• Central Daylight Time
    March 29, 2023
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Register$600.00 (USD)  

“RSTRENG and Defect Assessment”

This class will be held at the PRCI- Technology Development Center located at 6410-J Langfield Road | Houston, TX USA 77092.

Lunch will be provided.

Joe Pikas will present “RSTRENG and Defect Assessment”.

Course Description

In 1999, PHMSA issued the final Operator Qualification (OQ) rule enhancing training requirements for pipeline operators. The rule, which was adopted into the Code of Federal Regulations under Subpart N in 49 CFR Part 192 and Subpart G in 49 CFR Part 195, requires pipeline operators to document that certain employees have been adequately trained to recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions (AOCs) that may occur while performing specific tasks.

Specific tasks include recognizing pipeline AOCs such as weld, material, cracking, corrosion that require training and certification for assessment of these defects. Technical Toolboxes offers training in the recognition of these defects, in-depth assessment as well as certification in the assessment (RSTRENG) of corrosion defects to meet your OQ requirements. Engineers, Technicians and Managers who have been trained and have demonstrated a sufficient understanding in the use of the RSTRENG calculations as required in 192 and 195 to assess corrosion by both written and a practical examination will receive their certification and education units.

Course Outline

Defect Assessment

  • Introduction to Pipe Defects
  • Site Analysis and Documentation
  • Holidays and Defects
  • Identify & Classify Corrosion and Other Indications
  • Prioritization of Indications
  • Dig Examinations
  • Analysis and Report Results
  • Post Assessment
  • Mitigation
  • Industry Standards (ASME/API/NACE)

Evaluating Corroded Pipe Using RSTRENG

  • G, Modified B31.G, and RSTRENG
  • Finding and Measuring the Corrosion
    • Tools
    • Gridding
    • Interaction Rules
  • Level 1 and Level 2 Evaluations
    • ASME B31G and Modified MAOP
    • RSTRENG+
    • Limitations
    • Calculations
    • Updating Files


  • Introduction to Pit Gauges to Measure Pitting on Various Samples (Video)
  • Running Pitting Calculations on RSTRENG HUB
    • Producing Files and Reports
    • E-mail Report to Instructor


  • Knowledge Exam and a short homework assignment in lieu of the practical (classroom) component for the Level 1 Certification
  • E-mail Test to Instructor


  • Level 1 Certification of Completion (upon completion of knowledge exam) and 7 PDHs OR
  • Certificate of Completion with 7 PDHs (without completion of Level 1 Certification knowledge exam)
  • Course notes provided electronically
  • 7-day software access to RSTRENG+

Instructor Bio

Joe Pikas is a consultant for Technical Toolboxes with more than 50 years of experience in pipeline construction, operations, corrosion control design, and implementation, including pipeline engineering management. He is an expert in pipeline integrity management, risk management, coating materials selection, cathodic protection design, and testing, and internal and external pipeline corrosion control.

In 2009, he was awarded the NACE Distinguished Service Award and received an industry award in 2002 from AGA, GTI, INGAA, NACE, OPS, and PRCI International. Also, he has contributed over 50 papers to industry trade magazines, NACE, SSPC, and other publications and conferences.

Read more about Joe Pikas by viewing his instructor bio page.


“He was clear and explicit.”
“Great class that I would highly recommend!”
“I enjoyed your class on Tuesday and found it very informative. This was my first exposure to RSTRENG and I found your presentation well put together and helpful, I also enjoyed the stories you added along the way.”
“Very good discussion and overview of pipeline defects analysis.”
“Thank you for putting on this class. It was informational and I felt I learned things that I will be able to apply to what I do.”
“Thank you very much for your teaching and we learned a lot!”
“Thank you for your effort in putting on the course yesterday – you certainly have a broad, thorough experience in pipeline integrity.”
“The instructor was very informative and provided “real-world” experience and application. Very knowledgeable on the subject.”
“Thank you Joe and Hafsa! Great organization and course put up. Thank you.”
“Great training.”
“Joe Pikas is a great instructor for the course and has lived what he teaches.”
“Joe did a great job.”
“Very knowledgeable with lots of examples.”
“Joe is very informative and takes time to answer questions in-depth, which was wonderful.”
“Joe Pikas did a phenomenal job presenting the RSTRENG class material in a straight-forward and easy to understand manner.”
“Joe was an excellent broad-based foundational Pl presenter.”
“I enjoyed the instructor’s energy and technical knowledge.”
“Great knowledge and real world experience! Awesome Job.”
“He provided good examples from industry and significant details.”
“Joe was very knowledgeable and I appreciated his stories regarding things he has actually seen in the field.”
“Very knowledgeable and had experience with performing the calculations.”
“Great class.”
“Well put together presentation!”
“Extremely well done presentation on the material given!”

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Venue Phone: (713) 630-0505

Venue Website:

6410-J Langfield Road, Houston, Texas, 77092, United States


PRCI- Technology Development Center

6410-J Langfield Road
Houston, Texas, 77092
United States
Phone: (281) 846-7576

Training Department Contact

Email: lsamuel@technicaltoolboxes.com
Phone: (713) 630-0505 ext 214
Fax: (713) 630-0560