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By - Jon Brown

Pipelines 101 – Basic Principles of Onshore Pipelines
August 11, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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This is an introductory course about pipelines.  Pipelines move all forms of products across the country.  Primarily, pipelines move our energy supplies from where they are produced to where they are consumed.  This course will concentrate on natural gas and petroleum pipelines, and cover the history of pipelines, pertinent definitions and terminology, and how pipelines are designed and operate.  

This course is intended primarily for those individuals that may have a limited knowledge or experience with pipelines.  This course will provide a better understanding of how pipelines are constructed, how they are operated and maintained and applicable safety and regulatory requirements.  This course is especially beneficial for anyone involved in land development, marketing, engineering, or insurance.  This course would also be of value for various local government agencies such as county or city governments to help with zoning and location issues.

This course will provide you with a better understanding of pipelines, a good working knowledge of the language used in the pipeline industry, and an understanding of where to go to obtain assistance from the various government agencies that conduct pipeline safety oversite.

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.


Thursday, August 11, 2020 – Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

Introduction of Agenda

History of Pipelines

Design of Pipelines

  • Design factors and class locations
  • Pipeline sizing
  • Road and water body crossings

Pipeline Construction

  • Route selection and route survey
    • Traditional and emerging methods
  • Right-of-way/easement negotiations
  • Pipeline construction (Pictorial Display)
  • Other pre-construction actions

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

Forms of Government Oversite

  • 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

Course Questions and Adjournment


Thomas Lael, formerly with ConocoPhillips Pipeline Company

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

Your instructors have nearly 100 years of pipeline experience between them.  They have worked on the State and Federal government side of pipeline safety and the regulations and have both worked for major pipeline companies both natural gas and liquid petroleum.  This experience provides a unique insight into pipelines both for inside the industry to the regulatory side looking into pipelines.

  • Don McCoy
    40+ years of Pipeline and Regulatory Experience

    • Georgia Public Service Commission
    • PHMSA Training & Qualification (Formerly TSI)
    • Mustang Fuel, Enogex Inc., Chesapeake, Access Midstream
    • Regulatory Consulting & Training

  • Tom Lael
    40+ years of Pipeline and Regulatory Experience

    • State Regulatory Agencies – Illinois, Connecticut, California SFM
    • PHMSA Training & Qualification (Formerly TSI) Instructor
    • Hazardous Liquid Industry – Tosco, Conoco-Phillips
    • Regulatory Consulting, Training, Expert Witness

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.


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