COURSE LISTINGS


FUNDAMENTALS

An introductory course in the fundamentals of corrosion and pipeline corrosion control, to help persons with little or no experience in the field understand why underground pipeline corrosion control is so important. Topics include basic corrosion, coatings, cathodic protection and potential measurements.

Students are encouraged to take the complete Fundamentals Course and return the following year for the Basic Course. Students should bring a calculator to class.

Prerequisite: None.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

FUNDAMENTALS OF CORROSION MATHEMATICS AND ELECTRICITY

Fundamental approach to mathematic equations and formulas widely used in the corrosion industry. Topics covered include: common factors, Ohm's Law, electrical circuits, rectifier efficiency, and conversions of temperature and length.

PIPELINE LOCATING

Fundamental introduction to the workings of a pipeline locator and correct pipeline location methods.

FUNDAMENTALS OF CORROSION

Fundamental introduction to the theory behind the corrosion process. Basic corrosion processes and practical applications of corrosion control methods are discussed.

INTRODUCTION TO CATHODIC PROTECTION

Fundamental introduction to the theory of cathodic protection as it relates to underground pipeline corrosion control.

PIPELINE ELECTRICAL ISOLATION METHODS

Fundamental introduction to the theory and practice of electrical isolation methods.

FUNDAMENTAL INTRODUCTION TO PIPELINE COATINGS

Introduction to pipeline coatings and proper application methods used in pipeline corrosion control.

FUNDAMENTALS OF RECTIFIER MONITORING

General overview of the basic components of rectifiers and how they work. DOT requirements regarding rectifier inspections are also introduced.

INTRODUCTION TO PIPE-TO-SOIL POTENTIAL MEASUREMENTS

Thorough overview of equipment and field problems, as well as common mistakes made when taking cathodic protection (potential) measurements.

OUTDOOR CLINIC

Practical hands-on lessons using instruments of the trade.

FUNDAMENTALS VOLUNTARY TEST

For students interested in receiving a certificate of achievement, to acknowledge their completion and passing of the Fundamentals Course.


BASIC

An introductory course in the fundamentals of corrosion and pipeline corrosion control, to help persons with 1 to 2 years of corrosion experience understand the basic fundamentals of electricity, galvanic and stray current, corrosion control methods, and field testing procedures. The course is designed to provide students with a technical foundation on which to build their corrosion expertise.

Two sections of the Basic Course are offered, taught simultaneously in two different classrooms by instructors utilizing a professionally prepared lesson plan. Students are encouraged to take the complete Basic Course and return the following year for the Intermediate Course.

Prerequisite: 1 to 2 years of corrosion experience and/or completion of the Fundamentals Course.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

BASIC ELECTRICITY

A basic discussion of the types of electricity encountered in corrosion control work

CORROSION FUNDAMENTALS

A discussion and demonstration of how corrosion works, as well as the various forms of galvanic corrosion and how they apply to the corrosion of underground structures.

POTENTIAL MEASUREMENTS

An introduction to the basic components needed to obtain potential measurements, with an emphasis on care and proper procedures. Instrumentation, instrumentation requirements, reference electrodes, potential measurements, potential measurement techniques, polarization effects, criteria for cathodic protection and monitoring of cathodic protection systems are also discussed.

RESISTANCE MEASUREMENTS

Topics covered: measurement of simple, isolated resistances (e.g. resistors, shunts, and bonds); non-isolated resistances (e.g. pip-to-casing, insulated joints, anodes or groundbed-to-earth, and pipeline-to-earth); and soil resistivity.

CURRENT FLOW MEASUREMENTS

Topics covered: measurements required to determine the current flowing on pipelines or piping in industrial applications or on other long metallic structures when an ammeter cannot be inserted into the circuit in the conventional manner; the application of these techniques to pipeline currents surveys and the use of zero-resistance ammeters.

RECORD KEEPING

Topics covered: the importance of record keeping with an emphasis on the general characteristics of records; various types of records and reports and their relative importance to government regulating agencies; and the advantages and uses of computerized records and manual field data records.

BASIC VOLUNTARY TEST

For students interested in receiving a certificate of achievement, to acknowledge their completion and passing of the Basic Course.


INTERMEDIATE

This course presents subjects to advance the training of persons who already have an understanding of corrosion basics, to help them understand fundamental cathodic protection, installation procedures, and techniques, as well as gain knowledge of how to initiate appropriate procedures in construction, operation, and maintenance of corrosion control systems. Practical classes such as criteria for cathodic protection, impressed current interference, and rectifier maintenance are offered.

