• Central Daylight Time
    January 24, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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“Pipeline Flaws and Degradation”

Course Description

This course 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.

Course Outline

Introduction to Pipeline Flaws

What is “acceptable?” What is a defect?

Pipeline manufacturing flaws

Pipeline welding features and flaws

In-service degradation

  • Fatigue cracking
  • Stress corrosion cracking (SCC)
  • Mechanical damage
  • Corrosion


  • Certificate of completion with 4 PDHs
  • Course notes provided electronically

Instructor Bio

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).


“The instructor conveyed the class and content with great knowledge and professionalism.”
“Always enjoy Bill’s presentations.”
“Great course – lots of examples and discussion of root causes.”
“Excellent he kept it interesting and active.”
“Very knowledgeable – Please stay semi-retired to share all that info for years to come.”
“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.”

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