• February 23, 2021
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Bill Amend will present Options for Nondestructive In-Situ Determination of Pipe Properties as a webinar on February 23, 2021,
at 1:30 p.m CST

Course Description

Pipeline records are sometimes incomplete. Manufacturer test reports may be present for most of the pipeline components, but it is not uncommon for excavations to reveal a segment of pipe that appears to be different from adjoining pipe or that is inconsistent with the records. Determining the mechanical properties is key. The technologies for estimating or confirming mechanical properties continue to evolve, providing pipeline operators with options for measuring properties nondestructively in the field.

This three-hour webinar will introduce participants to the various methods, ranging from simple to complex and from easy “do-it-yourself” options to more technically sophisticated methods normally provided via service providers.  Nondestructive measurement of yield strength, ultimate tensile strength, toughness, and chemical composition will be discussed.  Participants will learn how measurements of hardness, steel composition, and microstructural features can be used alone or in combination with various algorithms to estimate those properties.  Participants will also be introduced to test methods that more directly provide estimates of strength, such as instrumented indentation techniques and other proprietary methods. Methods that provide “lower bound” estimates of properties versus methods that provide estimates of the actual properties will be compared.  This webinar will also provide guidance on where participants can get additional information for more detailed study.

Course Notes and Self-Assessment Quiz
Certificate of completion awarding 3 PDHs

“Bill was excellent at the delivery of the presentation material.”
“He seemed very knowledgeable on the subject matter and presented it in a well-outlined manner for audience digestion.”
“Great understanding of the material Also a good basic resource for the tools and methodologies of gathering pipeline material properties.”
“Very well presented material, well organized.”
“Enjoyed the presentation, technical details, and valuable information shared about the various studies done to validate test methods.”
“Great job.”
“Well organized presentation and a lot of great information in a relatively short amount of time.”
100% of evaluation respondents voted they would recommend this training to a colleague within or outside of their company.

Instructor Bio

Bill Amend, P.E
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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