API RP 1169 - Basic Inspection Requirements for New Pipeline Construction

Last update: Jan 16, 2017

API RP 1169, Basic Inspection Requirements for New Pipeline Construction, is a recommended practice (RP) released by the American Petroleum Institute (API) covering the basic requirements and their associated references needed to perform inspection activities safely and effectively during construction of new onshore pipelines. Use of this document will provide the basis for what construction inspectors need to have a basic knowledge of and where to find detailed information related to each facet of new pipeline construction inspection activities.

The requirements are organized into the following major sections:

  • inspector responsibilities,
  • personnel and general pipeline safety,
  • environmental and pollution control,
  • general pipeline construction inspection.

Users of this document include those individuals either engaged in pipeline construction inspection or seeking to become certified inspectors. Pipeline owner/operators and pipeline inspection service companies may also use this document to aid and enhance their inspector training programs.


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API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Program –  A Case for Why it Should be the Industry Standard
July/August 2015 Inspectioneering Journal
By Rikki Smith at Oilfield Jobs

Some hiring practices for new employees have been too lax for too long in the pipeline industry. Pipeline inspectors who have ever worked beside someone who was hired via the familiar “friends and family program,” recognize the need for more stringent hiring requirements than just knowing the right person.

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