• May 13, 2020
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Joe Pikas will present this 1-day RSTRENG/Defect Assessment Training  as a live webinar on May 13  2020 


In 1999, PHMSA issued the final Operator Qualification (OQ) rule enhancing training requirements for pipeline operators. The rule, which was adopted into the Code of Federal Regulations under Subpart N in 49 CFR Part 192 and Subpart G in 49 CFR Part 195, requires pipeline operators to document that certain employees have been adequately trained to recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions (AOCs) that may occur while performing specific tasks.

Specific tasks include recognizing pipeline AOCs such as weld, material, cracking, corrosion that require training and certification for assessment of these defects. Technical Toolboxes offers training in the recognition of these defects, in depth assessment as well as certification in the assessment (RSTRENG) of corrosion defects to meet your OQ requirements. Engineers, Technicians and Managers who have been trained and have demonstrated a sufficient understanding in the use of the RSTRENG calculations as required in 192 and 195 to assess corrosion by both written and a practical examination will receive their certification and education units.

PDHs Available

8 PDHs available with Certificate of Completion

Course Outline

Introduction of Participants (8:00 AM to 8:05 AM)

RSTRENG HUB (8:05 AM to 8:30 AM)
• Introduction to RSTRENG HUB
• Setup & Review of Program

Defect Assessment (8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon with 10 Minute Break at 10:00 AM)
• Introduction to Pipe Defects
• Site Analysis and Documentation
• Holidays and Defects
• Identify & Classify Corrosion and Other Indications
• Prioritization of Indications
• Dig Examinations
• Analysis and Report Results
• Post Assessment
• Mitigation
• Industry Standards (ASME/API/NACE)

Lunch (12 Noon to 1 PM)

Evaluating Corroded Pipe Using RSTRENG (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)
• B31.G, Modified B31.G and RSTRENG
• B31.G, Modified B31.G and RSTRENG Background
• Finding and Measuring the Corrosion
o Tools
o Gridding
o Interaction Rules
• Level 1 and Level 2 Evaluations
o ASME B31G and Modified MAOP
o Limitations
o Calculations
o Updating Files
Break (2:30 PM to 2:45 PM)

Practical (2:45 PM to 4:00 PM)
• Introduction to Pit Gauges to Measure Pitting to Measure Various Samples (Video)
• Running Pitting Calculations on RSTRENG HUB
o Producing Files and Reports
o E-mail Report to Instructor

Test (4:00 PM to 4:30 PM)
• Knowledge Exam
• E-mail Test to Instructor

Questions (4:30 PM to 5:00 PM)


“I enjoyed your class on Tuesday and found it very informative. This was my first exposure to RSTRENG and I found your presentation well put together and helpful, I also enjoyed the stories you added along the way.”I enjoyed the class yesterday!
“Very good discussion and overview of pipeline defects analysis.”
“Thank you for putting on this class. It was informational and I felt I learned things that I will be able to apply to what I do.”
“Thank you very much for your teaching and we learned a lot!”
“Thank you for your effort in putting on the course yesterday – you certainly have a broad, thorough experience in pipeline integrity.”


Joe Pikas is a consultant for Technical Toolboxes with more than 50 years of experience in pipeline construction, operations, corrosion control design, and implementation, including pipeline engineering management. He is an expert in pipeline integrity management, risk management, coating materials selection, cathodic protection design, and testing, and internal and external pipeline corrosion control.

In 2009, he was awarded the NACE Distinguished Service Award and received an industry award in 2002 from AGA, GTI, INGAA, NACE, OPS, and PRCI International. Also, he has contributed over 50 papers yo industry trade magazines, NACE, SSPC, and other publications and conferences.

Read more about Joe Pikas by viewing his instructor bio page.

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