Two sections of the Intermediate Course are offered, taught simultaneously in two different classrooms by instructors utilizing a professionally prepared lesson plan. Students are encouraged to take the complete Intermediate Course and return the following year for the Advanced Course.

Prerequisite: 3 to 4 years of corrosion experience and/or completion of the Basic Course.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

CORROSION CELLS IN ACTION

A demonstration of electrical correction reactions using transparent cells in an optical projector.

INSTALLATION OF GALVANIC ANODES

The course will provide an overview of galvanic corrosion and the concept of providing cathodic protection of underground pipelines through the use of galvanic anodes. The course will describe the different types of galvanic anodes that are available, their chemistry, properties, and advantages and disadvantages. We will also discuss typical methods of installing the anodes.

INSTALLATION OF IMPRESSED CURRENT CATHODIC PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Construction practices and typical installations of various types of impressed current anode beds.

CRITERIA FOR CATHODIC PROTECTION

The generally accepted criteria of cathodic protection and their common usage.

CORROSION CONTROL FOR PIPELINES

Various corrosion control measures necessary during the installation of pipelines.

STATIC/STRAY CURRENT INTERFERENCE TESTING

Fundamentals of predicting, identifying and mitigating static stray current interference.

TROUBLESHOOTING CATHODIC PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Techniques used for making electrical measurements to locate problem areas on cathodic protection systems and the use of electrical network constraints.

RECTIFIER MAINTENANCE

Basic parts, function and maintenance of rectifiers.

INTERMEDIATE VOLUNTARY TEST

For students interested in receiving a certificate of achievement to acknowledge their completion and passing of the Intermediate Course.


ADVANCED

This course covers a combination of theory and practical information presented on an engineering or advanced technician level, to help round out the education of experienced personnel with over 4 years of corrosion experience. The course is designed to help students understand, analyze, and develop corrosion control design, installation, and problem-solving techniques.

The Advanced Course is taught by an instructor teaching from a professionally prepared lesson plan.

Prerequisite: For persons with over 4 years of corrosion experience and/or completion of the Intermediate Course.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

PIPE-TO-SOIL POTENTIAL SURVEYS AND ANALYSIS

Use of pipe-to-soil potential measurements for analyzing underground corrosion and the effectiveness of cathodic protection systems.

MATERIALS FOR CATHODIC PROTECTION

Specialized materials required and various types available for cathodic protection.

DYNAMIC STRAY CURRENT ANALYSIS

The use of voltage and current flow correlations to aid in the analysis of stray current effects: spliced applications to long pipe-type electric cables.

DESIGN OF IMPRESSED CURRENT CATHODIC PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Different types of impressed current cathodic protection systems for underground structures; their design, installation and testing.

DESIGN OF GALVANIC CATHODIC PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Variables affecting design of galvanic cathodic protection systems, methods of tests for sizing anodes and predicting life, and specifications of the galvanic system.

ADVANCED VOLUNTARY TEST

For students interested in receiving a certificate of achievement to acknowledge their completion and passing of the Advanced Course.


COATINGS

This course covers specific information on fundamental coatings, specific coatings, and proper application of various coatings used in the Corrosion industry.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

FUNDAMENTALS OF PIPELINE COATINGS

An overview of the coatings used for corrosion control in the pipeline/tank industry.

COATING FAILURES CASE HISTORIES

A discussion of coating failures, how they happened, and how to avoid.

FIELD COATINGS WITH SHRINKABLE SLEEVES

An overview of heat shrinkable sleeves used for corrosion protection.

FIELD APPLIED COATINGS- OUTSIDE CLINIC

Hands-on application clinic of various pipeline coatings.

FUSION BONDED COATINGS AND MILL INSPECTION TECHNIQUES

Fusion Bonded Coating Process and Plant/Mill coating inspector duties.

CRITICAL APPLICATIONS STEPS OF TWO PART EPOXIES COURSE

An overview of two part epoxy coatings used for pipeline corrosion control.

COATING SELECTION FOR UNDERGROUND SERVICE

An overview of coating choices and performance for pipeline coating applications.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION OF DIRECTIONAL DRILL PIPE COATINGS

A discussion of coating application and selection for directional drilling of pipelines.

QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTION AND INSTRUMENTATION FOR PAINT AND COATING INSTALLATIONS

An overview of common testing instruments used in the coatings industry, coatings inspection, QA/QC and the inspection process.

OUTDOOR CLINIC - FIELD APPLIED COATINGS

Hands-on application clinic of various pipeline coatings. Weather permitting.


