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Pipeline Rules of Thumb: a Manual of Quick, Accurate Solutions to Everyday Pipeline Engineering Problems

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About the course

This course is a quick reference for day-to-day pipeline operations. For more than 35 years, the Pipeline Rules of Thumb has served as the "go-to" reference for solving even the most day-to-day vexing pipeline workflow problems. Along with over 30% new or updated material regarding codes, construction processes, and equipment, this course continues to offer hundreds of "how-to" methods and handy formulas for pipeline construction, design, and engineering and features a multitude of calculations to assist in problem solving, directly applying the rules and equations for specific design and operating conditions to illustrate correct application, all in one convenient reference.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the overview of pipeline, construction and design
  • Discuss the methods of hydrostatic testing, pipeline drying, control valves, sizing valves, corrosion and coatings
  • Enumerate types of gas that includes gas general, gas compression, gas hydraulics as well as liquid general and hydraulics
  • Explain the functions of pumps and the importance of measurement, instrumentation and leak detection
  • Apply economics by using the concepts, formulas and conversion factors

Day 1

Overview of Pipeline:

  • Cables and Ropes
  • Belts and Shafts
  • Miscellaneous
  • Pipeline Pigging


  • Project Scoping Data
  • Right-of-Way
  • Ditching
  • Concrete Work
  • Pipe Laying
  • Pipe Lowering
  • Welding
  • Pipeline Welding

Pipeline Design

Electrical Design

  • Floodlighting Concepts

Day 2

Hydrostatic Testing:

  • The Benefits and Limitations of Hydrostatic Testing

Pipeline Drying:

  • Pipeline Dewatering
  • Cleaning
  • Drying

Control Valves:

  • Relief Valve Sizing, Selection, Installation and Testing

Sizing Valves for Gas and Vapor


  • Advances in Pipeline Protection
  • Induced AC Voltages on Pipelines may present a Serious Hazard
  • Measuring Unwanted Alternating Current in Pipe

Day 3

Gas General:

  • Considerations for Selecting Energy Measurement Equipment

Gas Compression:

  • Centrifugal Compressor Data

Gas Hydraulics

Liquids General/Hydraulics:

  • Marine Hose Data
  • Pressure Loss through Valves and Fittings


  • Pulsation Control for Reciprocating Pumps
  • Key Centrifugal Pump Parameters and How They Impact your Applications

Day 4


  • Gas Measurement


  • Developments in Pipeline Instrumentation
  • Choosing the Right Technology for Integrated SCADA Communications

Leak Detection



Day 5


  • Time Value of Money Concepts and Formulas
  • Decision and Evaluation Criteria for Investments and Financial Projects
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Decision Tree Analysis of Investments and Financial Projects
  • Accounting Fundamentals

Rehabilitation-Risk Evaluation

Conversion Factors

Who should attend

This course is intended for pipeline engineers, contractors and/or designer faces.

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