Fundamentals of Pipeline Defect Assessment (CS020F)

Fundamentals of Pipeline Defect Assessment

This course aims to provide the attendees with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of the pipeline defect assessment. On its completion, delegates should understand and be able to discuss terminology, concepts, principles, and issues related to pipeline defect assessment.

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Your course at a glance


Course Availability

On request - contact us



8 hours 



Live, online session



Foundation level


Competency Standards

Satisfies the learning requirements for
Defect Asessment CS020F


What you will get

Certificate of completion, plus
Continued Professional Development hours

Course agenda

This Pipeline Defect Assessment Virtual Training course runs over two days  includes breaks and question and answer sessions (30 minutes per day). Additionally, you will have access to the following selected Tier 1: E-Learns prior the program start date: Pipeline Defect Assessment (CS020A), Fracture Mechanics (CS032A), Pipeline Defects (CS048A).


Day 1

Corrosion Defect Assessment:

  • Types of Corrosion Defects
  • Common Assessment Methods
  • Comparison of Assessment Methods
  • Safety Factors
  • Defect Interaction
  • Consideration of Additional Loading

Crack Assessment:

  • Types of Pipeline Cracks
  • Background
  • Key Input Parameters for Crack Assessment
  • Overview of Assessment Methods
  • Basic Introduction to Fatigue


Day 2

Corrosion Growth Assessment:

  • Background
  • Comparison of Repeat In-line Inspection Data
  • Tool Tolerances
  • Sizing Accuracy
  • Pipeline Segmentation
  • Corrosion Growth Case Study

Geometric Defect Assessment:

  • Types of Geometric Defects (Dents, Gouges, Ovalities, Wrinkles, Buckles)
  • Overview of available assessment codes and other associated literature
  • Discussion of advanced assessment techniques
  • Combined defects (e.g. dents with gauge/metal loss)


Meet your subject matter expert

Bruce Nestleroth

Joe Short

Joe Short has more than ten years of experience in pipeline integrity management consultancy for both onshore and offshore assets, with a particular focus on pipeline defect assessments, post-in-line inspections (ILI), integrity engineering, and integrity management procedures and planning. He has extensive experience in fitness for purpose (FFP) assessment methods, corrosion growth analysis, and ILI technologies, as well as excellent knowledge of international code guidance and best practices for pipeline integrity management. Joe has worked on a wide range of projects with operators in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and the Americas. In his current role, he is a subject matter expert (SME) responsible for providing technical guidance and leadership for pipeline integrity work conducted by ROSEN in the Asia Pacific region, while also supporting and mentoring junior engineers. Joe is an Australian Standards committee member and is currently involved in the revision of AS 2885.3 (Pipelines Operation and Maintenance), specifically on anomaly assessment guidance. He has delivered integrity awareness training courses to operators on defect assessment and ILI technologies, maximizing the value of ILI data and integrity management planning in a wide range of settings.


Note: ROSEN reserves the right to cancel the course in case of an insufficient number of participants. For further detail see terms.