API has published an updated edition of Recommended Practice (RP) 1169, Pipeline Construction Inspection. This edition updates the issues that pipeline inspectors should review when overseeing each phase of a pipeline’s construction. While the first edition of RP 1169 concentrated on new pipeline construction, the second edition expands the scope of covered activities to cover all pipeline construction along the right of way, including repairs and excavations of existing lines. The inspector’s role under the updated standard begins during the pre-construction phase of the pipeline project, and extends through the surveying process, construction activities and related work that occurs immediately after construction has been completed.
API has also initiated the process of updating its inspector program examinations, which, through the API Individual Certification Program, conveys elements of the new standard to industry inspectors. The program currently has over 8000 certified individuals who conduct API 1169 inspections. For those interested in the API 1169 Pipeline Construction Inspector Certification, the second edition will take effect with the 2021 exams in order to allow pipeline personnel to familiarize themselves with the new standard and its enhancements.