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New Pipe Measurement Training Course is Tailored to the Specific Needs of Pipeline Engineers

12 September 2012

UK-based pipe measurement technology specialist company Optical Metrology Services (OMS) Ltd has launched a new two-day training course specifically tailored to the needs of oil and gas pipeline engineers.

The new course examines the different measurement methodologies available for measuring pipe dimensions correctly and accurately, particularly with regards to the fabrication and laying of offshore and onshore oil and gas pipelines.

The objectives of the course are to train delegates in the best practice methods and techniques to be used to acheive pipeline project targets; to demonstrate the correct methods of using tools and equipment in order to obtain the most accurate measurements; to highlight and objectively discuss the different measurement methods used to measure specified pipe dimensions; to give delegates a solid background in standardised measurement units, project quality and pre-qualification testing requirements; and to set a benchmark for industry best practice methods to be used to measure the dimensions of a pipe.

As Dr Tim Clarke, CEO of OMS comments: "To our knowledge, this is the only training course of its type in the world that is designed specifically for engineers involved in pipeline measurement, inspection and quality assurance. The course is innovative in terms of its content, structure and interactivity between tutor and delegates. The course is targeted at people who are perhaps already in the oil and gas pipeline sector who are looking to broaden their knowledge and discover best practice measurement methods to be used in the industry. However, we also expect senior or junior engineers, welding engineers, pipeline project managers, pipeline package managers, quality control personnel and pipe mill staff to attend the course.”

The course structure is very flexible and is split into a main body and individual pipe dimension modules, which can be added or removed to suit a particular customer’s needs and timescales. The courses are designed so that they can be delievered at the customer’s site anywhere in the world, or at OMS’ offices in Bishops Stortford (UK) or training facilities in Houston, Texas (USA).

Core content of the course comprises background information such as specified pipe dimensions, measurement units used, equipment accuracy, uncertainty, pre-qualification testing and quality requirements. The course also includes practical demonstrations of pipe measurement methods and techniques, as well as delegate measuring exercises in which attendees are given an opportunity to use the measurement equipment to measure specific pipe dimensions.

The course will also give attendees the chance to use a wide variety of measuring equipment, including laser distance sensors, digital thermometers, OMS’ straightness measurement tool, micrometers, Vernier Calipers, ultrasonic thickness measurement gauges, OMS’ end dimensioning ‘PipeChecker’ tool, bevel protractors, surface roughness comparators and testers, radius and feeler gauges, as well as OMS’ own internal pipe weld inspection and girth weld profile tools.

OMS held its first 2-day training course in Houston, Texas from 20-21 June, 2012. The course, entitled "Measurement Methods and Specification of New Pipelines”, involved a blend of hands-on, practical training and pipe measurement theory. The course was attended by delegates from the likes of Chevron and Exxon Mobil. The course was hosted by Dr Tim Clarke with guest speaker Keith Bevan, Training Product Manager at The National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

Feedback from course delegates was very positive, with everyone rating the course between ‘Good’ and ‘Excellent’. As one delegate stated: "A really informative course, which far exceeded my expectations.”

Over the coming months, OMS is planning to stage regular training courses in the Far East, Brazil, UK and more in the US.

For more information on OMS’ pipe measurement training courses, please visit