Introduction to Pipeline Defects (CS048A)
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Introduction to Pipeline Defects

is e-learn course will provide you with an awareness of the different types of defects that can appear in pipelines, their causes and the threats they pose to the pipeline.

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.

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Your course at a glance


Course Availability

Available to access online 24/7



Estimated 60 minutes



Study on-demand at your own pace



Awareness level


Competency Standards

Satisfies the learning requirement for
Pipeline Defects CS048A


What you will get

Completion E-badge, plus informal
Continued Professional Development hours

What you will learn

This technical course will give insight into:

- Line pipe, its manufacture, standards, defects, and defect acceptance levels
- Line pipe welds (longitudinal, and spiral), welding processes, inspection methods, and defects (e.g. lack of fusion, laminations, hook cracks, porosity)
- Pipeline welds (circumferential): standards, inspection methods, and defects (including geometric defects such as misalignment)
- Common pipeline construction related defects (e.g. misalignment) and their causes
- Common types of internal and external corrosion (e.g. pitting, general) and their causes
- In-service defects (e.g. mechanical damage, stress corrosion cracking and fatigue cracking

Meet Your Subject Matter Expert

Simon Slater

Angus Patterson

Angus Patterson is a Senior Engineer with ROSEN UK based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has over 20 years’ experience in pipeline integrity assessment. This includes 5 years working in PII’s Integrity team in Cramlington UK and over 15 years at ROSEN UK. Has experience with a range of pipeline integrity assessments, including fracture and fatigue, probabilistic assessment and corrosion growth studies. Currently involved with developing and improving processes for metal loss defect assessment.