• API 1104 and Welding Inspection
    March 4, 2019 - March 5, 2019
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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This 1.5 day training is geared toward project managers who need awareness of what to expect and look for from their pipeline welding inspection staff. The course expands on our API 1104 training class and gives attendees confidence that they know what questions to ask of their field staff and a better understanding of the corners that are commonly cut and what is expected by PHMSA.

Class notes on flash drive and hard copy
Certificate of completion awarding 12 PDHs
Light breakfast and full lunch

Feedback from Attendees:

“Depth and breadth of the subject was very applicable to my work as a project manager.”
“The handouts had lots of useful information and references”
“Presentation was great, Bill is very knowledgeable on the topic”
“The handout materials were very detailed, I like the fact that there were pictures too”
“Bill is a great speaker/instructor and the materials had websites listed with useful links which made it that much more beneficial”
“Great question and answer session.”
“Very knowledgeable, promoted discussion, good links to how topic applies in practice.”
“Well detailed, organized and easy to follow.”
“Well presented and engaging,”


The training covers the following:

Introduction, Historical Evolution of Weld Standards and Observed Pipeline Weld Performance

Introduction to API 1104 and the 1104 Committee
—How the committee works
—How to get help on welding questions

PHMSA and Federal Regulations Related to API 1104 and ASME Section IX


Welding Processes and Welding Consumables
—Low hydrogen welding practices: why and how
—Matching the filler metal to the application

Procedure Qualification and Documentation
—The concept of essential variables and nonessential variables for procedures (and for welders)
—What is required? Comparison to ASME Section IX
—Optional tests
—What mistakes are common? What to watch for?

Welder Qualification
—What is required? Comparison to ASME Section IX
—Optional tests
—What mistakes are common?

Production Welding
—“Should” and “Shall”; what is required/what is recommended?
—Common mistakes, what is PHMSA watching for? What has been a problem?

Weld Flaws – Description and Illustration of Workmanship Flaws

Welding Inspection and NDT
—Inspecting before, during and after welding; the role of the welding inspector
—Common inspection tools; documentation practices, examples of good/poor practice
—What the standards say about weld inspectors
—PHMSA expectations
—NDT requirements; personnel training and certification and procedure qualification
—Comparison of inspection methods, advantages and limitations

Weld Repairs
—Requirements of the 20th vs 21st edition of API 1104
—Strategies for minimizing need for new procedures

Appendix B – In-Service Welding
—Qualifying and selecting procedures’ shop testing and computer modeling
—Qualifying welders for In-Service welding
—Hydrogen cracking and burning through; strategies for avoiding problems

Fitness for Service
—API 1104 Appendix A – Alternative Acceptance Criteria
—Other approaches

Mechanized Welding with Filler Metal Additions

About the Instructor:

Bill Amend, P.E., is a Principal Engineer, Welding Technology at DNV GL – North America Oil & Gas and Senior Technical Advisor to Technical Toolboxes’ Training Department.

Bill has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo (Calif.) and 38 years’ experience providing metallurgical, welding, and corrosion engineering support for natural gas pipelines, oil & gas production, and the geothermal energy production industry.

Before joining the staff of DNV GL, Bill was an Associate with the Pipeline Services Group of Structural Integrity, Sr. Research Engineer at Unocal’s Science and Technology Division, and Principal Engineer in Southern California Gas Company’s Pipeline Integrity Management Dept. Bill has managed a variety of research projects for Pipeline Research Council International, (PRCI), and served as Chairman of Research emphasis areas related to degradation and assessment of early generation pipelines and welding on in-service pipelines.

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Venue:   Long Beach, CA