic flux pig
  • Ultrasonic pig
  • Inertial mapping unit
  • Inspection of flexibles
  • Other inspection technologies
  • Case study

Day 3

External inspection

  • What to look for
  • Inspection methods
  • Riser and flexible inspection
  • Pig trap inspection
  • Risk-based inspection

Defect assessment

  • Defect types and loadings
  • Defect assessment levels
  • Defect assessment codes
  • Corrosion defect interaction

Day 4

Site visit

Dent assessment

  • Dent properties and behaviour
  • Causes of dents in subsea pipelines
  • Methods of assessment
  • Worked example
  • Exercise
  • Protection measures
  • Case study


  • Operations issues
  • Tethered isolation plugs
  • Remote set isolation pigs
  • Remote set spheres
  • Pipe freezing
  • High friction pigs
  • Hot tap and stopple
  • Environment and safety

Offshore repairs

  • Composite repairs
  • Clamp repairs
  • Spool repairs
  • Mechanical connectors
  • Hyperbaric welding
  • Others

Life extension

  • Ageing assets and KP4
  • Pipeline design life
  • Pipeline life extension

  This course gave a broad overview of issues that matter to integrity management of offshore pipelines  

Jan Paul Bras, Senior Project Engineer, Tebodin

  Strong foundation gained, thank you!  

Sameer Chapgaon, Pipeline Engineer, Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance

  Excellent course and well presented. Trainer was very knowledgeable in many key areas  

Tobechukwu Eze, Inspection Team Leader, Total Upsteam

  Great course very enlightening  

Obioma Iwuchukwu, Senior Pipeine Engineer, Shell Petroleum Development

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