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MAR8077 : Fundamentals of Pipeline Engineering (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Narakorn Srinil
  • Lecturer: Ms Michelle Unger
  • Visiting Professional: Prof. Phil Hopkins
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aims of this module are:
A1: To provide the basic principles of pipelines, and the place they occupy in the hydrocarbon production chain.
A2: To present the history of pipelines, both as an engineering structure, and as a means of transportation.
A3: To explain the requirements of the legal, economic and contractual side of pipeline engineering.
A4: To discuss the role of pipeline codes, safety and environmental legislation.
A5: To present the scenario of pipeline design, operation, and maintenance.
A6: To introduce essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of geotechnical engineering to pipeline construction and operation.

Outline Of Syllabus

The contents of this course will include: History of pipelines; Types of pipelines and basics of pipeline engineering; Introduction to pipeline welding, corrosion and coatings; Introduction to pipeline engineering design and codes; Introduction to offshore construction; Basics of inspection and maintenance; Engineers responsibility and ethics; Change in pipeline engineering and the oil and gas business; Pipeline operation and management; Principles of pressure regulators, instrumentation and control; Financing and profitability; Pipeline project engineering; Safety and environmental issues in the hydrocarbon sector; Pipeline routeing and construction offshore; Onshore pipeline materials and equipment; Introduction to geological process; Ground investigation-onshore and offshore; Terrain and geohazards aspects of routeing, construction and operating risks.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00Including Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation for oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00Writing up lecture notes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:0059:00General revision
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures are designed to deliver the theories, descriptive materials and to explain the use of major techniques (IKO1 – IKO8).

The independent study gives time for the students to read the classic and leading edge papers on the basic principles in pipeline engineering (ISO1 – ISO4).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A80N/A
Oral Examination151M10Present findings of report
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M10Report about a topic - 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam allows students to demonstrate basic knowledge of the descriptive material and of the theoretical methods taught (IKO1 – IKO8). The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way. The report and presentation of the coursework tests the ability to write reports, and communication skills, solve 'real life' problems and apply the taught methods.

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