Description:  Pictures and videos taken at actual facility construction sites by field engineers form the basis for this class.  From leveling the site and constructing equipment foundations and supports, through prefabbing and bolting up, and finally control building installation and systems commissioning and testing, this module takes the student through facility construction from start to finish.  Extensive video footage from construction projects allow students to see construction work in progress.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe what prefabbing is.
  • Explain how hydrovacing increases safety.
  • Describe hot cutting and cold cutting.
  • Explain how “two-holing” is used to ensure prefabricated spool pieces will align.
  • Describe how equipment is grouted in and why grouting is necessary.
  • Describe a spectacle blind is and how it is used.
  • Explain the concept of “double block”
  • Describe a conduit “seal off” and explain why it is used.
  • Explain why it is important to “shore the ditch” for excavations.
  • Explain the purpose of floating roofs verses cone roofs.
  • Explain the concept of a water draw on a tank.
  • Explain what “tank strapping” is and why it is done.
  • Discuss the importance of proper documentation and records.

Lesson Outline:

  • Site preparation
  • Prefabbing
  • Excavation
  • Cold cutting
  • Welding on
  • Bolting up
  • Setting and aligning pumps and motors
  • Grouting
  • Quality Control
  • Control Buildings
  • Tanks
  • Documentation
  • Testing


  • Company personnel new to the pipeline industry.
  • Facilities engineers and designers who want to know more about the construction process.
  • Current professional support personnel who want to learn more about the industry so they can interact with those they support.
  • Industry vendors and suppliers who want to better understand the industry.
  • Others in the industry who want to widen their view and understanding.


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