PIPELINE INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT

The course is intended to familiarize student with standards and regulations and ECDA standards, methods, and tools, as well as provide practical and useful information on testing techniques associated with Pipeline Integrity Management.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

PIPELINE INTEGRITY AND STANDARDS

This course includes a brief discussion of pipeline integrity development and how it affects corrosion personnel.

DATA INTEGRATION

This course discusses the combination of data residing in different sources to provide a unified view for use in pipeline integrity assessments.

ECDA INDIRECT INSPECTION TOOLS, CIS

A review of close interval survey practices used in External Corrosion Direct Assessment.

ECDA INDIRECT INSPECTION TOOLS, DCVG-ACVG CURRENT ATTENUATION

An overview of various tools used for evaluation as part of External Corrosion Direct Assessment.

INLINE INSPECTION STANDARDS, METHODS AND TOOLS

Practical guidelines and examples of inline inspection methods and tools.

AC MITIGATION

An overview of the symptoms, effects, and mitigation of induced AC current in pipelines.

ATMOSPHERIC CORROSION INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT

A review of atmospheric corrosion regulatory guidelines, causes of corrosion, and coating selection.

DIFFICULT TO PIG PIPELINES

An overview of regulatory, design, and operational considerations for difficult to pig pipelines.

SCC DIRECT INSPECTION

Guidelines for the performance of Stress Control Cracking Direct Assessment.

CORROSION REGULATIONS DOT/PHMSA PERSPECTIVE

A discussion of current corrosion-related topics from a PHMSA perspective.

ASSESSMENT OF CASING FILLER EFFECTIVENESS

A case history of casing filler effectiveness.


TECHNOLOGY TODAY

For persons interested in special courses designed for various unique situations in the corrosion industry. Topics include in-line inspection methods, AC corrosion, ph testing, and much more.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

IN-LINE INSPECTION DATA INTERPRETATION

Practical things to consider when running ILI and interpreting ILI data.

TRANSMISSION PIPELINE REPAIR METHODS

Description of typical method of analysis and repair methods used.

FOREIGN CONTACTS & PIPE FAULT SURVEYS

Interactive discussion of how to find unwanted foreign contacts and performing fault surveys.

PLANNING & EXECUTING A PIPELINE REHABILITATION PROGRAM

Considerations when determining a course of action for pipeline rehabilitation.

TODAY’S ILI

What new with in-line inspection.

AC CORROSION ISSUES

Overview of issues surrounding AC corrosion effects.

LIGHTNING & OVER VOLTAGE PROTECTION FOR PIPELINES

Understanding overvoltage protection due to lightning and AC fault currents.

DECOUPLER APPLICATIONS & CONSIDERATIONS WHEN TAKING INSTANT-OFF READS ON A DECOUPLED P/L

Important considerations discussed when taking an instant-off reading on a pipeline with decouplers.

CONDUCTING CLOSE INTERVAL POTENTIAL SURVEYS

Discussion of close interval potential surveys, technical aspects, reasons to conduct, types of CIPS, data collection, processing, and analysis.

CORROSION CONTROL AT M & R STATIONS & DELIVERY FACILITIES

A look at corrosion control issues for measuring and regulating facilities.

MODERN TOOLS FOR INDIRECT INSPECTIONS FOR DA AND BEYOND

A look at typical tools used for indirect inspections and how those tools can be used beyond direct assessment.

CATHODIC PROTECTION APPLICATIONS FOR ABOVE GROUND STORAGE TANK BOTTOMS

A look at various methods to protect the bottom of above ground storage tanks.

IN-LINE CATHODIC PROTECTION CURRENT MEASUREMENT

A look at a new in-line inspection tool that follows current magnitude and direction on a pipeline.

CORRODED PIPE MEASUREMENT USING 3D STRUCTURED LIGHT

A look at using 3D structured light to collect corrosion measurements for evaluations such as B31G and RSTRENG.


INTERNAL CORROSION

For updated courses on internal corrosion and new requirements for ICDA methods, or generally in expanding knowledge of specific areas of internal corrosion or internal corrosion control. The program is designed to round out the students overall information which may be utilized in the performance of his/her job.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

INTRODUCTION TO INTERNAL CORROSION

Overview of corrosion mechanisms, and the mechanisms that mostly influence internal corrosion. Review of the corrosive constituents that may be present in the water/gas mixture.

PIPE INSPECTION

Explanation of visual inspection in the field (i.e., what to look for and what data to collect).

NDT METHODS

Explanation of different non-destructive testing (NDT) methods (UT, Digital X-ray, Guided Wave, etc.). In-depth explanation of guide wave evaluation for internal corrosion screening.

