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Jee Star Logo 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 will introduce all applicable codes to which assessments can be performed. This course also includes a site visit* to a manufacturer where learners will have the opportunity to see subsea inspection tools and advanced inspection techniques being demonstrated on pipe samples, reinforcing what they have learnt.

*for Aberdeen based courses only subject to availability


Learning outcomes

  • Describe the importance of a robust pipeline integrity management system
  • Describe appropriate measures for maintaining pipeline integrity
  • Identify typical integrity threats to offshore pipeline systems and the associated risks
  • Select the most appropriate inspection technique to detect the presence of these threats
  • Describe commonly used integrity assessments and associated repair options
  • Select the most appropriate integrity assessment approach for various scenarios
  • Describe the approach for life extension of subsea pipelines

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timer icon Duration 4 Days
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Upcoming dates

calender Aberdeen
5 October 2021 - 8 October 2021

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 over 15 years’ industry experience. He has particular expertise in integrity management, design, fishing interaction studies and verification.

Graham teaches Integrity management courses, Corrosion defect assessment and Decommissioning programme development and execution. 

About the Tutors

Martin East

As a chartered mechanical engineer, since 1988, Martin has been working in finite element analysis and has extensive experience of the Abaqus non-linear FEA software. He joined Jee in 1996 and his responsibilities included consultancy projects and analysis. As one of our most knowledgeable tutors he has presented many of Jee’s training courses.

Jee Star Logo Integrity management of subsea pipelines - course contents

Day 1

Pipeline Integrity Management System (PIMS)

  • PIMS process overview


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

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

Corrosion overview

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


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

Internal inspection

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

Day 3

External inspection

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

Risk-based inspection

  • Technical Integrity Assessment (TIA) overview
  • Risk-based inspection plan
  • Failure mechanisms
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk/Reliability based inspection
  • Inspection frequency

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
  • Protection measures


  • 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 asset issues
  • 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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