Introduction to Crack Management (CS050A)

Introduction to Crack Management

This course will provide you with an awareness of the different types of cracks and crack-like defects that can occur in pipelines, and their effect and consequences, and how they are detected and mitigated.

This technical course has been authored by our industry expert and is designed to offer you with just-in-time knowledge related to pipeline integrity management. The courses can be studied as part of your learning journey, or used as a reference library.

Your course at a glance


Course Availability

Available to access online 24/7



Estimated 120 minutes



Study on-demand at your own pace



Awareness level


Competency Standards

Satisfies the learning requirement for
Crack Management CS050A


What you will get

Completion E-badge, plus informal
Continued Professional Development hours

What you will learn

This technical course has been split into six parts: Introduction, What is a Crack?, Causes of Crack in Pipelines, Do they cause Failures? Mechanical Properties, Pipeline Assessment for Cracks, Management of Cracked Pipelines.

During these sessions, you will gain insight into:

- Concepts of pipeline risk, including probability, hazards, failure scenarios and consequences
- Qualitative and quantitative methods for pipeline risk analysis
- Additional ways of presenting risk; e.g., individual and societal risk, risk matrix score, etc.
- Role of risk analysis results in pipeline risk management

Meet your subject matter expert


Dr Phil Hopkins

Dr. Phil Hopkins, an independent consultant based in the UK, developed all content for this program. Dr Hopkins has held a number of senior management and executive positions in the oil and gas business, and combines this high level management expertise with over 35 years engineering experience in transmission pipelines, including work on pipeline engineering, damage, safety, risk, integrity, surveillance, inspection and maintenance, and repair.