Introduction to Failure Analysis (CS033A)
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Introduction to Failure Analysis

In the Pipeline Integrity Management field, it's important to understand that pipelines can fail. That's why this course has been created - to explain how we conduct and draw conclusions from subsequent failure analysis. By doing this analysis, we can decide the direct cause of the failure (such as corrosion) and the root cause (such as cathodic protection faults).

We will learn that many root causes can be traced to concerns with staff training and human factors, which have unfortunately led to significant loss of life. The course shows a variety of direct causes of failure, which are illustrated by case studies, imagery, and descriptive schematics.

We also cover how structures fail and describe differing failure modes and mechanisms (such as fracture and collapse-controlled failures) and direct causes such as corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, and fabrication/weld-seam issues.

This technical course has been authored by industry expert Brian Leis. You can study the courses as part of your learning journey or use them as a reference library.

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Your course at a glance


Course Availability

Available to access online 24/7



Estimated 6 hours



Study on-demand at your own pace



Awareness level


Competency Standards

Satisfies the learning requirement for
Failure Analysis CS033A


What you will get

Completion E-badge, plus informal
Continued Professional Development hours

What you will learn

This technical course is in eight parts, during these sessions you will gain insight into:

- Root cause and direct cause analysis
- Causative and contributary factors
- Design Basis and Codes
- Primary Mechanisms of Failure
- Defect Response
- Illustrations of Pipeline Defects
- Degradation of Cracking Process
- Latent Issues

Meet your subject matter expert


Dr Brian N. Leis

Dr Brian Leis is a Principal Consultant at BN Leis, Consultant Inc. He has over 40 years working in structures and mechanics technology development and adaptation. Initially focused on fatigue and fracture considerations in the ground-vehicle industry, then aerospace applications including the space shuttle (mostly the SSME & SRBs), and nuclear piping. Expanded into polymeric materials in the 80s, and eventually focused then on energy conversion and transport in the oil and gas industry. Dr Leis received his B.A.Sc. M.A.Sc., Ph.D. Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada).