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Event Date: 07 Nov, 2016

Pipeline leak detection training event - North Dakota

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15 November 2016, 10:00-15:00
The Radisson
North Dakota USA

Investigations of past pipeline leaks and ruptures indicate that the overall low reliability of many leak detection systems (eg 1-2 false alarms a day for complicated pipelines) may have delayed the detection of past leak and rupture incidents, and the response to those incidents. Too many false leak alarms may have soured controller confidence in their LDS, causing the controller to ignore real rupture alarms, or pay them insufficient attention. A better choice in the leak detection technology applied could well have led to much faster detection, and response to many of these incidents.

This leak detection course is directed at pipeline controllers, control room supervisors, consultants, pipeline engineers, and pipeline operations personnel. The course covers the key leak detection technologies deployed today, including statistical volume balance, rarefaction wave, E-RTTM, and fiber optics. Every pipeline behaves differently, and the best leak detection solution for one pipeline is not always the best solution for another. Understanding all of the methods will help you make the right choices for your particular pipeline application.

Following this course, you will also understand the infrastructure needed to successfully install a good leak detection system.

Why should I attend this training event?

As pipeline infrastructure ages and more product is transported we see an increase pipeline leaks. Regrettably some leak detection systems have failed to detect these leaks, and other leak detection systems were ignored by the operators because they were unreliable. Thus leaks that should have been small spills became disasters that cost the pipeline owners millions of dollars.

Research such as the 2012 US Department of Transportation Leak Detection Study shows that every pipeline behaves differently, and the best leak detection solution for one pipeline is not always the best solution for another. The performance of leak detection technologies can vary depending on many factors such as topology, pipeline location, existing infrastructure, or product type.

Preliminary agenda

Continental breakfast and lunch provided 

The status of leak detection in the USA today

  • Types of installations
  • PHMSA 2013 study of leaks detected on hazardous pipelines


  • Current regulations, guidelines, and recommended practices
  • EERC leak detection study and future regulations for North Dakota

Leak detection methods and equipment required

  • External leak detection methods
  • Internal leak detection methods

Complexities of LDS for gathering networks in North Dakota

  • Typical operating patterns
  • Leak patterns

Summary of API 1175, RP for leak detection programs

Prices - Free to attend for registered participants.

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