• March 31, 2021
    9:00 am - 11:30 am
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Jerry Rau will present “Pipeline Failures: Investigation and Analysis” as a webinar on March 31, 2021.
This training has the minimum required to hold the class. Further information to be provided upon registration.

An overview of the practices and processes to investigate a pipeline failure and determine its root causes and methods to prevent re-occurrence.  This course is a brief introduction but will be useful to pipeline engineers, supervisors, or managers who have the responsibility to respond to pipeline incidents. We will provide an understanding of how to preserve evidence, basic failure investigation techniques, and the means of determining root causes.

The course goes over how failure investigation and analysis is a key component of Process Safety Management and Integrity Management and provides a description of the generic processes used and how to implement the processes to verify lessons learned and aid in continual improvement.

What this course is not:

  1. How to perform a forensic investigation
  2. How to catalog or collect evidence

Course Outline

  1. Course Objectives
    1. Failure investigation and analysis is a key component of your Quality Management System and its relationship to PSM and IM
    2. A description of the generic processes used will be presented.
    3. The methodology to implement the processes to verify lessons learned and aide in continual improvement will be provided
  2. What you will know and be able to do at the end of your learning
    1. Understand why failure investigation is a key component of an Integrity Management Program
    2. Utilize the key elements of a failure investigation process to understand the nature and consequence of a failure and help to prevent its reoccurrence
    3. Integrate lessons learned into execution and continual improvement of your Integrity Management program requirements into the process safety management system
  3. Background and Definitions
  4. What is an Event? – Is it reportable?
  5. Investigation Approach & Methodology
  6. Forensic Investigation
  7. Regulatory Impacts
  8. Lessons Learned
  9. The final report and return to service plan
  10. MOC and Change Implementation /Communication


2.5 PDHs with Certificate of completion
Course notes


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Instructor Bio

  • Jerry F. Rau, COO and Chief Engineer, JTrain, Inc.
  • Director Interstate Pipeline Integrity and Corrosion Services Panhandle Eastern/Energy Transfer (Retd.)
  • Bachelor of Science-Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Marquette University (1974)
  • Member of National Association of Corrosion Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers

40 years of experience in energy-related businesses, primarily oil and gas production and natural gas transmission.

  • Have been heavily involved in the development of corrosion control and integrity management industry standards and have directed research activities for the pipeline industry
  • Experienced in onshore and offshore corrosion control disciplines for both structural reliability and failure avoidance
  • Developed and implemented threat assessment and risk management programs
  • Authored papers and made numerous presentations to industry associations on corrosion control and integrity management
  • Currently provide consultancy in corrosion control, integrity management and regulatory compliance
  • Chaired various committees of PRCI related to Corrosion, Integrity Management and In-Line Inspection




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