FIELD SAMPLING AND TESTING

Explanation of field gas and water sampling in respect to internal corrosion. Explanations of pH tests, CO2, H2S, alkalinity, and dissolved O2 water tests.

LABORATORY TESTING

Once field results are complete, a review of the laboratory testing procedures and results for water and gas results relating to internal corrosion constituents.

MONITORING TECHNIQUES AND SELECTION

Discussion of where and when to monitor for internal corrosion.

IC FAILURE INVESTIGATIONS

Discussion of internal corrosion failures and the information needed when performing failure investigations.

IC MANAGEMENT DO’S AND DON’TS

Discussion of what information to use when creating an IC program.

CHEMICAL TREATMENT DO’S AND DON’TS

What must be considered when treating for internal corrosion and how to monitor the effectiveness of the chemical treatment.

IMPACTS OF SHALE GAS

A discussion of what is known about the Shale Gas, a non-traditional gas, thus far. The effects shale gas may have in downstream gathering and transmission systems.

IC ROUND TABLE

Questions from the audience relating to internal corrosion for industry experts.

HANDS-ON SAMPLING

Perform the on-site internal corrosion testing that was discussed in the Field Sampling And Testing class. Part of the Outdoor clinic.


WATER/WASTEWATER

The cost of corrosion to the United States water and wastewater industry is estimated to be $58 billion a year. Although system corrosion failures in the past have been considered “part of the water/wastewater business”, today, budgets will not tolerate corrosion repair costs while customers and regulators demand better use of our resources. The aging infrastructure is also contributing to the billions of dollars spent each year related to corrosion. This course addresses the cause of corrosion and the control of corrosion in the water and waste water industries. It is intended for maintenance, engineering and management personnel. Course topics include basic corrosion science, corrosion control, corrosion mechanisms, field corrosion and integrity testing, methods of mitigation, including painting, and corrosion issues related to specific piping materials (steel, copper and ductile iron) used in the water and waste water industries.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

WATER LOSS PREVENTION THROUGH AN EFFECTIVE CORROSION CONTROL PROGRAM

Damage and the loss of water due to corrosion has become recognized as a major cost associated with the maintenance in the water and wastewater industries. This talk will cover basic corrosion theory; causes of corrosion and corrosion control measures.

CONDITION ASSESSMENT OF UNDERGROUND PIPELINES

Knowing the condition of your underground facilities is very important in determining where to spend your maintenance dollars. In this talk various methods of how to determine the condition of underground pipelines will be discussed.

HOW TO PROVIDE INDEFINITE LIFE IN METALLIC TRANSMISSION PIPELINES

What can water and wastewater operators do to maximize the life expectancy of their underground pipelines? This presentation will first discuss the mechanism of corrosion and what can be done to minimize it. Next it will present options in extending the life of underground metallic transmission pipe lines.

FLANGE AND CASING ISOLATORS FOR THE WATER AND WASTEWATER INDUSTRY

Cathodic protection has been a proven technology for prevention of corrosion on buried pipelines for nearly a century. This presentation will cover the proper selection, installation and use of flange and casing isolators in the prevention of corrosion.

CORROSION – ITS CAUSES, EFFECTS AND PREVENTION FOR DUCTILE IRON PIPE, MANUFACTURER’S PERSPECTIVE

In this talk the corrosion and prevention of corrosion will be discussed as related to ductile iron pipe.

ELECTRIC RAIL CORROSION AND CORROSION CONTROL

Impact from an outside source that may cause corrosion is a real threat to water and wastewater systems. One type source is electric rail mass transit systems. In this presentation the review of an electric rail system construction will be discussed and its impact on a city’s water system.

PIPELINE COATING

Pipeline coatings are the pipes first line of defense and an important part of corrosion protection and prevention. This talk will introduce the water and waste water attendee to the different types of pipeline coatings available and the importance of their proper applications.

STEEL STRUCTURE PAINTING – ABOVEGROUND COATING AND MAINTENANCE

Coatings are an important part of corrosion protection and prevention. This talk will introduce the water and waste water attendee to the different types of coatings available and the importance of their proper applications and maintenance.

INSTALLING CATHODIC PROTECTION IN WATER STORAGE TANKS

What is cathodic protection in a water storage tank? What does an operator of the water system need to know before making the decision to install cathodic protection in their tank? In this talk the details of installing cathodic protection in a water storage tank will be discussed and illustrated.

CORROSION FAILURES IN THE WATER/WASTEWATER INDUSTRIES –Part 1

Why did something corrode and fail? How did it corrode? These are two very important questions in preventing a failure in a water system from happening again. In this presentation Dr. Zee will talk about the science behind getting to the cause of a failure.

