By - Jon Brown

Pipelines 101 – Basic Principles of Onshore Pipelines
July 17-18, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Note: There will be some content overlap between Pipelines 101 and Pipelines Operations and Maintenance
If you have any questions, please contact Erin Burba – [email protected]

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 to provide participants will the basics of pipelines and their functions, and to be able to apply the information learned when they return to their jobs.  The instructors both have years of experience in pipelines and will share their knowledge and experience with the participants.

This course is intended for support staff who may have limited knowledge and/or experience of pipelines to better understand and effectively interface with their business development, engineering, marketing and operating colleagues.   This course would also be of value to local government agencies that have an interest in pipelines being built or located in their areas of responsibility.

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 that need to be put in place
  • Describe SCADA
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major codes and standards as well as pipeline regulatory agencies



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 1.5 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and discussion will be used in this course.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

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

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
  • State regulations

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Operations and Maintenance Activities

  • Cathodic protection (natural gas and liquid)
  • Odorization (natural gas)
  • Leak survey (natural gas)
  • Patrolling (natural gas and liquid)
  • Continuing surveillance (natural gas)
  • Line markers & signs (natural gas and liquids)
  • Pump stations (liquid)
  • Compressor stations (natural gas)
  • Regulator stations (natural gas)
  • Valve maintenance (natural gas and liquid)
  • Fences and station security (natural gas and liquid)
  • Pipeline pigging (natural gas and liquid)
  • Breakout tanks

Pipeline Integrity Management

  • Natural gas transmission integrity management
  • Natural gas distribution integrity management
  • Liquid petroleum pipeline integrity management

Pipeline Construction, Maintenance and Repair

  • Welding procedures & welder qualifications
  • Joining plastic pipe
  • Mechanical joints
  • Pipeline repair

Pipeline Control Room Management & Gathering Line Jurisdiction

  • Control room management
  • Control of pipelines
  • Gathering line jurisdiction

Customer Service & Emergency Response

  • Pressure testing pipelines
  • Natural gas customer service
  • Emergency response

Q & A, Course Assessment, and Adjournment


Thomas Lael, formerly with ConocoPhillips Pipeline Company

Mr. Lael has been involved with the pipeline industry for over 45 years.  He has worked for various State Pipeline Regulatory agencies (Illinois, Connecticut, and California) and the Federal government (Transportation Safety Institute, now known as Training and Qualification’s (T&Q)).  More recently Mr. Lael has worked for major petroleum pipeline operators as a code compliance officer, and Operator Qualifications Administrator.  He has been responsible for determining the operator’s compliance with Federal and State pipeline safety regulations and determining the intent of current and proposed PHMSA regulations.

Mr. Lael spent ten years working with ConocoPhillips as the OQ administrator for the company OQ program. His employment with ConocoPhillips evolved from his initial employment with Tosco Corporation starting in 1999, merged into Phillips Pipeline Company in 2001 and finally into ConocoPhillips in 2002. He was responsible for the OQ qualifications for approximately 950 employees and over 1,500 contract individuals.

Mr. Lael has worked as an expert witness on legal cases concerning pipeline safety and accident/incident investigations.  Mr. Lael has investigated numerous natural gas and petroleum pipeline explosion and fires.

Don McCoy, formerly with PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety

Don is a native of Georgia and a graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. After several years in the aerospace industry, Don changed careers to the natural gas industry and pipeline safety, including regulatory stints with the Georgia Public Service Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration – Office of Pipeline Safety. Don’s pipeline industry experience included 40+ years at Oklahoma-based companies Mustang Fuel Corporation, Enogex Inc., Chesapeake Energy, Chesapeake Midstream, and Access Midstream.


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