By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Pipeline Integrity Management
November 4, 2019 | Houston, TX

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Recent high profile pipeline failures have focused a great amount of attention on pipeline integrity management. Understanding applicable threats to an operator’s pipeline, and properly managing the identified threats is absolutely critical for continued safe, reliable service, as well as regulatory compliance at the state and federal level. This course serves as a primer on common integrity threats, failure mechanisms, and proper integrity management from an engineering perspective. This class will cover common failure mechanisms including third party damage, internal and external corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, manufacturing defects, and operational issues. Proper mitigation of these threats will be discussed, including a review of the governing document ASME B31.8S.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss common failure mechanisms
  • Explain transmission integrity management (TIMP)
  • Review threats to transmission integrity management
  • Describe distribution integrity management (DIMP)
  • Assess MAOP establishment
  • Discuss strength test requirements for MAOP establishment



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 0.7 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

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, classroom exercises


Monday, November 4, 2019

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

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Common Failure Mechanisms

  • Recent failures
  • Manufacturing defects, corrosion, third party damage, fatigue

Integrity Management

  • Transmission Integrity Management (TIMP)
    • Code requirements – subpart O
    • Class locations, HCA, Potential impact radius (PIR)
    • Threats
      • Time dependent (internal and external corrosion, SCC)
      • Static or resident threats (manufacturing defects)
      • Time independent threats (3rd party damage)
      • Human error
    • Direct assessment
    • In-line inspection, Strength testing
    • ASME/ANSI B31.8S
  • Distribution Integrity Management (DIMP)
    • New (2010)
    • Code requirements – subpart P

MAOP Establishment

  • Code requirements – subpart L
  • Strength test requirements – subpart J
  • Uprating – subpart K
  • History / Grandfather / Integrity verification procedure (IVP)

Course Assessment, Learning Outcome Review and Q&A Session


Alex Hudgins, Senior Managing Engineer, Exponent

Dr. Hudgins specializes in failure analysis, metallurgy, materials science, corrosion, and fracture mechanics with particular focus in the oil and gas industry. Specifically, Dr. Hudgins applies metallurgical fundamentals and industrial knowledge to oil and gas pipelines, helping clients solve real-word problems threatening their assets and safe operation.  Dr. Hudgins also helps pipeline operators with operational issues, indication remediation, operating pressure validation, integrity assessment, and management of historical and new pipeline data to allow more efficient and effective integrity management.

At Exponent, Dr. Hudgins has spent years working specifically with transmission and distribution pipelines, including failure analysis of incidents and indications.  Projects have ranged from relatively low-pressure distribution leaks to high-consequence transmission line ruptures.  In these investigations, Dr. Hudgins applies analytical techniques including optical and scanning electron microscopy, microhardness, nanoindentation, and mechanical testing to determine the cause of the incident, and help operators prevent similar events from occurring in the future.


Doubletree by Hilton Houston by the Galleria

5353 Westheimer Rd

Houston, TX 77056

Reserve your room:

please call 1-713-961-9000

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of November 3 – 4, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$129.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to October 3, 2019.

Venue Information

Getting to and from the hotel


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, October 18, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
Fundamentals of Pipeline Integrity ManagementUS $ 895.00 US $ 995.00

Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before October 04, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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