By - Jon Brown

Pipelines 101 – Basic Principles of Onshore Pipelines
June 14-15, 2016 | Denver, CO

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Overview

This is an introductory course to pipelines. The history of pipelines, definitions and terminology, and how pipelines work will be included in the discussion on the first morning. The focus will then move to natural gas and crude oil pipelines from the planning, design, and construction to the operation, safety, and maintenance of the pipelines.

The intent of this course is that participants will be able to apply the information learned when they return to their jobs. The instructors all have years of experience in pipelines. This course will also allow support staff to better understand and effectively interface with their business development, engineering, marketing and operating colleagues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare the major differences in the types of pipelines
  • Verbalize the vernacular related to pipeline terms of design, construction and operation
  • Summarize how pipelines work
  • Describe the route selection process
  • Articulate the right of way acquisition process
  • Recognize the types of pipeline equipment
  • Explain the types of pipeline facilities
  • Review the requirements for proper maintenance activities
  • Discuss safety practices the need to be put in place
  • Describe SCADA
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major codes and standards as well as pipeline regulatory

Agenda

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Course Timing: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Group Luncheon: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

History of Pipelines

Pipeline Definitions and Distinguishing Differences
  • Crude oil pipelines
  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Refined product pipelines
  • Petrochemical and NGL pipelines
  • Gathering lines
  • Distribution lines
  • Water, sewer and other types of pipelines
How Do Pipelines Work?
  • Physics of fluid flow
  • Friction losses
  • Pipe lengths
  • Elevation gain/losses
  • Flow rates
  • Hydraulic properties of hydrocarbon fluids
Basic Pipeline Design Requirements
  • Design factors and class locations
  • Pipeline sizing
  • Road and water body crossings
  • Terrain considerations
  • Permitting requirements
Introduction to Pipeline Facility Engineering, Design, and Construction
  • Route selection and route survey
    • Traditional and emerging methods
  • Right-of-way/easement negotiations
  • Pipeline construction (Pictorial Display)
  • Other pre-construction actions
Pipeline Equipment and Facilities
  • Pipeline equipment
    • Mainline valves
    • Pig launchers
    • Pig receivers
  • Pipeline facilities
    • Meter stations
    • Pump  stations
    • Compressor stations
    • Separation and dehydration
    • Processing equipment

DAY 2 AGENDA

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Continental Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Course Timing: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Group Luncheon: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Pipeline Maintenance and Safety
  • Operations and maintenance activities
    • Smart pigging
    • DOT required tasks
      • Ground surveillance
      • Preventative maintenance
    • Reconditioning
  • Safety practices
    • Communication with public, other utilities, county & local governments
    • Codes & regulatory standards
      • PHMSA regulations
      • Integrity management
    • Operator driven
Introduction to SCADA, Communication, and Controls
  • Basic vocabulary
  • Overview of the control scheme
Introduction to Pipeline Regulation
  • Environmental permitting
    • US Army Corps of Engineers
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Migratory Bird Treaty Act
    • National Historic Preservation Act – Section 106 compliance
    • Pipelines on Tribal lands
    • Federal land management agencies (BLM, USFS, BOR)
    • NEPA compliance
  • Introduction to the FERC process and compliance
  • State regulations
  • Environmental compliance during construction

Q & A, Course Assessment, and Adjournment

Instructor

Marlon Cox, President, MVC Consulting, LLC

Dr. Marlon Cox, PhD., President of MVC Consulting, LLC and owner operator of a third party Inspection Company for over 20 years has an extensive background in the oil, gas and utility power industries. Dr. Cox currently works for several clients including BP America, Worley Parsons, SGS, ABS Consulting, HPiVS, Intertek and D&C Inspection, Inc. performing Aramco and other Oil, Gas and Utility Power plant related inspections.  Dr. Cox has worked as an Electrical-Mechanical Engineer, Utility Power Generation Engineer, Nuclear Inspector Level II Mechanical, Electrical, Welding, I&C, Concrete and NACE Inspector, Nuclear Dry Fuel Storage Inspector for over 40 years.

Dr. Cox has worked as an oil and gas pipeline welder, fitter and inspector over the years. He has also worked in many oil refineries and ethanol plants as a technician, engineer and manager.

Dr. Cox has worked as a Nuclear Valve technician at V.C. Summer, Indian Point and Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plants. He has also worked as a Nuclear Inspector Level II Mechanical, Electrical, Welding, I&C, Concrete and NACE Inspector at V.C. Summer, DC Cook, Seabrook Nuclear, and Columbia Nuclear Generating Plants. Dr. Cox earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1997, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 and his PhD. in Electrical-Mechanical Engineering in 2015.

Dr. Cox is currently working on several power production projects, writing API Study courses and also teaches engineering courses overseas and here in the US.

Location

EUCI Offices
4601 DTC Blvd. Suite 800
Denver, CO 80237

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