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External Corrosion Direct Assessment

This webinar covers ECDA, Asset Integrity Management, Where to Dig, and concludes with Determining Areas of Concern.

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Joe Pikas will present “External Corrosion Direct Assessment” on April 7, at 8 a.m.


External Corrosion Direct Assessment (ECDA) is an industry-accepted practice for the determination of the integrity of pipelines.  This one-day training will present the four-step ECDA process for ascertaining the integrity of pipelines.  This webinar covers ECDA, Asset Integrity Management, Where to Dig, and concludes with Determining Areas of Concern.

PDHs Available

  • 7 PDHs available with Certificate of Completion
  • Course materials distributed electronically

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Indirect and Direct Assessment
  • Post-assessment
  • Review an Actual Case with Report(s)

Asset Integrity Management ECDA

  • Identify 22 Pipeline Threats
  • Identify & Collect (data for Integration)
  • Integrity Management Plan (IMP)
  • Facility Base Line Integrity Plan (FBLP)
  • Evaluate Risks
  • Integrity Assessment – Direct Assessment, Hydro-test and Other Technologies
  • Continuing Assessment of Integrity Effectiveness

Pre & Post Assessment for Gas & Liquid Pipelines

  • DA Processes
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Feasibility (Can Indirect Tools Assess Threats?) Table 2 – Tool Selection Regions/Segments
  • Post Assessment  Reassessment Intervals Corrosion Rates Feedback

Choosing the Proper ECDA Tool

  • Type of Tools
  • ECDA Selection Tool Matrix
  • Survey Tools



PCM & C-Scan

Guided Wave

Soil Resistivity

  • Overview of Tool Selection and Results

Close Interval Survey for Direct Assessment

  • Applicability – Dry/wet Soils, River/Water/Swamp x-ings, Concrete, asphalt, General R/W
  • Consideration of Voltage Drops - Test leads, electrolyte, cells, coating, etc.
  • Identification of Macro Coating Holidays, Interference, Shorted Casings, Contacts, Isolation, etc.
  • Types of Surveys and Equipment Required

Where To Dig

  • Conduct Threat Assessment and Indirect Surveys
  • Align and Compare Results
  • Identify, Classify and Prioritize Indications
  • Analyze and Report Results

Determining Areas of Concern

  • Identify PL Treats (areas of Concern)
  • Identify & Collect Data for Integration
  • Integrity Management Plan (IMP)
  • Mitigation Strategies
  • Continuing Assessment of IMP Effectiveness


  • Learning Materials
  • Certificate of Completion with 7 PDHs

Webinar Feedback

“Very good presenter with a lot of experience.”

“Great knowledge and presentation. Took my focus into consideration and elaborated on what was most useful to me.”

“Very knowledgeable and excellent enthusiasm. Kept my attention during the course of along webinar.”

“He gives a lot of really good real-life experience examples.”

“The instructor is very knowledgeable, really great and informative slides.”

“Great knowledge and presentation. Took m focus into consideration and elaborated on what was most useful to me>”


Joe Pikas is a consultant for Technical Toolboxes with more than 50 years of experience in pipeline construction, operations, corrosion control design, and implementation, including pipeline engineering management. He is an expert in pipeline integrity management, risk management, coating materials selection, cathodic protection design, and testing, and internal and external pipeline corrosion control.

In 2009, he was awarded the NACE Distinguished Service Award and received an industry award in 2002 from AGA, GTI, INGAA, NACE, OPS, and PRCI International. Also, he has contributed over 50 papers to industry trade magazines, NACE, SSPC, and other publications and conferences.

Read more about Joe Pikas by viewing his instructor bio page.

About Technical Toolboxes

Technical Toolboxes is a leading provider of integrated desktop and cloud-based pipeline software, online resources, and specialized training for pipeline engineering professionals worldwide. We deliver oil and gas industry training courses covering a breadth of topics with industry-recognized instructors. Compare the performance that Technical Toolboxes technology and training can make in pipeline engineering performance and you’ll see a measurable difference. Our fit-for-purpose pipeline engineering software platform will help you reduce risk, lower the total cost of operations, and accelerate project schedules. Hundreds of companies rely on our certified, industry-standard technology to enhance their pipeline engineering performance.

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