Design of Buried Pipelines - An Advanced Approach

Online /
Aug 15 - 16, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0803-ONL24

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  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

Please note that it is a requirement for all attendees to sign a "Confidentiality Agreement" prior to receiving the course notes for this online offering.

Attendees are expected to have participated in EPIC's "Buried Pipeline Design" course or have some basic knowledge of loads on buried pipelines.

After participating in the course, you will be able to:

  • Learn the latest knowledge and science in pipeline engineering
  • Address challenges in the pipeline industry
  • Determine precise loads on buried pipelines
  • Learn about the designs of rigid, semi-flexible, and flexible buried pipelines

Subsurface infrastructure is an absolute necessity of modern societies nowadays. One of this subsurface infrastructure's complex and extensive components is piping systems used for diverse applications, including sewer lines, drainage lines, subway tunnels, water mains, gas lines, culverts, and utility conduits. However, these buried lifelines are often forgotten unless they deteriorate and fail, resulting in costly service disruption, repairs, multiple ripping of roads, and time-consuming litigation. Proper engineering knowledge is the key to solving this problem. After a brief review on calculating loads on buried pipes, this course will focus on the design of rigid, steel and iron, and flexible pipes.

The latest AWWA and ASTM guidelines will be used in these analyses. The course is heavily focused on the design and calculation aspects of buried pipes and is considered an advanced course following EPIC's "Buried Pipeline Design" Course.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction
  • External Loads on Buried Pipes
  • Design of Rigid, Ductile, and Flexible Pipes
  • Examples of determining loads on pipes
  • Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Who Should Attend:
Construction Managers • Utility Engineers • Owners • Geotechnical and Civil Engineers • Contractors • City Managers • Pipeline Engineers • Designers • Consulting Engineers • Fabricators and Manufacturers of Pipeline Systems.

The attendees are expected to have participated in EPIC's "Buried Pipeline Design" course or have some basic knowledge of loads on buried pipelines.

Special Features & Requirements
This course includes a wide range of examples for the analysis and design of buried pipelines. Several instructive short videos may be also used to show the manufacturing, installation and application of buried pipelines.

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Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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Day I


  • Application of buried pipes
  • Common pipe materials and characteristics

Loads on Buried Pipelines

  • Loads on buried, tunnelled, and flexible pipes
  • Effect of pipe axial bending
  • Live wheel loads
  • Minimum soil cover
  • Pipe flotation
  • Longitudinal fractures
  • Effect of soil subsidence, temperature rise, seismic loads
  • Frost loads
  • Soil bearing

Design of Rigid Pipelines

  • Vitrified Clay Pipes
  • Concrete Pipes
  • Pre-stressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe:
  • Reinforced Concrete Cylinder Pipe:
  • Pre-tensioned Concrete Cylinder Pipe:
  • AWWA Design of Reinforced Concrete Pressure pipes
  • Design Procedure for Rigid Pipes (AWWA C300 & C302):
  • Design Procedure for AWWA C303-type Pipes
  • Indirect Design Method
  • Three-Edge Bearing Design Criteria
  • Direct Design Method
  • Soil-Pipe Interaction Design and Analysis

Day II

Steel and Ductile Iron Flexible Pipes

  • Corrugated steel pipes
  • Steel pipes
  • Ductile iron pipes
  • Pressurized ductile iron pipes

Plastic Flexible Pipes

  • Types of Thermoplastic Pipes
  • PVC pipes
  • Polyethylene (PE) Pipes
  • HDPE Profile-wall Pipes
  • Experimental observations
  • HDPE Pipes with Steel Rib
  • Steel Mesh Reinforced HDPE pipe
  • Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Pipes
  • Thermoset Plastic Pipes

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Abouzar Sadrekarimi, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Sadrekarimi is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Western University (London, Ontario). Dr. Sadrekarimi’s academic and professional expertise involves soil mechanics, foundation engineering, deep foundations, dam, advanced soil testing and characterization of soil behavior, in-situ testing, soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic analysis of retaining walls, buried structures, and slope stability analysis. He joined Western after several years of engineering practical experience at Golder Associates Ltd. Dr. Sadrekarimi has over 50 published papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals.

Dr. Sadrekarimi is a member of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (ISSMFE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Canadian Geotechnical Society, research director of Western’s Geotechnical Research Centre (GRC).

The Engineering Institute of Canada

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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