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Cost: $150 After you send in your registration an invoice will be sent which can be paid with a credit card via the secure Square site. Several days after that you will receive an invitation from Webex containing a link to the meeting and confirming the date. 

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Description:  This lesson begins with a review of the hydraulic tools explained in Oil Pipeline Hydraulics and Hydraulic Tools.  From there students review line operations by following 3 batches of crude oil down an actual line and discuss where each crude oil is, how they can tell, and potential operating problems and solutions.  The lesson concludes with a line optimization case study.

Learning Objectives

  • Combine the systems resistance curve and pump curve graphs and explain how and why they show the operating point of the line.
  • Describe how control valves and variable speed drives are used to control flow.
  • Combine the systems profile and hydraulic gradient and explain:
  • What the distance between the profile and gradient shows
  • What happens when the hydraulic gradient falls below the system profile
  • Explain how to convert from psi to feet of head.
  • Explain why controlling pressure is the key to controlling rate.
  • Describe how the hydraulic gradient changes when the viscosity changes.
  • Describe how the hydraulic gradient changes when the rate changes.
  • Explain how to identify gravity changes in hydraulic profiles.
  • Describe column separation, what cause it and why it can be dangerous.
  • Discuss your key learnings from this lesson.

Lesson Outline

  • Review of Hydraulic Tools
  • Hydraulic Gradients and Profiles
  • Line Hydraulics with Batching
  • Line Optimization


  • 85 Power Point slides presented by the instructor via the Webex platform.
  • Q & A after each slide.
  • Limited to 12 students.


  • Oil pipeline controllers 
  • Other oil pipeline control room personnel
  • Field operations personnel
  • Others who work with controllers
  • Others who want to understand more about oil pipeline hydraulics.

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