Introduction to Pipeline Defect Assessment (CS020A)

Introduction to Pipeline Defect Assessment

This course will provide you with an awareness of pipeline defect assessments methods (for all types of defects found in pipelines) and fatigue assessment, with a basic understanding of fracture mechanics.

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 305 minutes



Study on-demand at your own pace



Awareness level


Competency Standards

Satisfies the learning requirement for
Pipleline Defect Assessment CS020A


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 and two appendix: Introduction, Crack Management, Structural Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics, Assessment of Pipelines. During these sessions you will gain insight into:

During these sessions, you will gain insight into:

- Material properties (strength, ductility, hardness, and toughness)
- Fracture mechanics: history, key parameters, methods, and published good practices
- Stress analysis (internal pressure and external loading)
- Pipeline failure causes (with a focus on external interference, corrosion, materials defects, fatigue, ground movement, theft)
- Modes of failure (including ductile, brittle, overload, and fatigue)
- Case studies in pipeline failures
- Corrosion assessment, crack assessment, mechanical damage assessment
- Crack management in pipelines

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.