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By - Jon Brown

Pipeline Integrity Management
Implementing PIMS to Better Identify, Understand and Control Risks Posed to Pipelines
July 20-21, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) is the cradle-to-grave approach of understanding and operating pipelines in a safe, reliable manner. PIM programs are systems managed by pipeline owner-operators that consider all stages of the pipeline life cycle, from conception, to engineering and design, construction, operation, inspection, and finally to repair/replacement when necessary.

In the United States, pipeline operators are required to abide by regulations put forth by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), at a minimum. Among other things, these regulations require all oil & gas transmission companies to perform regular baseline evaluations of pipelines in areas where pipeline failure would have a significant impact on public safety or the environment.

 Pipeline integrity is at the forefront of focus for operators when taking steps to mitigate and minimize potential pipeline failure. However, it can be difficult to decipher which concepts are effective or unwarranted. The workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of how to implement PIMS in order to better identify, understand and control risks posed to pipelines.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review regulations, codes & best practices
  • Discuss HCA/MCA analysis calculations for gas and liquid; release, spill, plume
  • Identify class locations/Impact circles
  • Assess pipeline risk management; types of risks, hazards & threats, evaluating your risk profile
  • Discuss integrity assessment; hydrotest/direct inspection methods, external/external, in-line
  • Preventive & Mitigation Measures
  • Evaluate your integrity program; targets, key performance indicators & benchmarking
  • Review TVC: MOAP/Mop Verification
  • Review MEGA-rule; impact on new ruling
  • Building a Robust IMP; data management, geospatial information systems



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.4 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

You must be logged in for the entire presentation and send in the evaluation after the online course is completed.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, classroom exercises


Monday, July 20, 2020

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 – 9:15 am :: Introductions

9:15 – 9:45 am :: Design, Engineering & Construction

      • Regulations, codes & best practices

9:45 – 10:30 am :: High Consequence Area (HCA) / Moderate Consequence Area (MCA) Analysis

      • How it is calculated for gas and liquid
        • Release type models
          • Spill models
          • Plume models
        • Class locations / Impact circles

10:30 am – 12:30 pm :: High Consequence Area (HCA) Analysis (continued)

12:30 – 1:15 pm :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:45 pm :: Pipeline Risk Management

      • Types of risk models
      • Pipeline hazards / threats
      • Evaluating your risk profile

2:45 – 4:30 pm :: Pipeline Integrity Assessment

  • Pipeline inspection methods
        • Hydrotest / Pressure test
        • Direct assessment
          • External, internal and SCC

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

8:45 – 9:00 am :: Log in

9:00 – 11:00 am. :: Pipeline Integrity Assessment (continued)

        • In-line inspection
          • Specialty tools (MFL, UT EMAT)
          • Verification and Validation

11:00 – 11:45 am :: Preventative & Mitigation Measures

      • Measure description
      • Tools and methods

11:45 am – 12:30 pm :: Continual Improvement

      • Evaluating your Integrity Program
        • Targets
        • Key performance indicators
        • Benchmarking

12:30 – 1:15 pm :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:00 pm :: Traceable, Verifiable & Complete (TVC)

      • MAOP / MOP verification

2:00 – 2:45 pm :: Impact on new ruling (MEGA-rule)  

2:45 – 3:30 pm :: Dealing with the Regulator

3:30 – 4:30 pm :: Bring it all together – Robust IMP

      • Data management
      • Geospatial Information Systems

4:30 p.m. :: End of Course


TK Akins, Principal Integrity Consultant, G2-Integrated Solutions

TK Akins is a Senior Integrity Consultant for G2 Integrated Solutions. He has many years of project management experience, and over the course of his career has focused on systematically driving the continuous improvement of integrity management strategies for several gas and liquid operators. His experience in asset integrity ranges from inline inspection, internal & external risk-based inspections (RBI) optimization and developing and executing reliability programs. He has supported various integrity projects including Integrity assessments, maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP/MOP) verification projects, integrity management program maintenance and development, and provided general advice and interpretation of ASME B31.3, B31.4, B31.8S and regulations 49 CFR Parts 192, 193 and 195. Most recently, TK worked for Pinnacle Advanced Reliability Technologies as a Client Solutions Engineer, where he focused primarily on developing mechanical integrity, inspections, and reliability programs for clients in the oil and gas, chemicals, and process industries.

Bernardo Cuervo, Principal Integrity Consultant (ILI), G2-Integrated Solutions

Bernardo Cuervo is a Pipeline Integrity Consultant for G2 Integrated Solutions with over 30 years of experience in various engineering, asset integrity, and project management roles within the pipeline integrity industry. Specific areas of expertise are: ILI data analysis, fitness for purpose analysis, pipeline design, pipeline construction, hydrostatic testing, and cathodic protection. Currently, Bernardo leads the ILI discipline within the Asset Integrity Group. In this role, Bernardo is responsible for all ILI projects from feasibility to tool selection, data quality verification, run comparisons, advanced data analysis, corrosion growth and remaining life calculations. In addition to ILI, Bernardo supports MAOP confirmation projects through the application of TVC procedures and verification of pressure test attributes for natural gas and other gas pipelines.

Tracy Thorleifson, Vice President—Software, G2 Integrated Solutions

Tracy has an extensive background in petroleum and pipeline industry data, business process, and physical process modeling. He is a founding member of the Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS) organization and has served PODS in various roles. As President of Eagle Information Mapping (EIM), now a G2 Integrated Solutions company, he served the organization on the PODS for ESRI Spatial workgroup team and helped define the company’s technology direction. He also managed a variety of software and services projects for Eagle clients worldwide.

At G2-IS, Tracy has led diverse teams of software developers and GIS specialists, providing technical expertise and managing projects and clients in both specialties. He’s a valuable resource in these fields, as he brings extensive first-hand knowledge of GIS database development in order to provide solutions for data migration and catalog to satisfy and exceed the client’s needs.

Prior to his tenure at EIM, Tracy worked for Shell Oil Company as an exploration geologist and researcher, always with an interest in computer mapping applications. As a Research Manager at Shell, Tracy was responsible for helping oversee the introduction of ESRI GIS technology into the company. As Research Director, Tracy supervised the design, development and implementation of a corporate level, GIS-based, interactive mapping system encompassing Shell’s worldwide cartographic, seismic and well data.

Mr. Thorleifson earned a Master of Science in Geology from Arizona State University in 1984. He also currently serves as a lecturer in the University of Houston’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, where he teaches the course: Advanced GIS for Geologists.

Online Delivery

Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time. 
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

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