CORROSION FAILURES - DRINKING WATER CORROSIVITY –Part 2

In this continuation of Corrosion Failures, Dr. Zee will shift focus to drinking water and its effects on copper. How and why does copper corrode? What can the operator of a water system do to minimize the corrosive effects of drinking water on the materials used to deliver it to the customer? In this talk these questions will be explored.

FIELD APPLIED COATINGS

In this presentation the student will learn about and see the various types of field applied coatings available to the water/wastewater operator in preventing corrosion.

INSTRUMENTATION & MEASUREMENT

In this presentation the student will see and learn the various instruments available for corrosion measurements. Many of these instruments discussed in the previous two days. This is a great opportunity for hands on learning.


SYSTEM DIAGNOSTICS

The System Diagnostic courses provide indoor clinics and overviews of new corrosion processes. Courses include trouble shooting rectifiers, overviews of ACVG and DCVG techniques, corrosion protection for Managers, and much more.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

TROUBLESHOOTING CATHODIC PROTECTION RECTIFIERS

A practical approach to safely identify and correct common rectifier malfunctions. Student participation is strongly encouraged.

CORROSION AND FAILURE ANALYSIS ELECTRIC TOWER AND GRIDS

Corrosion is not limited to buried pipelines. This class offers an overview of the aging electric infrastructure and the application of corrosion field testing methods.

UNDERSTANDING THE REFERENCE CELL

Regardless of selected protection criteria, CP measurements depend on accurate and reliable reference electrodes. This discussion covers construction, maintenance, reliability, and accuracy of various reference electrodes.

CP TEST STATIONS – THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY

The utilization of potential and current flow measurements to identify CP test leads and associated buried structures.

ELECTRICAL ISOLATION DEVICES

The design of a CP system requires isolation and protection of manageable lengths of pipe. This class discusses the various types and expected performance of pipeline isolation devices.

TROUBLESHOOTING DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS

A discussion on the intricacies and challenges of a gas distribution system. The instructor will present various field testing techniques for locating and remediating failed CP systems.

CASED PIPE ASSESSMENT PHMSA UPDATES

A PHMSA representative will discuss recent policy updates regarding carrier pipe in casings.

GUIDED WAVE TECHNOLOGY FOR SHORTED CASINGS

A discussion on advances in guided wave analysis technology. Case studies included.

PRACTICAL APPROACH TO USE AND STORAGE OF EQUIPMENT AND MATERIAL

Understanding and applying corrosion theory to buried steel structures is part of the pipeline integrity equation. This class deals with selection, proper usage and storage of the wide variety of available cathodic protection products and materials, which are also an important component in pipleline integrity design.

ADVANCED RECTIFIER WORKSHOP

This is a limited (25 students) hands-on workshop with strong emphasis on safety. Students will work with live rectifiers and instructed on systematic/logical approaches to diagnostic repair on a variety of rectifier components. Students must bring a handheld volt-meter to class. Early sign-up is strongly encouraged.


OUTDOOR WORKSHOPS

The workshop session will expose the technician to practical applications in underground corrosion control methods. Minimal time will be spent on theory. Topics covered during the session will stress the importance of cathodic protection, coatings and electrical isolation for corrosion control.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS (Weather Permitting)

PIPE AND CABLE LOCATING BURIED STRUCTURES

An outdoor, "hands-on" explanation and demonstration using various pipe and buried metallic structure locators. Students will be insructed on locating techniques and have the opportunity to locate a buried pipeline.

IMPRESSED CURRENT SYSTEM HANDS-ON WORKSHOP

An outdoor, "hands-on" explanation and demonstration of basic Impressed Current CP Systems to include: rectifier theory, rectifier field measurement and associated test equipment, close interval survey, interference, and polarization.

ECDA INDIRECT INSPECTION FIELD SIMULATION ACVG-CIS-DCVG CURRENT ATTENUATION

An outdoor, "hands-on" explanation and demonstration of the field data collection methods required for integrity assessment using ECDA. Topic include: identifying an indication using ACVG-CIS-DCVG current attenuation, prioritizing indications, and direct examination of the buried structure.

INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT FOR CATHODIC PROTECTION SYSTEMS

An outdoor, "hands-on" explanation and demonstration of the CP field data collection methods to include: soil resistivity, calibration of IR drop, pipe and cable locating, pipe inspection and repair, internal corrosion, and integrity assessment methods. Students will have the opportunity to examine various instruments during field simulation.

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