• Central Daylight Time
    October 4, 2022
    8:30 am - 12:45 pm
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Bill Amend, P.E. will present, “Pipeline Flaws and Degradation” on October 4, 2022


Course Description

This 4.25 hour webinar is intended for those who need familiarization with the range of typical manufacturing flaws, fabrication flaws, and forms of in-service degradation found in pipelines.  Knowing the specific types of vulnerabilities can guide determination of where to inspect and what data to collect.  The presentation will be supplemented with other publicly available reference materials and a list of other related resource materials available from the respective publishers.

  1. An introduction to flaws and causes of pipeline failure. Do all flaws of the same size have the same effect on long-term integrity of the pipeline?
    Flaws vs. defects. The influence of service conditions on long-term flaw stability.
  2. Flaws resulting from contemporary and early vintage field welding and other field fabrication methods; API and ASME standards as references
  3. Going beyond measurement of thickness change: Identifying and characterizing degradation resulting from various in-service conditions (external corrosion, internal corrosion, mechanical damage from impact, damage from ground deformation, SCC, erosion)
  4. An introduction to historical and current API 5L requirements related to pipe dimensions, marking, and workmanship: when is an imperfection not a defect? Using the right benchmark for judging acceptability of imperfections.


Certificate of completion with 4 PDHs
Course notes with Self-Assessment Quiz


This webinar receives a 5.0- star out of 5.0-star rating!
“The instructor conveyed the class and content with great knowledge and professionalism.”
“Great course – lots of examples and discussion of root causes.”
“Excellent he kept it interesting and active.”
“He is very experienced and he conveys the message on each page of the slides perfectly.”
“I really enjoyed the amount of visuals. I think the pace was perfect as well.”
“Very informative and great examples provided.”

Instructor Bio:

Bill Amend, P.E
Technical Advisor
Pipeline Integrity, Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Selection, Welding Engineer
RSI Pipeline Solutions

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 Technical Advisor at RSI Pipeline Solutions. 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, 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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