• May 25, 2021
    9:00 am - 12:15 pm
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Bill Amend will present “ERW Pipe: History, Metallurgy and Integrity Management Issues” as a webinar on May 25, 2021.

This training has the minimum required to hold the class. Further information to be provided upon registration.

This course is built from excerpts taken from multiple other webinars, including Introduction to Pipeline Steels, Pipeline Flaws and Degradation, In-situ Determination of Pipe Properties, and Vintage Pipe, but the focus is entirely on ERW pipe, plus, additional details not covered in the other webinars are also included in this webinar.  If your pipeline system includes significant mileage of ERW pipe or you have any role in the procurement, inspection and/or integrity management of ERW pipe this is the webinar you need.  The covered topics will include the following:

  • How is ERW made? Historical and modern processes
  • Identifying ERW in the field (seamless v. ERW, finding the fusion line, unique visible features)
  • Measuring the properties of ERW seams in the lab (destructively) and in the field (nondestructively). Evaluating MTRs for ERW.
  • ERW manufacturing flaws; How to find them and assessing the significance of detected flaws.  Historical safety performance of ERW
  • Repair options for ERW seams
  • Comparing manufacturing standards applicable to ERW (API PSL 1 and PSL 2, ASTM)
  • What the federal pipeline safety regs say specifically about ERW
  • Reports and other resources for understanding ERW pipe integrity issues and typical ERW properties

Course Notes
Certificate of Completion Awarding 3 PDHs

“Great job, you were well informed  but easy to follow as well.”
“I think the topics covered were good. I like the graphic that showed what other courses this material interacts with. Well Done!”

Instructor Bio

Bill Amend
Principal Engineer, DNV GL
Pipeline Integrity, Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Selection, Welding Engineer

Bill Amend has 41 years of experience performing pipeline integrity management, failure analysis, metallurgical engineering, and welding engineering services. His background includes 26 years working for pipeline operators (Unocal and Southern California Gas Co.)  before working for engineering services providers. He is currently Principal Engineer at DNV GL. He is a co-author of the ASME report CRTD Vol. 91 regarding field measurement of hardness to determine the lower bound yield strength of pipe and has managed and conducted various research projects for ASME, DNV GL, NYSEARCH and PRCI addressing the continued development and validation of methods for nondestructive determination of pipe properties, chemical analysis of steel, tensile testing, and characteristics of early vintage pipeline girth welds.  He is a registered professional Metallurgical Engineer in California and graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO).

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