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APGAFeb 28, 2024 3:26:00 PM2 min read

Pipeline Repair, Hot Tapping and In-Service Welding Course - Weld Australia

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New training dates released for Perth

Registrations are now open, click here to register.

BRISBANE: Wednesday & Thursday 22 & 23 May 2024; The Sebel Brisbane, 95 Charlotte Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

PERTH: Tuesday & Wednesday 28 & 29 May 2024; venue tba in Perth city/central area

Timing: Registration 8.30am for 9.00am start, ends 4.30pm daily. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided

Contact or 0493024505 for more information.


Avoid Shutdowns & Service Interruptions. Realise Economic & Environmental Benefits.

The objective of this course is to provide an in-depth overview of the various aspects of pipeline modification and repair (full encirclement sleeves, hot taps and so on) and to address the concerns associated with welding onto in-service pipelines. A thorough understanding of the factors that affect welding onto in-service pipelines helps avoid pipeline shutdowns and interruptions of service, thereby bolstering both economic and environmental benefits for operators and welders alike. Plus, repairs can be undertaken efficiently, effectively and with full confidence.

Who Should Attend?

Pipeline engineers, designers, operators and service professionals who are involved with the maintenance, design, inspection and repair of oil and gas pipelines.

APGA MEMBERS - When registering, APGA members qualify for Weld Australia member rates. 


Course Overview

The course includes a review and critical analysis of available thermal analysis models, including the original Battelle model, the heat sink capacity method and the PRCI thermal model for Hot Tap Welding. Course attendees will learn why these models, while useful as planning tools, should not be regarded as ‘magic bullets’ against hydrogen cracking in hot tap welding by utilising comparative examples. This course will give an unbiased analysis of the best strategies for avoiding burn through and the development of crack susceptible weld microstructures. It will also cover the latest defect assessment methods for pipeline engineers and managers, from simple, quick assessments through to more detailed ‘fitness for purpose’ analysis.

The course will dispel a number of misconceptions that have developed pertaining to operating practices required to safely weld onto an in-service pipeline.
It will demonstrate that the application of industry best practices for pipeline repair, hot tapping and in-service welding can help:
  • Ensure the safety of workers
  • Reduce the probability of a shutdown, failure or service interruption 
  • Extend the lifecycle of pipeline systems

About the Presenter

William A. Bruce

William (Bill) A. Bruce is Senior Principal Consultant, Welding Technology at DNV. With a career in pipeline welding research and its practical application panning more than 40 years, Bill’s areas of interest include repair welding, inspection techniques and failure analysis.

He has carried out numerous projects pertaining to safety and integrity aspects of repair and modification of in-service pipelines by welding. Bill is an American Welding Society representative on the American Petroleum Institute API 1104 Committee and is the Chairman of the Maintenance Welding Subcommittee. He has received numerous awards, including a Distinguished Researcher Award from the Pipeline Research Council International. 

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer, an IIW International Welding Engineer (IWE) and an AWS Certified Welding Engineer (CWEng).


How to Register

To register for the course, simply contact: Danielle Pennington (Corporate Engagement Manager) on 0493 024 505 or please let her know you are an APGA member to get member rates on the course.



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