Pipeline Integrity
System (PIMS)

Course Overview

The pipeline is the long-distance transportation of a liquid or gas through a system of pipes typically to a market area for consumption. The latest data from 2014 gives a total of slightly less than 2,175,000 miles (3,500,000 km) of pipeline in 120 countries of the world (see below map). Mentioned length is only for transportation pipelines, the product lines and field lines are more than 20 million kilometres in the world.

One of the safest methods for transporting liquid and gas is the pipeline and all pipelines must be controlled under safe operating conditions. In addition, all pipelines need maintenance and repair, and repair planning is a big challenge for pipeline operators. For detailed planning of maintenance and repair activities, the pipeline operators and contractors should train their staff for pipeline integrity.

Also, due to the recent increasing the safety requirement and also the commercial risk in the world trade market, most pipeline operators have been interested to train their staff for pipeline integrity management programs. The pipeline integrity management system or PIMS can provide a systematic approach for managing pipelines safety.

In this regard, some main standards and regulations have developed in the last 20 years, the famous ones are including ASME B31.8S a, API 1160, and ISO 19345 that all of them show the necessity and importance and demand to PIMS in pipelines.

Who should attend


  • Inspectors, who know about survey tools, defects, and how to prepare the suitable reports
  • Engineers, who know about the pipeline survey methods, defect assessment, and inspection planning 
  • Managers, who know the pipeline risk evaluation and maintenance planning.

What make it different

The nucleation and basic thought of this course has been started for the essential needs of industries for a comprehensive course that collected all requirements for specially inspection the oil refinery plants.

There are many standards courses for inspections, repair, NDT, damage mechanism, API codes, fitness for service assessments and many other standard courses, these courses are general and doesn’t refer to specific industry at all, in the proposed course the oil refinery units is the focal point.

It is expected that the candidates be capable of analysing and implementing the concept of the PIMS


  • Capability to analyse the pipeline treats 
  • Capability to evaluation the remaining life and risk assessment
  • Capability to perform the inspection and inspection planning for the safe operation of the pipeline.

Understanding the philosophy of pipeline integrity management

Familiarization with pipeline defects and deteriorations

Understanding the active damage mechanism and reason for inspection.

Familiarization with tools and methodologies for the operation of the pipeline in safe condition wit

Minimize the unpredicted shutdowns and increase the reliability of operation

Optimized the maintenance cost by the selection of a smart inspection plan

30 Hour course with a 2-hour exam

The exam will be conducted in two parts

closed- book  (theory) and open-book (case study)

The course is including theory and practical sections

The practical part will be conducted by the designed  case studies to increase the ability of candidates to  assess the pipelines in real condition 

Introduction to oil refinery process

Materials used in oil refineries

Active damage mechanisms in oil refineries

Design and fabrication

Inspection planning and execution

Assessment of inspection result