Description:  Pictures and videos taken along the pipeline right of way by field engineers form the basis for this lesson.  From staking and clearing the right-of-way, through ditching, welding, testing, directional drilling, lowering, backfilling, final clean up and restoration, this lesson takes the student through pipeline construction from start to finish.  Extensive video footage from construction projects allow students to see construction work in progress.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and explain the steps in the project process life cycle.
  • Explain what a pipeline “spread” is and the three main parts of it.
  • Explain how welders are tested.
  • Identify the main function of the right of way crew and why their work is important.
  • Discuss the steps of stringing and trenching.
  • Explain internal and external line-up-clamps and how they are used.
  • Explain what a welding pass is and how the number of passes is determined.
  • Discuss the two main non-destructing weld test method.
  • Explain the primary costing test method and how a holiday if repaired.
  • Discuss the steps in drilling a horizontal directional drill.
  • Discuss the documentation required as the project is completed.

Lesson Outline

  • Project life cycle
  • Pipeline construction activities
  • Permitting
  • Route selection
  • Right of way clearing and preparation
  • Stringing
  • Ditching
  • Welding
  • Quality control and lowering in
  • Horizontal directional drilling
  • Hydrostatic testing
  • Backfilling and clean up
  • Documentation


  • 62 Power Point slides and 7 videos presented by the instructor via the Webex platform.
  • Q & A after each slide.
  • Limited to 12 students.


  • Company personnel new to the pipeline industry.
  • Pipeline 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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