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Cathodic Protection System Design for Buried Pipelines

The Cathodic Protection (CP) System Design for Buried Pipelines course is offered as a 6.5-hour course that covers corrosion principles and CP concepts as they apply to buried pipelines.

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David Willoughby will present “Cathodic Protection System Design for Buried Pipelines,” as a webinar on October 20, 2022

The Cathodic Protection (CP) System Design for Buried Pipelines course is offered as a 6.5-hour course that covers corrosion principles and CP concepts as they apply to buried pipelines. Course topics include factors that influence CP design, pipeline CP design approach, pipeline CP system and materials, and CP design examples. This course utilizes a combination of theory and practical information and is designed to provide in-depth coverage of the principles and concepts of pipeline CP design.  The course will provide design calculations and examples.

Course Objective:

The objective of this course is for each student to understand the fundamentals of CP design for buried pipelines. The Course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of CP design principles, concepts, and methods. The course provides examples of CP design and calculations. 

Target Audience:

Pipeline, utility, and consulting engineers with a desire to obtain training for oversight of  CP design on buried pipelines.  This class is will assist engineers in meeting the requirements for CP design stated in many RFP’s and government regulations that state that the CP engineer must be accredited or certified by NACE International as a NACE Accredited Corrosion Specialist or a NACE certified Cathodic Protection (CP) Specialist or be a professional engineer who has certification or licensing that includes education and experience in corrosion control of buried or submerged metallic piping and tank systems.

Course Description

This 6.5-hour webinar will cover the following topics:

Cathodic Protection Basics – How it Works

Functional Requirements for Cathodic Protection
Practical Application of Cathodic Protection

  • Design Approach
  • Design Parameters
  • Design Calculations
  • CP Current Requirement Determination
  • Coating Conductance Calculations
  • CP Total Circuit Resistance Calculations
  • CP System Life Determination
  • CP System Voltage Calculations
  • CP Current Distribution
  • CP Pipeline Current Attenuation
  • Anode to pipeline spacing & current distribution

Buried Pipeline CP System Design Examples

Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) Systems

  • ICCP Ground Bed Design Examples
  • ICCP Design Calculations
  • ICCP Design Examples
  • Deep Anode System Example

Sacrificial Cathodic Protection (SCP) Design Examples

  • Information Required for SCP Design
  • SCP System Resistance
  • SCP Design Examples

There will be a half-hour break for lunch.


Certificate of completion with 6 PDHs.
Course notes


“Very informative and it was obvious that he had an extensive background in the subject matter.”

“Very knowledgeable.”

“Thanks again for the amazing training, I learned a lot. Cheers!”

“Very informative in covering all levels of CP.”

“Mr. Willoughby was extremely knowledgeable.”

“The instructor kept it light and interesting.”

“He was very knowledgeable and experienced on the subject.”

“I came in knowing CP basics. The instructor did a great job covering both the fundamentals and complex ideas with helpful examples.”

“Excellent job relating the examples and the calculation process for CP.”

100% of respondents stated they would recommend this training to a colleague within or outside of their company.

This training receives a 4.7 out of 5-star rating!

Instructor Bio:

David A. Willoughby

RK&K Director, Energy & Corrosion (ret)

Mr. Willoughby has 40 years of experience in engineering, design, corrosion control, and management in the petroleum and utilities industries. His experience includes gas transmission and distribution systems, petroleum facilities, and water/sewer facilities from conception through design, construction and testing, economic evaluation, and project field supervision. He has specialization in cathodic protection design, corrosion control and AC interference analysis with extensive experience in the design, construction, and implementation of cathodic protection systems and AC mitigation methods. Mr. Willoughby is a NACE certified cathodic protection specialist and maintains other NACE and API certifications. During his career Mr. Willoughby has gained significant experience and training in corrosion control and cathodic protection of multiple facilities. His primary areas of expertise include performing engineering feasibility studies; performing corrosion evaluations and assessments; AC Modeling & Mitigation; and recommendation and design of corrosion control measures for storage tanks and pipeline facilities.

Venue:   Webinar Event Delivered Online


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