• September 14, 2021
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Robert Barbeauld will present “Pressure Test Planning” as a live webinar on September 14, 2021.


This course is designed to provide project managers and inspectors an introduction to pressure testing pipelines and facilities.  It will cover what is required by regulations, what will be required of themselves, and what they should expect from the testing contractor.  The course covers the planning of a pressure test all the way through to the records needed to be retained.  Both 49 CFR 192 and 195 requirements are covered.  Practical guidance is provided to the attendees for them to use in determining the acceptability of a pressure test.  Attendees will also be exposed to safety considerations for pressure testing and additional precautions should the test medium not be liquid. The class will provide the attendee’s confidence to plan and oversee the performance of pressure testing and ensure they will meet all regulatory requirements.

Course Description 

  • Reason for the Hydrotest
    • Post Construction
    • Integrity Assessment
    • Tightness (Leak) Test
  • Regulatory Requirements and Industry Guidance
    • DOT 49 CFR 195/192
    • B31.4/B31.8
    • Data Retention Requirements
  • Test Details
    • Segmentation of Test Section
    • Test Duration – Before and During Test
    • Test Pressure
  • Test Safety
    • Company and Contractor Personnel
    • Public and Environment
  • Test Contractor Selection and Expectations
    • Clear expectations of Contractor performing the test
    • Contractor expectations of the owner/operator


Course notes 
Certificate of Completion awarding 3 PDHs


“Instructor did a very nice job.”
“I really appreciated the course. I gained knowledge about what is considered a successful pressure test and how to plan for a successful pressure test. I think the instructor did an excellent job answering questions that came up during the course and giving his own real-life examples showing which specific things are important.”
“Good presentation and lots of interesting information/topics.”
“Instructor was extremely knowledgeable in information and questions brought up by the attendees.”
“He was clearly experienced and knowledgeable.”
“ Instructor was extremely knowledgeable in information and questions brought up by the attendees.”
“Very knowledgeable, presented the information very well; provided excellent answers to questions.”
“Great seminar!”
“Great insight on pressure tests!”
“Great course.”
“I really appreciated this class.”
“Very knowledgeable, answered all questions clearly and knew the material very well.”
“Rob did a GREAT job!”
“Great job. Rob was very knowledgeable, and his voice was great for the presentation. Allowed feedback and I liked that he covered regulatory requirements.”

100% of respondents would recommend this webinar to colleagues within and outside of their company.

Instructor Bio

Mr. Barbeauld, Principal Engineer within the Integrity Solutions group within the Pipeline Services Department of DNV USA, Inc. 

Prior to joining DNV, Mr. Barbeauld spent over 30 years at Colonial Pipeline Company.  Mr. Barbeauld holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering received from the Georgia Institute for Technology in 1985.

Mr. Barbeauld retired from Colonial Pipeline Company as Vice President of Technical Services.  During his time at Colonial he held positions in the Engineering Department, led a Projects group responsible for integrity management and pipeline maintenance, served as an Engineering Manager on a pipeline expansion project and a major multiple facility retrofit project, led the Engineering department, served in Operations in both Management and Leadership levels, and led the Technical Services department.

During his career, Mr. Barbeauld had the opportunity to plan, conduct, and evaluate multiple hydrostatic pressure tests of pipelines and facility piping.  He also played a key role in evaluating and documenting all existing hydrostatic pressure test records for all Colonial’s pipelines to provide the necessary MAOP validation.

Since joining DNV, Mr. Barbeauld has had the opportunity to participate in Integrity Management Plan updates/modifications for both liquid and gas pipeline operators, assist in a regulatory review of pipeline and facility conversion projects, review and revise Engineering Standards and specifications, and review and determine regulatory compliance for potential pipeline acquisitions.  He also serves as an operational and technical resource to DNV GL’s litigation support team.

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