Fundamentals of Transmission Pipeline Operations Workshop
- Components of a pipeline system (types of pipe, coatings, tanks, valves, pumps, compressors, pressure vessels, pig traps, meters, instrumentation, control systems/SCADA)
- Operations activities (starting/stopping, batching, managing receipts and deliveries, measurement, monitoring, pressure control, leak detection)
- Inspection and Maintenance (valves, ROWs, tanks, pumps, compressors, instrumentation, pigging, cathodic protection)
- Repair (in-service repair techniques, welding, OOS repairs/replacements)
- Integrity Management (ILI, Pressure Tests, Direct Assessment), including assessment processes, analysis, follow-ups
- Emergency Response (planning, organization/ ICS, drills, response)
The workshop also includes hands-on demonstrations and examples of how pipelines work using RCP's in-house Pipeline Flow Loop1 which allows students to see a pig in operation, see phase separation as it occurs, and understand the importance of elevation change. Students can also monitor and control the Pipeline Flow Loop from the training room ("control room"), and then step into the hall to see the pipeline in action.
1 RCP's in-house Pipeline Flow Loop is an engineering marvel! It is a working 2” diameter pipeline system incorporating many of the components of a transmission pipeline system including SCADA control system and instrumentation for flow, pressure, temperature, and volume, as well as automated valves, pig traps, variable speed pump, and more.