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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 DNV-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.

*Site visit only applicable for Aberdeen courses

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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course bar chart Level Advanced
timer icon Duration 4 Days
clock Study Hours 28
world icon Location
Aberdeen, Kuala Lumpur, Nigeria
Also available in house

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Upcoming dates

calender Nigeria
25 September 2017 - 28 September 2017
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calender Aberdeen
10 October 2017 - 13 October 2017
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About the Tutors

Alan Smith
BSc (Hons) PhD CEng FIMechE MWeldl

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

Mike Hawkins
BTech (Hons) CEng FIMechE

Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is Jee’s Technical Director. He has particular expertise in design, pipeline buckling, third party verification, freespan and FE analysis and fatigue assessment. 

Mike teaches the Reeling design calculations course.

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

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 (Integr) Senior Project Engineer, Tebodin

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