• June 5, 2019 - June 6, 2019
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Joe Pikas will present “RSTRENG & Pipeline Defect Assessment” on June 5 and 6, 2019, in Houston, TX. Training ends at 12pm on the second day.

*this course has met the class minimum and is finalized to proceed

This training program is an extensive and dynamic one and one half day (1.5 day) course that covers:

  • Understanding and recognizing pipe defects
  • Flaw detection
  • Measurement corrosion features/defects
  • Analysis of corrosion features and feature identification
  • Data features for post processing and reporting
    • ASME B31.G, ASME B31.G Modified and RSTRENG+ for corrosion

Students will receive:
–Trial of RSTRENG software
–Course notes in paper and flash drive format
–Certificate of Completion awarding 12 PDHs

This training program is for certification, training, and  testing of individuals seeking technical certification for corrosion assessment. In addition, dents, gouges, weld anomalies  and related pipe and vessel defects will be covered for assessment and analysis.
Written Examination Required
Practical Examination Required
A Level 1 practical examination consists of the following two (2) types of defects to be analyzed:
—–Corrosion assessment on multiple pipe samples using B31.G, Modified B31.G and RSTRENG analysis with report and spreadsheet.
—– Dent assessment with ASME B31.8 and Modified B31.8 analysis .
—– Gouge analysis with ASME B31.3 and ASME B31.8 analysis

–Introduction to Pipe Defects
–Field Verification
–Site Analysis and Documentation
–Locate & Define Defects
–Coating Holidays
–Corrosion Mapping Tools
–Identify & Classify Corrosion and Other Indications
–Prioritization of Indications
–Dig Examinations
–Analysis and Report Results
–Post Assessment
–Metallurgy Introduction
-Intro to PL Metallurgy
–Steel Composition
–Pipe Manufacturing
–Types of Pipe
-Why Pipelines Fail
–What Flaws Impact the Pipeline
-Time Dependent
-Time Independent
–What Data is Required for Assessment
-Establishing MAOP
-Identify Risk Factors
–Flaw Acceptability
-Corrosion Assessment
–RSTRENG+, ASME B31.G, Modified ASME B31.G
–Repair Methods
-Composite and Metallic Sleeves
–Type A & B
-Pressure Reduction

Day 2
–Understanding Barlow’s Formula
–Data Input Requirements
–Exporting from Excel or other tools
–Corrosion analysis
1. ASME B31.G – Level 1
2. ASME Modified B31.G – Level 1
3. RSTRENG – Level 2
–Practical Examination
Corrosion defects to be analyzed
–Corrosion assessment on pipe samples using B31.G, Modified B31.G and RSTRENG analysis with report and spreadsheet.
–Written Examination
–Review Test Results

“Very interesting. Most of the course directly related to work that I am currently working on.”
“Excellent insight into the industry and methods used.”
“Joe is passionate about the subject and so was able to keep us engaged.”
“3D models for measuring were great and presentation was through.”
The handouts are “a great guide and reference tool for the future.”

The Instructor:
Joe Pikas has more than 50 years of experience in cathodic protection, above and underground coatings, and corrosion control design and implementation which includes project engineering management. He is an expert in pipeline integrity management, risk management, coating materials selection, cathodic protection design and testing, and pipeline internal and external 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 many papers for industry trade magazines, NACE and SSPC publications and conferences.


  • NACE Distinguished Service Award for 2009.
  • Received industry award in 2002 with the Utmost Respect and Gratitude from AGA, GTI, INGAA, NACE, OPS, and PRCI International.
  • Received Long Neck Award from Big Inch Marine in the research and development for pre-fabricated isolating flanges.
  • Received Brandon Award for Outstanding Service from the Coating Society of the Houston Area
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Venue:   Hampton Inn Houston-Near The Galleria

Venue Phone: 713-871-9911

Venue Website:

4500 Post Oak Pkwy, Houston, Texas, 77027, United States


Technical Toolboxes has a corporate rate at this hotel. Once you register for the course, you will be sent instructions on how to book with the corporate rate.

Experience the comforts of home at the Hampton Inn Houston-Near The Galleria. Set in the charming Uptown Park district, this hotel near the Galleria in Houston was fully renovated November 2015 and is surrounded by shopping and dining.

Treat clients or your significant other to an exceptional Houston Galleria area hotel stay and explore nearby attractions, including Reliant Park, downtown Houston, Texas Medical Center and George R. Brown Convention Center. Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center, Rice University, Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum, Museum District and Hermann Park are also nearby.

Included in Every Stay

  • Hampton’s free hot breakfast
  • Clean and fresh Hampton bed®
  • Free WiFi throughout the hotel
  • Gym/fitness center use